Windstream names Bell vice president of government affairs

Windstream, a provider of network communications and technology solutions, announced that it has named Stephanie Bell to serve as its vice president for government affairs in Kentucky.

Bell joins Windstream having served for a decade as a deputy executive director for external affairs for the Kentucky Public Service Commission where she formulated and coordinated the legislative agenda of the commission and represented the body before the General Assembly and Governor's Office, as well as municipal governments and community forums. More recently, she founded Bell Consulting, a business development and government planning consultancy focused on regulatory affairs around electric, gas, water and telecom policy.

Bell will be based in Lexington and report to Phillip McAbee, president of operations for Windstream in Kentucky.

Bell received her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and since then, she's completed Leadership Bluegrass and Leadership Kentucky.

Ironton attorney graduates from leadership academy

On June 4, Ironton attorney Brian M. Cremeans was among 21 Ohio attorneys who graduated from the Ohio State Bar Association's (OSBA) 2019 Leadership Academy.

Cremeans is an associate attorney with the firm of McCown & Fisher where he is a general practitioner and litigator in the areas of employment and labor law, criminal defense, OVI, construction, domestic relations and other civil issues. Prior to his legal career, he served in front line management.

Cremeans earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree from the Charlotte School of Law.

Dans joins St. Mary's Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons

Dr. Nestor F. Dans, board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, has joined the team at St. Mary's Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons.

Dans is certified in surgical critical care and has nearly 24 years of experience in cardiac, thoracic, vascular and esophageal surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive procedures, including Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

A fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians, Dans is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Dans received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He completed his residency in general surgery at Tulane University and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Dans completed a fellowship in trauma/critical care at San Diego Medical Center in San Diego, California, a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery and cardiopulmonary transplantation at Pat O. Daily, MD, Medical Corporation in San Diego, California, and a fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He most recently practiced with Beaumont Cardiac Surgeons in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Dans has also worked in West Virginia at Charleston Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in Charleston and J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

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