Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Media Contact: Nicole Burton
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Nicole.Burton@ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Les K. Hill, Richard F. Gimmel Jr., Larry B. Hammond, Dustin Eric Phelps, Shannon Keith Frazier, Kevin Carter Stewart, and Aaron H. Gillum have been appointed as members of the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

  • Les K. Hill, of Burlington, is a deputy sheriff. He will represent the Kentucky Sheriff's Association and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Richard F. Gimmel Jr., of Louisville, is the president of Atlas Machine and Supply. He will represent the Kentucky Board of Education and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Larry B. Hammond, of Mt. Vernon, is the superintendent of the Gallatin County Board of Education. He will represent school administrators and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Dustin Eric Phelps, of Somerset, is a psychologist. He will represent psychologists and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Shannon Keith Frazier, of Brandenburg, is a veteran. He will represent members trained in school or facilities safety and security and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Kevin Carter Stewart, of Bronston, is a pastor. He will represent parents with crisis management training and will serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021; and
  • Aaron H. Gillum, of Florence, is a senior technical specialist for Quest Diagnostics. He will represent members affected by school violence or lock-down incident and serve for a term expiring July 13, 2021.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety was established in 1998 by the General Assembly to create safe, secure learning environments in Kentucky schools. It is the center for data analysis, research, allocation of information about successful school safety programs, research results and new programs. The Center’s Board of Directors is composed of 12 members, seven of whom are appointed by the Governor. 

Natalie C. Kelly, Eric J. Hawkins, Gregory J. Jones, Joan Lisa Byer, Shelby Taylor Gardner, and George S. Scott have been appointed as members of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. 

  • Natalie C. Kelly, of Midway, is a policy analyst for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She will represent the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2019; and
  • Eric J. Hawkins, of Louisville, is a crew scheduling supervisor for UPS. He will represent volunteers who work with delinquent or potential delinquent youth and serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2021; and
  • Gregory J. Jones, of Independence is a police officer. He will represent peace officers and serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2021; and
  • Joan Lisa Byer, of Louisville, is a retired family court judge. She will represent youth advocates and serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2021; and
  • Shelby Taylor Gardner, of Louisville, is a quality control specialist for Radial. She will represent youth under the age of 24 and serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2021; and
  • George S. Scott, of Louisville, is a superintendent for the Department of Juvenile Justice. He will represent former juvenile justice system participants and will serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2021.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board develops program criteria for early juvenile intervention, diversion, and prevention projects. The Board was created under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act of 1974. The Board consists of no less than 15 and no more than 33 members.

Frances J. Feltner, Jon B. Dougherty, Julie D. Wischer, Jennifer A. Lindon, Aaron Thompson Jr. and Donald Ray Adkins Jr. have been appointed as members of the Kentucky Apprenticeship Council.

  • Frances J. Feltner, of Hazard, is director of  the University of Kentucky's Center of Excellence in Rural Health. She will represent employers and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022; and
  • Jon B. Dougherty, of Owingsville, is the electrical education director for Amteck. He will represent employers and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022; and
  • Julie D. Wischer, of Henderson, is the executive director of the Sandefur Center. She will represent employees and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022; and
  • Jennifer A. Lindon, of Hazard, is the president of Hazard Community and Technical College. She will represent members at-large and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022; and
  • Aaron Thompson Jr., of Richmond, is the president of the Council on Post-Secondary Education. He will represent members at-large and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022; and
  • Donald Ray Adkins Jr., of Lexington, is a safety and training director for Davis H. Elliott Inc. He will represent employees and serve for a term expiring July 17, 2022.

The Kentucky Apprenticeship Council aids in formulating policies for the effective administration of apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth.

Brenda Collins has been appointed as a member of the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Funding Commission.

  • Brenda Collins, of Alvaton, is a benefits distributor for Constellium-UACJ. She will represent employers and serve for a term expiring Nov. 18, 2021.

The Kentucky Workers' Compensation Funding Commission was created in 1987 for the purposes of controlling, investing, and managing the funds collected to support the Commonwealth's workers' compensation program. The Commission is required to establish the annual assessment rates necessary to fund the various programs.

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