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KCTCS is governed by a 14-member Board of Regents. Eight members are appointed by the Governor and six are elected members: two members of the teaching faculty elected by faculty; two members of the nonteaching personnel elected by nonteaching personnel; and two members of the student body elected by students. The KCTCS Board of Regents welcomes your comments.

Marcia L. Roth Ms. Marcia L. Roth, KCTCS Board Chair, lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as the Executive Director of the Mary Byron Project, a public grant-making charity fostering innovations and strategies to end domestic violence. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has served on numerous boards at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Roth has lectured, written, and trained extensively in the field of domestic violence. She currently is a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women and the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council. In June 2017, Ms. Roth was elected as KCTCS Board Chair for a Board Officer term that ends June 30, 2018. Ms. Roth was reappointed to the Board in 2014 for a six-year term that ends in 2020.
Gail Henson Ms. Gail R. Henson, Ph.D., KCTCS Board Vice Chair, lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Henson is employed by Bellarmine University as professor and past-chair of the Department of Communication, which she founded in 1987, and Director of the Senior Interdisciplinary Program. She has extensive leadership, public service, and community service experience for which she has received several awards, including the Louisville Belle Award, the Bellarmine Miles Award, and the Metroversity Award for Service Related to Adult Learning. A past at-large member of the Kentucky Board of Education and chair of the Kentucky P-16 State Council and elected member of the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, she is a member of several national organizations, such as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Society for Professional Journalists, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. An accomplished author and presenter, Dr. Henson is the author of The Gentle Agitator: An Oral Biography of Dr. Samuel Robinson, numerous articles in The Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (SAGE), and The Kentucky Encyclopedia. She received a fellowship to research death and dying at Oxford University in 2012. Dr. Henson's academic interests in end-of-life communication, communication and the elderly, and intercultural communication are reflected in her research and teaching as well as civic service to a great number of organizations, including the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Community Advisory Council and Hosparus of Louisville. In June 2017, Dr. Henson was elected as KCTCS Board Vice Chair for a Board Officer term that ends June 30, 2018. .Dr. Henson was reappointed to the Board in 2015 for a six-year term that ends in 2021.
Tammy C. Thompson Ms. Tammy C. Thompson, KCTCS Board Secretary, lives in Paducah, Kentucky. She received an associate in applied science degree in 1989 from Paducah Community College (now known as WKCTC) and a bachelors degree in radio and television from Murray State University in 1991. She worked at WPSD-TV Local 6, the local NBC affiliate, following graduation. Prior to accepting the position as public relations coordinator at WKCTC in 2009, Ms. Thompson worked as a television producer/director for colleges television department for 16 years. Ms. Thompson is active in numerous college committees and events, as well as a volunteering for a reading pal program at a local middle school and serving in her church. In September 2015, Ms. Thompson was elected to the KCTCS Board of Regents to serve as an Occupational/Technical Education Staff Regent. In June 2017, Ms. Thompson was elected as KCTCS Board Secretary for a Board Officer term that ends June 30, 2018.She will serve a three-year term, which begins October 12, 2015, and continues through October 11, 2018.
Lisa Desmarais Ms. Lisa V. Desmarais,lives in Covington, Kentucky. She is the Director of Information Technology for Kenton County, KY. Ms. Desmarais previously worked for the city of Covington, KY as the Director or Finance & Operations and spent 12 years in the nonprofit sector as an Executive Director and as a Director of Facilities and Technology in the K-12 school system. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Desmarais worked in for profit companies for 16 years as a technology professional. She has been active in community and service organizations by serving on nonprofit boards and committees, as well as at events in her community. She currently serves as a Board Member of Covington Partners, an educational support organization that serves the Covington Independent Public Schools. Ms. Desmarais received a Bachelors of Science degree from Rhode Island College, and a Masters in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Ms. Desmarais was appointed to replace Ms. Betsy Flynn, whose term had expired. She will serve a six-year term that expires in 2022.
Ms. Karen Finan

