Harris is in his third year of surgical residency, and plans to move to Murray in 2014 to practice general surgery with Dr. Craig Dowdy, Dr. David Koelsch and Dr. Brian Swain at West Kentucky Surgical.
Harris was awarded the Richardson Award as the best overall third-year surgical resident based on clinical work and skill. The Trauma Institute award goes to the most outstanding resident in trauma surgery and surgical critical care.
A Calloway County High School graduate, Harris attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine after graduating from Murray State University. He is the son of Rick and Patty Harris of Murray.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed several locals to Kentucky boards and commissions:
Paul E. Fourshee of Cadiz and Sonya G. Baker of Murray were reappointed to the Kentucky Arts Council for terms expiring Feb. 1, 2016. Fourshee is the owner of Fourshee Building Supply. Baker is a singer and an associate professor at Murray State University.
Doug Dotson of Benton was reappointed to the Motor Vehicle Commission to serve a term expiring July 1, 2015. Dotson is a car dealer at West Kentucky Used Cars.
Marty T. Ivy was appointed to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to serve a term expiring June 30, 2016. Ivy is general superintendent of Mayfield Electric and Water Systems. Ivy represents the Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association. He replaces Thomas P. Calkins, whose term expired.
Danny B. Perry of Murray was appointed to the Statewide Independent Living Council for a term expiring May 20, 2015. Perry, a volunteer, represents advocates of and for individuals with disabilities. He replaces Kimberly S. Parsley, whose term expired.
Mayfield-based FNB Bank announced its recent officer promotions at the bank’s annual meeting in Mayfield in June.
Promoted to vice president wereBruce McClure, Debbie Buck and Crystal Balentine.
McClure of Gilbertsville had served as the bank’s chief information officer since 2006. Buck, of Mayfield, served as the mortgage loan officer at the Mayfield main office since 1992. Balentine, who is from Paducah, served as the bank’s HR director since 2006 and recently obtained an additional role as the bank’s branch administrator.
Promoted to assistant vice president positions were Ty Englebright, Patrick Dawson and Ike Nichols.
Englebright, a native of Princeton, has worked at FNB since 2010 and serves as the business loan officer at the bank’s Cadiz main office. Dawson is from Cadiz and has worked at FNB since 2010. He serves as the bank’s west office in Cadiz. Nichols, of Paducah, began his career as a mortgage lender with the bank in 2008, and he serves as office manager of the bank’s Lone Oak office.
The Rotary Club of Paducah welcomed Missy Eckenberg as its 2012-2013 president.
Eckenberg, director of development at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, earned a master’s degree in nursing from Murray State University. She is the fourth woman to be elected president in the Paducah club’s 97-year history.
Phyllis A. Maclin, vice president of Paducah Housing Services Inc., completed the Delta Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for regional leaders sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority and The University of Alabama.
Maclin also is a member of the Alabama Delta Leadership Class of 2012. She received her Award of Completion on June 14 at a ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.
The year-long program is designed to foster collaborative regional initiatives across the Delta Region, as it focused on six cities and concluded with simulation exercises designed to develop critical thinking skills. Maclin’s certifications include crucial conversations and influencer in addition to recognition by the Delta Regional Authority.
Dr. Gerry Muuka, associate dean of the Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University, was selected as the official adviser for a participant in the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship program.
The Muskie Graduate Fellowship program is one of the programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.
Muuka will advise Andriy Zinchuk, the 2012 Business Administration Muskie Fellow who will begin his master’s degree program in business administration in the fall.
Muuka earned his bachelor’s degree from Copperbelt University in Zambia, a master’s degree from MSU and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Rebecca Wright, registered dietitian at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, saw her work published in two editions of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care. The first article, “Supporting and Encouraging the Bariatric Surgical Patient: Tips for Keeping Patients on Track and Engaged Throughout Their Journey,” was published in the March 2012 edition, and included Wright’s comments from a round-table discussion with other bariatric professionals.
