Miller named president of Ohio Valley Bank

Larry E. Miller II was recently named president of Ohio Valley Bank and OVBC. Miller was also appointed as the newest member of the Ohio Valley Bank and OVBC boards of directors.

Prior to the promotion and appointment, Miller served as chief operating officer and secretary of the company. Miller will remain at his location at the Ohio Valley Bank Main Office on 3rd Avenue in Gallipolis, Ohio, with plans to move into the new executive offices at OVB on the Square once construction is finished.

Miller is the 11th person to hold the position of president of the company founded in 1872, preceded by Tom Wiseman, Jeff Smith, Jim Dailey, Morris Haskins, Emerson Evans, Albert Merriman, Dr. Lewis Bean, Sherman Eagle, Charles Henking and Alfred Henking.

Miller, a native of Gallia County, is a graduate of Ohio Valley Christian School and holds a bachelor's degree in business finance from Cedarville College. He is also a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miller began his career at Ohio Valley Bank in 1986 in the position of teller.

Over the past three decades, he has held the positions of teller, internal auditor, treasurer and secretary, as well as several officer and senior management roles.

In addition to being president and a member of the board of directors, Miller will continue in his role as chief operating officer.

Wiseman will remain in the position of CEO, and Smith will remain chairman of the board.

In his community, Miller is a member of First Baptist Church of Gallipolis, where he serves as chairman of the board of deacons and served many years as a youth Sunday school teacher.

For over two decades, he served on the school board of his alma mater, Ohio Valley Christian School. Through the Bank's Impact Day program, which provides paid days off for community service efforts, Miller has enjoyed spending time building homes through Habitat for Humanity and volunteering with Special Olympics.

OVB names Shepherd executive vice president

Tommy R. Shepherd has been named executive vice president and secretary of Ohio Valley Bank and senior vice president and secretary of OVBC.

Shepherd, a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, is a graduate of Symmes Valley High School. He holds a bank marketing diploma from Miami University, a customer service diploma from the American Institute of Banking and a diploma from the Bank Leadership Institute.

Shepherd began his career at Ohio Valley Bank in 1984 as a teller and through the years has held various roles in deposit management, marketing and training. He is a three-time winner of the Instructor of the Year award for the bank's internal continuing education program.

Shepherd also played key roles in the bank's debut of in-store branches in 1996, the launch of NetTeller internet banking and the bank's first website in 2000, and more recently the development of the bank's cash-back Rewards Checking and high-yield Prime Investment accounts. Shepherd's base of operations will continue to be the Main Office located in downtown Gallipolis, Ohio.

In his community, Shepherd is a member of the Symmes Valley Local Board of Education, serving Symmes Valley High School, his alma mater. He is a member and past board president of McDaniel Crossroads Church of Patriot, Ohio.

St. Mary's names spirit award winners

St. Mary's Medical Center has named the winners of its Spirit of St. Mary's Award for April and May.

In April, the winner for the patient care area was Joanie Fellure, staff nurse in the 4ST2 Telemetry Unit. The winner in the service area was Rita Elkins, secretary in pastoral care.

For May, the winner for the patient care area is Colleen Lester, patient care specialist in neurology. The winner in the service area is Angie Hunt, credentialing coordinator in medical affairs.

The Spirit of St. Mary's Award recognizes employees who demonstrate exceptional service and care to patients and their families, fellow co-workers and the community by living the values that illustrate the spirit of St. Mary's Medical Center.

OVP Health hires Lazaro as director of finance

OVP Health, formerly Ohio Valley Physicians, has hired veteran Prestera Center for Mental Health Services Chief Financial Officer Sallie Lazaro as director of finance for outpatient services.

Lazaro served as CFO for Prestera Center for Mental Health Services in Huntington for more than 23 years, and as an accountant for about a year and a half. Prior to her employment at Prestera, Lazaro spent more than six years as a staff accountant for the Huntington accounting firm Trainer, Wright and Paterno.

