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Corporate Moves: January 2018

New leadership for Kentucky business

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Darlene Zibart has been named chief executive officer of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, succeeding Penelope “Penny” Gold, who has retired. Charles George has been promoted to vice president of government affairs and general counsel.

Jim Tencza has joined Dean Dorton Allen Ford as Louisville market leader. Tencza will succeed Gwen Tilton, who is retiring June 30, 2018.


Kathy Woods has joined Field & Main Bank as president of the Lexington market. Woods previously served as senior vice president of the Central Kentucky market for Commercial Bank in West Liberty, Ky.

Trigg Mitchell has joined Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management as vice president of private wealth services.


Christine Tarquinio has joined Greater Louisville Inc., the regional chamber of commerce, as director of talent attraction, retention and development.


Shauna Reilly has been named director of Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity.

David Keene has been appointed vice president of community partnerships for Sullivan University.

Michelle Sjogren has joined Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington as assistant vice president of public relations and marketing.

Joseph K. Han has been named chief operating officer of the University of Louisville, effective March 19, 2018. Han comes to the position from Central Washington University, where he was vice president of operations, and succeeds Harlan Sands, who left UofL in January 2017.

Kurt Jefferson has been named dean of graduate studies at Spalding University. He comes to the position from Westminster College in Missouri, where was assistant dean for global initiatives.

David Blackwell has been named provost for the University of Kentucky. Blackwell previously served as dean of UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.


Emily Childers has been named association manager of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association.


Danny Branham has been appointed general manager of Alltech’s Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery in Pikeville.

Steve Ritchie has been promoted to chief executive officer of Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc. Papa John’s founder John Schnatter will remain with the company as chairman.


Michael Vito has been named director of resorts for the Kentucky Department of Parks.

Tom West has been named economic development director for the City of Covington.

L. Christopher Hunt has been named acting executive director of the Kentucky Office of Technology and Special Audits. Hunt will continue in his role as general counsel for the state.

Charles E. Grindle has been named chief information officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As CIO, he heads the Commonwealth Office of Technology and is a member of Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive cabinet.

Kevin Williams has been named judge-executive of Estill County.

James “Jamie” Spears has been named judge-executive of Simpson County.


Clint Kaho has been named president of Baptist Health La Grange. He succeeds Chris Roty, who was recently named president of Baptist Health Paducah.

Mary Michael Corbett has been named executive director of the Baptist Health Foundation of Greater Louisville.


Mindy Sunderland has been named managing director of Morgan & Pottinger’s Louisville office. Michael Troutman has joined the firm’s Louisville office as a senior associate.

Robert V. Sartin has been elected chairman of Frost Brown Todd.

Sarah T. Laren has joined the Lexington office of the Littler law firm.

Edwin Shouse has been appointed client relations manager for MML&K Government Solutions.


Victoria “Wells” Bullard has been named chief executive officer of Bullard, a Cynthiana-based company that produces personal protective equipment and systems. Bullard succeeds Eric D. Pasch, who has retired. Peter Lugo has been promoted to president of the company.

Susan Elkington has been named president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. She succeeds Wil James, who is retiring in February.

Shawn Stover has been named vice president of Louisville-based GE Appliance’s SmartHome Solutions.


Stacey Church has been named general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center.


Lori Clemons has joined Arbor Youth Services in Lexington as executive director.


Lee Hasken has joined Louisville-based Hollenbach-Oakley as vice president of design and construction.


John R. Crockett III has joined Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Co. as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. Crockett comes to the position from the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, where he has served as chairman for the past nine years.


Bonnie J. Hackbarth has been named vice president of external affairs for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Eric Granger has been named general manager of the Yum Center in downtown Louisville.