Mike Wheatley is vice president and chief mechanical officer. Suzanne Moorman is vice president and controller. Russ Burzynski is assistant vice president of purchasing and materials management. Karen Tucker is senior director of corporate services. Kevin McEwan is marketing director. Paul Smith is director of information technology.
Alayna Stinnett is a corporate services manager. Candie Henry is a customer accounting manager. Tasha Headrick is a manager of general accounting. Judy Mohney is technology application specialist. Jody Goins is director of customer service.
Megan Mortis joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter as the relationship manager for Paducah and the entire western Kentucky and southern Indiana regions.
Mortis is the former community outreach and volunteer coordinator for St. Anthony’s Hospice.
She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned a master’s degree in public administration.
Mortis will work with committees in her regions for promotions, logistics and events in Evansville, Ind., and all of western Kentucky from an office in Evansville.
Akridge Farm Supply in Fredonia recognized two employees for their years of employment.
David Huffstutter, assistant manager of the Fredonia store, has worked for the company for 35 years. Kevin Young, service manager, has 20 years of service. Paul Akridge, company president, presented both with a plaque and a monetary gift.
Law enforcement officers from 19 agencies across Kentucky graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
Corey Keene, of the Calloway County Sheriff’s office, was one of 28 officers in Class 432 to complete 18 weeks of training, which consisted of more than 750 hours, recruit-level-officer academy instruction.
Dianna Anders is the new director of revenue cycle at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Anders most recently worked at Women & Children’s Hospital, Triad/CHS in Lake Charles, La., where she served as director of the business office for nearly five years.
Prior to that position, Anders was assistant director of patient financial services at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Miss., and the business office director at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Miss.
The Mayfield Police Department hired Melody Arnold as an officer, the first female police officer at the department since 2004.
Arnold previously worked as an officer for the Calloway County Sheriff’s Department. Before her graduation from the Police Academy in Richmond, Arnold worked at the Graves County Sheriff’s Department as a court security officer.
Originally from Evansville, Ind., Arnold moved to the Mayfield area after graduating from Bosse High School in Evansville.
Coldwell Banker Purchase Realty Group added Bonnie Fitch to its residential sales team. Fitch is licensed in Kentucky as a real estate sales associate and is a member of the Paducah Board of Realtors.
Leon Owens, corporate development manager for Swift & Staley Mechanical Contractors, was elected as an officer for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Owens was elected to fill the unexpired term of Bill Mogan, who recently resigned from the Chamber board due to a career move out of town. Owens, who was already serving on the Chamber’s board of directors, will serve as vice chair of education and workforce for the remainder of the year.
Lourdes promoted Laurie Urhahn to blood bank supervisor of the Lourdes Department of Clinical Laboratory.
Urhahn began her career at Lourdes as a medical technologist and became Lourdes lab coordinator in 2009. She has worked in the Lourdes lab for 30 years.
Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Paducah, the office of Dr. Daniel Tkach, was granted another three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. This achievement recognizes the practice for providing the highest quality of care to its patients.
Paducah Dental Care, 5154 Village Square Drive, welcomed Paducah native Dr. Matthew Mangino to the practice run by Drs. Scott Bridges and William Walden.
Jonathan Gilbert, an electrician with Crown Electric Inc. at Western Baptist Hospital, wrote a chapter in the textbook, “Health Care Systems — Properly Applying Codes and Standards.” The book helps train electricians for the unique working conditions involved with healthcare facilities.
Gilbert, a member of IBEW Local 816, has worked at Crown Electric for 17 years and is a member of the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers.
Brian E. McReynolds was awarded the 2012 Young Construction Engineer of the Year Award by the University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering at the department’s 2012 annual award reception and banquet held April 14 in Lexington.
The award recognizes a graduate who is out of school for five to 15 years, and who exhibits outstanding ability, integrity, service, ethical behavior and significant achievement. A Livingston County native, McReynolds is vice president of operations at Jim Smith Contracting Co., based in Grand Rivers, where he has been employed since 2001.
Western Baptist Hospital employees earned certificates and degrees:
Lisa Feldsien, registered nurse in the radiation therapy department, received a Radiation Oncology certificate, and was chosen as a reviewer for the new program.
Betty Kuiper, APRN, nursing and institutional research coordinator, completed a written and oral qualifying examination to become a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky.
Cheryl D. Johnson, registered nurse in the pulmonary/telemetry unit, became a certified basic life support instructor.
Susan Suttle, registered nurse in the cardiac unit, received an adult nurse practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Beth Carloss Riley, formerly of Paducah, was awarded the title of Fellow of the American College of Physicians at the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Riley is assistant professor of medicine at the Brown Cancer Center in Louisville and is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Her clinical expertise is breast cancer and general hematology.
A trio of Certified Financial Planners with the Paducah branch of UBS Wealth Management-US earned companywide designations.
James R. Brown, senior vice president of investments, was named a member of the 2012 President’s Council for outstanding sales production, client service and leadership in 2011. The designation is given to the top 5 percent of advisers in the firm’s global wealth management business. Brown has been with UBS for 28 years.
Paula P. Bright, first vice president of investments, and Jamey R. Brown, associate director and vice president of investments, were named members of the 2012 Director’s Council for outstanding sales production, client service and leadership in 2011.
