Appointments to Boards and Commissions in Kentucky

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

Appointment of John Scott as magistrate for the 6th Circuit of Bracken County.

Appointed Kenneth Smith as Administrative Judge for the Department of Workers’ Claims.

  • Ashland’s Kenneth Smith replaces Christina Hajjar, who has stepped down, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term, which expires on December 31, 2023.

Appointed David West and Glenn Napier as members of the Kentucky River Authority. The governor also reappointed Harold Rainwater.

  • David West of Nicholasville is a District Judge/Executive of Jessamine County, Kentucky. He replaces Huston Wells, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2026.
  • Glenn Napier from Jackson is the homeschool coordinator at Breathitt County Schools. He replaces Angela Muncy, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2026.
  • Harold Rainwater of Wilmore is the Mayor of the City of Wilmore and will serve a term ending September 18, 2026.

Appointment of Michael Shaun Youravich as a member of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

  • Michael Shaun Youravich of Elizabethtown is General Manager of Hardin County Water District 2. He replaces Ronald Lovan, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of the unexpired term ending June 30, 2025.

Reappointed David Sloan and LaCosta Hays as members of the Public Advocacy Commission.

  • David Sloan of Fort Mitchell is an attorney with O’Hara, Taylor, Sloan, Cassidy, Beck, PLLC and will serve a term ending July 15, 2026.
  • LaCosta Hays of Murray is Executive Coordinator of Client and Community Relations at McConnell Insurance Agency and will serve a term ending July 15, 2026.

Appointment of Christopher John Fryer and Priscilla Keller as members of the Education Professional Standards Board.

  • Christopher John Fryer of Independence is a teacher at Beechwood Independent Schools. He replaces Lisa Rudzinski, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of the unexpired term until June 30, 2023.
  • Priscilla Keller, from Paducah, is a teacher at Livingston County Schools. She replaces Carmen Souder, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term, which ends on June 30, 2024.

Appointed Shambra Mulder, Mary Lou Nichols and Scottie Miller Ellis as members of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board. Reappointment of Robert Larry Taylor, Dr. Patricia Gail Williams and Grayson Kemplin.

  • Shambra Mulder of Lexington is Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities. She replaces Allen Brenzel, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 14, 2026.
  • Mary Lou Nichols from Frankfurt is Executive Assistant in the Office of Health Equity at the Department of Public Health. She replaces Sara Robeson, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term, which ends on February 2, 2026.
  • Prospect’s Scottie Miller Ellis is the assistant director of communications in the governor’s office. She replaces Sean Simons, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 14, 2026.
  • Robert Larry Taylor of Shelbyville is Executive Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center at the University of Louisville and will serve a term ending October 15, 2026.
  • Patricia Gail Williams of Louisville is the Developmental Behavior Pediatrician at the University of Louisville and is scheduled to serve a term ending October 15, 2026.
  • Grayson Kemplin of Lexington is a student serving a term expiring October 15, 2026.

Appointment of Tony Ellis to the Consumer Advisory Council. Re-appointment of Shelia Hodges, Frank Miller, Hayden Johnson and William St. Pierre.

  • Louisville-based Tony Ellis is General Counsel at V-Soft Consulting. He replaces Larry Wayne Bailey, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2025.
  • Shelia Hodges of Princeton is the owner of the Hodges Service Center and will serve until September 8, 2025.
  • Frank Miller of Lexington is an attorney with Frank Miller, Jr., PLLC and will serve a term ending September 8, 2025.
  • Hayden Johnson of Lebanon is an auctioneer and owner of Hayden Johnson Auctioneers, LLC and will serve a term ending September 8, 2025.
  • William St. Pierre of Villa Hills is retired and will serve a term ending September 8, 2025.

Appointed Margaret Brooks, Lisa Nisbet and Frank Stillwell to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Pastoral Counselors.

  • Margaret Brooks, of Richmond, is a counselor at Cornerstone Counseling in Madison County. She replaces Jonathan Carroll, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2026.
  • Lisa Nisbet of Louisville is a funeral services specialist at the Owen Funeral Home. She replaces Elizabeth Ellis, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2026.
  • Frank Stillwell of Lexington is a counselor at the Interfaith Counseling Center. He replaces Gerry Hearn, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2026.

Appointed Carla Sue Bennett, Ruthe Holmberg and Andrea Strassburg to the Statewide Independent Living Council.

  • Carla Sue Bennett from Middlesboro is a Student Success Coach at the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. She replaces Ruthann Daniel-Harteis, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term until May 5, 2023.
  • Ruthe Holmberg from Louisville is Development Coordinator at SPARC Hope. She replaces Winter Renfrow, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term, which ends on May 5, 2024.
  • Andrea Strassburg of Lexington is the ward clerk at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. She replaces Susan Stokely Clary, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of her unexpired term, which ends on May 5, 2024.

Appointed Matthew Walters to the Real Estate Appraisers Board.

  • Matthew Walters from Frankfurt is a lender at the Old National Bank. He replaces John Kenkel, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 14, 2025.

Appointed Karen Frazier and Cameron French to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy.

  • Karen Frazier from Louisville is a licensed massage therapist and associate professor at Ivy Tech Community College. She replaces Brandy Madding, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending November 8, 2025.
  • Cameron French from Lexington is a program assistant at the Center for Next Generation Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He replaces Shari Thompson, who has resigned, and will remain in office for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends on July 16, 2024.

Appointed Robert Boyd and Lisa Stampor to the Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care.

  • Robert Boyd of Louisville is director of respiratory services at ScionHealth. He replaces Thomas Baxter, who resigned and whose term subsequently expired, and will serve a term ending October 30, 2025.
  • Lisa Stampor, from Shepherdsville, is Director of Respiratory Medicine at UofL Health. She replaces Ken DeLane McKenney, whose term has ended, and will serve a term ending October 30, 2025.

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