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Leadership Kentucky selects Class of 2013

59 participants chosen from communities across state

59 participants chosen from communities across the state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2013) — The board of directors of one of the oldest and most successful statewide leadership programs in the United States  — Leadership Kentucky — announces its 29th Class.

Selected participants for the 2013 class are:

LeadershipKyLogoDeann S. Allen, Instructional Supervisor, Clay County Board of Education, Manchester; Anthony J. Apro, President & Chief Revenue Officer, Perfection Group, Inc., Nicholasville; Brent R. Baughman, Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Louisville; Charles E. Beal, Secretary & General Counsel, Scott-Gross Company, Inc., Winchester; Mary Jo Bean, VP, Planning, Norton Healthcare, Inc., Louisville; John Nathan Billings, Managing Member, Billings Law Firm, PLLC,Lexington; Jonathan (Jay) Blanton, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Victoria E. Boggs, Shareholder, Weber & Rose, P.S.C., Louisville; Steve Bratcher, Director Quality & Continuous Improvement, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto; Christopher W. Brooker, Attorney/Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Louisville; Spencer W. Bruce, Director Water Quality and Production, Louisville Water Company, Louisville; M. Vitale Buford, Director of Marketing, Stoll, Keenon Odgen PLLC, Lexington; Adam P. Caswell, Vice President-Public Affairs, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Ft. Mitchell; Elizabeth Davenport Conway, Corporate Communications Manager, Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville; Sarah A. Courtney, Corporate Communications Manager, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Crestview Hills; Lori A. Davis, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Kentucky State University, Frankfort; James F. “Jimmy” Dawahare, Owner/CEO, Upper Right Marketing, Lexington.

Laura Day DelCotto, Managing Member, DelCotto Law Group PLLC, Lexington; Carolyn L. Dennis, Health Consultant, Blue Grass Community Foundation/Shaping KY’s Future, Lexington; Tommy Druen, Chief of Staff, Minority Leadership, KY House of Representatives, Frankfort; Brady W. Dunnigan, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Lexington; Roxann Fry, Senior Consultant, Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority, Bowling Green; Gordon M. Garrett, Associate State Director, University of Kentucky, Small Business Development, Lexington; Gregory E. Giles, Director of Ambulatory Operations & Development, KentuckyOne Health, Nicholasville; Patricia Ann Goodman, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Strategic Initiatives, Gateway Community & Technical College, Florence.

W. Matthew Gumm, Executive Vice President, Alliance Corporation, Glasgow; Shellie S. Hampton, Director of Governmental Relations, Kentucky Association of Counties, Frankfort; J. Adam Hancock, Senior Manager, Riney Hancock CPAs, Owensboro; Stacey Johnson Hughes, Human Resources Manager, Logan Aluminum, Russellville; W. Drew Hulette, Commercial Team Leader, US Bank, Paducah; Louis “Sonny” Jones, Team Lead, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Lexington; Charles “Rusty” Justice, Managing Member, Jigsaw Enterprises, LLC, Pikeville; David Ray Kidd, VP-Corporate and Commercial Banking, PNC Bank, Lexington; Melissa F. Kirtley, Senior Marketing Manager, Lexmark International, Lexington; Ian F. Koffler, Partner, Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, Covington.

Jean-Marie Lawson, VP/Marketing, Lawson Marketing, Inc., Bowling Green; Elaine C. Luhr, Director of Finance and Administration, Lexington Habitat for Humanity , Lexington; Henri L. “Hank” Mangeot, III, , Regional Manager – External Affairs, AT&T, Louisville; Ashley Roberts Mast, Assistant VP, Private Banking Officer, Republic Bank, Louisville; Jeff R. McDaniels, President/CEO, Farmers Bank & Trust Company, Princeton; Patrick C. Merchak, CFO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Frankfort; Jamie K. Mullins, Director Business Sales, Windstream, Inc., Louisville; Ramona Stroud Osborne, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Surgical Associates, Owensboro; Brett A. Reynolds, Attorney-Partner, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP, Bowling Green; James “Clay” Rhodes, Strategic Consultant, Humana Inc.; Louisville; Howard V. Roberts, Chair and Professor, Business and Economics, University of Pikeville, Pikeville.

Caroline Harralson Ruschell, Community Volunteer & Advocate, Lexington; Mark A. Schmitt, Director – Supply Chain, LG&E KU Energy, Louisville; Bonnie Workman Schrock, Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Baptist Health, Paducah; Paula Wilson Smith, Teacher, Pike County Schools, Pikeville; Bobby Lee Spann, Vice President, External Affairs – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Hebron; Kenneth W. Stanfield, Principal, Sherman Carter Barnhart PSC, Louisville; Marianne M. Stoess, Assistant Director, Marketing & Public Relations and Editor, Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc., Lexington; John C. Talbott, Partner, Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts, PLLC, Louisville; Martin B. Tucker, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Lexington; Chrisandrea L. Turner, Counsel, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Lexington; Jennifer D. Willis, Practice Leader, Humana, Inc., Louisville; Mary Beth Wright, Business Development Executive, Messer Construction Co., Lexington.

This year’s Leadership Kentucky class will travel across Kentucky this year for seven monthly sessions (May through November). From its opening retreat at Jabez, to Frankfort, Louisville, Bowling Green, Hazard, Eddyville, Fort Campbell and Lexington, the class will go on an incredible journey to see and learn about Kentucky.

Locations for class sessions vary from year to year. Topics covered during this year’s sessions will be leadership, Kentucky history, education, healthcare, government, energy, military, economic development, media, natural resources and environment, global issues, arts, culture and tourism.

Leadership Kentucky, founded in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. The program’s goal is to prepare participants to take an active role in advancing the state for the common good. Leadership Kentucky was the fourth statewide leadership program developed in the United States, and it celebrates its 29th Anniversary this year.

For more information, contact Diana Ratliff at (502) 695-1102 or email dbr@leadershipky.org.

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