KSBA directors to continue service
Kentucky School Advocate
Four members of the KSBA Board of Directors were re-elected to a second term on the 27-member panel. The ratification of the four director-at-large nominations was held during the Saturday, Feb. 27, business session at KSBA’s annual conference.
The four, recommended by a nominating committee appointed by President Allen Kennedy, are (pictured from left) James See of Lawrence County, Ramona Malone of Newport Independent, Larry Dodson of Oldham County and Dianne Burns Mackey of Daviess County. They will serve a three-year term.
James See has served a dozen years on the Lawrence County school board. He is self-employed in the accounting and tax business. See, who lives in Louisa, spent the bulk of his career with American Electric Power, where he held positions as a performance engineer, environmental specialist and, immediately prior to his retirement from the company, as its environmental affairs director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, a bachelor’s degree in Bible studies from the American Bible College and a degree from the Ohio State College of Management. He serves as his church clerk and is a member of the local tourism committee and Kentucky Work Ready Community Task Force. See also is a citizen member of the Kentucky legislature’s Federal Environmental Regulation Impact Assessment Task Force and is a member of the state’s Local Distribution Fund Oversight Committee.
Larry Dodson of Crestwood, a gas safety and technical training consultant for Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, is no stranger to KSBA’s board. In addition to his first term as a director-at-large, he previously served a term as a regional chairperson on the board, representing the Fifth Region. Dodson has been a member of the Oldham County school board for nine years. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Gas Association and chairs various committees of that association and of the Southern Gas Association. He also is a past member of the North Oldham Little League.
Dianne Burns Mackey was elected to the Daviess County school board in 2008 after retiring as an elementary school teacher and a gifted and talented elementary teacher in the district. She also owns grocery and convenience stores, and farms with her husband. Mackey holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in guidance and counseling, as well as Rank I in guidance and certification in gifted and talented education, all from Western Kentucky University. Her community service includes membership in Leadership Owensboro, the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Leadership program, the local Women’s Club and Friendship Force. She is active in First Baptist Church. Mackey made an unsuccessful bid for 12th District state representative in 2014, running as a Republican to emphasize the importance of full funding of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.
Ramona Malone has chaired the Newport Independent school board since 2012, beginning her school board service in 2007. She also has experience at the school level, having been a school council member for a total of seven years; and she has participated in the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. Malone, who attended University of Cincinnati, has 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry as a property and casualty insurance claims specialist with a concentration in litigation. She currently works for Great American Insurance Company, overseeing the claims handling of adjusters with a third-party administrator to ensure compliance. She holds a senior claims law associate degree, a professional designation in the insurance industry. Malone chairs Newport Independent’s ad hoc Parent Engagement Committee. In her community, she is chairperson of the Family Advisory Council for Engagement and is active in her church, including serving as a youth leader and instructor.