ELPO Law Attorney Regina Jackson Named Chair-Elect for Leadership Kentucky

by Mandy Hicks

Leadership Kentucky has announced the new 2021 Board Chair and the appointment of new members to the 2021 Executive Committee and Board of Directors that will oversee one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States.

Regina Jackson, a partner in Bowling Green’s English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley law firm, has been announced as the 2022 board of directors chair-elect on the Leadership Kentucky executive committee.

Jackson is in line to succeed 2021 Board Chair Daniel Bork. Bork previously retired as Commissioner of Revenue for the Kentucky Department of Revenue, and as Vice President of Tax for Lexmark International, Inc.

She is joined on the 2021 executive committee by two other business leaders with local ties: Retired Logan Aluminum Plant Manager Ken Perdue and Western Kentucky University Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations Ron Wilson.

The 2021 Leadership Kentucky Executive Committee and Board of Directors list are below:

2021 Executive Committee

• 2021 Board Chair – Dan Bork (Retired, Kentucky Commissioner of Revenue)
• 2022 Board Chair-Elect – Regina Jackson (Partner, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley)
• Immediate Past Chair – Barbara K. Dickens (Sr. Operations Counsel, Atria Senior Living, Inc.)
• Secretary – Trey Grayson (Member, Frost Brown Todd)
• Treasurer – Paula C. Hanson, CPA (Retired, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC)
• BRIGHT Liaison/Committee Member – Elmer K. Whitaker (CEO, Whitaker Bank, Inc.)
• Perry P. Allen (Regional President, US Bank)
• Leslie A. Fugate (State and Local Government Relations, Brown-Forman Corporation)
• Ken Perdue (Retired Plant Manager, Logan Aluminum)
• Chrisandrea Turner (Partner, Stites & Harbison, PLLC)
• Ron Wilson (Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Western Kentucky University)
• Gina S. Winchester (Deputy Judge Executive, Calloway County Court)
• Committee Member-Ex-Officio: Mary Michael Corbett (Retired, Baptist Health Foundation)
• Committee Member-Ex-Officio: Teresa Trimble Hail (President, D.C. Trimble, Inc.)

2021 Board of Directors

• Christopher L. Brown (Vice President/Director, Sales & Marketing Integration & Execution, Brown-Forman)
• David A. Byerman (Former Director of Kentucky Legislative Research Commission)
• Craig J. Carlson (Corporate Banking Group Manager, Truist Bank)
• Daniel Carmack (Realtor, City Councilman, City of London)
• Carri Chandler (Vice President Foundation, St. Elizabeth Healthcare)
• Gary Gerdemann (Co-Founder, Partner, RunSwitch Public Relations)
• Sara Hemingway (Executive Director, The Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation)
• Rick Hesterberg (Senior Asst. VP of Strategic Communications & Marketing, Morehead State University)
• Alan Keck (Mayor, City of Somerset)
• Melissa Lee Knight (President, Farmers National Bank of Lebanon)
• Timothy Kraus (Vice President Production, Operations, and Chief Engineer, Louisville Water)
• Gloria S. McCall, Ed.D. (Vice President, Kentucky Community & Technical College System)
• Elizabeth McFarland (Vice President, Transmission, LG&E-KU Energy, LLC)
• David W. Seewer (Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP)
• Chuck Session (Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Duke Energy)
• Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE (President, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations)
• Elizabeth Snodgrass, CPA (CEO, Livingston Hospital)
• Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. (President, University of Pikeville)
• Cindy Wiseman (VP External Affairs & Customer Service, AEP/Kentucky Power)
• Kelley Workman (President, Planters Bank)

Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a nonprofit 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 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).