Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to Kentucky Arts Council
(From Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office)
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed two new members to the Kentucky Arts Council Board of Directors and reappointed two others.
Zev Buffman, president and CEO of RiverPark Center in Owensboro, was a new appointee. Buffman has extensive experience as an executive in the field of the performing arts. He has produced more than 40 Broadway shows and 100 national tours, garnering 27 Tony Award nominations. He has been honored as the New York Drama Critics Best Musical Producer and as Florida’s Ambassador of the Arts.
Buffman has served as president for multiple performing arts centers, including the Jackie Gleason Center in Miami, the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale and the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. He received a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Los Angeles State College and is married to Vilma Buffman.
Also newly appointed was Ed Lane, of Lexington, publisher of The Lane Report and kybiz.com, and a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. Lane is the CEO and principal broker of Lane Consultants, Inc., a commercial real estate firm. He received a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Georgia.
Lane is a member of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Advisory Committee and the board of directors for the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. Lane has served as chairman of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation and the Kentucky chapter of the Kentucky chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council (now LexArts), the Better Business Bureau, the Lexington Ballet, the Lexington Philharmonic and Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. Lane is a member of Commerce Lexington Inc., Greater Louisville Inc., the Kentucky Industrial Development Commission, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Area Business Publications.
Governor Fletcher reappointed James R. Voyles, an attorney in Louisville. Voyles received a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in English from the University of Louisville, and a juris doctor degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Voyles has served as a member of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. He is a member of the Louisville and Kentucky bar associations, and is a founding member of the Louisville Bar Foundation.
Voyles is past president of The Friends of the University of Louisville School of Music and is a member of the Louisville Ballet Board of Directors. He has served on the board of directors of the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Louisville Theatrical Association, Music Theatre Louisville and the Clifton Center. Voyles has served on the Kentucky Arts Council since 2004 and is a chair of the group’s Legislation Committee. He is married to Elizabeth Helm Voyles.
Also reappointed was Ann Duggins Schell, of Louisville. She is an attorney who received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a juris doctor degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and master of laws degree from New York University. She has been a market researcher for Procter and Gamble and an English teacher.
Schell is past president of the YWCA of Louisville and the Women Lawyer Association. She is a member of the Louisville and Kentucky bar associations, and has served as a member of the Bellarmine College Board of Overseers. She is married to Ivan Schell.
The Kentucky Arts Council Board of Directors is made up of 16 members appointed by the Governor. The council develops and promotes a broadly conceived state policy of support for the arts in Kentucky. The council supports, through grants and technical assistance, Kentucky arts organizations, non-profit community organizations, local arts councils, local government agencies, individual artists and craftspeople.
Kentucky Arts Council board members are Todd P. Lowe, Chair, Louisville; Everett D. McCorvey, Vice-Chair, Lexington; Wilma Brown, Danville; Zev Buffman, Owensboro; Jean Dorton, Paintsville; H. Dean Jones, II, Owensboro; Kelly G. Knight, Lexington; Ed Lane, Lexington; Phyllis Combs Liebman, Frankfort; Jo G. Marshall, Ph.D., Somerset; K. Gail Russell, Louisville; Ann Duggins Schell, Louisville; Gregory S. Shumate, Fort Mitchell; Retha Tarter, Madisonville; Randall C. Vaughn, Lexington; and James R. Voyles, Louisville.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians through the arts. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.