Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Department for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed 21 members to the Kentucky Department for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council.

Charles L. Allen, of Frankfort, is a self-employed vending facility manager.  Allen is a member of the National Association of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Merchants.  He is president of the National Federation of the Blind of Frankfort.  He is married to Betty T. Allen.

Mike L. Harrod, of Shelbyville, is a sales manager for the Kentuckiana Division of Pepsi Americas, Inc.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University. 

Adam Ruschival, of Louisville, is a retired education department employee for the Kentucky School for the Blind.  Ruschival received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Murray State University.  He is a member of the Alumni Association of the Kentucky School for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind Special Interest Groups, the American Library Association, the Bluegrass Council of the Blind, the Kentucky Library Association and the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.  He is married to Carla Ruschival.

Carol Sue McElfresh, of Newport, is a housewife and former employee of the Disability Coalition of Northern Kentucky.  McElfresh is a graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind and is a member of the American Council of the Blind.  She is married to Raymond A. McElfresh.

Robert Mitchell Dahmke, of Taylorsville, is the family support specialist for the Kentucky School for the Blind.  Dahmke received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Peru State College.  He is married to Carol Dahmke.

Darrell L. Buford, of Louisville, works for the human resources division of the American Printing House for the Blind. Buford has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration and a master’s in public administration from Murray State University.  He is president of the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association and is also a member of the Kentucky Council for the Blind Board of Directors and the American Council for the Blind.  He is married to Carol S. Buford.

Dr. Ronald E. Milliman, of Bowling Green, is a professor at Western Kentucky University.  Milliman received a master’s degree in business administration and doctorate in marketing from Arizona State University.  He is a member of the American Council for the Blind and the Kentucky Council for the Blind.  He is married to Palma V. Milliman.

Jennifer M. Holladay, of Burlington, is the executive director of the Disabilities Coalition of Northern Kentucky.  Holladay received a degree in communications from Thomas More College and is the secretary of the Kentucky Council for the Blind.

Cecil L. Cox, of Louisville, is a self-employed vendor with visual impairment.  Cox is the Membership Committee chairman for the Kentucky Council of the Blind and is the second vice president of the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association.  He is married to Patricia Cox.

Eugene Willis, of Louisville, is the director of New Life Computers, a division of TranSight, Inc.  Willis is a member of the Kentucky Council for the Blind and the Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association.  He is married to Susan B. Willis.

Opal Spencer, of Lexington, is a retired hairdresser.  Spencer is a member of the Bluegrass Council for the Blind and is married to Henry B. Spencer.

Dr. Robert E. Mackey, of Corbin, is an optometrist and owner of Mackey Vision Center.  Dr. Mackey is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry and is a member of the Kentucky Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the and Knox County Board of Health.

Juda C. Potter, of Lexington, is a sales representative for Oreck of Lexington.  Potter received a degree in business from Lexington Community College. She is a member of the Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Sycamore Homemakers and the Elkhorn Creek Area Heritage Council. 

Shannon G. Caldwell, of London, is a social worker doing contract work with the Core Indicator Project for the Human Development Institute of Lexington.  Caldwell received his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.  He is married to Paula Caldwell.

Gerry Gordon-Brown, of Louisville, is the client-assistance program director for the Kentucky Education Department.  Gordon-Brown received a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University and master’s degree from Webster University. 

Pamela R. Glisson, of Lexington, is the director of community services for Independence Place, Inc.  Glisson received a degree in English from the University of Kentucky.  She is a member of the National Federation of the Blind.  She is married to John Glisson.

Freda Bailey Shipman, of Frankfort, is the program director of the visual impairment services team for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Shipman received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University, a master’s of social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Spalding University.  She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Lexington Lions Club, Links, Inc. and is a volunteer for the Special Olympics of Kentucky.  She is married to Keith A. Shipman, Sr.

Carla Ruschival, of Louisville, is a self-employed teacher.  Ruschival received a degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University and degrees in elementary education and vision from the University of Louisville.  She is the treasurer of the Kentucky Council of the Blind and the secretary for the New Visions Enterprises Board of Directors.  She is also a member of the Louisville Downtown Lions Club.  She is married to Adam Ruschival.

Gerry Rader, of Highland Heights, is a homemaker.  Rader has served on the council since 2001 and represents the citizens at-large on the council.

Scott Trimble, of Frankfort, is the associate commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Assessment and Accountability.  Trimble received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in international and comparative education from Michigan State University.  He is married to Barbara Trimble.

William R. Deatherage, of Florence, is a service representative for the Social Security Administration.  Deatherage received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.  He is a member of the American Council of the Blind.

The Kentucky Department for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council is made up of a maximum of 23 members appointed by the governor.  The council advises the Kentucky Department for the Blind on matters of delivering vocational rehabilitation services and evaluates the goals and priorities of the state plan for rehabilitation centers.   In addition, the council evaluates the effectiveness of and consumer satisfaction with department functions and services.


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