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People in the News: Spalding named first woman president of Christian Care; Bastin joins airport board

Christian Care Communities Board of Directors today announced the selection and appointment of Mary Lynn Spalding as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 16.

Spalding becomes the first woman to be named President of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith inspired non-profit providing senior living, home health and dementia support services.

May Lynn Spalding

May Lynn Spalding

With more than 25 years of experience in older adult services, Spalding brings an impressive and extensive track record in operational management, business development, performance improvement, customer service, legislative advocacy, financial and accounts receivable management to her new role.

Spalding joined Christian Care Communities in 2009 as Director of Home and Community Based Services where she led the significant growth of the organization’s in-home health care services throughout Kentucky. Most recently, she has served as Vice President of Innovation and Growth and Chief Operating Officer.

“Mary Lynn’s special combination of professional experiences and familiarity with Christian Care’s history and current operations brings a distinct advantage as we continue to carry out our strategic initiatives to enhance the journey of life for older adults,” said Frank Farris, Chair of Christian Care’s Board of Directors. “Her commitment to our mission, vision and values has been demonstrated throughout her tenure, and we are confident that Mary Lynn is the right leader at the right time.”

Prior to joining Christian Care, Spalding held executive leadership positions in the home-and-community-based services field with the Visiting Nurse Association, Trilogy Health Services, American Home Patient and Olsten Services. She also was elected by her professional peers to chair the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Home Care Association.

Spalding succeeds Dr. Keith Knapp who will be joining the faculty of Bellarmine University to establish a new academic program in health services and senior living leadership.

Founded in 1884, Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith inspired non-profit provider of senior living and long-term care with communities in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Nicholasville, Owensboro and Taylorsville.

Bastin named to LFUC Airport Board

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board announced Ronnie Bastin, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Commissioner of Public Safety, as a new board member.

Bastin will serve a four-year term and will replace outgoing airport board member Richard Hopgood.

Ronnie Bastin

Ronnie Bastin

Bastin has served in his role as LFUCG Commissioner of Public Safety since January 2015. As Commissioner of Public Safety, he provides leadership and executive oversight for the Divisions of Police, Fire and EMS, Community Corrections, Enhanced 911, Emergency Management and Building Security.

Bastin is a 30-year veteran of the Lexington Division of Police, where he served as Chief of Police for seven years. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Standards, Image and Ethics Committee and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the FBI National Executive Institute.

“We look forward to Commissioner Bastin joining the Airport Board,” said Larry Deener, Chairman of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board. “He brings enthusiasm for aviation, experience as a pilot, and a history of community involvement. We welcome him.”

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board is the governing body for Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport. Its 10 volunteer members are appointed by the Mayor of Lexington and approved by the Urban County Council.

Blue Grass Airport, located in Lexington, Kentucky is served by four major airlines providing convenient non-stop service to 18 cities and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide.

Markey’s Miller receives NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Dr. Rachel Miller

Dr. Rachel Miller

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s Dr. Rachel Miller is one of 13 recipients of this year’s National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award.

These awards recognize and support outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated cancer centers who are working to improve the lives of people with cancer through extensive involvement in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation and activities promote clinical trials and research.

Miller, part of Markey’s gynecologic cancer team, was nominated for the award by Markey Director Dr. Mark Evers.

She was officially recognized as a recipient Thursday at the NCI’s Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee meeting.

Staff report

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