Hal Heiner will be Education Cabinet Secretary
(January 3, 2016) - An incomplete list of Governor Bevin's appointments with biographical information.
Hal Heiner - Secretary of Education Cabinet. According to Jack Brammer "Heiner has been active in civic and political activities. He has been a vice chairman of Greater Louisville Inc. and was elected in 2002 to the Louisville Metro Council. He served on it for eight years. He is founding chairman of Kentuckians Advocating for Reform in Education and of Kentucky Charter Schools Association and was chairman of the Christian Academy of Louisville School System. He also served on the Asbury University Board of Trustees, the University of Louisville Board of Overseers and the Summit Academy Board of Trustees. He currently sits on the Metro Leadership Foundation Board, which is focused on after-school instruction for elementary school children. Heiner, who has a master's degree in engineering, was a partner in a civil engineering firm before becoming president of the commercial division of a multistate development company. In 1997, Heiner founded Capstone Realty. It has developed more than 5 million square feet of office and industrial buildings.
Tom B. Stephens - secretary of the Personnel Cabinet. He is a former general counsel of the cabinet and served four years on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Steve Knipper - Lt. Gov's Chief of staff Knipper is a former member of the Erlanger City Council and was this year's Republican nominee for secretary of state.
William M. Landrum III - Secretary of Finance and Administration Cabinet. Landrum, of Greensburg, is a retired U.S. Army colonel who "has more than 36 years of military service and corporate experience in the areas of resource management and financial operations for sensitive Army Military Intelligence and clandestine programs across the Department of Defense," said a news release announcing the appointment.
David A. Dickerson - Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet. Dickerson served as Barren County Judge Executive from 1994-1999. In 1971, just out of Glasgow High School, Dickerson began working in his family business, where he began as a laborer in the timber cutting crew and learned the business from the ground up. Dickerson most recently served as Corporate Officer for Dickerson Lumber Company - his family business - where he co-managed day-to-day operations. Dickerson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He has two children and two grandchildren.
Brett Gaspard - Executive Director of Boards and Commissions. Mr. Gaspard began his career as a newspaper reporter while attending Northern Kentucky University, but later transitioned into the waste management business where he has spent the past 15 years overseeing municipal contracts in Ohio and Kentucky. He has also served as a volunteer advisor to many state and local political candidates including U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie... Gaspard is the outgoing chairman of the Boone County Republican Party and has held key volunteer roles with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Taxpayers United and League of Kentucky Property Owners.
Sandra Dunahoo - Commissioner of the Department for Local Government. Dunahoo is a government relations veteran with involvement in hundreds of millions of dollars in local projects over the span of her career. She most recently served as project development specialist and funding consultant for Nesbitt Engineering Inc.
Prior to that, Dunahoo served ten years as marketing manager for Kenvirons Inc. in Frankfort, KY and as marketing manager for Elrod Dunson Consulting Engineers in Nashville, TN. From 1986 to 1994, she served as projects manager and local government liaison to Congressman Hal Rogers, where she worked with local governments seeking federal funding. During that time, she worked with local leaders to secure funding to extend water lines to unserved populations, resulting in an increase from 40% served to over 90% in many counties. Dunahoo also led efforts to recognize wastewater and "straight pipes" as a key issue facing the 5th District which resulted in the organization now known as the PRIDE. She also managed the US Army Morale Support Branch Library and taught classes for troops at the Drake/Edwards Kaserne in Frankfurt, Germany. Dunahoo, a native of Beattyville, is a Leadership Kentucky Graduate, Class of 2008 and served as a Board member for 2 terms. She and her husband Charles live in Lexington and Booneville. They have one son.
Catherine Gatewood Easley - Deputy Chief of Staff for External Affairs. Easley has served as the Communications Director for Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Andy Barr (R-KY), and Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and has previously worked in the Congressional offices of former Congresswoman Anne M. Northup and former Senator Jim Bunning.
In addition to her time on Capitol Hill, Easley also worked on political campaigns and in the private sector. During Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, Easley was the Republican National Committee's formal spokesperson and media liaison in the top-targeted battleground state of Ohio. In 2009, Easley was appointed by Commissioner Northup to be her Press Secretary at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. During the 2008 election cycle, Easley worked in the Political Department of the National Republican Congressional Committee. She has also worked at private firms DCI Group and OnMessage Inc. Originally hailing from Louisville, Kentucky Easley graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is a proud member of the Big Blue Nation.
