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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Here are the official biographies of Gov. Matt Bevin's ten appointees named Wednesday to the reconstituted University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

These biographies were provided by Bevin's office:

Sandra Frazier

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Sandra Frazier has over 20 years of public relations and community relations/investor relations experience at both the corporate, not-for-profit and agency levels. In 2005, she founded Tandem Public Relations, a boutique public relations, communications and marketing firm. Tandem’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, public institutions, small businesses, and public affairs campaigns.

Sandra serves as a director of Brown-Forman Corporation, and the Glenview Trust Company.  She served on the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, where she served as secretary and member of the Authority’s executive committee.  

She serves on the boards of 21st Century Parks, Greater Louisville, Inc., The Kentucky Center, Leadership Louisville, and the Louisville Zoo. She served as a co-chair of the 21st Century Parks Capital Campaign, and as the co-chair of the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run capital campaign, which successfully raised over $25 million for the organization.  

Sandra has significant experience in higher education governance currently serving as a trustee for Hollins College and Boston University. Additionally, she has served on the Boston University Board of Overseers, as well as on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Boston University College of Communication.

She is a past participant in the year-long Rockefeller Foundation Philanthropy Workshop and Next Generation Leadership Program, and previously served as a board member of Actors Theatre, Downtown Development Corporation, The Nature Conservancy (Kentucky Chapter), The Library Foundation, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Hollins College Alumnae Board.

She is a past recipient of the Silver Anchor Award by the Friends of the Louisville Waterfront and a recipient of the Tower Award for Service by Presentation Academy.  In 2010, she was honored by Boston University’s College of Communication as a distinguished alumnus for service and leadership to profession; and in 2011, she was the recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Distinguished Leadership Award from the Louisville Central Community Center for her community leadership.

A native of Louisville, Sandra has a master’s degree from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from Hollins College.

Ronald L. Wright, MD

Ronald L. Wright, MD is an attending physician and OB/GYN at Women Care in Jefferson, Ind., where he practices general and high-risk obstetrics, incontinence and infertility including laparoscopy.

Dr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Louisville Medical School. Dr. Wright completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. 

Dr. Wright serves on the Clark Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and is a volunteer ultrasonographer at A Woman’s Choice. He is also a former member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Reeths-Puffer School District in Muskegon, Mi., a former Chair for the Paul Tulane College Code of Conduct, a former member of the Advisory Council for the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a former member of the Advisory Board for St. Elizabeth/Catholic Charities.

He and his wife Jennifer have two children. 

Bonita K. Black

Bonita K. Black is an Attorney and Managing Member at Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC in Louisville, Ky. Ms. Black focuses her practice in the areas of general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions and divestitures, and corporate, structured, and municipal finance law. She has experience in formation and corporate governance compliance issues, municipal securities law, tax exempt financings, securitization transactions, debt and equity offerings, governmental bonds, non-profit financings, telecommunications regulatory issues and real estate finance. 

Ms. Black served as bond and disclosure counsel for a utility in several bond issuances and drafted a new indenture for their bond program. She also served as counsel to a public utility company in several financings, including a cross-border lease transaction and a securitization transaction. The securitization was a first to use utility payments. She has also served as general counsel to a nonprofit company of corporate governance and transactions.

Ms. Black holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Kentucky and is a Harvard law graduate.

Ms. Black serves as a Trustee at St. Francis School, a Committee Member at Community Foundation of Louisville, General Counsel for Women Influencing Louisville, a board member at Business Diversity Network of Kentucky and a former board member at Family & Children's Place.

Douglas Cobb 

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Doug Cobb is an angel investor and serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Chrysalis Ventures, the venture capital firm he co-founded in 1993 with David Jones, Jr. As an Entrepreneur-in Residence, Mr. Cobb evaluates new business opportunities and assists current portfolio companies in the technology sector. 
 
A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Cobb has a diverse background in media and technology. Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of Chrysalis portfolio company Appriss, Inc., a Louisville-based company that provides innovative information technology solutions to assist law enforcement efforts and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice agencies. Appriss’ services include VINE®, the nation’s defacto standard for automated victim notification, and MethCheck®, which helps law enforcement track purchases of over-the-counter medications used in the production of methamphetamine. 
 
