Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the State Board for Proprietary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 29, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed four members to the State Board for Proprietary Education.

Lisa Bozarth, of Kuttawa, is a licensed massage therapist and founder of the Natural Healing Institute of Western Kentucky.  Bozarth is a graduate of Madisonville Community College, where she earned a degree in nursing.  She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Stephen E. Ellison, of Corbin, is a commercial truck driver for Dayton Freight Lines, Inc.  He attended Cumberland College and is married to Mary Ellison.

Alison K. Cuentas, of Frankfort, is employed by the Thorn Hill Education Center as an adult educator.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and sociology from Samford University.  She is married to Jorge L. Cuentas.

Mark A. Gabis, of Owensboro, is the president of Daymar Colleges Group, which includes Paducah Technical College, Draughons Junior College and Daymar College.  Gabis received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Xavier University and a law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  He is a member of the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools, the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the Career College Association.  He is married to Terrie L. Gabis.

Bozarth is a new appointee to the board.  Ellison, Cuentas and Gabis are serving consecutive terms. 

The State Board for Proprietary Education is made up of 11 gubernatorial appointees.  The board administers the provisions of law which pertain to the conduct, operation, maintenance, and establishment of proprietary education institutions within the commonwealth.