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

Josh Blevins

President

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

President

Tonya Meece

Vice-President

Tonya Meece

Tonya was born in Bowling Green KY where she attended and graduated from Warren Central High School.  After attending college she moved to Jamestown KY where she met and married her husband of 29 years, Randall.  They have 2 children, Brittany(Luke) and John and 1 grandchild, Adri.

She has worked in the banking industry for over 28 years and currently works for Monticello Banking Company in Liberty Ky.  She and her husband also own and operate a flooring company that is located in Russell Springs Ky.

In addition to her responsibilities on the Casey Co Chamber, Tonya enjoys being involved in several community organizations.  She served as a board member, VP and President of the Russell Co Chamber, a member for over 5 years of the Lake Cumberland District Health Board, member of the Business & Professional Women, Advisory board member for Lake Area Foundation and a current member for over 30 years of Jamestown First Baptist Church.

Tonya has been visiting family in Casey County for many years and has come to love the community she is now a part of.  She says, “There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing your community prosper and grow and I hope I can be at least a small part of that”.

When Tonya is not working she loves spending time with her family and you might even catch her on stage at the Star Theater or singing at her church.

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<b>Tonya Meece</b>

Tonya Meece

Vice-President

Leann King-Meece

Secretary

Leann King-Meece is a lifelong citizen of Casey County, with deep roots in the wonderful town of Liberty.

Leann graduated from Casey County High School in May of 2012.  She attended Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, where she played volleyball for three years.  She graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Science. She began working at Casey County Bank part-time in March 2015, and since her graduation from college, she works there full-time in the loan department.

Leann's past involves working in business, as she began working at a young age at her family’s business in downtown Liberty.  King’s Department Store was opened in 1946 by her great-grandparents, and she began working there after school, during school breaks and summers.  At 17, she began working at Sweet Beans ‘n Things, owned by her Aunt Laura Hebrock, and worked there until she went to college.

In addition to being a new chamber member, Leann is active in her community.  She serves on the Casey County Distinguished Young Women Program Committee, and is looking to get involved with other volunteer groups as well.  Leann is active with our local Relay for Life, being on the First Baptist Church of Liberty team and also the Casey County Bank team.

In June of 2016, Leann married Micah Meece and they reside in Liberty. They have a loving, rambunctious Goldendoodle named Duke.   Leann is the daughter of Brian and Angela King and a big sister to Adam King.

Most of all, Leann is a family-oriented individual—spending time with her family is her favorite thing to do.  She also enjoys canning and learning how to quilt.

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<b>Leann King-Meece</b>

Leann King-Meece

Secretary

Josh Burchett

Board of Directors
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<b>Josh Burchett</b>

Josh Burchett

Board of Directors

David Cundiff

Board of Directors

David Cundiff is a lifelong resident of Casey County and has been actively involved in the business community his entire life.  At just 8 years old, David began working in his father's Western Auto retail store.  After serving 18 months in the United States Navy, he ultimately went on to pave a successful career in banking.  He is now retired from the Casey County Bank after 45 of faithful service.  David likes to stay busy and spends most of his time now managing farms and commercial real estate investments.

In addition to his responsibilities on the Chamber board, David volunteers his time for several local non-profit organizations.  He participates in the Toys for Tots program, Hailey's Closet, and many church related events.  David also participates whenever possible to the local Food Bank, The Gathering Place, and the Pancake Breakfast for Community Ministries.  David also never misses an opportunity to participate in Chamber activities and loves being a part of the Down Town Christmas parade.

Keeping buildings occupied is one of the biggest challenges David has faced in his real estate career.  As a farm manager, maintaining a healthy profit margin is always an important concern.  David says, &lt;em&gt;"We have been blessed in both areas with a good farm manager...and a little bit of luck."&lt;/em&gt;

David would like to see more small businesses established in the local community.  He also hopes to see his children and grandchildren enjoy higher wages.

When David is not busy, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.  He also has an affinity for Lionel trains and building models.

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<b>David Cundiff</b>

David Cundiff

Board of Directors

Judy Emerson

Board of Directors
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<b>Judy Emerson</b>

Judy Emerson

Board of Directors

Todd Hoskins

Board of Directors

Todd Hoskins is a 21 year career agent for Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance in Liberty where he serves as Agency Manager.   He is a lifelong resident of Casey County and a 1990 graduate of Casey County High School and a 1994 Eastern Kentucky University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management.   Todd, age 43, was born and raised on the family farm where his family has been active in the registered Angus cattle business for over 50 years.   He and his wife, Tracie Wright Hoskins, have 3 children – Dakota 16, Riley 14, and Linnie Brooke 5.

