Chamber Leadership

Liberty-Casey County Chamber is guided by a volunteer group of officers and directors.  Our Chamber’s leadership is comprised of community leaders that represent every industry in the area. These individuals are working hard to secure Casey County’s economic future.  Chamber board members invest their time, resources, and expertise to further entrepreneurial growth, social awareness, and to foster job creation in the county.

Click any image below to learn more about the unique skills and qualifications that each officer and board member contribute to the Chamber and to the community.

Nicki Johnson

Director
1987dnjohnson@gmail.com

Nicki was born in Meldonhall, England and lived abroad with her military family for the first several years of her life. In 1972, Nicki and her family settled in Casey County, where her father was from, and has resided in Casey County or in the area since then.

After graduating Casey County High School in 1982, she worked as a hospital Nurses Aide for many years. She later went on to have several roles in healthcare including roles as a home health aid, activity director at a nursing home, and insurance billing coordinator.

Nicki and her husband Doug founded Liberty Electronics in August of 2000 after purchasing a closed Radio Shack franchise. Over time, they steered the store to a more service oriented business, focusing on computer repair and satellite installations. Over the next 15 years, Nicki and Doug actively looked for opportunities to provide products and services that were not available in the area or that were under threat of closure. In 2007, Doug and Nicki brought laser engraving services to the county so all of the area schools would have an affordable place to get awards for their students. In 2012, they purchased an abandoned motel and started renovations immediately.  The motel has by far been the most challenging and rewarding entrepreneurial adventure she has had yet.

Nicki prides herself in being mostly self taught and values her relationships with several dedicated mentors. She has a well rounded sense of retail, marketing, media relations, and manufacturing.

Nicki has served many years with Operation Christmas Child, A Samaritan’s Purse Organization, for the Heart of KY Operation Christmas Child Team. She has held several roles in the organization including Community Relation Area Coordinator and is currently serving as a Church Community Relations Team Member. In 2013, she was granted the rare opportunity to travel to Zambia, Africa to distribute shoe boxes with a team from Samaritan’s Purse. In 2013, Nicki was also named Chamber’s Citizen of the Year. Prior to that, she graduated from the Casey County Leadership Program in 2012.

As a seasoned entrepreneur, Nicki believes that restrictive government regulations on small businesses can put a chokehold on early growth efforts. While some regulations can be stifling, she still believes that perseverance and a positive attitude can go a long way.

When she is not busy working, Nicki enjoys taking long road trips with her husband. Nicki loves visiting other cities to see what ideas she can bring home that may propel Casey County forward. Of all her roles and responsibilities, her favorite is being a Nana to her 2 young granddaughters, Riley and Evie.

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<b>Nicki Johnson</b>

Nicki Johnson

Director

Chandra Godbey

President

Chandra Godbey is a lifelong resident of Casey County and is a dedicated home health care professional.  Chandra began her career in home health care in 1991 and is now the office manager at the Liberty office of Lifeline Home Health.  Chandra harnesses the power of modern marketing techniques to assist elderly patients in getting the help they need in the comfort of their own home.  She graduated from Somerset Community College with an Associates Degree in Office Administration.

In addition to her responsibilities at Lifeline Home Health, Chandra is also an independent sales consultant for BeautiControl Makeup and distributor for Advocare.  Both of these companies continuously give back to local communities and contribute to grass roots non-profit organizations, which is important to Chandra.

Chandra has been a Chamber board member since 2003 and is very active in Chamber activities.  She is also actively involved in Relay for Life and the Elder Abuse Council. Chandra is a certified firefighter for the Southeast Casey Volunteer Fire Department and helps the department with fundraising activities.

As a business leader in home health care, one of the biggest challenges she sees in her field are fluctuating insurance reimbursements.  Inconsistent reimbursements not only cause issues for agency administration, but place an unnecessary burden on the patients that depend on their services.

Chandra imagines a truly sustainable local economy and would like to see more retail stores and restaurants move into the area.  She believes that business diversity is essential to facilitate job creation and would improve the quality of life for all local citizens.

When Chandra is not busy at work or volunteering, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband Dexter, daughter Shelby Cook, and stepson Adam Godbey.  Some of her favorite outdoor activities include camping, boating, and 4-wheeling.

