OUR TEam

The Chamber is a volunteer organization composed of individuals, businesses, industries, educators, and professionals who work together to advance the business, financial, industrial and civic interests of our community. It is an action agency designed to meet your needs! The organization is operated by a Board of Directors elected by the Chamber’s members. Annually the Board nominates the President, Vice Presidents, and Directors. The administrative head of the Chamber is the Executive Director.

EXECUTIVE

OFFICERS

EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEES

OUR BOARD

AND STAFF

The Executive Officers

 
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Kris Castle

President

Kris is the owner of Castle Insurance and has been in business for more than five years in Georgetown. She enjoys hosting a cars and caffeine meetup annually at the insurance agency for the local car enthusiast community.  She is married, with three daughters, two bonus kids, and a standard poodle named Alaska. 

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber, she also is a board member for The Gathering Place Mission. She loves learning about Central Kentucky and businesses in the area. She is a graduate of the 2018/2019 Leadership Scott County Class and a graduate of the 2019/2020 Leadership Central Kentucky.

 

She is the oldest of 5 kids, so some would say bossy and others would say a natural-born leader. She was born in Oklahoma City, and was raised in central North Carolina. 
                       

Kris’s passions are sewing, traveling, reading and drinking wine with her book club, and community involvement.

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JD Mechem

President Elect and Co-Chair Membership

JD has been an employee of WesBanco and a resident of Kentucky since July of 2017.  He has been working in the Georgetown WesBanco Main office since August, 2018.  JD has 26 years of experience in mortgage lending.  He is also a Veteran of the United States Army. 

 

JD not only serves on Chamber committees and Boards, but also on is a graduate of the 2018-2019 Leadership Scott County Class (LSC) and is a board member of the newly formed LSC organization.  

 

He is the recipient of the 2019 Ambassador of the year award for the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce. 

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Bridget Foster

Past President

Bridget Foster is the Director of Marketing and Communications for LifePoint Health Central Kentucky, which includes, Bluegrass Community Hospital, Bourbon Community Hospital, Clark Regional Medical Center and Georgetown Community Hospital. She is a selected member of the LifePoint Health Marketing Council and LifePoint Health Marketing and Communications Leadership Institute.

 

Prior to her current role, Foster spent two years in medical sales. Collectively, she has a span of over 14 years of outside business-to-business sales experience. Foster received her Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from University of Kentucky.

 

She grew up on a farm in Western Kentucky and currently resides in Scott County with her husband and two-year-old daughter. She is greatly involved and active with several organizations in the community.  

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Denice Leamer

Treasurer

Denice has worked in the financial institution industry for over eighteen years. She currently works as the Branch Manager in Georgetown for Commonwealth Credit Union where she has been bettering lives for 6 years.  Graduate of The Southeast CUNA Management School in 2021.


She has a passion to serve the Scott County Community and is a graduate of Leadership Scott County class of 2017, is on the Board of Directors for Leadership Scott County, and treasurer for Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce in 2019 and continuing to serve in 2022.  She has served on the Chamber's Marketing and Events committee for 6 years and has assisted with Transform Scott County’s leadership pilot program. 

Originally from Erie Pennsylvania, Denice moved to Kentucky after attending Penn State Erie, The Behrend College majoring in accounting.  She has lived in Scott County for fifteen years. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Rocky for the past twenty-three years and they have one daughter who is attending the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS

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Kristine Cassata

Chair Women in Business

Kristine Cassata is a top producer and proven real estate professional. With a degree in Business Administration, a professional background in sales and marketing, strong ethics, and a strong focus on repeat business and referrals she has built a reputation as a highly regarded and successful realtor.

 

In 2020 Kristine launched Indigo & Co Realty, a boutique brokerage serving Georgetown and the surrounding areas. Whether working with buyers or sellers, Kristine and her team will put the clients first with good communication, attention to detail and an overall real estate experience worth sharing.

 

Kristine is passionate about her community and sharing it with others. She is a board member of the Georgetown Scott County Chamber of Commerce, and is proud to be the 2022 Chair for the Georgetown Scott County Women in Business. 

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Lynn Godsey

Chair Economic and Education Affairs

Lynn Godsey joined Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2018 as the Campus Director for the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, home to the Advanced Manufacturing Center. 

Lynn works to increase student access to educational opportunities that lead to high quality careers or prepare students for transfer to 4-year institutions.  She has been a strong advocate for expanding dual credit opportunities for high school students and, in partnership with Scott County Schools, launched the Scott County Middle College. 

She grew up in Buffalo, NY, earned a BS in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo and an MBA from Indiana University.  Before settling in Kentucky in 1999, Lynn had the opportunity to live and work in Anchorage, Alaska; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington DC. 

Lynn and her husband, David, live in Georgetown with their rescue puppy, Buddy.

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Mark Manuel

Chair Governmental Affairs

Mark is the Vice President for Advancement and Organizational Development for Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  Advancement and Organizational Development is made up of Strategic Communications; Resource Development; and Human Resources and Professional Development.  He also serves as the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation, Inc. 

