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Former UK player Beckham named KEHP wellness director; Snavely announces three appointments

Twany Beckham, a member of the 2012 University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball National Championship team, has been named Wellness Director for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP), Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens announced.

In this role, Beckham will work to engage, encourage, and promote wellness activities for all public employees across the state.

“Twany has a great story to tell about hard work, determination and dedication,” said Sec. Stephens. “His enthusiasm will be a great motivator as he works with the KEHP population to encourage an environment of wellness.”


“Twany was always a great teammate who inspired others, who brought people together and who people looked up to because of his work ethic,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “He brings those traits with him to this position. I couldn’t be more proud of him or more thankful to our governor.”

A native of Louisville, Beckham spent two-plus seasons studying and playing basketball at Mississippi State before joining the University of Kentucky basketball team in 2011 as a walk-on player. Plagued by injury, Beckham had surgery on both hips and his back during his college career. Despite setbacks, Beckham never gave up his basketball career. He graduated from UK in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

During his senior year, Beckham wrote a book, “Full Court Press: Conquering Adversity Under Pressure.” The book chronicles Beckham’s life from his days as a teenager in Louisville to being part of a national championship team, and how he tackled obstacles along the way.

Small named director of Mine Safety Division

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced the appointment of John D. Small, the director of the Division of Mine Safety, to the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Department for Natural Resources.

Also announced were: Jeffrey C. Baird as Director of the Division of Mine Permits and Jeffrey J. Harmon Esq. as Deputy General Counsel. All three appointments were effective May 31, 2016.

“The cabinet is extremely fortunate to have persons of such ability and experience bring their talents to these key positions,” Snavely said. “I look forward to working closely with them to conserve and sustain Kentucky’s abundant natural resources.”

Small, a native of Inez, Kentucky who has spent the past 38 years in management positions in the coal mining industry will remain acting director of the Division of Mine Safety until a replacement is named.

Prior to his retirement in 2015 from Excel Mining, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners LP, Small served as vice president of East Kentucky Operations for nine years. He also served on the board of the Kentucky Mining Institute and as president of Post 2 of the Smokeaters Mine Rescue Association. A graduate of the Leadership Kentucky program, Small brings excellent managerial skills to his new position.

Baird, a native of Seattle, has spent the past 23 years in Kentucky, most recently focusing on mining and environmental issues as vice president and major projects manager for ECSI, LLC, a Lexington, Ky.-based engineering and consulting practice. He also has a dozen years’ experience as a senior litigation paralegal for Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP working primarily with environmental, natural resources and healthcare groups.

He is a graduate of Sullivan University in Lexington, where he also later taught computer science as an adjunct professor.

Harmon, who grew up in Covington, Ky., has practiced law for the past 34 years, most recently at Cors & Bassett, LLC. As chairman of the Environmental Group, he advised clients on all aspects of environmental laws and regulations, including compliance, permitting and brownfields redevelopment.

He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his J.D. at George Washington University with honors. He has taught at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Institute of Environmental Health.

From State Personnel, Energy and Environment Cabinet Communications

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