Emerge KY Class of 2017

Abigail Barnes, Livingston Co. - Barnes was raised in Burna, KY which is nestled near the middle of Livingston County.  She is a private attorney in Paducah, Kentucky at Alford Law Office. Prior to that, Barnes spent 3 years employed by the McCracken County Attorney’s office focusing on the prosecution of domestic violence assaults and worked closely with the McCracken County’s Victim Advocate’s office who assists victims in gaining access to the court system. She later was tapped to become the Director of the McCracken County Child Support Enforcement Branch.  

Ashley Bland, Logan Co. - Bland was born and raised in Russellville, KY.  In 2008 Bland worked for the Obama campaign as a campus organizer at the University of Cincinnati, and in 2016 worked the Hillary Clinton campaign in Colorado. At the age of 21 she decided to run for city council of Russellville and came in 8th out of 12.   

Dr. Karen Berg, Louisville - Dr. Berg completed her medical degree and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Louisville and has worked in a combination of academic and private practice for the past 25 years. She currently serves as Medical Director of Diagnostic Radiology at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville and is Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Louisville.

Tina Bojanowski, Louisville - Bojanowski is a special education teacher at Watterson Elementary School in the Jefferson County Public School system.  Prior to teaching school, she worked for her mother’s gymnastics business, Kentucky Gymnastics Academy, as a manager and a coach.  She completed an MAT at Bellarmine University and is currently in the dissertation phase of a Ph.D. in Education and Social Change at Bellarmine with an emphasis in Special Education.  She resides in St. Matthews.  

Ellen Cartmell, Maysville - Cartmell is a native of Maysville, KY and is the president and co-founder of the Buffalo Trace Young Democrats and for the Maysville Young Professional Network.  She is the Executive Director of the United Way of Mason County, as well as a French interpreter and facilitator for GE Aviation’s jet engine testing facility in Peebles, OH. Prior to this, she worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Switzerland.

Crystal Chappell, Muhlenberg Co. - A native of Island KY, Chappell now resides in Drakesboro, KY.  Chappell is a Master Educator in Greenville, Kentucky teaching at Muhlenberg South Middle School.  Prior to her teaching career, she dedicated her time to working in an Autism Unit as a paraprofessional and served as an Instructional Assistant during summer migrant education and outreach. Chappell serves as Chairwoman of the Muhlenberg County Democratic Executive Committee since 2012, following more than a decade of commitment and work within the Democratic Party.

Elizabeth Haerberle Davis, Mt. Sterling -  Davis is a native of Ashland, KY who began her legal career by working as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fayette County under Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson.  Making child endangerment her niche area of practice, Elizabeth worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on various task forces targeting child exploitation on the Internet. Davis formed her own practice with her husband, James, and focuses on family law.

Chris Dennis Myers, Cold Spring - Dennis Myers had the opportunity to work on Jack Conway's campaign for Senate and for Senator Sherrod Brown's constituent services office. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in English and Communication. Currently, she is a nanny and Mary Kay business owner.  

Carolyn Dupont, Nicholasville - Dupont is Associate Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University, where she specializes in the history of American religion, African American history, and the history of the civil rights movement. She is a published author, serves as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Southern Religion and leads a summer study abroad program in Denmark.  Before entering the historical profession, Dupont worked as a free-lance harpist.

Leigh Ann Dycus, Paducah -  Dycus is an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Paducah, Kentucky. She prosecutes felony offenses and focuses primarily on drug and sexual assault prosecution.  Dycus also devotes a great deal of time to Paducah’s local drug court where they focus on treatment based alternatives to incarceration.

Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Whitley Co. - Ebbens Kingsley is a private attorney in Corbin, Kentucky who opened her own practice in January 2016. Prior to opening her small business, she had worked with the Office of the Attorney General, Office of Rate Intervention, but had started her legal career at AppalRed Legal Aid in Pikeville, Kentucky. She currently resides in Williamsburg, KY.

Beth Fiss, Simpson Co. - Fiss is a native of Franklin, KY, where she resideds now.  Fiss is the District Court Judicial Secretary for the 49th Judicial District, which includes Simpson and Allen Counties, with the Administrative Office of the Courts. She also serves as a part-time local Pastor in the United Methodist Church through her home church in Franklin, Kentucky since 2004.  Fiss also works as an AmeriCorps volunteer through the Homeless & Housing Coalition by serving as the Simpson County Room In The Inn, Incorporated, Coordinator. 

Liz Fosset, Covington -  Liz Fossett is a proud resident of Covington, KY. Liz worked as a Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ben Chandler and as Communications Director for the Fayette County, KY PVA office. Liz has experience in nonprofits and trade associations, and currently works as a Project Manager for a telecommunications company. Liz served as President of the Kentucky Young Democrats from 2011-2014 and National Committeewoman from 2014-2016. 

