Retirement/Rewirement

Two prominent and popular Northern Kentucky educators are moving on after long careers dedicated to bettering the lives of our children.

Longtime head of the NKY Education Council, Polly Lusk Page, retired—or rewired, as she says—after 10 years there and 46 years as a teacher. As executive director of the nonprofit, Page was instrumental in creating opportunities for education, business and community leaders to impact schools and educational goals across the region.

“It’s the power of all of us working together that maximizes success for each and every one of our youth,” Page says. This mantra guided her work and drove her commitment.

There’s no question she’ll be missed—and also involved. But she looks forward to more time with husband, Ken Page, and her family, which includes three grandchildren. Page has received plenty of recognitions along the way and others are coming. For one, she’ll be honored with the Person of the Year Award by the Covington Education Foundation Oct. 9.

Randy Poe, superintendent of Boone County Schools, will take over as executive director of the council.

A “rewirement” is definitely in store for Tim Hanner, a beloved and innovative educator, who has been battling serious health issues while building an incredible service portfolio. He has been a classroom teacher, a principal, an associate commissioner of education, superintendent of Kenton County Schools and founder of NaviGo Prep, a nonprofit supporting middle and high school students through their decisions for life and careers. Hanner found a great home for NaviGo at Children, Inc.

Hanner had a kidney transplant in 2013; his sister, Rebecca White, retired dean of the University of Georgia School of Law, was the donor. A rare, non-hereditary disease—which may have started with an untreated strep infection when he was an elementary school principal—has been identified as the cause of his health issues. That disease is also causing the failure of the new kidney.

The upbeat Hanner is not deterred, and neither are his fiercely loyal extended family members. They are rallying around, committed to finding a new, compatible kidney donor and to helping see Hanner through this new challenge.

Hanner has started the new transplant process, working with Christ Hospital on the prep process and waiting for the right donor. Jessica Ratcliff, donor transplant coordinator at Christ, will conduct phone screenings to determine eligibility and provide details. Her number is 513-585-1427.

Hanner’s sister, Rebecca, says being a donor is the most rewarding experience of her life: “I am so happy that I was able to make possible the impact Tim has had over the last six years. I urge everyone to consider being a donor.”

Roll Out the Barrels

To ramp up to the BLINK expansion into Northern Kentucky in October, the NKY Chamber and the Catalytic Fund are rolling out the barrels.

The new public art and wayfinding project will feature custom-painted bourbon barrels, each with a solar lighting feature, that will be placed in key areas in Northern Kentucky to connect residents and visitors to the region’s bourbon heritage.

Each barrel will be sponsored and each sponsor will select an artist and collaborate on a design. They will remain in place for a year.

The barrels will be rolled out with an Unveiling Party and, of course, a bourbon toast.

Northern Kentucky is the official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and meetNKY, the convention and visitors’ bureau, has spearheaded the development of the B-Line, a self-guided tour of some of the area’s best bourbon-focused distilleries, bars and restaurants.

Just follow the barrels!

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