Cynthiana woman earns Bernie Vonderheide Award

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s Michelle Barnett of Cynthiana (left) received the first annual Bernie Vonderheide Award for Outstanding Service for advocating for long-term care residents in Harrison County. Tom Kring of Lexington presented the award on behalf of Vonderheide, who was instrumental in NHOA’s founding in 1981.  A familiar name to Kentuckians, Vonderheide served as public relations director and spokesman for the University of Kentucky for almost 25 years. At right is Denise Wells, Bluegrass District Ombudsman, who assists a team of 25 ombudsmen in 17 central Kentucky counties.