Julie Thomas is the community education and PR director for Ballard County Schools,
currently serves as President of the Ballard Chamber board of directors, is on the
marketing committee of the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance board of directors,
and the board of the Kentucky School Public Relations Association. She was the first
executive director of the Ballard Chamber, and served as membership and marketing
director of the Paducah Area Chamber. Thomas won 10 Kentucky Press Association awards
while at the Mayfield Messenger from 1988-1995.
Christy Whittington Phelps was born and raised in Princeton, Kentucky. After
having taught for 17 years, she moved into school administration and is
currently serving as principal of Caldwell County High School. Christy
received her undergraduate degree, masters
degree and and Rank I in administration from Murray State University. While juggling
work and her two teenage daughters, she stays involved
in community and church activities.
Scott Swalls is the general manager of Forever Communications in Murray, Kentucky.
He oversees the day-to-day operations of three radio stations, including Froggy 103.
Mr. Swalls assumed control of the Murray operations in 2007. Prior to his current
position, Mr. Swalls worked 20 years in the radio business in St. Louis, Missouri,
Lexington, Kentucky, and the Illinois cities of Peoria, Bloomington, and Carbondale.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Tulsa, with a major in radio/television, Mr.
Swalls also holds a Master’s Degree from Illinois State in Business Management.
Kevin O’Neill is Director of Continuing Education for West Kentucky Community and
Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky. He grew up in Arlington, Kentucky and is a
1976 graduate of Murray State University. Kevin is chairman of the Carlisle County
Board of Education, a member of the Carlisle County Senior Citizens Board, an active
member of Bardwell Baptist Church where he serves as chairman of deacons, and is a
youth Sunday School teacher.
Diane Croney-Turner has served as finance director with Pennyrile Allied Community
Services for 35 years. She is President of the Kentucky Federation of Business and
Professional Women’s Clubs, a board member and treasurer of the Hopkinsville/Christian
County Crime Stoppers, Pennyroyal Area Museum, and the Focus 21st Century Minority
Leadership. Ms. Croney-Turner is also a member of the Christian County Revolving Loan
Fund Committee and BB&T Hopkinsville Advisory Board.
Hollis White III is the co-owner of Propulsys, Inc., in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He
works as Director of Global Supply Chain and Quality in the company and has held executive
positions in Engineering and Operations over the past 20 years. He currently serves
on the Pennyroyal Hospice Board of Directors and has served on the board of University
Heights Private School and the Hopkinsville YMCA. He graduated from Purdue University
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He also holds a Master's
in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
Ryan McDaniel is Vice President of Operations for Tyler Manufacturing in Marion, Kentucky
- a Par 4 Plastics business in which he is co-owner. Ryan has served with the Par
4 Plastics team for the last 12 years in the custom injection molding and value added
assembly work business. He has also served on various boards in Crittenden County,
along with being a Past-President of the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce. He
attended Murray State University and is the proud father of three children.
Eddie Crittendon was born and raised in Fulton, Kentucky. Eddie is the executive
director of the Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership. This
is a two-county partnership that was formed in 2007. Previously Eddie served as administrator
of the Park Terrace Assisted Living facility in South Fulton, Tennessee. Eddie served
two years as vice mayor of the City of Fulton before being elected to his first term
as mayor in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004. Eddie also served as constable of the
First District in Fulton County. Eddie is very involved in the community through youth
activities and currently serves as president of the Twin City Youth League.
Renee Buckingham is the service region administrator for the Kentucky Cabinet for
Health and Family Services. Renee was licensed by the State Board of Examiners of
Social Work of Kentucky in 1986 and has served as a social worker in Graves County
since 1985. She graduated from Murray State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of
Social Work degree and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western
Kentucky University. In 1996 she was selected to participate in the Empower Kentucky
Initiative conducted by Governor Paul Patton. She was recognized in 1997 as the “Social
Worker of the Year” by the Kentucky Foster Care Review Board for outstanding service
to foster children.
Doug Bell is the Senior Vice President and Senior Lender for the Ohio Valley Financial
Group headquartered in Henderson, Kentucky. He is a 2005 alum of the Graduate School
of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, and a 1995 alum of Murray State, where he was active
with Lambda Chi and the Student Government Association. He also worked as a Summer
Orientation counselor and Student Ambassador. Currently Mr. Bell serves as Chair of
the 4 Star Industrial Park, and is a board member for the Henderson Hospital Foundation,
the Henderson County Healthcare Corporation, and KyNDLE. He is active with the Holy
Name of Jesus Parish, and is former Chair of Northwest KY Forward.
Casey Henderson is Superintendent of Hickman County Schools. He has been in
education for 15 years - serving as teacher for seven years and an
administrator for the last eight years. He
grew up in Carlisle County and graduated from Murray State University
with a BA in History and a minor in Ag Business. Casey began his
career at Carlisle County Schools serving as a middle/high school World
Civilization teacher and basketball/baseball
coach. He continued his education at MSU receiving a Masters in
Administration in 2002 and later served as the Assistant Superintendent at Carlisle
County and Hickman County. He has served on many different advisory committees within
Deborah Cox has served as the Chief Academic Officer at Madisonville Community College
for the past seven years. Prior this position, she served in a variety of roles at
the College since her initial employment in 1982. Deborah received her B.S. degree
in Psychology from Murray State University in 1975, her M.A. in Counseling from Eastern
Kentucky University in 1976, and her Ed.D. in Policy Studies and Analysis from the
University of Kentucky in 1996. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards
and committees in the region working to improve community services and economic opportunities.
Brenda Glover is the Madisonville District Director of Leadership and Discipleship
Fromation for the United Methodist Church. As a retired educator, she spect 15 years
teaching vocational home economics, nice years in the Kentucky Department of Education
as director of certified personnel evaluation, and another nine years as the professional
development director of the Badgett Regional Cooperative for Educational Enhancement.
