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People in the News: Patterson named KCTC system director; Newman to lead Dominion Senior Living

Daniel Patterson has been named system director of virtual student services for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Daniel Patterson

He most recently served as a system financial aid program coordinator. Prior to that, he was interim financial aid director at Somerset Community College and was outbound operations supervisor for Presidium, Inc., now Blackboard Student Services, the company that operates the KCTCS student services call center.

Patterson earned an associate in arts degree from Somerset Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix.

He earned two master’s degrees – one in business administration from Morehead State University and one in business informatics from Northern Kentucky University. He currently is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Eastern Kentucky University.

Dominion Senior Living selects executive director to lead community in Richmond

With construction progressing on Knoxville-based Dominion Senior Living’s first Kentucky personal care home in Richmond, Dominion Senior Living, and the leadership team announced that a long-time Richmond resident will serve as executive director.

Tina Newman, a resident of Richmond for 11 years, will lead the personal care and memory care community in all areas, including developing partnerships in Richmond and building bonds with future residents and family members. Newman will help to create a home for all who live, work and visit there.

Tina Newman

Newman and her husband, Sam, an education and discipleship minister at First Baptist Church in Richmond, have enjoyed ministering alongside seniors for more than 30 years. Newman’s experience in this area, combined with her professional experience and education as a social worker, impressed Dominion Senior Living.

The leadership team believes that she has the ability to create and provide the unique culture of honoring God through service to seniors through mental, physical and spiritual activities.

“When we met Tina, we knew she understood our mission completely and wanted to help us create the special resident-centered environment which residents and families expect from us,” said Mark Taylor, partner at Dominion Senior Living. “She is truly passionate about helping older adults find their purpose, which makes her a perfect fit for this position. We look forward to seeing how she will use her skills and personality to serve seniors and their families in Richmond.”

Reginald Thomas named 2017 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health selected Kentucky state Sen. Reginald Thomas as the 2017 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

Thomas was recognized at the April 27 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting and also honored at the May 8 Board of Health meeting.

Reginald Thomas (center)

Thomas, who represents part of Fayette County in the state senate, is a public health advocate through his actions statewide, including co-sponsoring legislation to teach high school students CPR, supporting rights of breastfeeding mothers and protecting children and adults against abuse, neglect and exploitation. He has supported bills offering better services for autistic individuals, gaining rights for child care centers to administer epinephrine injections for allergic reactions and removing barriers to colorectal screenings.

Thomas has also worked closely with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department for information to help shape statutes and regulations to improve the health and well-being of Kentuckians.

He is an active community member in Lexington, serving or having served on the boards of the Lexington Actors Guild, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky Conference of Community and Justice, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Commerce Lexington. He is a graduate of Bryan Station High School, Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He and his late wife Lynda have three children and one granddaughter.

Thomas “is a selfless advocate of protecting and prospering the health and well-being for all members of Lexington and Fayette County,” states the award nomination. “He is a true champion for public health.”

Author Best wins Leadership Award

University Press of Kentucky author Bill Best, whose new book, Kentucky Heirloom Seeds: Growing, Eating, Saving, was released earlier this year, has been named winner of the 2017 East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Private Individual Award.

The award was presented by the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation (EKLF) to recognize an individual whose public service is dedicated to the betterment of the region.

Bill Best

EKLF was founded in 1988 to promote leadership in Eastern Kentucky. Now in its 28th year, EKLF continues to encourage leadership development, communication, and collaboration throughout the Eastern Kentucky region. Each year, EKLF sponsors the East Kentucky Leadership Conference and invites individuals from all walks of life to participate.

The conference consists of various sessions about Eastern Kentucky issues, speakers who challenge Eastern Kentuckians to become leaders in their communities, and the annual awards ceremony.

Kentucky Heirloom Seeds is an evocative exploration of the seed saver’s art and the practice of sustainable agriculture. Best and Dobree Adams begin by tracing the roots of the tradition in the state to a 700-year-old Native American farming village in north central Kentucky.

Best shares tips for planting and growing beans and describes his family’s favorite varieties for the table.

Featuring interviews with many people who have worked to preserve heirloom varieties, this book vividly documents the social relevance of the rituals of sowing, cultivating, eating, saving, and sharing.

The award was presented at the 30th Annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference at the Perkins Conference Center at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Best, professor emeritus from Berea College, is a Madison County, Kentucky, farmer and one of the charter members of the Lexington Farmers’ Market. Widely known as a saver, collector, and grower of heirloom beans and tomatoes, he is also the author of Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia.

Staff report

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