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7 from NKY Named to New Leadership Kentucky Class

Leadership Kentucky announced the members of its 2018 class and seven people from Northern Kentucky are part of it.

The nonprofit 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.

The program is made up of seven two-day sessions where participants gather to learn gain insight on the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges and opportunities. Throughout the sessions, class members will meet with many of Kentucky’s current leaders and explore the state’s opportunities and resources.

The June through December program will bring the class across the state: Berea in June, Louisville in July, Paducah/Eddyville in August, Bowling Green/Fort Campbell in September, Pikeville in October, Frankfort/Lexington in November, and Northern Kentucky in December. The sessions will cover topics ranging from business and economic development, arts and tourism, natural resources and the environment, education and healthcare, agriculture, and government.

This year’s class includes 55 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors. The local members are:

  • Craig Carlson – Kenton County – BB&T
  • Bob Heil – Campbell County – KLH Engineers
  • Brian Jones – Grant County – C.K. Ash & Assoc. Inc.
  • Patrick Keal – Boone County – Duke Energy
  • Craig Liechty – Grant County – Heritage Bank, Inc.
  • Lori Ritchey-Baldwin – Kenton County – St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Dawn Walker – Boone County – Republic Bank

Nominations and applications for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019 will be available online at in October. The Leadership Kentucky Foundation offers three unique programs: Leadership Kentucky, Elevate Kentucky (for young professionals), 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

-Staff report