Leadership Kentucky Announces New Board Members

Posted on: February 11, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 11, 2020) – Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, announces the appointment of one new member to its Executive Committee, seven new members to the Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2020.

Barbara Dickens is serving as the 2020 Board Chair and Dan Bork announced as the 2021 Board Chair-Elect. Ken Perdue, previously a member of the board of directors, will now be serving as a member of the Executive Committee.

Joining the board of directors is Liz Snodgrass, Sara Hemingway, Tim Kraus, Beth McFarland, Gary Gerdemann, Alan Keck, and Cindy Wiseman.  

The full slate of board members for 2020 is below:

2020 Executive Committee

  • 2020 Board Chair - Barbara K. Dickens (Sr. Operations Counsel, Atria Senior Living, Inc.)
  • 2021 Board Chair-Elect - Dan Bork (Retired, Kentucky Commissioner of Revenue)
  • Immediate Past Chair - Teresa Trimble Hail (President, D.C. Trimble, Inc.)
  • BRIGHT Liaison - Elmer K. Whitaker (CEO, Whitaker Bank, Inc.)
  • Secretary - Ron Wilson (Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Western Kentucky University)
  • Treasurer - Dan Bork (Retired, Kentucky Commissioner of Revenue)
  • Perry P. Allen (Regional President, US Bank)
  • Leslie A. Fugate (Director, State and Local Government Relations, Brown-Forman)
  • Trey Grayson (Member, Frost Brown Todd)
  • Regina Jackson (Partner, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley)
  • Ken Perdue (Plant Manager, Logan Aluminum)
  • Gina S. Winchester (Deputy Judge Executive, Calloway County Court House)


2020 Board of Directors

  • Anthony J. Apro (President, Perfection Group, Inc.)
  • Christopher L. Brown (Vice President/ Director, Sales & Marketing Integration & Execution, Brown-Forman)
  • David A. Byerman
  • Craig J. Carlson (Corporate Banking Group Manager, BB&T)
  • Carri Chandler (Vice President Foundation, St. Elizabeth Healthcare)
  • Gary Gerdemann (Partner, RunSwitch PR)
  • Paula C. Hanson (CPA)
  • Sara Hemingway (Executive Director, Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation)
  • Rick Hesterberg (Manager of External Affairs, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing)
  • Alan Keck (Mayor, City of Somerset)
  • Melissa Lee Knight (President, Farmers National Bank of Lebanon)
  • Tim Kraus (Vice President Production Operations and Chief Engineer, Louisville Water)
  • Gloria S. McCall, Ed.D. (Vice President, Kentucky Community & Technical College System)
  • Beth McFarland (Vice President – Transmission, LG&E-KU)
  • David W. Seewer (Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP)
  • Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE (President, Saint Joseph Health Foundations)
  • Liz Snodgrass (CEO, Livingston Hospital)
  • Chrisandrea Turner (Partner, Stites & Harbison, PLLC)
  • Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. (President, University of Pikeville)
  • Cindy Wiseman (Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Service, Kentucky Power)
  • Kelley Workman (President, Planters Bank) 

Leadership Kentucky, created 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 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 leadershipky.org or email lky@leadershipky.org.



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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