Press Release: Leadership Kentucky announces the ELEVATE Kentucky 2024 Class


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2024) – Leadership Kentucky is proud to announce the members of the ELEVATE Kentucky Class of 2024. Founded in 2017, ELEVATE Kentucky provides young professionals with a comprehensive personal and professional development program that promotes a greater understanding of the challenges facing our Commonwealth.

The class participates in three sessions held April through June in Owensboro, Pikeville/Prestonsburg and Frankfort/Northern Kentucky. Students will hear from thought-provoking Kentucky leaders, learn about issues and opportunities facing our state, and gain insight into personal leadership skills. Students will also participate in panel discussions, participate in experiential learning opportunities, gain enhanced leadership skills, and gain both regional and statewide perspectives while traveling throughout Kentucky.

“I have seen a new perspective on the Commonwealth and look forward to finding more ways to get involved in my community,” said Abby Townsend, ELEVATE Class of 2023. “Thanks to ELEVATE, I will stand tall, tell my story and “Lift others as I climb, show vulnerability and courage, and never forget where I come from.”

ELEVATE Kentucky program participants return to their companies with increased skills, knowledge, perspectives and a new statewide professional network. Millennial leaders are better prepared to serve as catalysts for Kentucky in their companies and communities.

This year's class includes 28 participants from across the state, representing various public and private sectors:
• Derek Beaven – Montgomery County – Kentucky Humanities
• Casey Boyd – Harrison County – Bullard
• Andrew Bradford – Kenton County – St. Elizabeth Physicians
• Sara Camic – Woodford County – UK HealthCare
• Amanda Combs – Fayette County – Littler Mendelson, PSC
• Nicole Cravens – Christian County – Planters Bank
• Sterling T. Crayton – Franklin County – KY Council on Postsecondary Education
• Cody Curtis – Fayette County – Stock Yards Bank & Trust
• Jordan Deschamp-Young – Jefferson County – Kentucky Chamber Foundation
• Sarah Drysdale – Ballard County – University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
• Jillian Edwards – Madison County – CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group
• Christin Godale, PhD – Boone County – CincyTech
• Spencer Gray – Fayette County – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
• Cailee Hunt – Jessamine County – Equity Management Group
• Megan Johnson – Pike County – Aetna Better Health of Kentucky
• Lilly Kirby – Logan County – Logan Aluminum
• Henry Lucas – Nelson County – Louisville Health & Healing
• John Magner – Fayette County – Kentucky American Water
• Eric Maxim – Boyd County – Marathon Petroleum Corporation
• Colin Michael – Fayette County – Clarity Communications/LM Digital Agency
• Brooke Miller – Hopkins County – Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville
• Ashley O'Neil – Jefferson County – University of Louisville
• Olivia Petter – McCracken County – Henry A. Petter Supply
• Zachary Rowe – Fayette County – Valvoline Global Operations
• Joye Beth Spinks – Warren County – English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley LLP
• Ashley Stevens – Anderson County – Deatrick & Spies, PSC
• Candy Vasquez – Barren County – Glasgow-Barren County Tourism
• Logan Williams – Kenton County – JB Hunt Transport, Inc.

About Leadership Kentucky
Founded in 1984 as a nonprofit educational organization, Leadership Kentucky brings together a diverse group of people with a wide range of leadership skills, professional achievements and volunteer activities to provide insight into complex issues facing the state. By promoting understanding of how the state's issues are interconnected and building new relationships among community and regional leaders, Leadership Kentucky graduates bring a fresh and informed perspective to their communities and businesses and are key participants in the joint efforts to shape Kentucky's future. The Leadership Kentucky Foundation offers four unique programs: Leadership Kentucky, ELEVATE Kentucky (for young professionals), BRIGHT Kentucky (for Eastern Kentuckians), and New Executives to Kentucky (for senior executives who have lived in the state for less than two years). For more information, please visit or email [email protected].