Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

FRANKFURT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions:

Appointment of Kathy Robinson as Property Assessment Administrator for Rockcastle County.

Appointment of Ken Lewis as a member of the board of directors of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Corporation.

  • Ken Lewis is owner and CEO of New Riff Distilling LLC. He replaces Steven Frank, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 7, 2026.

Appointed John Sistarenik as a member of the Louisville/Jefferson County Air Board.

  • John Sistarenik of Louisville is retired. He replaces Mary Rose Evans, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring July 15, 2026.

Appointed Richard Thomas as a member of the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting.

  • Richard Thomas of Richmond is a retired hospital CEO and city manager.

Appointed Dr. Aneeta Bhatia and Dr. Tamella Cassis as members of the State Board of Medical Licensure. Renamed Dr. William Thornbury Jr.

  • Aneeta Bhatia from Prospect is an anesthesiologist at UofL Health. She replaces David Wallace, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring August 31, 2026.
  • Tamella Cassis de Prospect is a dermatologist at Cassis Dermatology & Aesthetics Center. She replaces Caren Daniels, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring August 31, 2026.
  • William Thornbury Jr. of Glasgow is a physician with Medical Associates of Southern Kentucky and will serve for a term expiring August 31, 2026.

Appointed Ellen Schroeder and Gretchen Brown members of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Advisory Council. The Governor also reappointed Gretchen Horton, Dr. Bethany Snider, Dr. Todd Cote, Dr. Lindsay Ragsdale and Robert “Turner” West II.

  • Ellen Schroeder of Glasgow is health systems manager at the American Cancer Society. She replaces Kristy Young, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.
  • Gretchen Brown of Lexington is retired. She replaces James Patton, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.
  • Gretchen Horton of Lexington is a pediatric palliative care social worker and will serve for a term expiring June 27, 2025.
  • Bethany Cox Snider of Taylorsville is senior vice president and chief medical officer at Hosparus Health and will serve for a term expiring June 27, 2025.
  • Todd Cote of Lexington is chief medical officer with Bluegrass Care Navigators and will serve for a term expiring June 27, 2025.
  • Lindsay Ragsdale of Nicholasville is chief medical officer at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and will serve a term expiring June 27, 2025.
  • Turner West of Lexington serves as associate vice president of the Bluegrass Care Navigators Palliative Care Leadership Center and will serve for a term expiring June 27, 2025.

Renamed Dr. Keith Myrick as a member of the State Board of Podiatry.

  • Keith Myrick of Anchorage is a physician with Kentuckiana Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine and will serve for a term expiring August 22, 2026.

Appointment of Melanie Peskoe, Joe Cowan and Traci Burks as members of the KATS Network Advisory Board. The Governor also reappointed William Titus Jr., Nicole Maher, Samanthia Farthing and Geraldine Gordon-Brown.

  • Melanie Peskoe of Louisville is the Public Policy and Research Coordinator for the American Foundation for the Blind. She replaces Winter Renfrow, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and will serve for a term expiring August 2, 2025.
  • Joe Cowan of Monticello is a teaching specialist at Somerset Community College. He replaces Chester Wilbert, who resigned, and will serve the remainder of the unexpired term ending March 31, 2023.
  • William Titus Jr. of Louisville is retired and will serve a term expiring March 31, 2025.
  • Nicole Maher of Nicholasville is Director of Advocacy at the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities and will serve for a term expiring March 31, 2025.
  • Samanthia Farthing of Van Lear is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and will serve for a term expiring March 31, 2025.
  • Geraldine Gordon-Brown of Louisville is retired and will serve a term expiring March 31, 2025.
  • Traci Burks of Villa Hills is the income tax manager for DLL. She replaces Karen Coulter, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.

Appointed Peter Goodmann, Alice Jones, and Nina McCoy as members of the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board. Renamed Gregory Yankey.

  • Frankfort’s Peter Goodmann is director of the water division at the Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and Environment. He replaces Gregory Cornett, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 1, 2025.
  • Alice Jones of Richmond is a professor of geosciences at Eastern Kentucky University. She replaces Ron Gilkerson, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 1, 2025.
  • Nina McCoy of Inez is retired. She replaces Stephen Sullivan, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 1, 2025.
  • Salvisa’s Gregory Yankey is a Technical Advisor with HDR Engineering Inc. and will serve for a term expiring September 1, 2025.

Named Steven Clark, Teresa Somody, Charles Chapman and Dr. Anthony Milliano Sr. members of the Kentucky Licensing Board for Specialists in Hearing Instruments.

  • Steven Clark of Bowling Green is a hearing care professional and owner of Chambers & Clark Hearing Aid Service. He replaces Travis Corder, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and will serve until July 31, 2026.
  • Teresa Somody of Lewisport is a hearing aid specialist at Listen Hear LLC. She replaces Gregory Thompson, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring July 31, 2026.
  • Charles Chapman of Shelbyville is a hearing care professional with Chapman Hearing LLC. He replaces Faron Blakeman, whose term has expired, and will serve until July 31, 2026.
  • Anthony Milliano Sr. of Paducah is a Doctor of Audiology and owner of the Audiology and Hearing Center. He replaces Gabriel Broyles, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and for a term expiring July 31, 2026.

Named Sara Santo, Scott DeBurger and Thomas Miller members of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy.

  • Sara Santo of Louisville is an occupational therapist at Jefferson County Public Schools. She replaces Joshua Ramsey, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.
  • Scott DeBurger of La Grange is an occupational therapist at Baptist Health. He replaces Stacy Grider, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.
  • Thomas Miller of Lexington is retired. He replaces Harold Corder, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2025.

Appointed Buford Hurley as a member of the Kentucky 911 Services Board.

  • Buford Hurley of Flatwoods is the director of public safety for the Greenup County Tax Court. He replaces Harry Clark, whose term has expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2024.

Appointed Joshua Lowe as a member of the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education.

  • Joshua Lowe of Whitley City is an attorney with Baird, Blevins, & Lowe Law Offices PLLC and an assistant McCreary County attorney. He replaces Brenda Evans, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and will serve for a term expiring September 6, 2026.

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