Mr. Cobb served as the founding President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville’s leading economic development organization, from 1997 until 2000. Before joining Greater Louisville Inc., Mr. Cobb was a managing director of Chrysalis from 1993 until 1997. Prior to co-founding Chrysalis, he was the Founder and CEO of The Cobb Group, the world’s leading publisher of newsletters for personal computer users, which was successfully sold to publisher Ziff-Davis.
 
Mr. Cobb holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, magna cum laude, and a Master of Science in Accounting from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. He is a three-time Inc. 500 CEO, a three-time Kentucky Entrepreneur of the Year and a member of the Junior Achievement Kentucky/Southern Indiana Business Hall of Fame. 
 
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Cobb served as Chairman of Greater Louisville Inc. in 2000 and as Chairman of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce in 1996.
 
Diane B. Medley, CPA-ABV, CVA, PFS, CGMA
 
Diane Medley is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MCM CPAs & Advisors. Her client service practice focuses on management advisory services, business valuation, litigation support and individual and corporate tax. Diane has been practicing public accounting for over 30 years and she is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Medley has led MCM through several mergers and acquisitions, making the company the largest CPA firm in the region with more than 300 employees across five locations, including offices in Lexington, Jeffersonville, Ind., Cincinnati, and headquarters in Louisville.
 
As Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Ms. Medley was the first woman in the region to have this leadership position within a major firm, and is currently one of only three female Managing Partners in the Top 100 firms in the U.S. 
 
Ms. Medley’s corporate board experience includes serving on the board of Brinly-Hardy, a private, multi-generational family company based in Southern Indiana. Ms. Medley is also actively involved in the local community, serving as Immediate Past Chair of Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce; Vice Chair of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation; Treasurer and Board Member of One Southern Indiana, member of the University of Louisville Entrepreneurship Council; Board Member of Nucleus, a regional leader in business incubation for entrepreneurs engaged in innovation and research; Louisville Steering Committee Member of 2020 Women on Boards; Membership Chair of the Louisville Women President’s Organization; Member of the Louisville Chapter of the International Women’s Forum; and member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Women Business Owners - Louisville Chapter, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. 
 
Ms. Medley earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville where she was also named Valedictorian of her class and Outstanding Senior in accounting. She is married with four children and five grandchildren and resides near Louisville, Kentucky.

John H. Schnatter

John H. Schnatter is Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 

In 1983, John Schnatter delivered his last college campus pizza, received his business degree from Ball State University and headed home to Jeffersonville, Indiana. There, at age 22, he knocked down a broom closet in his father’s tavern, installed an oven and began delivering pizza out of the back of the bar.  

From day one, John believed he could make a better traditional pizza by using fresh dough and superior-quality ingredients. His goal: to make the same great-tasting pizza that locally owned shops offered, but didn’t deliver. Today, Papa John’s boasts more than 4,900 restaurants in 50 states and 40 countries and territories.

Papa John’s success did not happen overnight. It took - and still takes - commitment, hard work, dedication and curiosity. John’s drive and passion for pizza and for the business stem from his respect and admiration that dates back three generations to his late father Robert Schnatter, Grandfather Louis Ackerson and great-grandfather Martin G. Schnatter. They were his mentors and they were his motivators; each one instilled a core value that has shaped Papa John’s culture - always tinkering and striving for better. 

It begins with John’s great-grandfather, who he credits for having the courage to leave Germany at age 15 in search of opportunity in America and for giving him, and those who have been positively impacted by the success of Papa John’s, the inspiration to pursue the American dream. “Papa John’s would not be here without my great-grandfather’s courage to come to a society where free markets and private enterprise give hard-working people the chance to create successful businesses,” says John.   

Strong work ethic and focusing on what you do best are driving elements of Papa John’s philosophy. They are themes that John’s grandfather “Papaw” drilled into him from a young age and that are part of Papa John’s culture today. 

John’s drive and don’t-quit attitude are a product of his father’s tenacity. While only modestly successful in business, he always had the guts to keep going. It was one of his father’s businesses, Mick’s Lounge, where John sold his first pizza and started his own business out of the broom closet. 

All of this comes down to the people. One of Papa John’s core values is PAPA - People Are Priority Always. The pizza business is a hard business, and John is proud that the Papa John’s team, through great effort and dedication, is putting dignity back into the word “labor.” John’s Great Grandfather would be full of pride for the franchisees, suppliers and the hundreds of thousands of team members at Papa John's who wake up every day, work hard and go about their business with dignity. 