Todd has been involved with many professional and civic groups throughout his life.   He has served as Chairman of Leadership Casey County, Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce Board, Casey County Fair Board, President Hickory Hills Country Club, and the statewide Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Advisory board.   He is a 2010 graduate of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute through the University of Kentucky.   Todd is a member of Creston Baptist Church where he serves as Sunday School Director and Children’s Message leader.     He has a passion for the outdoors and has served on committees for local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) committees.

“I have a strong passion for serving the people of my community.    When I graduated college I knew exactly where I wanted to live.   I came back home and went into the insurance business with my dad, Jerry Hoskins.   I had daily conversations with my father about what we could do to improve our community.   I would love to see us continue to develop the Central Ky Ag/Expo Center in order to spur future economic growth.     We also need to address the flooding problem that affects so many of our businesses in our little town.  We have many issues that need to be addressed – the only way we will solve our problems is to work together for the common good of all.”

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<b>Todd Hoskins</b>

Todd Hoskins

Board of Directors

Angela King

Board of Directors

Angela moved from Florida to Casey County Kentucky in 1986. Upon graduating from Casey County High School in 1994, Angela and her husband Brian, a native of Casey County, moved to Berea, KY to pursue a college education and career, thinking Casey county would become a childhood memory. But, “Home is where the heart is”and after completing Kentucky college of Business with a Bachelors Degree in business management, Angela along with her family, moved back to Casey County in 1999.

Angela started working in management at Quilt King Products, a family-owned business, where she is still employed. Quilt King is a wholesale manufacture of pre-cut quilt kits, quilt batting and many other sewing products.

In addition to being a Chamber board member, Angela is active in her community. She is currently on the Toys for Kids committee, is Co-Chair for the Distinguished Young Women Program of Casey County and is on the Friends of Education committee. She attends First Baptist Church, where she is a Sunday School teacher, co-leader of the Hands of Faith Puppet Team, co-leader for Kids Worship and the Relay for Life team captain.

Angela enjoys many things but her favorite is just being a wife to Brian and a Mom to Leann (22) and Adam (13).

As a chamber board member, Angela wants to see the community and businesses grow together toward success. She loves the quote from Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

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<b>Angela King</b>

Angela King

Board of Directors

Connie Montgomery

Board of Directors

Connie Montgomery was born and raised in Casey County. Born on family farm on Indian Creek and moved to Liberty when she was five.

Connie graduated Casey High and Somerset Technical College and attended Somerset Community and Lindsey Wilson Colleges with business management major.   Connie has worked several positions in Casey County and retired as Employment Specialist with State Government.

Her husband Richard of 46 years is retired from Surveying and Engineering. Two daughters: Dr Erica Turner (Mike) of Back and Body Chiropractic, and Samantha Wilson (G. Davis) Bourbon County Elementary teacher, and Bourbon County Attorney.  Connie has four precious Grand children, and a doodle named Linkon!

Connie, along with several great parents directs a weekly pre-school program at First Baptist Church.  Connie has served as past secretary, Vice President, and President of Chamber, several local boards, an avid fan of all sports!   She loves to call Liberty and Casey County “Home” a great place for children and families!

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<b>Connie Montgomery</b>

Connie Montgomery

Board of Directors

Laura Scott

Board of Directors
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<b>Laura Scott</b>

Laura Scott

Board of Directors

McKinzee Frazier

Board of Directors

McKinzee Frazier was born and raised in Casey County. She graduated from County High School in 2006 and then went on to attend the University of Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2010 with a B.A. Degree in Finance and two (2) minors in International Business and Economics. Following undergraduate school, she attended the University of Kentucky College of Law and obtained a J.D. Degree in May 2013.

McKinzee’s dream of becoming an attorney developed at a young age. She is thankful for Liberty and Casey County which has supported her in turning her dream into a reality. McKinzee is a partner at Weddle & Frazier, Attorneys at Law, where she has a general practice with her father. She is also currently the Assistant Casey County Attorney.

In her spare time you can find her spending time with her family, playing fetch with her golden retriever, exploring the outdoors, or planning her next adventure. She also enjoys volleyball, photography, and traveling.

Casey County holds a special place in her heart. In a small community such as this, the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is present every day. Having the opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives is not a task she takes lightly. Seeing the success of her community and the citizens within its borders is very important to her. She desires our community to be one in which citizens desire to return and invest.

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<b>McKinzee Frazier</b>

McKinzee Frazier

Board of Directors

Chad Tyner

Board of Directors

Chad Tyner relocated to Kentucky in 2007 from Greenville, SC. As his senior project at James. L. Mann High School Academy he built the first high school radio station in the state that transmitted to cars. Chad earned his Associate Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Design from Somerset Community College in 2010. Chad founded Wireless 523 in 2013, expanding to Stanford in 2015. Wireless 523 offers low cost cell phone service to our customers with no contract along with cell phones and accessories.

