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People in the News: Community Trust adds Kendrick; KCTCS’s Allen nominated to state CPA board

David Maynard, Danville Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Jessica Kendrick has joined Community Trust Bank as a Residential Loan Officer and Market Assistant Vice President.

Jessica Kendrick

Kendrick’s responsibilities include working with local consumers and businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new consumer and business relationships with Community Trust, and expanding the relationship with current customers. Her office is located at 462 West Main Street in downtown Danville, Kentucky.

Prior to joining Community Trust Bank as a Residential Loan Officer, Kendrick spent ten years with a bank in Harrodsburg Kentucky. Kendrick graduated from Mercer High School in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

Kendrick resides in Burgin, Kentucky along with her husband Brian and three children.

Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $4.0 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky.

KCTCS’s Douglas Allen nominated to state CPA board

Douglas Allen, system director of financial services at Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), has been nominated to serve on the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants 2017-18 board of directors.

Douglas Allen

His term begins July 1.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. It is Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and online education.

Through partnerships with business and industry, KCTCS aligns its programs to meet the needs of local employers, helping students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

McBride named director of Alumni Engagement at EKU

He grew up in Richmond, graduated from Model Laboratory School and Eastern Kentucky University, and has spent most of his adult life as a member of the EKU Athletics leadership team. Along the way, Dan McBride “developed an enormous love for EKU and the people of EKU.”

Now, the 1989 Eastern grad will move across campus to become the executive director of alumni engagement. McBride, currently senior associate athletics director, will assume his new role June 1.

Dan McBride

“His background and skill set, his relationships with likely thousands of EKU alumni, his experience planning and hosting hundreds of events, as well as his ability to lead high-performing teams all pushed Dan to the top of a very strong pool of applicants,” said Nick Perlick, vice president for development and alumni relations at the University. “He is someone that many of us know well, and now we are so pleased that he will be joining our team in this role.”

McBride first joined his alma mater’s staff in 1992 as athletics ticket manager. He left to become general manager of a local radio station, but returned to campus in 1999. In his current role with Athletics, he oversees all athletics facilities and construction projects, as well as all home game operations, several sports, strength and conditioning, and the dance team.

“I am very grateful to (Director of Athletics) Steve Lochmueller for his loyalty to me since arriving at EKU two years ago,” McBride said, “and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him on many projects in the future.”

McBride is no stranger to the University’s alumni operations, having served many years on the Alumni Board. He has also served as chair of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board and as a member of the Bluegrass Sports Commission Board of Directors. Last fall, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the EKU International Alumni Association.

“It means more when you work for a place that means so much to you, a place that helped mold and make you the person you are today,” he said upon receiving the honor.

Healthsouth Lakeview’s Phelps regional award winner

Jennifer Phelps’ job title at HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital in Elizabethtown may be administrative assistant, but she serves more roles than that at the inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

A pharmacy technician for more than 20 years, she joined HealthSouth Lakeview as a unit secretary and was quickly promoted to administrative assistant.

Jennifer Phelps

Aside from her duties as an assistant, she helps organize hospital events and activities, pitches in to help other departments when needed and checks in on the hospital’s patients who are recovering from major illnesses and injuries such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions, and amputations helping them reach goals and reclaim independence.

Her versatility and willingness to help others has placed her in the spotlight as a finalist for HealthSouth’s overall Outstanding Employee Achievement Award.

Phelps, one of only six finalists out of more than 28,000 HealthSouth employees, received this annual recognition and was honored at an award banquet held yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama. Award finalists were selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty.

The process began with each of HealthSouth’s 123 hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six finalists were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the company.

Phelps’ community involvement includes participating with the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Kentucky and the “Give a Day of Hunger” event, which provides extra food to more than 1,500 children in five counties during spring, winter and fall school breaks.

Stage Agriculture Department promotes four in marketing office

Four Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) employees have been promoted to management positions in the KDA’s marketing office, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

“These individuals have worked tirelessly to support the KDA’s mission to promote Kentucky agriculture,” Commissioner Quarles said. “In their new positions, they will enable us to enhance our efforts to help Kentucky family farmers and small businesses find new markets for their products.”

· Chris Caudill was named director of the Shows and Fairs Division. Caudill’s team provides leadership and support for more than 100 district, state, and national livestock shows and sales. The division awards in excess of $1 million in premiums at these events and also supports more than 100 county fairs.

· John Chism was named director of the Livestock Division. In addition to Chism’s continued role of leading the Market News services, he will lead a division that helps livestock producers find new marketing opportunities.

· Tyler Madison was named Grape, Wine and Spirits Program Manager. Along with facilitating grant and promotional efforts on behalf of the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, Madison will be a key resource for Kentucky’s craft beer and bourbon industries.

· Sharon Spencer was named director of the Direct Farm Marketing Division. Spencer will continue to coordinate the KDA’s farmers’ market and CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs and will manage the agritourism program.

The department also hired Chad Smith to serve as director of the Promotion and Development Division and Ben Conner as special projects coordinator.

Elizabeth Gordon will continue as director of the Education & Outreach Division, and Brent Burchett will remain as director of the Plant Division.

The KDA’s marketing office administers Kentucky Proud, the state’s official farm marketing program. The Kentucky Proud brand stands for agricultural products raised, grown, produced, processed, and/or manufactured in Kentucky.

The office also operates the Buy Local program to encourage Kentucky restaurants and other food service businesses to buy local foods; compiles prices from Kentucky livestock markets; assists with livestock shows; manages Kentucky’s industrial hemp research pilot program; tests forages for nutritional value; runs grape/wine and aquaculture marketing programs; administers the National Organic Program in Kentucky; certifies ginseng for export and licenses ginseng dealers; and performs numerous other tasks to help Kentucky farmers maximize their profits.

Staff report

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