Leadership Kentucky Announces Elevate 2019 Class

Posted on: April 3, 2019
Tags: Elevate Kentucky
Elevate 2019 Class List

Leadership Kentucky, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud to announce the members of the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019. The Elevate Kentucky program offers young professionals in-depth personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of challenges facing our Commonwealth.

“Elevate Kentucky is a great opportunity for young leaders to network across the Commonwealth and learn more about their personal leadership styles, challenges and strengths facing our state, and how to be a better leader at home and at work,” said Janice Way, President of Leadership Kentucky. “We are so proud to welcome the next generation of leaders into the Elevate program this year, and we look forward to all the success that is to come.”

The class participates in three sessions, taking place from April through June 2019 in Owensboro, Prestonsburg, and Lexington. Class members will hear from thought-provoking Kentucky leaders, learn about issues and opportunities facing our state and gain insights about personal leadership abilities. Class members will also engage in panel discussions, participate in experiential learning opportunities, gain increased leadership skills, and receive both regional and statewide perspective while traveling across Kentucky.

“If not for Elevate Kentucky, I wouldn’t have a greater understanding of my Commonwealth and how the different communities have overcome the seemingly impossible and how with the right team and motivation anyone can break down barriers and succeed,” stated Jessica Zeh, a 2018 Elevate graduate. “I’ve met an amazing group of young professionals who I know I can count on when needed.”

Participants return to their companies with increased skills, knowledge, perspective, and a new statewide professional network. Millennial leaders are better prepared to be catalysts in their companies and communities to Elevate Kentucky.

This year’s class includes 25 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors:

  • Elliot Bloomer – Lexington, KY - University of Kentucky
  • Michia Brangers – Lexington - Kentucky Community and Technical System
  • Emily Brenzel – Lexington, KY - University of Kentucky
  • Ryan Bussell – Frankfort, KY - HealthTech Solutions, LLC
  • Kayla Carroll – Stanton, KY - Whitaker Bank
  • Ashley Evans-Smith - Hartford, KY - CASA of Ohio Valley
  • Alexander Fangman – Independence, KY - Kenton County Schools
  • Phillip Francis – Salyersville, KY - United States Marine Corps
  • Dara Griggs – Louisville, KY - Louisville Gas & Electric
  • Patricia Hoffman - Cold Spring, KY - Fidelity Investments
  • Skyler Hunt – Somerset, KY - Citizens National Bank
  • Dustyn Jones – Lexington, KY - Stites and Harbison, PLLC
  • Nicole Krider – Louisville, KY - United Way of  Kentucky
  • Jonathon Nunley – Lexington, KY - Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
  • Elizabeth Owens – Lexington, KY - JYB3Group
  • Sarah Payne-Jarboe - Bowling Green, KY - English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP
  • Andrew Pellino – Prospect, KY - Dressman, Benzinger, LaVelle psc
  • Travis Phillips – Lexington, KY - Top Shelf Lobby, LLC
  • Courtney Pitts - Fort Wright, KY - Kenton County School District
  • Logan Porter – Greenville, KY - Old National Bank
  • Mary Jane Rodes – Louisville, KY - RunSwitch PR
  • Cameron Ruddell – Lexington, KY - Wehr Constructors, Inc.
  • Cole Sayre – Lexington, KY - Wehr Constructors
  • Thomas Simendinger – Covington, KY - Adams, Stepner, Woltermann and Dusing, PLLC
  • Landan Stallons – Hopkinsville, KY - Planters Bank, Inc.

The Leadership Kentucky Foundation offers three unique programs: Leadership Kentucky, Elevate Kentucky (for young professionals), and New Executives to Kentucky, (for senior level executives who have lived in the state for less than two years). For more information, please visit www.leadershipky.org.




About Leadership Kentucky

Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a select group of people who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. Our goal is to prepare our participants to take an active role in advancing the state for the common good. By fostering understanding of how the state’s issues are interconnected, and by forging new relationships among community and regional leaders, Leadership Kentucky graduates bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important participants in the unified effort to shape Kentucky’s future.


Norton Healthcare
Pikeville Medical Center
Kentucky Power
US Bank
RunSwitch PR
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Republic Bank
Whitaker Bank
Putting Kentuckians First and Reentry with the Kentucky Office Of Adult Education and the Education and Labor Cabinet
CHI St Joseph Healthcare
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
University of Louisville
Delta Dental
Kentucky Association of Health Plans
Whitaker Bank Foundation
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Tennessee Valley Authority
Appalachian Regional Healthcare