The second, “My Greatest Nutritional Challenge,” published in the June 2012 edition and focused on the role an RD plays in pre- and post-operative care. Wright joined MCCH in 1988 and became part of its Bariatic Solutions team in 2008.
Doris A. Glaz with the financial services firm Edward Jones in Paducah won the firm’s Jim McKenzie Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Glaz was one of 933 of the firm’s 12,000 financial advisors to receive the award.
Michelle Butcher and Brian Medlin, McCracken County Public Library employees, are recipients of Library Science Tuition Scholarships. Butcher, who attends the University of Kentucky, received a $1,000 scholarship. Medlin received a $500 scholarship.
The State Board for the Certification of Librarians created the scholarship program to encourage continuing education among library administrators and staff. The board handed out $8,500 to 12 Kentucky public library employees for the fall semester.
Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, associate professor in the telecommunications systems management program at Murray State University, co-authored an article published in the Journal of Communications. Yarali’s co-author was Saifur Rahman of Virginia Tech University. The publication addressed the importance of various technologies that use data transmission for the smart grid and problems or difficulties.
Brad Clark of Paducah joined Fox & Company CPAs Inc. in Mayfield as senior accountant. Clark, a CPA candidate, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University.
Clark formerly served as the director of finance for Kentucky’s largest privately held medical billing facility and brings years of accounting, taxation and business consulting experience to Fox & Company CPAs.
Dr. Y. Charles Lu, P.E., of Murray, was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of mechanical engineering with the University of Kentucky. Lu is assigned to the UK engineering programs in Paducah. He earned a doctorate in mechanical and materials engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Lu joined the UK faculty six years ago and has seven years experience in industry.
Dr. David L. Silverstein, P.E., of Paducah, was promoted to professor of chemical and materials engineering with UK. Silverstein is also assigned to UK engineering programs in Paducah. Silverstein graduated from the University of Alabama and earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He has been a member of the UK faculty for more than 13 years.
Greg Webb was promoted to campus president at the Paducah campus of Daymar College. Webb has served as the director of education at Daymar College for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and physical education, and a master’s degree in education, from Murray State University. He also earned a Rank 1 Degree in educational administration in 2004.
Webb has 37 years of educational experience, 33 of those in McCracken County Public Schools.
Kevin Holcomb, former professional golfer and a club pro, is the new club manager of the Murray Country Club. Holcomb will also work at coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Murray High School.
A West Virginia native, Holcomb spent six years as club pro at the Kanauha Country Club in Charleston, W.Va., and he has 10 years experience at clubs in the Charleston area.
Holcomb will give lessons by appointment. For more information, contact him at 270-762-0068 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Ben Leonard joined the Eye Care Associates of Kentucky in Calvert City. Leonard earned an undergraduate degree at Freed-Hardeman University, and a doctorate of optometry at Nova Southeastern University where he earned honors in the clinical and optical programs.
Leonard is accepting new patients in pediatric and adult optometry.
Technology firm KeeFORCE, of Symsonia, hired Jonathan Warren as an “i-Doc Solutions Specialist.” Warren will be responsible for product development and programming for a wide variety of intelligent document management programs offered by KeeFORCE.
Warren joins KeeFORCE after spending four years with WPSD-TV where he served as a reporter and photographer. While at WPSD-TV, Warren received multiple Associated Press awards and was nominated for an Emmy.
Coldwell Banker Purchase Realty Group in Paducah added three to its residential sales team: Tom Rasche, Roy Wikoff and Barbara Wikoff.
All three are State of Kentucky Licenses Real Estate Sales Associates and are members of the Paducah Board of Realtors.
Financial services firm Edward Jones hired Elliott Treece as a new financial advisor for the Paducah branch office at 3235 Olivet Church Rd.
The St. Louis-based company also recognized local financial advisorChris Sims and Donna Phelps, branch office administrator, for ranking in the top 25 percent of the country for excellence in client service.
The honor is bestowed based upon results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the staffs of their local Edward Jones branch offices.
Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates, Lourdes’ employed physician practice, welcomed several new members to the medical staff.