Darrell Jones is a field representative with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture
and has been with the company for 22 years. He is a 1985 graduate of Murray State
University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. He currently
works in 17 counties in west Kentucky. He serves as president of the Livingston County
Farm Bureau and is on the board of the Livingston County Conservation District. He
lives near Smithland and enjoys working on the farm.
Chris Sutton is the executive director of Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD),
a nine-county planning and development agency headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
He has worked at the PADD for nearly 20 years previously serving as Economic Development
Specialist and Projects Coordinator. He is a graduate of Murray State University,
holding both a BS and MBA degrees. He served on the Eddyville City Council from 1994-2000
and on various other community boards. He is currently serving on the Boards of the
Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce and the Lyon County Water District.
Dr. Gene Gilliland is Assistant Vice President of Strategic Planning and Public Relations
at Community Financial Services Bank (CFSB) where he has been employed since 2004.
He represents Marshall County on the regional chamber and is the Immediate Past Chairman
of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to coming to the bank 8 years ago,
he preached for over 30 years in AL, TN, OH, CA, and KY. He has four degrees from
three universities including one doctorate (in Church Growth). Since joining the bank
he has also completed 3 banking schools graduating magna cum laude last May at the
Barret School of Banking in Memphis, TN. Gene believes strongly in community involvement
as he is an active member of the McCracken, Calloway, and Marshall Chambers as well
as being on the board of the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance. He is a shepherd/elder
at the Reidland Church of Christ. He has been a member of the Benton Lions Club since
1990 and served in a variety of leadership positions (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary,
& Treasurer) as well as serving as a Zone Chairman for the district. He is Vice Chairman
for Marshall County Needline. He is founder and president of Character Counts in Marshall
County since 2001. He is president of the Society for the Preservation of Southern
Harmony Singing which in 2012 hosted their 130th annual Big Singing at the old courthouse
in Benton. He also publishes a Quick Reference Directory of Community Resources for
Marshall and McCracken counties. Gene has been happily married to his wife Ella for
38 years. Ella is a speech-language pathologist for the Marshall County School System.
They have three grown children. Bradley & his wife Anna live in Oklahoma City where
he is a middle school teacher. Bethany & her husband Ryan live in central California
where she is a deputy district attorney. Cindy & her husband Jesse live in Draffenville
where she is a server at Patti’s Restaurant and subs for the Marshall County School
System. Gene and Ella recently became grandparents of their first grandchild, Paige
Michael Muscarella has been the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Baptist Health
Paducah for 23 years. He has been a physical therapist for 33 years and is responsible
for the Community Health Needs Assessment for Baptist Health Paducah. He holds a Doctor
of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science
degree in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University. He has taught as an adjunct
faculty to the University of Kentucky’s doctoral program in physical therapy for 10
years. Currently he serves as the President of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association.
In addition to chairing the Purchase Area Health Education Center Advisory Board at
Murray State University, he also serves the Regional Advisory Board. He is a member
of the Kentucky AHEC advisory board. Michael has been a member of the American Physical
Therapy Association and the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association for 33 years. He
is a member of the Kentucky Rural Health Association’s Board of Directors working
to address health disparities throughout the state and region. Locally, he is a past
president of the Rotary Club of Paducah and teaches adult Sunday school at First Baptist
Church Paducah. He is married to Julie Waldrop Muscarella, UK ’80, a dietitian and
a Certified Diabetes Educator. They have one daughter, Miriam, who is a 2012 graduate
of Harvard College and is currently involved in endocrine research through an NIH
Ashley Wright is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for
West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She earned a bachelor's
degree from Berea College and a master's degree from Washington
Univeristy in St. Louis. Before joining WKCTC, Wright
served as the Executive Director of the United Way of Paducah-McCracken
County. She and her husband, Sam, have one son, Henry.
John Rufli is the Executive Director of the Land Between The Lakes Association, “Friends
of LBL.” He is responsible for general oversight of the daily operations, membership
development, funds development, budget oversight, and staff supervision. He received
a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1971 and
a Master of Science degree in Biology from Murray State University in 1975. He worked
as an Interpretive Naturalist for the Kentucky Department of Parks at Lake Barkley
State Resort Park for eight years. He was business manager for Lake Barkley State
Resort Park for ten years and resort park manager for twelve years.
Drew Wells is an insurance agent for J. Craig Riddle Company in Madisonville, KY where
he holds a license for life, health, property and casualty insurance. He has been
with the company since 2006. After graduating from Union County High School, Drew
attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where he was a member of the 2001 National Basketball
Team. Drew resides in Union County with his wife and daughter where he assists in
managing the family farm.
As an affiliate of Dixon, Kentucky, Michael K. Farris is the father of two girls,
grandfather of two, and husband to Janet Farris. He received his Bachelor's degree
in physical education and a minor in history from Oakland City College (Indiana),
and his Master's degree in counselor education and Rank I in school administration
from Murray State University. Michael served 35 years in education as teacher, principal,
supervisor of instruction, assistant superintendent and superintendent in Hopkins
County and Webster County. Since retiring Michael has served on the boards for NorthWest
Kentucky Forward, Green River Economic Development, Four Star Industry Park Authority,
and Webster County Economic Development, and served as director of Madisonville Community
College. Michael has been a team lead and member for School Scholastic Review and
Audits Teams for the Kentucky Department of Education as well as a coach for Pilot
School Scholastic Reviews Teams in Arkansas. He has also worked on two teams in Arkansas
in the selection process for the Master Principal Program. He presently serves as
teacher and deacon at Dixon General Baptist Church. He enjoys traveling with family.