Personnel File local hires and promotions: Week of Nov. 25

Brett Ratliff
Brett Ratliff


Hindman Settlement School: Brett Ratliff has been named program director at the school effective Dec. 2.

Berea College: Derrick Singleton, who served in an interim capacity as vice president for operations and sustainability at Berea College since July, has been named permanently to the position. Singleton joined Berea College in August 2011 as associate vice president for operations and sustainability.


Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance: Katy Grachek has been promoted to benefits manager for the largest provider of workers' compensation insurance in Kentucky. Robert Palmer has been promoted to agency relations manager. Dwight Price has been named director of finance.

The Livesay Group: Cheryl Edmondson has joined the firm as accounting support manager. Dal Barrett has joined the firm as tax manager.


Christian Appalachian Project: Susie Hillard Bullock of Lexington has been named development officer at CAP, an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization that provides physical, spiritual and emotional support for people in need in Appalachia.

The Lexington Medical Society: Christopher M. Hickey has been named executive vice president/CEO effective Dec. 1. Hickey succeeds Carolyn Kurz, who spent nearly 43 years as CEO. Hickey, who lives in Lexington, has more than 20 years executive/strategic planning experience.

State Archives and Records Commission: Roger Hamperian of Lexington has been appointed to represent citizens at large through Sept. 21, 2017. Hamperian is a records management analyst senior at Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.


Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation: Rodney Kuhl, who has 26 years of experience in private-sector management, customer service and business development, has been appointed commissioner of the department. He succeeds Tom Zawacki, whom Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Kuhl has spent most of his career in banking — most recently as market president of Forcht Bank, overseeing four branches.

Appalachian Heritage: Kentucky author Jason Howard has been appointed editor of the literary quarterly at Berea College. Howard is the award-winning author or editor of three books and numerous short works of creative nonfiction.

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Compiled by Dorothea Wingo