At OVP Health, Lazaro will manage the finance and accounting department for outpatient services by establishing and maintaining financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. She will also oversee accounts receivable, collection, payroll and risk management.

Headquartered in downtown Huntington, OVP Health provides emergency department and hospitalist services for hospitals; operates primary care and after-hours facilities; and offers a medication-assisted treatment and counseling program for people suffering from opioid addiction in communities across West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina.

MU School of Medicine recognizes Dr. Nemade

Dr. Dipali Nemade has been named Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's Resident of the Month for May.

Nemade is completing her second year of the categorical four-year neurology residency at Marshall. She was nominated by Stroke Program coordinator Mitzi Beckett, who wrote that Nemade "provides education to patients and staff and is readily available as needs arise. She is always prompt, kind and courteous and eager to learn and teach."

Born in India, Nemade earned her medical degree from the MGM Medical College and Hospital in Navi-Mumbai, India, and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Toledo. She was one of four residents recently chosen for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in recognition for humanistic practice.

As a member of Marshall's inaugural class of neurology residents, Nemade is the first neurology resident to be selected as Resident of the Month. Nemade plans to complete a fellowship upon completion of her residency in 2021.

Nemade is married and has a young son. In her spare time, she likes to read, bike, sing and watch movies. As part of her recognition as the May Resident of the Month, Nemade received a plaque and designated parking spot.

Mountain Health names Rice as compliance officer

Jennifer Rice has been named system compliance officer for Mountain Health Network.

Rice will develop, execute and provide overall direction for an integrated health care compliance program in support of the mission and strategic goals of Mountain Health Network.

Rice received her bachelor's degree from Marshall University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association.

For the past three years, Rice has served as the corporate compliance officer for St. Mary's Medical Center, and added the position of privacy officer at St. Mary's earlier this year.

Prior to joining St. Mary's, Rice worked as a medical malpractice and regulatory practice paralegal at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP in Huntington. She also worked at Bailey & Glasser LLP in Charleston as a plaintiff products liability practice paralegal.

Dr. Malayil co-authors two papers in journal

Dr. Rudy M. Malayil, of St. Mary's Pain Relief Specialists, has co-authored two papers that have been accepted by the Pain Medicine journal and by the International Neuromodulation Society for its biennial meeting.

The two papers are entitled "Burst Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Systematic Review and Pooled Analysis of Real-World Evidence and Outcomes Data" and "Unique Characteristics of the Dorsal Root Ganglion as a Target for Neuromodulation." They will be published in an upcoming issue of Pain Medicine, as well as online at

A pain relief specialist at St. Mary's, Malayil completed his medical education at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. He then went on to do his internship in general surgery at Cornell Medical Center in New York City, his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University in New York City and his fellowship in pain medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

For more information about Malayil, call St. Mary's Pain Relief Specialists at 304-525-7246.

Mark Hafertepen joins Assured Partners of WV

Mark Hafertepen has joined Assured Partners of West Virginia as a commercial insurance sales executive.

Hafertepen comes to Assured Partners after 12 years of working in the wholesale insurance industry. Hafertepen specializes in all types of commercial insurance and is knowledgeable with regards to workers compensation insurance. Hafertepen is focused on helping business owners identify and mitigate risks associated with their businesses and providing outstanding service.

He is a 2007 graduate of Marshall University and resides in Barboursville.

Savory named associate general counsel for group

Lauren Savory has been named system associate general counsel for Mountain Health Network.

Savory will be responsible for providing legal and related services.

Savory received her bachelor's degree from Marshall University. She attended Regent University School of Law and Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. She is a member of the West Virginia and Maryland bar associations.

For the past two years, Savory has served as the director of corporate compliance for Cabell Huntington Hospital. Before joining CHH, she practiced law at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP where she specialized in medical malpractice defense and health care law.

Prior to her work at the firm, she served as legislative correspondent for then-Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and as legislative assistant for the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.


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