Ms. Karen A. Finan, lives in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. She is President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance. This organization was created in 2017 to focus on improving NKY in areas such as health, education, job growth and community vibrancy. Finan had been partner at Gilman Partners since September 2013 where she built a talent recruiting practice specializing in real estate, economic development and ancillary industries. Fortified with extensive background in a variety of industries, Ms. Finan previously served as SVP for Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) where she led 45 relocations/expansions at the national level accounting for over $250 M in Capital investment in the Northern Kentucky region. She previously directed national marketing and new business efforts at Duke Realty Corporation and Duke Construction. Ms. Finan was recently recognized by the Lane Report as one of Kentucky’s Top Business Women and received the “Above and Beyond Award” from Redwood for her work as Board Chair.  Named “Professional Woman to Watch” by Cincinnati.com based on largest deals completed and innovative initiatives and a recipient of NKY’s Outstanding Woman award, Karen holds a BA from Northern Kentucky University. Active in the regional community, Ms. Finan currently chairs the Northern Kentucky Education Council and Aviatra Accelerators, an organization that enables women to start and sustain businesses by providing the resources they need to be successful. She is past chair/current board member of Redwood and Notre Dame Academy. Ms. Finan was appointed to replace Mr. Robert G. Cooper, whose term had expired. She will serve a six-year term that expires in 2023.

Angela Fultz Ms. Angela Fultz, Ph.D., lives in Morehead, KY. She teaches chemistry at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) and also serves as Division Chair for the Math, Science, and Agriculture Division. Dr. Fultz's leadership experiences include: three terms as Chair of the KCTCS Senate Council, Chair of the Maysville Faculty Assembly, MCTC Leadership Team, Chair of the KCTCS Chemistry Curriculum Workgroup, and service on the KCTCS Senate Advisory Committee on Promotion. Dr. Fultz completed the 2010-11 KCTCS President's Leadership Seminar and is also a member of the Kentucky Academy of Science. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Berea College and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Kentucky. In August 2015, Dr. Fultz was elected to serve a term as the General Education Faculty Regent. Dr. Fultzs term as faculty regent ends in October 2018.
Mary Kinney Ms. Mary Bosley-Kinney, lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. She is currently the
Coordinator of Academic Affairs for Owensboro Community and Technical
College. Ms. Bosley-Kinney holds an Associate of Applied Science in Human
Services from Henderson Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and
Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University. Ms. Bosley-
Kinney has been a member of various college and system office committees
including: the KCTCS Presidents Leadership Seminar and the Foundations of
Excellence committee on Transfer and First-Year Experience. She is a volunteer
with FIRST Robotics at the regional and state level. She is a member of
Owensboro High Schools Youth Service Center Council. Ms. Bosley-Kinney was
first elected to the KCTCS Board of Regents, in March 2015 through a special
election to serve an unfulfilled as the General Education Staff Regent. Ms. Bosley-
Kinney was recently elected to serve a three year term as Staff Regent in October
2015. Her term ends in October 2018.
Barry Martin Mr. Barry K. Martin, lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is the Chief Executive Officer for Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky with several locations in southeast Kentucky. Mr. Martin is very active in the Hazard and Eastern Kentucky community as evidenced by serving as chairman of Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, past president of the Hazard Rotary Club, board member of Hazard Community and Technical College Foundation, past chairman of the Health and Education Credit Union, and member of Community Trust Bank's Advisory Committee. He has also served as a board member of the Kentucky Primary Care Association for several years. Mr. Martin received an Associate degree from the former Prestonsburg Community College (now Big Sandy Community and Technical College) and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Martin was appointed to serve a six-year term that expires in 2018.
PG Peeples Mr. Porter G. Peeples, Sr., lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and serves as President/CEO of the Lexington Urban League. Mr. Peeples is a graduate of the former Southeast Community College (now Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College) and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary and Special Education. Mr. Peeples is active in several community and service organizations, some of which include the Kentucky Housing Corporation Board, Bluegrass Airport Board, Bluegrass Community Foundation Board, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, Lexington Chamber of Commerce Board, World Equestrian Games 2010 Board, Fayette County Education Foundation Board, Fayette County Schools Equity Council, Central Bank's Advisory Board, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Mr. Peeples was reappointed to the Board in 2012 for a six-year term that ends in 2018.
Gavin Posey Gavin B. Posey, Lives in Paducah, Kentucky. Mr. Posey is pursuing an Associate of Science Degree and Associate of Arts Degree at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Mr. Posey was elected as the college's 2017-18 Student Government Association (SGA) President and the Vice President of the Phi Theta Kappa Iota Eta Chapter. Mr. Posey is also a Student Ambassador and a Paducah Youth L.E.A.D. graduate. His other activities include volunteering in the community, exercising, and keeping up with NBA basketball. Mr. Posey’s future plans include completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and becoming a guidance counselor.   

