Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022 Graduates

Posted on: December 22, 2022
LKY 2022 Graduates


The Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022 graduated on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Fifty-one civic and community leaders from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrated completion of the program after seven months together.

Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky graduates have brought an enlightened and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important catalysts in the unified effort to Improve our State.

Leadership Kentucky joins together a selected group of leaders, with a variety of career accomplishments and volunteer activities, to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. In a series of seven monthly, three-day sessions held at various locations throughout the state, participants meet with Kentucky leaders and explore the state’s resources and opportunities. The leadership curriculum educates participants on Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage and unique diversity.

“As the 2022 Board Chair, I have had the opportunity to interact with this year’s class and have been so impressed with their engagement, leadership skills, and active participation in learning about our beautiful Commonwealth and its many opportunities as well as challenges,” said Regina Jackson.  “Through the Leadership Kentucky program, I am confident they have gained tremendous insight and experienced Kentucky in a very unique and special way.  They have also built lasting relationships with one another that will serve them well for many years to come.  I wish them all the best as they return to their own communities equipped with the knowledge that they can make a significant contribution both at home and across our state.”

The year’s program ran June through December and took the class across the state. Berea in June, Pikeville in July, Bowling Green in August, Louisville in September, Murray in October, Lexington/Frankfort in November, and Northern Kentucky, in December. The sessions covered topics ranging from business and economic development, racial equity, arts and tourism, natural resources and the environment, education and healthcare, agriculture, and government.

The class of 2022 included 51 participants representing a variety of public and private sectors. Leadership Kentucky congratulates the following:

  1.  Scott Alvey — Woodford County — Kentucky Historical Society
  2. James Ayers — Martin County — First State Bank
  3. Erich Blackburn — Pike County — Pikeville Medical Center, Inc.
  4. Pedro Bryant — Jefferson County —Republic Bank & Trust
  5. Michelle Buerger — Fayette County — City National Bank
  6. Beverly Chester-Burton — Jefferson County — City of Shively
  7. Joe Chillo — Kenton County — Thomas More University
  8. Amanda Clark — Boyd County — Kentucky Power
  9. Tracey Clark — Christian County — Jennie Stuart Health Foundation
  10. Cindy Clouse — Pulaski County — Somerset Community College
  11. Lee Emmons — McCracken County -- University of KY Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Western KY Region
  12. Jennifer Evans-Jefferson County- Cutting Edge Coaching and Consulting
  13. Jeff Garrison — Montgomery County — Thoroughbred Engineering
  14. Logan Germann — Boyle County — The Logan Company
  15. Marty Gibson — Boyle County — Farmers National Bank
  16. Trevor Graves — Fayette County — Stites & Harbison, PLLC
  17. Rachel Harb — Marion County — Maker’s Mark
  18. Julie Nelson Harris — Pulaski County — City of Somerset
  19. Whayne Herriford — Campbell County — Whayne Herriford, MS, LPCC-S
  20. Courtney Hixon — Calloway County — Murray State University
  21. Mark Hogg — Jefferson County — WaterStep
  22. Brian Hutchinson — Rowan County — Community Ventures Corporation
  23. Scott Keadle — Jefferson County — JLL/ / Brown-Forman
  24. Kyle Kelly — Owen County — Kentucky Farm Bureau
  25. Tiffany Koller — Jefferson County — LG&E and KU Services
  26. Byron Largen — Oldham County — MCM CPAs & Advisors
  27. Maegan Mansfield — McCracken County — Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing
  28. Cindy McCarty — Floyd County — East Kentucky Network, LLC d/b/a Appalachian Wireless
  29. Chris Melton — Jefferson County — Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs, LLP
  30. Joe Middleton — Barren County — Ambulance Service Corporation, Inc. (dba: Barren-Metcalfe EMS)
  31. LaKisha Miller — Kenton County — Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  32. Dannie Moore — Madison County — Eastern Kentucky University
  33. Tracy Naylor — Daviess County — Owensboro Health
  34. Amy Neighbors — Metcalfe County — Retired from Metcalfe Health Care Center
  35. John Nelson — Rowan County — Morehead State University
  36. Christina Perkins — Owen County — Owen Electric Cooperative
  37. Mark Polston — Fayette County — WSP USA Inc.
  38. Kelly Pullen — Jefferson County — Aetna Better Health of Kentucky
  39. Shannon Rickett — Jefferson County — University of Louisville
  40. Talley Russell — Jefferson County — Humana
  41. Lindsey Sanson — Warren County — American Bank & Trust
  42. Mary Singer — Scott County — MAP Group Companies
  43. Jill Smith — Fayette County —University of Kentucky
  44. Kevin Smith — Laurel County — Law Office of Kevin R. Smith
  45. Rick W. Smith, Sr. — Franklin County — Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education
  46. Amanda Tyler — Bullitt County — Beam Suntory
  47. Ryan Watts — Franklin County — Kentucky Oil and Gas Association
  48. Kim Webb — Kenton County — Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky
  49. Jason Wessel — Boone County — St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  50. Elizabeth Whitehouse — Woodford County — The Council of State Governments
  51. John Yanes — Laurel County — CHI-Saint Joseph Health

Applications for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2023 will be available online via nomination beginning January 1st at 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. By fostering an 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. The Leadership Kentucky Foundation offers four unique programs: Leadership Kentucky, ELEVATE Kentucky (for young professionals), BRIGHT Kentucky (for Eastern Kentuckians), 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

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