Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Authority Board

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed two members to the Kentucky Artisans Center at Berea Authority Board.

Richard Bellando, of Berea, is retired as the vice-president of sales and operations for Churchill Weavers, Inc.  Bellando received an associate degree from Warren Wilson College, a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Berea College and attended the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  He is a member of the Berea Tourism Commission, United Way of the Bluegrass and the Berea Industrial Management Club.  Bellando is past president of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and was the first director of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.  He is married to Lila Bellando.

Retha C. Tarter, of Madisonville, is the ticket services coordinator and volunteer coordinator for Madisonville Community College.  Tarter is secretary of the Madisonville Community College Lions Club and a member of the Madisonville Business and Professional Women’s Club.  She is married to Charles Alexander Tarter.

The Kentucky Artisans Center at Berea Authority Board is made up of 13 members, seven of whom are appointed by the governor.  The board oversees the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, which was created as an economic development initiative following the tornado that struck and badly damaged Berea businesses in 1996.  Construction for the center was funded by the Kentucky General Assembly.  The center opened in 2003.