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Briefs: KY gets opioid aid; Vermillion to Heritage board; Koenig to committee; Marx joins library board

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that Kentucky will receive $31.47 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program.

The program was created by the 21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that Senator McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016.

Earlier this year, Congress approved $4.6 billion to continue combating this pressing crisis, which included $1 billion for the State Opioid Response Grant Program. During funding negotiations, Senator McConnell ensured funding would be focused on states with the highest mortality rate related to opioid use disorders, like Kentucky.

Senator McConnell also announced that community health centers across Kentucky would receive nearly $5.6 million from HHS. The funding will support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy nationwide.

Vermillion appointed to Heritage Bank board

Heritage Bank has named Charolette H. Vermillion, a veteran of Kentucky banking, to its Board of Directors. Her board service will begin on October 3rd.

Charolette Vermillion

Vermillion spent 14 years with Heritage Bank serving in multiple capacities related to loan operations, documentation, compliance, and special assets.

Most recently, she was Senior Vice President, Audit, with management responsibility for Loan and Deposit Operations before retiring earlier this year.

Prior to joining Heritage, Ms. Vermillion’s career spanned several decades with prior institutions. She is a Kentucky native, has a pilot’s license and enjoys traveling and hiking. She resides in Hebron.
Koening NCSL Committee appointment

Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, was recently appointed vice-chair of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).


The NCSL is a bipartisan entity that helps state legislators across the United States craft and develop legislation.

As vice-chair of the committee, Koenig will be responsible for helping to create policy framework alongside state legislators from around the nation to improve electronic commerce, banking, insurance, and consumer protection laws.

Koenig’s appointment is effective immediately and will run through the NCSL Legislative Summit in August 2020.

Marx joins Kenton library board

Naashom Marx has been appointed to the Kenton County Public Library Board of Trustees for a four-year term.

Naashom Marx

Marx is the Director of BigCo Connections at Cintrifuse where she works with organizations to innovate with emerging technologies. This includes helping companies gain education, insight onto the world and direct connections to technology that fit their needs.

She earned her BA at Regis University in Denver. As a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Naashom served in Bangladesh from 2003-2005. She received her Master’s in Community Planning, Economic Development, from the University of Cincinnati as a Peace Corps Fellow. She then went on to work for NGO’s in Bangladesh and Uganda to bridge gaps between the non-profit, entrepreneurial, and for-profit worlds. More recently, she served as Director for the Kentucky Innovation Network, the Business Development Manager for the City of Covington and the Vice President of Business Growth and International Trade at the NKY Chamber of Commerce before joining Cintrifuse.

In addition to Marx, Board members include President Julie Roesel Belton, Vice President Daniel Humpert,
Treasurer Douglas Stephens and Secretary Maureen Hebert.

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