In 1996, John and his company earned the praise of residents in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky by making a substantial financial commitment to a new 42,000-seat football stadium on the University of Louisville campus. The structure, which opened in September 1998, is called Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. 

John’s numerous business achievements and philanthropic efforts culminated in his induction into the Louisville Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2007. The class of 2007 also included Earl Graves Sr., Founder, Chairman, and Publisher, Black Enterprise magazine; Hugh McColl Jr., Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America; and Ted Turner, Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc. In 2011, John was inducted into Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga Business School's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Other awards and honors received by Papa John’s and its founder include:

•    For 15 out of the last 17 years, Papa John's has earned the highest customer satisfaction rating among pizza chains in the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) conducted by the National Quality Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
•    2014 – 2016 Papa John’s Corporate Campus, recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” in the large company category by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
•    Named 2015 Louisvillian of the Year by the American Advertising Federation Louisville Chapter
•    May 2015, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ball State University 
•    Winner of the 2013 Business of the Year Award, presented by Business First, in the very large company of the year category. The prestigious Business of the Year Award pays tribute to companies who have recorded outstanding accomplishments in the last year.
•    Honored by Nation’s Restaurant News with its 2013 MenuMasters Award in the category of Best Limited-Time Offer for its Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
•    Brand most identified by avid National Football League fans as an NFL sponsor, according to the results of the seventh annual NFL sponsor awareness survey released in March 2013 by Turnkey Intelligence for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.
•    In 1996 and in 2012, Papa John’s was named Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award winner.
•    Named the 2012 highest-ranked brand, “Brand of the Year,” in the Pizza Chain Category in the Annual Harris Poll EquiTrend Study.
•    Top rated national pizza delivery and take-out chain in Restaurants & Institutions’ Consumers Choice in Chains Survey (1998-2000, 2002, 2004-2006, 2008)
•    Ranked #1 in the 2008 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index
•    2008 recipient of the Silver Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains
•    Named 2007 Pizza Chain of the Year by Pizza Today
•    Named 2006 Pizza Chain of the Year by PizzaMarketplace.com.
•    Silver winner of the 2006 Brandweek Customer Loyalty Award in the pizza category
•    Named Delivery Operator of the Year among pizza chains in the United Kingdom by the Pizza and Pasta Association (2005-2006)
•    Voted "Best Pizza" in more than 100 U.S. markets over the last several years, including in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, Orlando, Knoxville and Phoenix
•    Company Founder and Chairman John Schnatter named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 2000 by the National Jaycees Organization
•    Company Founder and Chairman John Schnatter named 1998 National Ernst & Young Retail/Consumer Entrepreneur of the Year

Under John’s leadership, Papa John’s is just as hungry for perfection as it was 30 years ago and remains relentlessly focused on using the highest quality ingredients to make its pizzas taste the best - and the same - all over the world. Papa John's makes the crust of every traditional pizza with fresh dough (never frozen) prepared with clear-filtered water in the company's regional quality control centers. Papa John's uses only fresh-packed tomato sauce (not concentrate) made from vine-ripened tomatoes, which go from the vine to the can in an average of six hours; cheese made with 100% mozzarella; and other high-quality toppings, including baby portabella mushrooms.

John believes that if you are curious, innovative and work hard in America, you can get ahead - especially when you have the right ingredients.

For additional information about Papa John’s, please visit www.papajohns.com.

Dale J. Boden

Dale J. Boden is President and CEO of B F Capital, Inc., a Louisville, KY based private investment firm that primarily invests in real estate, venture capital and private equity backed companies where it can provide equity capital and management assistance.
 
Since founding B F Capital in 1993, Mr. Boden has served as President of the private investment firm and has overseen investments in more than 85 companies and partnerships. 
 
Its real estate holdings include multi-family apartment and condominium developments, industrial and commercial office buildings. Currently, Mr. Boden’s real estate interests encompass ownership of approximately 1,000,000 square feet in the Louisville market.
 
Mr. Boden serves on the boards of both public and private companies serving in varying capacities including Audit and Compensation Committee Chair, Lead Director and non-executive Chairman of the Board. 
 
He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of J. Graham Brown Cancer Center, serves on the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Corp Board of Advisors, Enterprise Angels Board of Advisors, University of Louisville College of Business Board of Advisors, University of Louisville Board of Overseers and Louisville Regional Airport Authority. Mr. Boden has a broad background in Corporate Development, M & A, Corporate Finance and General Management.

