Ball named Associate Executive Director


13th June, 2017



Kevin Loux




Ball named Associate Executive Director

Pikeville, Ky. – Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) announced on Tuesday, June 13 that Joshua Ball has been named Associate Executive Director.

Ball will begin his duties on Tuesday, August 1.  He will be working alongside Kevin Loux, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Keriston Smith, CFO, to help manage and organize the region’s work around the Regional Blueprint for a 21st Century Appalachia.  (

“Joshua brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our organization,” said Arnett. “He is well respected throughout our region as someone who is passionate about people and engaged in community, workforce and economic development efforts across the region.”

Ball comes to SOAR from Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), where he worked as Director of Strategic Communications.  As a member of the President’s Cabinet, he provided oversight to the college’s public relations and marketing, grants development and institutional advancement teams.  He played an instrumental role in the college receiving a $3.5 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER grant earlier this year. 

A native of Martin County, Ball was also director of Kentucky Teleworks (2011-2013) for the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.  He has also served as Director of Public Relations for Pikeville Medical Center and Managing Editor for the Pikeville Medical Leader.

“SOAR is at the foundation of the transformation happening across our region,” said Ball. “Through innovation and a spirit of collaboration, SOAR is working as a catalyst to link passionate people with resources to connect, inspire and shape a brighter tomorrow in eastern Kentucky. I look forward to immersing myself in the communities of the SOAR region and working to bring opportunities to those who seek it.”

Ball is a graduate of Morehead State University and is currently finishing his graduate degree in Adult and Higher Education.  He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Kentucky, the 2011 recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award from the Young Professionals of Eastern Kentucky organization, and a two-time winner (2010 and 2015) of the New Horizon Award from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Ball resides in Johnson County with his wife, Tammy, a licensed clinical social worker and professor of human services and gender studies at BSCTC.