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<b>Chandra Godbey</b>

Chandra Godbey

President

Tammy Lee

Vice-President

Tammy was born and raised in Casey County, she has been married to her high school sweetheart Mike for 25 years.  They have one son, Tristan who is 19.  She graduated from Casey County High School in 1990 and from Midway College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Tammy and her family are all employed by Tarter Farm And Ranch Equipment in Dunnville.  She currently works in the Employment and Training Center for Tarter’s where she is an Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for company event planning for employees and she coordinates daily Human Resources and Payroll activities.

Tammy has volunteered for many years with the Relay for Life, she held positions such as Team Recruitment, Luminaria, and Co-Chaired the Survivorship Ceremonies.  She has served on the Casey County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy helping prevent drug and alcohol use in young people.  Tammy was also a member of Leadership Russell County through the Russell County Chamber of Commerce for one term.

She loves to spend time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys camping and spending time on the lake with her husband.  When given the opportunity she loves to travel.

Tammy would love to see new businesses locate in Casey County and provide more jobs for our community.   She would also like to see our downtown grow with numerous shops for everyone to shop local and help the growth of our commerce.

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<b>Tammy Lee</b>

Tammy Lee

Vice-President

Mindi Hibpshman

Secretary

Mindi was born in Kansas, but growing up she lived in Washington state as well as California, where she married her high school sweetheart Curt Hibpshman in 1989. They have five children, four of whom are married, and will be welcoming a third grandchild soon.

Mindi and her husband Curt own Hibpshman Home Improvement here in Liberty and for the past few years they have organized and presented “Hibpshman’s Annual Contractor’s Home and Garden Show”.  She and Curt have made Casey County their home since 2010. They moved to Kentucky from California where they owned and operated Hibpshman Landscape and Irrigation for twenty years.

After they made the move to Liberty, Mindi worked at Casey County Bank for five years where she enjoyed getting to know the community as a teller at both town locations and in Dunnville. Learning about the area and the people in the community is very important to her.

Mindi and Curt have enjoyed the opportunity to travel across the United States in a motorhome on three different occasions and have visited every state in the country. This is how they found Liberty. Mindi enjoys cooking for her family and getting together for game nights. She loves living in a small town where people greet each other by name and where we are free to talk about God. Mindi is proud to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce and she promotes our hometown in every way she can. She would like to see new business come to Liberty and see downtown full, beautiful and revitalized.

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<b>Mindi Hibpshman</b>

Mindi Hibpshman

Secretary

Jerry Atwood

Board of Directors
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<b>Jerry Atwood</b>

Jerry Atwood

Board of Directors

Josh Blevins

Board of Directors

I have been a lifelong resident of Casey County, graduating CCHS with the class of 1999.  I returned to Casey County after earning my teaching certifications at Eastern Kentucky University.  Since returning to the county, I have been a teacher at CCMS, served CCHS as Assistant Principal, and am now currently serving as CCHS Principal.  I am also self employed and work with my partner, Barry Stringer, for 2B Tile.  We have been working together to lay residential tile for over 3 years.

It seems Casey County is known for our “home grown” business owners.  With the absence of several major industries in the area, it seems a fitting vehicle for much of our local economy.

Providing educational opportunities with a curriculum focused on the demands of entrepreneurship is an educational necessity.  While it is important for the county to attract outside opportunities, CCHS works closely with local students to educate them about entrepreneurship. This program is part of our College and Career Readiness focus.  I would love to see our graduates find a home in Casey County, establishing their own businesses to diversify the opportunities here at home.  I truly believe education is the key to success and improvement.

Education has been my primary work experience; however, I have always been involved working alongside my father, Kenneth Blevins, owner of Blevins Construction, since a very young age.  This experience taught me just how important a skilled labor force in the community truly is.

During my time in education in Casey County, I have earned a few acknowledgements that I am proud of; including recognition by Campbellsville University for Excellence in Teaching.  I was also accepted to attend the Center for Creative Leadership (summer of 2014), and have been asked to lecture at several professional meetings concerning the success of CCHS.  I currently hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, a Master's degree for teaching Middle grades Math, and a second Masters in Instructional Leadership.

When the needs of school and business are settled, I love spending time with my family.  My children are involved in basketball, baseball, and community theater.  While spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do; the occasional pick-up basketball game is not out of the question.