Ulysses Lee Bridgeman Jr. 

Ulysses Lee Bridgeman, Jr., has been the President, CEO and Owner of Bridgeman Foods, Inc. in Louisville, Ky. since May 1988. Mr. Bridgeman is an Owner and serves as the President of ERJ Inc. 

He has been an Independent Director of Churchill Downs Inc. since September 14, 2012, and was previously an Independent Director of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. He served as a Director at Fifth Third Bancorp from July 30, 2007 to April 19, 2016. He served as a Director of Louisville Arena Authority Inc. until November 4, 2013, and as a Director of Vencor Healthcare Inc. 

Mr. Bridgeman is a retired NBA basketball player. He was a member of an Indiana state high school championship basketball team and played guard/forward for the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Louisville.

J. David Grissom

J. David Grissom co-founded Mayfair Capital in 1989 and serves as its Chairman. Mr. Grissom served as the Chairman and CEO of Citizens Fidelity Corporation from April 1977 until April 1989. He served as the Executive Vice President of Humana Inc. from 1996 to 1973. He has been the Chairman of The Glenview Trust Company since February 2001. 

Mr. Grissom served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Centre College for more than 17 years and is currently a Life Trustee of Centre. He served as Vice Chairman of PNC Financial Corporation until March 31, 1989. He has been a Director of LG&E Energy Corp., Churchill Downs Inc. and Providian Financial Corp. 

Mr. Grissom has also served as a Director of Columbia Healthcare Corp,, Capital Holding Corporation, Sphere Drake Holdings, Ltd. and Regal Cinemas, Inc. He served as a Director of Yum! Brands, Inc. from January 2003 to May 1, 2014. 

He is a graduate of Centre College and holds a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.

Nitin Sahney

Nitin Sahney is a 23-year healthcare executive with an ability of leading companies through transformational or growth stages to optimize strategic value as demonstrated by the two strategic sales of healthcare companies he led during a ten-year period.  A successful entrepreneur and operations-driven leader, Mr. Sahney possesses significant strategic, management and tactical experience that has translated into companies achieving market-exceeding returns.

Most recently, Mr. Sahney served as President & CEO of Omnicare, a former Fortune 500 leader in the long-term care and specialty care industries.  In this capacity, Mr. Sahney led several key initiatives for this pharmacy services company, including the implementation of a new drug sourcing strategy and the launch of a business process outsourcing plan, both of which contributed to nearly 13 percent growth in annual adjusted operating income and a 77 percent increase in operating cash flows.  Moreover, through a transformation of Omnicare's operations and a strategic repositioning, Mr. Sahney led the company to a 49 percent total shareholder return (compared to a 9 percent return for the S&P 500) during his tenure as CEO that consummated in the $12.7 billion sale to CVS Health in August of 2015.  In recognition for his significant returns while leading Omnicare, Mr. Sahney was named to Fortune’s list of “The best performing rookie CEOs of the Fortune 500”.

Prior to being appointed President and CEO, Mr. Sahney held roles of increasing responsibility with Omnicare.  Beginning in 2010, he led the design and formation of Omnicare's Specialty Care Group (SCG) from five separate business entities into one cohesive operating segment through a focus on growth, operational excellence and accountability.  Mr. Sahney realized immediate results for SCG with the newly formed group generating double-digit year-over-year revenue growth every quarter under his leadership until his role expanded in 2012 to also include full operational accountability for Omnicare's Long-Term Care Group.  By the end of 2013, Mr. Sahney had established and implemented a multi-phased operating plan to increase sales, improve retention and create greater operating efficiencies in the Long-Term Care Group, culminating in the company's first full year of net organic customer growth in over ten years.  

Mr. Sahney also has a history of leading healthcare services companies from conception to rapid growth.  As the founder of RxCrossroads, Mr. Sahney transformed a start-up into one of the nation's fastest growing specialty pharmaceutical services while serving as companies that he ultimately leveraged into a $240 million sale of the company in 2005, four years following its formation.  Prior to founding RxCrossroads, he held a variety of leadership positions with Cardinal Health with responsibility for patient services businesses and corporate business development.  From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Sahney managed a personal healthcare investment fund.  Additionally, he utilized his industry leadership and experience driving successful turnarounds to work closely with large healthcare organizations and private equity firms in a strategic advisory capacity.

Mr. Sahney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Punjab University and a Master of Business Administration from Clarion University.

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