Jessica Ditto - Communications Director. Ditto joins the administration having served as Communications Director for the Bevin-Hampton campaign and transition office. She has more than ten years of political and public sector communications experience. Prior to the campaign, Ditto was Director of Education Program Operations for the national non-profit organization Connected Nation based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has worked for Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, the Republican Party of Kentucky, and Oklahoma U.S. Senator, James Inhofe. She resides in Lexington and is a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Stephanie Nelson - Director of Scheduling. Nelson handles scheduling for the Governor, Lt. Governor and First Lady. She has ten years of experience in non-profit association work, most recently working with the Kentucky Association for Economic Developers, helping developers and suppliers across the state. Nelson, a native of Bardstown and graduate of Kentucky State University, lives in Frankfort with her two daughters.
Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Glisson is a nationally recognized health and health insurance lawyer and member of the Health Enterprise Practice Group at Frost Brown Todd LLC where she concentrates her practice in health care, health insurance law, government affairs, informatics and mediation. She sits on the editorial board of the BNA Health Law Reporter and is certified as a mediator. She is also the past Chair of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and appointed by the President of the ABA to serve as the Health Law Section representative to the ABA Standing Committee on Government Affairs and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability. She was named President and CEO of Nucleus, an economic development arm of the University of Louisville, in the spring of 2008. In this role she advised the University of Louisville in the areas of health, life sciences and research. Glisson has served on the Advisory Council for the Human Genome Project and National Institute of Diabetes, Digestion and Kidney Disease as part of the National Institutes of Health. She has delivered numerous national and international presentations and co-authored a number of publications on health care law and government regulation.
Daniel Bork as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Bork recently retired as Vice President of Tax for Lexmark International, Inc., a $3.7 billion global technology company. He was responsible for worldwide tax matters, including compliance, planning and strategy to ensure favorable tax rates and improved cash flow.
He previously served two six-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, where he held several different positions. Bork has also served as President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute as well as on the Board of the Tax Executive Institute at the national level. He currently serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of Leadership Kentucky and serves as their Investment Committee Chair and on the Board of Visitors for the Martin School of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky.
Bork holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., and a Master's in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.
John Tilley - Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Representative Tilley is serving a fifth term in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He has chaired the House Judiciary Committee since 2009, while also co-chairing many related joint bipartisan House/Senate task forces on criminal justice.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky and Chase College of Law, Rep. Tilley has sponsored multiple pieces of significant legislation. His efforts have triggered a national model for change, protecting public safety, holding offenders accountable, while controlling corrections' costs, reducing recidivism, and greatly increasing drug treatment. Rep. Tilley has also led efforts to combat synthetic and prescription drugs, for which Kentucky has also received national acclaim. He is currently a board member for the Council of State Government's (CSG) Justice Center and co-chairs The National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL) Law and Criminal Justice Committee. Tilley lives in Hopkinsville with his wife, Shelly, and their three daughters Emma, Charlie and Caroline.
Derrick Ramsey - Secretary of Labor Cabinet. Former NFL player and the first African American to quarterback the University of Kentucky, the 58-year-old Ramsey previously served in state government in former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration as deputy secretary of commerce. Bevin's office said in a news release that Ramsey is returning to the public sector after seven years leading the Coppin State University athletic department.
Charles Snavely - Secretary of Energy & Environment. Snavely retired in 2014 as the President of Eastern U.S. Operations for Arch Coal, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Mining Operations of International Coal Group. He is a distinguished alumnus in mining engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and is about to complete his Executive Master's of Business Administration through a joint program between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
Charles and his wife, Shari, live in Lexington. Shari is a native of Inez. They have one adult daughter, Kathryn.
Brigadier General Stephen R. Hogan - adjutant general commanding the Kentucky National Guard. Hogan, of Hebron, is a former assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky Army National Guard, and had recent developed programs to aid dependents of service members as CEO of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.
Adrienne Southworth - Lt. Gov. Deputy Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor. Southworth brings with her a broad spectrum of research and coordination skills, including 8 years of state policy work with Take Back Kentucky. She is a graduate of Louisiana Baptist University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management. She has also been a private music teacher for the past 11 years. Southworth and her husband live in Lawrenceburg
For a complete list of appointments, follow the jump.