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<b>Josh Blevins</b>

Josh Blevins

Board of Directors

Chase Fayne

Board of Directors

Chase graduated from East Jessamine High School in 2000. Though a native to the Nicholasville area, Chase spent most of his summers here in Liberty with his maternal Grandparents, Curt and Marie Yaden and moved down here in 2007 to help take care of them in their golden years. He is employed at the Casey County Hospital and Casey County EMS where taking care of his fellow neighbors is truly a passion of his.  He is the former Quality of Life Director at Liberty Care and Rehabilitation Center, a long term care facility in Casey County where he still likes to volunteer his time to help bring a little bit of fun and happiness to the residents of that home.

Chase is very proud to do whatever he can to give back to his community. He is a certified firefighter and volunteers on two departments within Casey County. He is the President of the board at Southeast Casey VFD. He is also a certified EMT. He feels that it is an honor to be able to work alongside the wonderful board members of the Chamber of Commerce and do whatever it takes to strengthen and grow our great community.

Chase is a member of Thomas Ridge Church and leads with his strong Christian faith in everything that he does. He has been married to his lovely wife Jennifer for over 10 years and is the proud daddy to an amazing 8-year-old girl Emily. “I simply adore my family and love to spend as much time as I can with them.” He enjoys doing everything he can for the community so he can help make it a better place for his daughter to grow up in.

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<b>Chase Fayne</b>

Chase Fayne

Board of Directors

Karen Goode

Board of Directors

Karen Goode has never considered living anywhere besides her version of paradise in South Central Kentucky.
Her love for the surroundings and meeting people has led her to become a Real Estate Agent as she enjoys sharing where she grew up with others. She still resides close to her childhood home, on a farm overlooking the Green River, and is very familiar with the area and the lay of the land. Being raised as a farmer’s daughter, and being a  farmer’s wife for 40-plus years, has given her the insight of how important it is to know the condition of the soil, the trees, and the  area in general. Her knowledge of the natural habitat of the area will be invaluable to suit the needs of the type of environment her clients are seeking.
Karen has always been in the sales and farming industry. As co-owner/operator of their family Goode’s Farm Supply.  Whether it involved logging, feed supply, fertilizer, farm gates, feeders and other implements, her sales techniques are always geared toward customer needs and satisfaction.
Karen is community-minded, having served on the Casey County Ag Development Board, Kentucky Farm Bureau  Women’s Committee, and has held offices in her homemaker’s club and PTO. She is also a Kentucky Colonel.
She has an eye for making old things look like new with her re-purposing and decorating skills – from wedding cakes to old barn doors – and shares many of those hobbies  whole-heartedly with her family and friends.

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<b>Karen Goode</b>

Karen Goode

Board of Directors

Greg Hansford

Board of Directors
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<b>Greg Hansford</b>

Greg Hansford

Board of Directors

Jordan Meece

Board of Directors

I started my career in design, however, my passion and most of my career has been dedicated to brand and strategic business development. I am results driven with a proven track record of success. I am self motivated; I learn new skills and adapt to them quickly, this drives my business forward. I listen before I speak and take all variables into account, this creates my solid, consistent and successful results. I focus on raising the bar to continually push myself forward. I am easy to get along with; I strive to develop positive and energetic relationships. I work well in groups and find it easy to manage teams. I have led sales teams, design teams and retail teams. I am a leader!

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<b>Jordan Meece </b>

Jordan Meece

Board of Directors

Andrea Patten

Board of Directors

Andrea Patton was born in Portsmouth, Ohio where she lived till age nine then
the family moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she went to and graduated from
Tates Creek High School in 1969. She lived in several states before settling in
Liberty in 1979.

Andrea is a registered nurse and worked at Liberty Care and Rehab as Staff
Development Director for 20 years. She retired in July of 2018 and is now
enjoying hiking our beautiful state with the Casey County Explorers.

She is married to Phillip Patton, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Andrea
serves as pianist, Sunday school teacher and van driver for the church.
Also Andrea and Phillip are land owners of a farm in Casey County where they
raise beef cattle.

She has a desire to see Liberty be a beautiful, clean , and friendly small town.
Andrea wants to see new businesses open and be successful and to simply make
life better for small town living. “Small towns where everyone you drive by
waves, even if you don’t know them.”

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<b>Andrea Patten</b>

Andrea Patten

Board of Directors

Kim True

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<b>Kim True</b>

Kim True

Michael Tucker

Board of Directors
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<b>Michael Tucker</b>

Michael Tucker

Board of Directors
 
 
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