Chad enjoys volunteering and meeting new people. He has been active with organizations like the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life”, BMW ProAm (formerly Nike Tour), Fall For Greenville, Greenville Zoo, and March of Dimes. He was awarded Relay For Life of KY Online Volunteer of the year in 2009.

During his downtime he loves spending time with his wife Cassie, his daughter Campbell and
friends.

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<b>Chad Tyner</b>

Chad Tyner

Board of Directors

Tammy Lee

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

Andrea Patten

Board of Directors

Andrea Patton was born in Portsmouth, Ohio where she lived until 9 years old, then the family moved to Lexington, Ky. where she graduated from Tates Creek High School in 1969.   She lived in Omaha Nebraska, Cleveland OH, Tampa Fl., Orlando Fl. And Nashville, TN before moving to Liberty in 1979.

Andrea is a registered nurse and has worked at Liberty Care and Rehab Center for the past 19 years. She is the Staff Development Coordinator where she provides staff education, orientates new staff to the facility, instructs in CPR training and teaches C.N.A. classes. She also serves as the Infection Preventionist in the nursing facility.

She and her husband Phillip pastor Cornerstone Baptist Church where Andrea serves as the pianist and also drives the church van.  They are also land owners of a  farm out in the county where they raise beef cattle.

Andrea has a desire to see Liberty be a beautiful &amp;amp;amp; friendly small town, to see new businesses open and be successful, and simply making life better for our town.   “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

Lindsey Perkins

Board of Directors

Lindsey was born in Somerset, KY and moved with her family to Windsor at the young age of 8.  There her family established a dairy farm that became a vital part of her childhood. She attended Russell County High School where she graduated in 2005 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology from Campbellsville University in 2008.  While at Campbellsville she met Dustin Perkins, a native of Casey County, and in 2011 they were married. Initially they resided in Russell Springs but have since moved their family back to Windsor where they live now.

In 2010 Lindsey became an Account Executive with Lifeline Home Health where her main role focuses on Marketing and Public Relations.  She covers both Casey and Russell counties, and has a love for the community and relationships she’s established along the way.  Her passion for ensuring some of our most vulnerable population are cared for is evident in her work.  She enjoys educating our community about the services Home Health offers and partnering with local organizations to serve Casey County.  In addition to being a Chamber Board member, Lindsey is active with Relay for Life, Elder Abuse Council, and local Health Coalitions.

Lindsey’s family started a local business on their dairy farm, making and selling raw milk cheese. Through this process she came to understand the importance of a community that supports each other and promotes small, local businesses.  It is her hope to see Casey County continue to cultivate and establish viable businesses to bring economic growth.

When Lindsey is not working she enjoys being with her husband and 2 children, Easton (11) and Shayla (7).  They attend Dunnville Christian Church and enjoy many activities like traveling, camping, sports, and spending time together on the farm.

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<b>Lindsey Perkins</b>

Lindsey Perkins

Board of Directors

Chandra Godbey

Ambassador

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

Ambassador

Katie York

Ambassador

Katie York graduated from the Casey County High School in 1980.  She later went on to graduate from the LSU Graduate School of Banking, Kentucky Bankers Association General Banking School, Kentucky Bankers Association Consumer Lending School, Kentucky Bankers Association Commercial Lending School and Vanderbilt University Southeastern School of Commercial Lending.

As a lifelong resident of Casey County, Katie would like to see the per capita income and educational benchmarks rise to national levels for the local community.  She is currently the Vice-President of the Casey County Bank as well as a Senior Loan Officer.  Through her 36 years of experience in the banking industry, she understands the hurdles that banking institutions face.  One of the biggest challenges she sees for financial institutions are the constant bank regulatory changes as well as finding personnel able to adapt to those changes.

Katie is also actively involved in several charities and non-profit programs; including Operation Christmas Child, March for Babies, Community Ministries, Toys for Kids, Relay for Life, and the School Backpack Program.  She attends First Baptist Church and is the Director for the Hands of Faith ministry as well as a Sunday School Teacher for the Nursery class.

When Katie is not busy working or volunteering, she enjoys walking and spending time with her husband Tony, children Andy, Ryan, Ashley, and Emilee, and her grandchildren Mason and Kinslee.

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<b>Katie York</b>

Katie York

Ambassador

Chase Fayne

Ambassador

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. Chase is certified Activity Coordinator and is the Quality of Life Director of Liberty Care and Rehabilitation where he has a strong passion for bringing fun, happiness and love to the residents of a long term care facility. He has been at Liberty Care for over 8 years.

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. Chase is also currently attending EMT classes. 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 almost 10 years and is the proud daddy to an amazing 7 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

Ambassador
 
 
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