 

Mark’s experience includes process redesign, lean manufacturing implementation, organizational consulting, organizational redesign, strategic planning, fundraising, and workforce development in both the private and public sectors.  He serves as a director on the boards of Commerce Lexington, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and Scott County United.  He is a member of the Central Kentucky Public Policy Council and is also the immediate past chair of the Business and Education Network, a 501c3 non-profit focused on workforce issues.  A former board member of the Central Kentucky Region of the Sports Car Club of America (CKRSCCA), Mark enjoys all levels of sports car and formula car racing.

 

Mark's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.  He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

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Nate Schwartz

Co-Chair Membership

Nate is an insurance agent for Chenault & Hoge on Main St. in downtown Georgetown.

Originally from New Jersey, Nate made Georgetown his home after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2009. He has 2 amazing daughters, Renae and Zoey.

 

Nate is an active member of Grace Christian Church, serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Montessori School of Georgetown and also the Board of Adjustment for the City of Georgetown, and is a graduate of the Leadership Scott County 2017-2018 class.  

 

Nate was the first recipient of the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year award in 2018. 
“I have a passion for meeting new people and businesses in the area and making them feel welcome;
I believe that the Chamber serves a vital role in this growing community and the driving force is our members.”


In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, rooting for the Big Blue, horse racing, and working out. He also enjoys playing golf and is currently attempting to get better one round at a time.

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Amy Preston

Co-Chair Marketing & Events

Amy Preston has been the Executive Director for Scott/Bourbon Counties Habitat for Humanity for eight years.

 

Before that Amy worked with the American Institute for Foreign Study as the Community Coordinator for the Lexington area. She has over 37 years experience in the non-profit world.

 

Amy has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Morehead State University & Master's in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Amy is a member of the Georgetown Women's Club, Grace Christian Church and serves on the Scott County Homeless and Hunger Coalition.

 

Amy and her husband, have lived in Scott County with their two daughters for over 17 years. In their spare time, they provide Trivia Night fundraisers for organizations in central Kentucky.    

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Bailey Gilkerson

Co-Chair Marketing & Events

Bailey is the Marketing Director at Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, where she develops marketing campaigns attracting visitors to the Georgetown/Scott County area. In addition to content creation, Bailey hosts industry professionals and media, organizes and executes events, and plans area travel itineraries for visitors and groups.

During her career, Bailey has been certified as a Kentucky Tourism Professional, Bourbon Steward, and is an official graduate of Leadership Scott County. In 2021, she was awarded a Tourism Marketing Professional Certification through Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College. 

 

Bailey is an active member of the community and assists with many events and organizations including the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce as the Co-Chair of Marketing and Events.

An alumna of the University of Kentucky, Bailey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing in 2016. 

 

Bailey currently resides in her hometown of Georgetown, where she enjoys spending time with friends, family and fur babies (Scout & Ziggy), cooking and traveling.

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Tom Ramsey

Chair Young Professionals

Tom Ramsey is the owner and founder of CK Tactical Security Inc. CK Tactical Security currently employs over 250 seasonal, full, and part time employees. CK Tactical Security currently serves as on-site security for University of KY football, The Land Rover KY Three Day event at the world renowned KY Horse Park, and also provide security for many other businesses in Central KY. 

 

Tom also is very active in the community and with the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce. Tom sits on the membership committee and is excited to be the chair of the Georgetown/Scott County Young Professionals for 2022. He is very proud to support the community through scholarships for both high schools in Scott County. Tom is also involved in several projects to aid veterans in their transition from military life. Tom is an 8 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 

 

Tom's goals are to " Leave the community in a better spot then when I arrived ". Tom and his family reside in Stamping Ground and have been in Scott County since 2005.

 

2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Julie Amburgey

Operations Manager, Pat Juett Heating & Air

Julie is the Operations Manager at Pat Juett Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., a family owned and operated business serving Scott and surrounding areas for 28+ years.

She is married to Ron Amburgey and has two sons and two bonus daughters.

Julie also volunteers for The Gathering Place Mission on the fundraising committee and is a district director for the Kentucky Association of Master Contractors.

She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and adventures!

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Missy Baker

Principal Broker/Owner, Realty World TNT

Missy Baker is Principal Broker/Owner of Realty World TNT in Georgetown.

She has resided in Georgetown, KY for over eight years now. As a transplant from a small town in Eastern KY,  Missy is excited to have the same sense of small town in her new community. 

In her previous life she was a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 17 years and decided to take her desire to help people into the world of real estate. Work ethic and determination are high on her list of attributes. Missy is in a unique position with her profession to be able to give more back to the community and loves the opportunity to do so. 


Missy has 2 grown children and is enjoying her ‘empty nest’.

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Patti Burnside

Executive Director, Scott County Public Library

Patti and her family moved to Georgetown in 1994, after her husband, Mike, retired from a twenty-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  As part of a military family, she learned to be resilient and adaptable to new situations, and continues to espouse the military culture of “service before self.”  

 

Patti has worked at the Scott County Public Library for 27 years, and has served as its Executive Director for the past five years.  She holds two masters degrees:  from the University of New Hampshire (Education) and the University of Kentucky (Library and Information Science).

