VOL. 12 NO. 2
The Blue Moon is published bi-monthly by the
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Governor Fletcher Appoints Four Board Members for New Terms and Two for Unexpired Terms
Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed four new members to the governing board of the Kentucky Arts Council. Todd P. Lowe, Louisville; Retha Carol Tarter, Madisonville; Kelly G. Knight, Lexington; and Randall C. Vaughn, Lexington will serve a regular four-year term expiring February 1, 2009.
Todd Lowe, founder and president of the investment and advisory firm Parthenon LLC brings a wealth of professional and arts advisory experience to the table. Lowe has served as Treasurer for the Executive Committee of the Southern Arts Federation, President of the Board of Directors for Actors Theatre of Louisville and President of the Board of Directors of Kentucky Citizens for the Arts and was on the Executive Committee for the Cultural Blueprint for Metro Louisville. Lowe is also a professional musician, having played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Billy Vaughn Orchestra and Louisville Jazz Society All Stars among other groups.
Retha Tarter has been instrumental to the success of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts as Ticket Services and Volunteer Coordinator since 1996. The volunteer program that she has built, with over 200 volunteers in service, is esteemed as a national model. Most recently she and Glema Mahr Director Brad Downall led the panel discussion, "Volunteerism: Backbone of Rural Arts" for performing arts presenters from around the country at the Performing Arts Exchange Conference in Pittsburgh. Tarter is also active in the Madisonville Community and Technical College Lions Club and the Madisonville Professional Women's Club.
Architect Randall Vaughn is the Design Studio Leader of the Architectural Department of James N. Gray Company. He currently serves on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Planning Commission, Governor's School for the Arts Advisory Committee and the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation. Vaughn has also been active in community service with the YMCA Black Achiever Youth Program, Brother's Program Community Action Council, Bluegrass-Aspendale Teen Center and other youth oriented programs.
Lexington's Kelly G. Knight has been very active in civic, arts and cultural activities as well as charitable causes. Knight is a long-standing Lexington Philharmonic board member and chaired the Philharmonic Ball in 2000. She is a committee member for "Art in Bloom," at the University of Kentucky Art Museum and has also served on the Kentucky Center for the Arts 20th Anniversary Gala Committee. Most recently, Knight co-founded the "With One Heart" foundation to build orphanages for the children in Sri Lanka left in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Other civic and charitable activities include serving on the boards of the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, Bluegrass Boy Scouts of America and the United Way of the Bluegrass.
Rotating off of the board are Thomas H. Bonny, Irvine; Mary Michael Corbett, Louisville; Pamela Papka Sexton, Lexington and Roanne H. Victor, Louisville.
Governor Fletcher appointed Jean M. Dorton in January 2005 and James R. Voyles in December 2004 to the Arts Council board to serve for the unexpired term of Larry May, Benham, and Charles Manchester, Paducah. May and Manchester had resigned in 2004.
Jean Dorton is the Community and Legislative Liaison at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg and served on Governor Ernie Fletcher's transition team. Dorton is also a former Paintsville City Council member. She currently serves on the Morehead State University Board of Regents, the executive committee of PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment), and is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Ms. Dorton has also been on the boards of the Kentucky Folk Art Center, the East Kentucky Concert Series and the Kentucky Apple Festival.
Louisville attorney and mediator James R. Voyles has a life-long interest in the arts and currently serves on board of The Louisville Ballet and as president of The Friends of the U. of L. School of Music. Past board memberships include the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Louisville Theatrical Association, Music Theatre Louisville, and the Clifton Center. A member of the General Society of Colonial Wars, he serves on the Council of the Kentucky Society. The authority of the Kentucky Arts Council is vested in a volunteer citizen board of 16 members appointed to four-year rotating terms by the Governor. Council members meet regularly in sessions open to the public to set policy and approve expenditures. Current board members are Robert E. Gable, Chair, Frankfort; Everett D. McCorvey, Vice-Chair, Lexington; Stephanie C. Bateman, Louisville; Nancy S. Cooper, Ft. Thomas; Jean M. Dorton, Paintsville; Paul E. Fourshee, Cadiz; Kelly G. Knight, Lexington; Todd P. Lowe, Louisville; Jo G. Marshall, Somerset; Ann Duggins Schell, Louisville; Gregory S. Shumate, Fort Mitchell; Kathleen Smith, Louisville; Retha C. Tarter, Madisonville; Janrose Tunnell, Richmond; Randall C. Vaughn, Lexington and James R. Voyles, Louisville.
Secretary of the Commerce Cabinet W. James Host, announced in January that Lindy Casebier has joined the Commerce Cabinet as Executive Director of Arts and Humanities. The agencies under his supervision will be the Kentucky Arts Council, the Center for the Arts, the Governor's School for the Arts, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Humanities Council.
Lindy brings a lifelong passion for the arts to the position as well as an extensive knowledge and background in education and state government. From 1982-1997 he was a band director and teacher in the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) system. He was promoted to Music Supervisor for the Jefferson Public School system in 1997. He was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1987-1993 and a member of the Kentucky Senate from Jefferson County from 1994-2004. He served as a Community Development Specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools for the 2001-2002 school year, and from July 2002 until he joined our Cabinet, Lindy was assistant to the superintendent of the Oldham County Board of Education.
Please join us in welcoming Lindy to the Cabinet. We wish him the very best in his new leadership position and are looking forward to a productive and successful relationship.
The Kentucky Arts Council hired Shelbyville resident Jason Whisman in February to serve as the Administrative Branch Manager for the Kentucky Arts Council. His responsibilities include general supervision of the administrative branch in the areas of budgeting, personnel, payroll, information technology, and grants management. He also represents the agency on the Commerce Cabinet's finance and personnel teams.
Jason graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Business Administration- Accounting major. He has also attended Kentucky State University in the Masters of Public Administration program. He continues professional development through the Kentucky Certified Public Managers program.
Jason began his state government career as a summer intern with the Finance and Administration Cabinet while still attending college. In 1999, he was hired full time by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Department as a Graduate Accountant. He then transferred to the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet to work as an Internal Policy Analyst before coming to the Kentucky Arts Council.