The Director’s Council level designation goes to the top 20 percent of advisers with the firm.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Tammi Wyatt Halvorson to the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities. Halvorson, of Paducah, holds a Ph.D. in biomedical medicine for autoimmune disorders and a master’s degree in education with a special education/autism emphasis.
Halvorson is the daughter of Ronald and Anita Wyatt of Paducah.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Mary Hammond, executive director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, to serve on the Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors.
Hammond will help set council policies for the 23-person volunteer board, as well as award project grants to community organizations and participate in fundraising to help the council meet the growing demand for its programs.
Based in Lexington, the council and its community partners invest more than $1 million a year in support of public humanities programs throughout the state.
Paducah Water Distribution Superintendent Barry Bolin received the Earl T. Mitchell Award at the annual Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators’ Association conference in Louisville.
A Paducah Water employee for 18 years, Bolin earned the award named after a long-time Paducah Water employee. The statewide recognition required Bolin to have 10 or more years of professional involvement in the water or wastewater industry and demonstrate commitment to the improvement of the management and technical progression of operations, maintenance and water quality in Paducah.
Several employees at City National Bank in Metropolis, Ill., received promotions.
Linda Gurley was promoted to vice president of operations/IT and security. Gurley has more than 25 years of banking experience and has worked for CNB for eight years. She earned an associate’s degree in accounting technology from Paducah Community College and is active with the Illinois Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association of Illinois.
Miriam Girtman was promoted to assistant vice president of CDs and IRAs. Girtman earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Paducah Community College. She began working at CNB in 1981 in the bookkeeping department.
Jared Quint was promoted to vice president of loans. Quint earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Southern Illinois University, and he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University. The Massac County native graduated from Massac County High School.
Chrissy Mescher was promoted to vice president of compliance. Mescher earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics from Southern Illinois University. She has worked at CNB since 2002.
Ben Schmidt was promoted to senior vice president of loans. Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972. The Massac County resident has worked for CNB for 22 years.
David Whaley, associate dean for teacher education in the college of human sciences at Iowa State University, will begin serving as dean of the college of education at Murray State University on July 1.
MSU’s search for a new college of education dean began in the fall with a committee headed by Renae Duncan, MSU associate provost.
In addition to serving as associate dean of teacher education at Iowa State, Whaley is a professor in the department of curriculum and instruction. He has also served in the school of education as director of educator licensing and professor at Colorado State University, and as department chairman and professor in agricultural business management and agricultural education at California State Polytechnic University.
Whaley earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California-Davis. Whaley earned his Ph.D. in education studies at Cornell University.
Glenn David Denton, of Denton & Keuler law practice, was re-appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. First appointed and approved in 2008, Denton’s term will expire on Dec. 31, 2016. The council is charged with leading the reform efforts envisioned by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997.
Dr. Charles Bohle, of Paducah’s Bohle Family Dentistry, was appointed a Fellow in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation Education. This designation is awarded to doctors who meet the requirements for sedation education including class study, having published articles and proper experience with patient treatment.
Bohle was awarded his fellowship at the organization’s national meeting in April.
Roxie Jarvis, a real estate agent for Century 21 Service Realty in Paducah, earned the company’s Century 21 Centurion Producer and Preferred Agent Club award for 2011.
Jarvis, a member of the Centurion Honor Society, received the award for the seventh consecutive year. She was also named Century 21 Service’s Sales Person of the Year for 2011 and ranked as Top Associate in AGC by the Kentucky Brokers Council.
William Murphy, founding director of the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering in Paducah, will step down from his position effective July 1.
To mark the change, and Murphy’s years of leadership, the second floor hallway of the Crisp Building on the West Kentucky Community & Technical College campus is now called Murphy Hall. UK’s primary engineering classes in Paducah are offered on that floor. Murphy will continue to teach at the college as a professor in mechanical engineering. The university is working to appoint his replacement, and hasn’t made a formal announcement about the position.
Murphy joined the UK faculty in 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UK, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. An Owensboro native, Murphy was hired to lead the newly formed local engineering program in 1998.
Since its inception in 1997, the UK’s College of Engineering in Paducah has produced more than 140 graduates.
Western Baptist Hospital’s “Miracles every day” ad campaign received a gold award after it scored above the 95th percentile in the 2012 Aster Awards, a competition among nearly 3,000 entries from the U.S., Canada and South America.
Entries from calendar year 2011 competed against similar-sized organizations in their category.
The hospital launched the TV ad series in November.
WBH also honored three nurses during Nurses Week, which ran from May 6 to Saturday.
Jessica Pierce, registered nurse, in Maternal Child Services was selected as the Physician Choice for Outstanding Nurse.
On staff since 2003, Pierce recently moved to labor and delivery after serving as a pulmonary/telemetry charge nurse where she was commended for always being available, responding quickly to requests.
Jodi Wainscott, registered nurse, ICU/CCU Clinical Care coordinator was named Nurse of the Year.
Nominations from her peers described Wainscott as well-educated, compassionate, caring and professional.
Shannon Fuller, registered nurse, with Orthopedics and Urology, was named Preceptor of the Year.
Co-workers see Fuller as an asset to her unit and described her as efficient and professional.
City National Bank in Metropolis, Ill., promoted Doris Meadows-Puckett to assistant vice president of payment processing.
Meadows-Puckett earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and information processing from Murray State University.
She has worked at CNB for 20 years, 17 of which have had her working in the operations department.