Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Institute for Aging
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed three members to the Kentucky Institute for Aging.
Dr. Harold R. Laswell, of Nicholasville, is the assistant dean for professional relations and continuing education at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Laswell received a master’s degree in dentistry science and a doctorate in dental surgery from Indiana University. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary Fraternity, the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, the American Association of Dental Schools, the Bluegrass Dental Society, the Kentucky Association for the Advancement of Science, the Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Association of Dental Examiners. He is married to Joan Laswell.
Laura N. Southard, of Bowling Green, is retired from the Warren County Planning Commission. Southard received a bachelor’s degree in history and government and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University. She is president of the Landmark Association Executive Board and is a founding member and chairman of Operation Pride. She is chair of the Urban Growth Design Review Board and program co-chair for Leadership Bowling Green. She is married to David E. Southard, Sr.
Dr. Graham D. Rowles, of Lexington, is the director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He is a professor and associate director of social and behavioral sciences for the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. Rowles received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Bristol, England, and a doctorate in geography from Clark University. He is a member of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation Board of Directors.
The Kentucky Institute for Aging is made up of no more than 15 members appointed by the governor. The institute advises the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and other officials and agencies of the commonwealth on policy matters relating to services for the aged.
In December 2006, Governor Fletcher signed an executive order creating the Department for Aging and Independent Living, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to centralize policy coordination, services and leadership on issues related to older Kentuckians and people with physical disabilities.