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People in the News: Keeton added to Kentucky American staff; Sweeney joins FirstLight Home Care

Kentucky American Water has announced that James “Jimmy” Keeton, III, has joined the company as director of government affairs.

Keeton will report to Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Central Division.

James “Jimmy” Keeton (Photo Provided)

James “Jimmy” Keeton (Photo Provided)

In his new role, Keeton will lead the company’s government affairs and business development activities in Kentucky, maintaining strong relationships with government officials throughout the state, tracking and engaging in discussions about legislation impacting the water and wastewater industries, and identifying business growth opportunities.

A native of Ashland, Ky., Keeton brings nearly 10 years of legislative affairs experience and nearly 30 years of utility experience to his new role. Before joining Kentucky American Water, he was employed for 29 years by Kentucky Power Company, where he held positions in customer service, business operations support, and most recently, government affairs. Keeton and his wife, Candy, reside in Lexington.

“We are pleased to welcome Jimmy to the Kentucky American Water team and look forward to the contributions he will make for our business and industry,” said Rowe. “Jimmy has been a knowledgeable, respected resource on energy issues for legislators and other government officials for nearly a decade, and we look forward to him holding that same position going forward for water and wastewater issues.”

Susan Lancho, external affairs manager, will continue to oversee the company’s communications, community relations, media relations and corporate giving activities, and serve as a resource and contact for local government officials. She will continue to report to Rowe.

Brennan Sweeney joins FirstLight Home Care of Northern Kentucky

FirstLight Home Care of Northern Kentucky, a leading provider of non-medical home care, announced local entrepreneur, business leader and Crestview Hills resident Brennan Sweeney has joined the company as a partner.

Sweeney has extensive business consulting and management experience, having achieved many successes for clients locally as well as across the globe. In addition, Sweeney founded, grew and served as CEO for a fast growing property management firm and has also served as a strategic advisor for multiple start-up businesses in the area.

Brennan Sweeney

Brennan Sweeney

As a partner with FirstLight Home Care of Northern Kentucky, Sweeney will be responsible for strategic planning and will advise the FirstLight leadership team on initiatives to help grow market share. FirstLight owner Beth Steel will continue to manage daily operations, with a focus on expanding the company’s personal and companion care offerings, staffing, and client and caregiver satisfaction.

“Our goal is to be the number one home care provider in Northern Kentucky, and Brennan has the experience and knowledge to help us achieve our aggressive growth goals,” explained Steel. “Brennan has a track record of driving results for local and global companies, and we are very fortunate to have him as a member of our team.”

FirstLight Home Care of Northern Kentucky serves area seniors, new mothers, those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery and other adults in need of assistance throughout Northern Kentucky, including Boon, Campbell and Kenton counties. FirstLight caregivers are available to help with a variety of needs – from personal hygiene and household duties such as cooking, cleaning and running errands, to mobility assistance and dementia care.

For more information on FirstLight Home Care of Northern Kentucky, visit this website.

UK Professor Zeadally receives Visiting Professorship Award

University of Kentucky School of Information Science Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally has received the Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorship Award from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia.

Zeadally is the recipient of one of the four ECU Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorships to host outstanding researchers and international research leaders from overseas academic institutions.

Sherali Zeadally (UK Now Photo)

Sherali Zeadally (UK Now Photo)

Zeadally is currently at the university giving a series of lectures and workshops on various topics related to his research.

At UK, Zeadally teaches in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Information Science’s newest program, Information and Communication Technology. Focusing on computer network and information security, he is the editor-in-chief of two peer-reviewed international journals and currently serves/has served as associate editor or editorial board member for more than 25 international refereed journals.

He has also edited or authored six books and authored/co-authored more than 268 refereed publications, including over 155 international peer-reviewed journal papers and 32 refereed book chapters.

In addition to the Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorship Award in the summer of 2016, Zeadally is the recipient of several outstanding research and teaching university awards, 11 international awards and several prestigious national awards.

Staff report

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