Dr. Jonathan Wilkerson joined the Lourdes medical staff. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and will practice at Western Kentucky Kidney Specialists located in the Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Suite 315. For appointments call 270-538-5880.
Mercy Medical Associates welcomed Drs. Kimberly Collins, Christopher Sperry and Shane Hendon to its medical staff.
Collins graduated from Tennessee State University and the University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine. Sperry earned a degree from Murray State University and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Collins and Sperry joined Dr. Kathryn Glass in the Mercy Primary Care practice in Suite 150 of the Nemer Pavilion. For appointments call 270-538-5596.
Hendon graduated from Murray State University and the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He joins Dr. Gary Bodnarchuk in the Mercy Gastroenterology practice in Suite 310 of the Nemer Pavilion. For an appointment call 270-443-0777.
Gov. Steve Beshear made appointments to state boards and commissions.
Rhonda T. Edwards, of Paducah, was reappointed to the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy to serve a term expiring July 15, 2015. Edwards is an occupational therapist at West Kentucky Educational Cooperative, and she represents licensed occupational therapists.
Holly Bloodworth, of Murray, was appointed to the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council to serve a term expiring April 30, 2014. Bloodworth is a teacher for Murray Independent Schools. She represents teachers. Her appointment replaces Patrice McCrary, whose term expired.
Doris L. Sarr, of Murray, was appointed to the Commission on Human Rights to serve a term expiring Sept. 12, 2015. Sarr is director of Adventures in Math and Science at Murray State University. Her appointment replaces Virginia L. Burton, whose term expired.
Mark P. Bryant, of Paducah, was appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees to serve a term expiring June 30, 2018. Bryant is an attorney with Bryant Law Center. His appointment replaces Erwin Roberts, whose term expired.
Vascular surgeon Dr. Griffin K. Bicking joined the medical staff at Western Baptist Hospital. Bicking joins vascular surgeon Dr. Joseph F. Mayo in treating vascular disease, such as abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid artery blockages and peripheral artery disease.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton, Bicking earned a medical degree, as well as completed residency and fellowship in vascular surgery, at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Bicking is accepting new patients at West Kentucky Surgical Associates, Doctors Office Building 1, Suite 202, Western Baptist Hospital, 2601 Kentucky Ave. Call 270-415-4802.
Heath Bowling, of Paducah, was elected to the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. Bowling’s term began July 1 and will continue through June 30, 2015.
Bowling graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1996 before becoming a certified financial planner and adviser for Edward Jones in Paducah. He is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association and past president of the McCracken County UK Alumni Club. The association’s Board of Directors is comprised of 127 members and is responsible for setting policy in accordance to the association’s vision and mission.
Dr. L. Murphy Smith and Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, two Murray State University professors in the Bauernfeind College of Business, collaborated to publish a new financial accounting textbook, “Financial Accounting and Reporting.”
The two also worked with Shannon Knight of Texas A&M to publish the work.
Murphy Smith is the David and Ashley Dill Distinguished Professor of Accounting at MSU. Katherine Smith is an assistant professor of marketing.
Paul J. Ludovissie became a licensed agent in Paducah at insurance agency Bradshaw and Weil. He specializes in providing insurance and risk advice for churches and restaurants. Ludovissie was previously with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores for 17 years, where he served for 11 years as district manager in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and western Kentucky.
Lourdes welcomed Dan Bergman as executive director of the Ray and Kay Eckstein Cardiovascular Institute. Bergman comes to Lourdes from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, where he served as the associate director of the Regional Heart Center. He brings more than 25 years of experience in cardiovascular leadership, and earned his undergraduate degree, and master’s degree in business administration, from Northwest University.
Joseph Crawford, a 10-year employee at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, was named director of endoscopy, as well as director of the upcoming Wound Care Unit.
Crawford began his career at MCCH as a nursing assistant in 2002, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University in 2004, after which he began working in the emergency room as a registered nurse. In 2007, Crawford moved to the radiology/cath lab before becoming the endoscopy unit coordinator in 2011.
The hospital plans to open a Wound Care Unit on the second floor of the North Tower.