Mr. Posey was elected by the college SGA Presidents as one of the 2017-18 KCTCS Student Body Co-Presidents and as a member of the KCTCS Board of Regents.  His one-year term as Student Regent will expire August 2018.

Rickey Lee Smith Ric L. Smith, lives in Latonia, Kentucky. Mr. Smith is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technologies at Gateway Community and Technical College. Mr. Smith was elected as the college’s 2017-18 Student Government Association (SGA) President. Mr. Smith is a member of several organizations, including The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society. He is also a Peer Tutor and was awarded the Outstanding Student Tutor of the Year for 2016-17. Mr. Smith worked in the customer service/hospitality industry for over 25 years before deciding to pursue his degree in higher education. Mr. Smith was elected by the college SGA Presidents as one of the 2017-18 KCTCS Student Body Co-Presidents and as a member of the KCTCS Board of Regents.  His one-year term as Student Regent will expire August 2018.
Mr. James Lee Stevens Mr. James Lee Stevens, lives in Madisonville, Kentucky. He is a retired Superintendent of Hopkins County Schools having served 45 years in public education, 42 years of which were served in Hopkins County, and 13 of which were served as the Superintendent. Mr. Stevens also served 24 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He has been active in community and service organizations, including serving as a member of the School Facilities Construction Commission (current Chair), Urban Superintendent Association, Kentucky and National School Boards Associations, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows (past-Chair), the Kentucky Education Association (over 30 years) the Kentucky Parent Teacher Association (life-time member), and Phi Delta Kappa. Mr. Stevens received a Bachelor's of Arts in Health and Physical Education, a Master's in Political Science, and Rank I in School Administration from Murray State University. Mr. Stevens was appointed to replace Ms. Doris Thomas, whose term had expired. He will serve a six-year term that expires in 2021.
Mr. Donald R. Tarter Mr. Donald R. Tarter, lives and works in Dunnville, Kentucky, and is the owner and chief executive officer of Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment and Tarter Wood products. Under his leadership, a small gate shop making wooden gates in Casey County has grown into the largest supplier of farm and ranch equipment in the nation and one of the largest rural employers in the state. In addition to farm and ranch equipment business and logging/sawmill businesses, Mr. Tarter also owns and operates one of the largest Angus beef operations in Kentucky. A 1969 graduate of Campbellsville University, Mr. Tarter was instrumental in building the Liberty Ag/Expo Center in Liberty, Kentucky. He has been a lifelong resident of rural Kentucky, bringing jobs and economic growth to the area for over 40 years. He was appointed to a six-year term that expires in 2019.
Mark Wells Mr. Mark A. Wells, lives in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. He teaches business administration and accounting courses at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Mr. Wellss system leadership experience includes having served four terms on the KCTCS Senate Council and multiple terms on the KCTCS Senate Advisory Committee on Appeals. At Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Mr. Wells has served on the colleges Board of Directors, Faculty Council, and has served as the Faculty Council Co-Chair. Mr. Wells has been honored four times with the NISOD Excellence Award and is a graduate of the KCTCS President's Leadership Seminar. Mr. Wells received undergraduate degrees in Business Administration (Accounting) and Secondary Education (Business Education) from Eastern Kentucky University. He also received his Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University and has completed additional graduate work in accounting at Morehead State University. Mr. Wells was elected to the KCTCS Board of Regents as the Occupational/Technical Faculty Regent. He will serve a term that begins in October 2015 and will expire in October 2018.