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Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Media Contact: Nicole Burton
502-564-2611
Nicole.Burton@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

John T. Popp, Mark A. Ayres, Julie A. Ross, Ernest E. Thacker, Karen Exton Thompson and Douglas W. Reynolds have been appointed as members of the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board. 

  • John T. Popp, of Wilmore, is a retired geologist. He will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2020; and 
  • Mark A. Ayres, of Louisville, is a retired hydrologist. He will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2020; and 
  • Julie A. Ross, of Versailles, is a geologist. She will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2021; and 
  • Ernest E. Thacker, of Nicholasville, is the vice president of engineering and geology at Alliance Coal. He will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2021; and 
  • Karen Exton Thompson, of Harrodsburg, is a geologist. She will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2020; and 
  • Douglas W. Reynolds, of Owensboro, is a petroleum geologist. He will serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2020. 

The Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board works to increase the knowledge and understanding of the mineral, energy, water resources, geologic hazards and geology of Kentucky for the benefit of the Commonwealth and nation. The Board also conducts research, collects data, and serves as the State's official archive for data on petroleum, coal, minerals, ground water, and topographic and geologic maps.

Dr. John August D’Orazio and Heather D. Shaw have been appointed as members of the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund Board. 

  • Dr. John August D’Orazio, of Lexington, is a physician-scientist at the University of Kentucky. He will represent pediatric cancer survivors and serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2019; and 
  • Heather D. Shaw, of Lexington, is the development director at the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass. She will represent pediatric cancer survivors and serve for a term expiring Sept. 1, 2019. 

The Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund Board provides additional oversight and guidance of The Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund, which is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

Mother Mary Christina Murray has been appointed as a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Long-Term Care Administrators. 

  • Mother Mary Christina Murray, of Walton, is the president of the board at Taylor Manor. She will represent Leading Age Kentucky and serve for a term expiring Jan. 12, 2021. 

The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Long-Term Care Administrators administers and enforces the statutory authority and monitors the needs of the consuming public. The Board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of Long-Term Care Administration, and recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality.

Kris Knochelmann has been appointed as a member of the Court Facilities Standards Committee. 

  • Kris Knochelmann, of Crescent Springs, is the Kenton County judge/executive. He will serve for a term expiring Jan. 6, 2022. 

The Court Facilities Standards Committee has one gubernatorial appointee, which is a county judge/executive appointed by the Governor. The Committee periodically reviews each court facility and makes recommendations for improvements.

David Webb and James H. Lee have been appointed as members of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. 

  • David Webb, of Madisonville, is a program director for AirEvac Lifeteam. He will represent licensed air ambulance service administrators and serve for a term expiring Sept. 19, 2022; and 
  • James H. Lee, of Glasgow, is the executive vice-president of marketing and support services for TJ Regional Health. He will represent citizens at-large and serve for a term expiring Sept. 19, 2019. 

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services is charged with regulating EMS licenses and ensuring all licensed and certified EMS workers in Kentucky practice within the state’s code of conduct for emergency services.

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