Personnel File for the week of Aug. 29

Ashley L. Grigsby
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WealthSouth: Timothy Yessin has joined the Lexington office as vice president, wealth management adviser.

Blue & Co.: Miranda Aavatsmark and Dominique Waits have been promoted to manager. Joseph Duruttya has been promoted to senior accountant. Brenda Begley has been promoted to senior accounting specialist.


Stoll Keenon Ogden: Walter R. Byrne has been elected as a member in the firm’s Lexington office. His legal career spans more than three decades and includes representing banks and financial institutions in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.


National Council of State Directors of Adult Education: Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been named chair-elect of the organization’s executive committee.

The Kentucky Oil and Gas Association: Matt Sawyers has been named executive director. The following have been named to the organization’s executive committee and board of directors for 2017: Maurice Royster, ETQ Corp., president; Mark Hughes, Hughes Land, president elect; Rudy Vogt, Cumberland Valley Resources, immediate pas president; Lauren Slone, Quality Natural Gas, treasurer; Jason Bentley, MMLK Government Solutions; Mike Gibbons, CountryMark Energy Resources; Karen Greenwell, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Jerry Howard, Boss Cementing; Mark Pierce, Nytis Exploration Co.; Bobby Short, United American Energy; Mike Wallen, Magnum Hunter Production; and J. Kevin West, Steptoe & Johnson.

The Nest - Center for Women, Children and Families: The following have been named to the executive committee for 2016-2017: Marc Ray, chair; Ashley L. Grigsby, DelCotto Law Group, vice chair; Mary B. Venezie, Alex G. Campbell Jr. LLC, secretary; Patty Breeze, Patty Breeze and Associates, treasurer; and Cliff Feltham, Kentucky Utilities Co., past board chair.

North Limestone Community Development Corp.: Grant Phelps has been named president and chief executive officer position for the nonprofit that has facilitated investment in the North Limestone area of Lexington, served as an advocate for local community issues and been an implementation tool for neighborhood needs and desires.


Keeneland: Robert N. Elliston, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Breeders’ Cup Limited since 2012, has joined the Thoroughbred race track and sales company as vice president of racing and sales.

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Compiled by Dorothea Wingo