Patti considers herself blessed to have two sons and five granddaughters.  In addition to her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, and librarian, she has enjoyed serving as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, and as an adviser to the University of Kentucky collegiate chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. She and her husband also enjoy being members of Pawsibilties Unleashed with their therapy dog, Dawson.

 

Locally, she serves on the Boards of the Scott Education & Community Foundation and the Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, and is a member of Scott County Extension Homemakers Association. She is also an active member of Chapter AQ of P.E.O. International, a women’s philanthropic organization that focuses on the promotion of educational opportunities for women.

 

Patti enjoys being involved in the work of the Chamber, and hopes to identify ways that the public library can better serve the community.

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Devon Golden

City Attorney, City of Georgetown

Devon Golden serves as City Attorney for the City of Georgetown, where she has been employed since April, 2017.

 

Devon is a 2016 graduate of Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law and a 2013 graduate of Georgetown College, with a double major in Political Science and Business Management. While attending Georgetown College, she was captain of the women's basketball team and participated in a number of other campus and community initiatives.

 

Devon is an active board member with the AMEN House, Scott County Habitat for Humanity and Kaden's Cause and looks forward to serving another prospering local organization that greatly benefits Georgetown/Scott County.

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Bret Halverson

Realtor, Coldwell Banker McMahan

Bret has worked in the Real-Estate industry since 1993 as a realtor and a mortgage loan office. He currently works for Coldwell Banker McMahan as a Realtor. He also owns Georgetown Vacation Rentals which has been open since 2015. He also works with Hero Home Advantage, a program that give 25% of his commission to active, retired and volunteer: Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, First Responders, Health Care providers and Teachers.

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Crystal Miller

Public Health Director, WEDCO District Health Department

Crystal Miller, DrPH, has been the Public Health Director for WEDCO District Health Department for the past 14 years.  Crystal is heavily involved at the State and National level with public health.  She has served on the Kentucky Health Departments Association (KHDA) Executive Committee and the National Association of County and City Health Officials Board of Directors.  She is a 2012 graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Miller is also heavily involved in advancing public health initiatives locally in Georgetown/Scott County.  In addition to being on the Chamber Board of Directors, she serves on the Women In Business Committee. She also serves on the Scott County United Board of Directors. 

 

She is a Mom of two boys, ages 12 and 6.  They are heavily involved in sports so she serves as a bank and taxi.  They love the lake and spend as much time on Dale Hollow as possible in the Summer months. 

 

Dr. Miller’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Kentucky (2003).  She also holds a Master’s of Public Health (2006) and a Doctorate of Public Health (2015).

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Matt Nunn

Vice President of Human Resources, Toyota Tsusho America

Matt Nunn is the Vice President of Human Resources at Toyota Tsusho America.

 

He and his wife, Ashley, have two children and own Slainte Public House, which received the chamber’s 2018 New Business of the Year award. Matt is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Political Science and the inaugural Leadership Bell County class.

 

He is active in church and is passionate about responding to God’s call to serve others in our community. He also enjoys any opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and playing vintage Baseball with the Georgetown Gentlemen who refer to him as “Cornbread.”

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Griff Ray

Pastor, Crossroads Community Church

Griff is the Crossroads Georgetown Community Pastor and brings with him over 30 years of ministry experience. His career ranges from his early years in children’s and student ministry to Senior Pastor at a Cincinnati-based church as well as leading various ministry teams for the Crossroads campus in Lexington, KY. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Cincinnati Christian University in Biblical Studies. 

 

Griff believes one of the primary responsibilities of the Church is to care for those in the community around the church. He believes a strong relationship between business, non-profit, and the church makes the community better. Griff serves as the President of the Board for The Gathering Place Mission and is involved in serving the Georgetown community in many ways.

 

Griff loves being with people and building relationships. He’s been married to his wife, Kristan, for over 30 years and has two grown children, a bloodhound and a chocolate lab. 

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Jonathan Sands Wise

Provost and Executive Vice President, Georgetown College

Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President at Georgetown College, overseeing the Academic Program of the institution. While new to the role of Provost, Jonathan has taught at Georgetown College since 2008 in the Philosophy Department, and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Success, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Associate Provost for Graduate and New Programs.

 

Jonathan and his wife and two daughters live in Georgetown and attend Faith Baptist Church. In the past, Jonathan has served on the boards for both Quest Farm and Hospitality House, and he regularly seeks ways to support the community, both through the educational mission of the college and through service.

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Tracie Shapiro

Individual

Tracie is retired from Georgetown College as the Director of Human Resources. She is the current Treasurer for the Woman’s Association of Georgetown College, a member of the Scott County Governmental Affairs Committee and a volunteer with Transform Scott County.

Tracie is also the author of the book “Financial Fundamentals". She and her husband Gene, have taught financial management classes for 20+ years. They attend Victory Life Church and live in Georgetown.

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our staff

Executive Director

Jack Conner
jack@gtown.org

Manager

Laura Toole
laura@gtown.org

Communications Administrator

Kellee French
kellee@gtown.org