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BRIGHT Leadership Kentucky class engages entrepreneurial minds from ARC counties


Leadership Kentucky is proud to announce the members of the BRIGHT Kentucky Class of 2020.

BRIGHT Kentucky, which began in 2019, engages bright, entrepreneurial minds from various occupational sectors to offer non-partisan, ethical leadership training, expanded networks, and mentors designed especially for residents of the 54 Kentucky counties of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The program is made possible by a $500,000 ARC grant and private funding from the Whitaker Foundation, SOAR, and others.

BRIGHT Kentucky is made up of five, three-day sessions where the major focal point is to help participants fully understand the local economic context and to build robust skill sets in communication, collaboration, consensus building, visioning, and community engagement. The program, which runs July through November, will take participants across Eastern Kentucky: Somerset in July, Ashland in August, Berea/Frankfort in September, Pikeville in October, and Hazard in November. The program began last week in Somerset where the class heard from business leaders, visited Lake Cumberland, and networked with other participants.

This year’s class includes 41 participants from 30 different ARC counties representing a variety of public and private sectors.

Leadership Kentucky congratulates the following members:

Sarah Adkins – Whitley County – University of the Cumberlands
Frank Baker – Leslie County – Hyden Citizens Bank
Chelsea Ballard – Hart County – American Cave Conservation Association
Adam Bowling – Bell County – Self-Employed – Small Business Owner
Ben Carr – Montgomery County – Kentucky 4-H Foundation
Crystal Cox – Pulaski County – United Way of South Central Kentucky
Tyler Curran – Nicholas County – Kentucky Army National Guard
Gene Detherage Jr. – Rowan County – The Fletcher Group
Aaron Dockery – Pulaski County – City of Somerset
Hanna Gabbard – Johnson County – Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
Courtney Gillette – Boyd County – Boyd County Tourism and Convention Bureau
Laura Gregory – Wolfe County – Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Sara Hacker – Rowan County – Morehead State University
Megan Haile – Monroe County – TJ Samson Community Hospital
Jennifer Hall – Knott County – Alice Lloyd College
Jenni Hampton – Pike County – Kentucky Career Center
Tena Hunley – Magoffin County – McDonald’s Of East Kentucky
Summer Jackson – Whitley County – University of the Cumberlands
Mindy R. Johnson – Edmonson County – Western Kentucky University
Kayla Jude – Martin County – Kentucky Career Center
Patrick Lager – Montgomery County – Whitaker Bank Corp.
Zach Lawrence – Perry County – Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance
Zachary Leftwich – Green County – Green County Board of Education
Josh Little – Pike County – Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Caitlin Mason – Laurel County – Cumberland Valley Area Development District
Aaron Montgomery – Greenup County – Addiction Recovery Care & Rise Above
Courtney Oliver – Laurel County – Reppin2Recovery INC
Andrew Owens – Bath County – Michael R. Gray Funeral Home, Owingsville
Justin Pruitt – Boyd County – Boyd County Fiscal Court
Jessica Ritchie – Breathitt County – Juniper Health, Inc.
Jacob Roan – Bell County – City of Pineville
Jonathan Shell – Garrard County – State Solutions LLC
Dustin Stephens – McCreary County – East Ky Power Cooperative
Jacob Taylor – Rockcastle County – Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center
Erica Trammell – Harlan County – Appalachian Challenge Academy
Gavin Tussey – Boyd County – Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 248
JoAnn Vanzant – Lee County – Operation UNITE
Tyler Ward – Letcher County – Jacobs+Ward
A.J. Wilson – Hart County – Hart County Fiscal Court
Elijah Wilson – Cumberland County – University of Kentucky
Jennifer Wilson – Johnson County – Kentucky Cancer Program

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