■ Erica L. Horn has joined Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC as associate director of tax services.
■ Diane Boyer has joined Lexington arts advocacy organization LexArts as director of major gifts.
■ Diana Quesada has joined Paducah Bank as vice president and commercial relationship manager in Louisville.
■ Lexington-based Central Bank has promoted Jordan Owens and Stephen Mallory to the position of vice president, commercial mortgage lending.
■ Russell Gray has been promoted to vice president-credit for Central Kentucky Ag Credit. Shane Turner has been named to the newly created position of vice president and chief risk officer for the company.
■ Anna Berlekamp has been promoted to assistant vice president/workplace banking specialist for Paducah Bank. Marra McMillan has been promoted to assistant vice president/private banking relationship manager for the bank.
■ Eric Walker has been promoted to commercial team manager for US Bank’s South Central Kentucky region.
■ Matthew Tackett has been named president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.
■ Terry Sweeney has been named as the first president and chief executive officer of the Downtown Lexington Partnership.
■ James Iacocca has been named as the first president and chief executive officer of the Knox Regional Development Alliance.
■ Morgan Pierstorff has been named executive director of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s European Representative Office, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Kentucky’s European Representative Office is responsible for the commonwealth’s economic development and marketing activities in Europe.
■ Barry Barnett has been named chair of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Agricultural Economics.
■ Maria Valentin-Welch has been named chief diversity and inclusion officer for Frontier Nursing University.
■ Rebecca McCulley has been named chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
■ Kristin Ashford has been promoted to associate dean of undergraduate faculty and interprofessional education for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Sheila Melander has been promoted to associate dean of MSN & DNP faculty and practice affairs.
■ Lawson Whiting has been promoted to chief operating officer of Louisville-based Brown-Forman.
■ Juan Merizalde Carrillo has been named distillery manager for the Old Forester Distillery in Louisville.
■ Gwen R. Pinson has been named executive director of the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
■ Daniel Zalla has been named circuit judge for Kentucky’s 17th judicial circuit, division 2. Zalla replaces Fred Stine, who retired in August.
■ Cody Patterson has been name director of communications for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
■ Gerard “Ger” Colman has been named chief executive officer of Louisville-based Baptist Health. Colman comes to the position from Wisconsin, where he was chief operating officer of Aurora Health Care, the state’s largest private employer and healthcare system.
■ Bruce Tassin has been named as the new chief executive officer for KentuckyOne Health, leading the Kentucky-based operations of the recently expanded Southeast Operating Division for Catholic Health Initiatives. Tassin will continue in his role as president of Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
■ Kennan Wethington has been named president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky. Wethington succeeds Deb Moessner, who is retiring.
■ Delta Dental of Kentucky has named J. Jude Thompson as chief executive officer.
■ Patrick Workman has joined AssuredPartners NL as a senior account executive in the Lexington office.
■ Douglas Hawkins has joined the Lexington law firm of Walter C. Cox Jr. & Associates.
■ Walter D. Woods has been appointed chief executive officer of The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc.
■ Keisha Deonarine has been named executive director of the Passport Health Plan Foundation Inc.
■ Roy A. Potts has joined Capital Link Consultants, a Frankfort public relations firm.
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■ Pam Platt has been appointed as chief storyteller for The Exomedicine Institute in Lexington.
■ Richard “Rich” Geruson has been named president and chief executive officer of Lexington-based Lexmark International.
■ Brian J. Robinson has been named chief executive officer of Hebron-based Pomeroy. Robinson succeeds Christopher C. Froman, who will become executive chairman of the board of directors.
■ Beth Noffsinger has been named public relations manager for the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
■ Jim Henderson has been named deputy director of the Kentucky Association of Counties.
■ Rob Hench has been promoted to chief operating officer of Lexington-based GRW Aerial Surveys.
■ Gene Hutchins has been named as the new executive director and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority/Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp. Hutchins succeeds Carl Rollins, who is retiring Dec. 31.
■ Dan Ferguson has been named vice president of beverage alcohol solutions for Vistaar Technologies Inc., a provider of pricing
and promotion software for the beverage alcohol industry. Ferguson will be based out of Louisville.