Allen E. Kennedy of the Hancock County Board of Education is the new president-elect – and eventual president – of the Kentucky School Boards Association. Kennedy, a member of the board since 2008 and the Hancock County board since January 2007, was elected during the business session at KSBA’s annual conference.
A master electrician and certified human resources manager, Kennedy has more than 40 years’ experience in labor and management representation.
He joined KSBA’s board member training cadre in 2012 and represents local school boards on the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
Kennedy will follow Durward Narramore of Jenkins Independent, who became KSBA president at the conclusion of the conference. Kennedy will serve as president elect for two years before automatically ascending to the association’s top leadership post in 2015.
Four new members also have joined the KSBA Board of Directors following elections to three-year terms by the general membership at the association’s annual conference. Filling four seats as directors-at-large are:
Ramona Malone, chairwoman of the Newport Independent school board. Malone has logged a total of five-and-a-half years of service on the board. She has worked for 25 years in the insurance industry as a claims specialist and quality assessment coordinator. She currently works part-time as a community living support agent, serving special needs clients. Malone also received training through the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and served as a school council member for seven years at the elementary and middle school levels. She is active in her church, serving in various leadership positions and teaching Sunday School. Malone holds an associate’s degree in senior claims law.
James M. See of Louisa, a member of the Lawrence County school board since 2005. See is retired from American Electric Power and currently works as a private consultant and registered lobbyist in the areas of environmental affairs and compliance. He holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and Bible studies and is a U.S. Army veteran. See is active in his church, serves on the Lawrence County Ethics Committee, works with the Archery in Schools program and has held numerous statewide positions with Gideons International. He also represented AEP on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and owns See’s Tax and Accounting.
Patti A. Insko of Mt. Olivet, a 10-year veteran of the Robertson County school board who also serves as board representative on the district’s School Improvement Team. Insko is director of compliance and risk management for a community hospital and holds associate’s degrees in both business management and nursing.
Her community involvement includes working with the March of Dimes as county chairperson and on the area steering committee, and she is treasurer of the women’s missionary group at her church. Insko is a member of and has held leadership positions in the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Risk Management and also is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the Kentucky Hospital Association Compliance Workgroup.
Dianne Burns Mackey of Utica, a Daviess County board member since 2008. Mackey, a retired teacher with the Daviess County system, owns grocery and convenience stores and farms tobacco and cattle with her husband, who also is a retired teacher. She holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education, a graduate degree and Rank I in guidance and counseling and certification in gifted and talented education. Besides membership in education groups, Mackey has served on Leadership Owensboro, Global Outreach Missions and the Kentucky Economics Council, and as vice president of the Women’s Club. She also is active in her church and works with Kentucky Youth Assembly and its model United Nations program and with the 4-H Leadership Program.