Denise Gray, Lexington - Born and raised in Lexington, Gray is employed with Fayette County Public Schools working with special needs children.  She works tirelessly with the Kentucky Education Association, and is a current KEA Fellow representing support staff throughout the State of Kentucky.  She is active with The Women’s Network, the New Kentucky Project, the NAACP, and various other civic groups.

Victoria Golden-Thompson, Bowling Green - Golden-Thompson resides in Bowling Green. She worked at LifeSkills, the community mental health center, for many years working her way from a front line position, to middle management, to being a team leader for the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT). The ACT Team provides intensive services in the home and community to individuals considered the most treatment resistant.

Tanisha Hickerson, Louisville - A native of Louisville, Hickerson assisted in opening the Louisville office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, a nationwide firm that champions quality diverse counsel to meet its clients’ needs.  She is currently a Partner and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Affinity Group.  She has practiced in various levels of the judicial system from District Court, to Circuit Court, to the Court of Appeals, as well as Federal Court.

Janet Humphrey Cole, Nicholasville - A native of Nicholasville, Humphrey Cole owns and operates Humphrey Law Office in Nicholasville.  Janet serves on the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair. She is a former member and officer of the Nicholasville Lions Club and volunteers for several local organizations in and around central Kentucky.

Shayla Johnson, Lexington - Johnson is the Assistant Director of the Lexington Fair Housing Council in Lexington.  At the Lexington Fair Housing Council, it is Johnson’s job to assist victims of housing discrimination, analyze the Fair Housing related issues, and initiate complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or litigation when appropriate.  She is a native of Hopkinsville and currently resides in Lexington.

Lilith McGhee, Louisville - McGhee is a healthcare consulting actuary with Evolent Health, a population health management and value-based care consulting firm. Prior to joining Evolent, she spent four years as an employee benefits consultant at Mercer. Lilith is a member of the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries.  

Devon Oser, Louisville - Oser is an associate attorney with the law firm of Kircher Suetholz & Associates PSC, where she fights to protect the rights of thousands of Union members throughout Kentucky and Ohio. Prior to joining Kircher Suetholz, Oser was an attorney with the Office of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Public Defender and was in private practice.  Oser is a proud member of the USW Local 1693 and the Louisville Federation of Musicians.

Jenny Noe, Oldham Co. - Noe owns The Crestwood Agency, a local, independent insurance agency located in Crestwood, Kentucky. Prior to following her father into the family business, Noe led a successful career in the Department of Corrections.  While working in the Dept. of Corrections, she invented the Electronic Filing System which helped streamline the prison accreditation process. Noe is a member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and is in the process of establishing a charter of the Young Democrats of Oldham County.  She is a native of Crestwood.

Lynn Pryor, Hopkinsville - Pryor worked in corporate and real estate law in Lexington briefly, before returning to Christian County as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. She served as the Regional Attorney for the Cabinet of Health & Family Services from 2003-2006, when she was elected as Christian County's first female Commonwealth's Attorney. Lynn beat her predecessor with a 75% margin and was unopposed for a second term. Pryor is a native of LaFayette, a small town in Christian County and now resides in Hopkinsville.

Margaret Ridley, Henderson - Ridley’s professional background has been in economic development.  She has worked on a tourism program, workforce development issues, infrastructure projects, as well we business retention and job expansions.  Most recently, Ridley served as Vice President of Business Support for Kyndle, a joint chamber of commerce and economic development agency in Henderson, Kentucky.  She is currently working as Development Manager for The Council of State Governments and has her own business in the health and wellness industry. 

Julie Tennyson, Paducah - Tennyson is an attorney  at Marcum Tennyson PLLC.  She enjoys helping start-ups and other businesses with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and any other legal help they need. Julie has practiced law in two large firms in Atlanta and one mid-sized firm in Paducah.  She has also clerked for United States District Court Judge Thomas B. Russell.  Tennyson resides in Paducah.

Lauren Audrey Tussey, Boyd Co. -  Tussey managed State Representative Kevin Sinnette's successful campaign for re-election in June of 2016.  Currently, Tussey lives in Catlettsburg, Kentucky and was recently named Director of Constituent Services for the 100th District of Kentucky.  Tussey was born in Ashland and now resides in Cattletsburg.  

Tyra Walker, Louisville -  Walker has been an Educator for seven years for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, KY. She teaches Exceptional Children’s Education (ECE/Special Education/LBD).  She is currently a Regional Board member for the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) and a Board member for the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (KAARPR).  Walker is a native of Louisville.   

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