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Kentucky Association of Health Plans names Thomas Stephens first full-time Executive Director

Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP), the trade group representing the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and commercial health insurance providers, announced Thomas B. Stephens has been named as Executive Director effective immediately. Thomas Stephens Before joining KAHP, Stephens was the Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. During his tenure, Stephens was responsible...

UK graduate Winston Miller to serve as Kentucky Housing Corporation executive director

Kentucky Housing Corporation has selected Winston Miller as its new executive director. Miller begins his duties Nov. 16. Approved in a Board of Directors meeting Thursday, Miller will replace Lisa Beran, KHC’s former general counsel, who served as interim director for more than a year. “For the last year, Winston has been an excellent addition to the Board of Directors,” said Beran. “He is...

Kentucky highway official says state has ‘funding crisis for transportation’ after $74.6M drop in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The dire shape of highway project funding in Kentucky, as well as work zone safety, were among the topics discussed before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee this week. “We do have a funding crisis for transportation in Kentucky,” Chad LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, told the committee. “COVID-19...

Kentucky Horse Council appoints Sarah Coleman as executive director of Lexington organization

The Kentucky Horse Council has appointed Sarah Coleman as the new executive director of the Lexington-based organization. Coleman will begin her role Sept. 29. An avid equestrian, Coleman grew up in northeastern Ohio and graduated from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Coleman moved to the Bluegrass in 2004 to work with multiple equine- and agriculture-related publications based...

Dr. Tom Shelton joins Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship as Executive Director

Dr. Tom Shelton, who has held leadership positions in national and Kentucky educational institutions, has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship. Prior to joining the Center, Shelton served as the Director of External Relations and Partnerships for the National Center for Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C. He will continue to...

Shaping Our Appalachian Region organization launches statewide search for next executive director

Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that champions the future of Appalachia, is launching a statewide search for its next executive director. Jared Arnett, the founding executive director of SOAR, has announced his intentions to leave his position at the end of his current contract (October of 2020). After leading the organization for nearly six years,...

Jamie Link named Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority

Jamie Link has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority – the state agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. During a special meeting on Wednesday, Link was voted in and hired by the KCNA Board. He replaces Interim Director Deck Decker. Jamie Link Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency. Previously he has served as the Finance Director...

Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously sides with Lexington graphic artist over LGBT rights ordinance

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled in favor of a Lexington graphic artist who declined to print T-shirts for a gay pride event. The court ruled that Lexington’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Ordinance (SOGI) was improperly applied since the plaintiff — Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) — lacked standing. Richard Nelson“The court upheld First...

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

Kentuckians for Better Transportation names former State Rep. Leslie Combs as executive director

Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), a statewide transportation association that has a long history of educating and advocating for all modes of transportation in Kentucky, has announced the hiring of Leslie Combs as its executive director. “KBT has found an experienced leader not only in transportation but a leader for all of Kentucky,” said Rod England, KBT Chair, “Leslie brings legislative...

Lexington’s Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center announces search for new executive director

The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center recently announced the opening of the search for a new executive director. The search will be led by a committee comprised of Lyric Board members, with the assistance of nonprofit consultant Lee Ellen Martin. The executive director is responsible for the overall administration and management of the organization, including fundraising, arts and cultural programming,...