Don P. Barger of McCracken County received both a B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University, majoring in elementary education. After a 32-year career with Mason Public Schools in Mason, MI, Mr. Barger retired to McCracken County in 2002. His retirement years have allowed him to experience new vocational and volunteer opportunities. Professionally, he has baked for Kirchoff’s Bakery and provided pastoral services to Presbyterian churches seeking assistance with pulpit supply. Volunteer hours have been spent working as a board member of Market House Theatre and Paducah Cooperative Ministry, where he served both groups as chair/president.
Phillip G. Brown of Carlisle County received his primary education in the Paducah Public School System and graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He retired in November 2018 after working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for over fifty years. While at the plant he worked in the Laboratory and Operations Divisions in various technical and managerial capacities. Before his retirement he served as a consultant and technical adviser to the Department of Energy. As a lifelong resident of Western Kentucky, Mr. Brown is interested in utilizing his experience at the Paducah plant to seek unique economic opportunities in creating long lasting jobs for the area and at the same time help to assure the environmental goals of plant cleanup are met. Mr. Brown resides in Carlisle County and is an active member of Kirbyton Baptist Church. He has participated in the World Changer Program along with his family in repairing and building new homes for the needy.
Ms. Butterbaugh of McCracken County is the owner and president of Progressive Marketing, an advertising consulting firm located in Paducah, which she started in 1999. Prior to starting her own business, she was employed at WPSD TV as an account executive. Ms. Butterbaugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Radio and Television from Murray State University. She is a member of the Paducah Chamber of Commerce and an active member at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Ms. Butterbaugh is concerned about educational issues and the impact site cleanup may have on economic development related to the re-use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. She resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in April 2015.
Ms. Caldwell of McCracken County is an art director with Horizon Media Group, and has over 12 years of professional experience in her field. She is a life-long resident of Paducah and a graduate of Heath High School. Ms. Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing her Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication from Marist College. She is a member of the Paducah Rotary Club and Paducah Hospitality Association. She attends the United Church of Paducah and donates her knitting skills to the Seamen’s Church Institute. Ms. Caldwell is concerned with the impact the site may have on future job security and the quality of life for young professionals in the community. She was appointed to the board in April 2015.
Ms. Clayton of McCracken County is employed as a firefighter and emergency medical technician by Swift and Staley, Inc. Her job duties include conducting routine inspections and responding to emergencies. She is a member of the United Steel Workers Union and has been chosen as its representative to the EM SSAB at Paducah.
Ms. Clayton has been employed at the Paducah plant since 1977. She also served as a guard for several years, during which she conducted patrols of the Paducah plant and surrounding areas. She has an expressed interest in environmental issues. Ms. Clayton is a high school graduate and resident of West Paducah, Kentucky. She was appointed to the board in April 2006 and has previously served as chair of the EM SSAB at Paducah.
Mr. Combs of McCracken County is an insurance agent with Peel & Holland Insurance in Benton, Kentucky. He is manager of the Public Entity Division. Mr. Combs holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science in Economic Development, both from Murray State University. He is founder and president of the Murray State Young Alumni Council, a member of Leadership Paducah (a program of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce) and a director for the Market House Theatre. Mr. Combs has an interest in seeing a thoughtful and deliberate approach to economic development as the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) goes through remediation. He is concerned about how the eventual cleanup and closure of the facility could impact the greater business community and wants to ensure the site remains a strong driving force in the regional economy. Mr. Combs is a resident of Paducah, Kentucky.
Ms. Emerson of McCracken County retired in October 2015 after serving 20 years as district health services coordinator for Paducah Independent Schools. She has 31 years of service with the State of Kentucky in nursing and other health services. Ms. Emerson has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Human Services. She serves as a member of the Healthy Paducah and Paducah Area Diabetes Coalitions. Ms. Emerson is interested and concerned about public health and minority issues. A resident of Paducah, Kentucky, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a minority service organization, as well as a Paducah Ambassador and a member of Business Professional Women. Ms. Emerson was appointed to the board in September 2016.
Ms. Johnson of Graves County serves as vice president of governmental affairs for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also the executive director of the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance, an alliance of Chambers in 14 counties in western Kentucky from Fulton County to Christian County. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel and is past president. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Cares, Inc. and is the board secretary. Ms. Johnson is a mentor to young professional women through the Women’s Mentoring Network. She is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame. She is interested in the job opportunities for area residents resulting from the successful decommissioning and decontamination of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. Ms. Johnson is a resident of Mayfield, Kentucky.
Dr. Kemp of Calloway County is a professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering Technology and a program coordinator at Murray State University. Dr. Kemp has previous consulting experience in environmental remediation with CH2M HILL that concluded in 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Utah State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, the Damon Creek Watershed Association, and the American Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Kemp serves as vice chair of the EM SSAB at Paducah. He is a resident of Murray, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in October 2010.
Ms. Morgan of McCracken County is an attorney for Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP as of January 2020 in the areas of business, commercial litigation, employment and real estate. She previously worked as an attorney for Whitlow, Roberts, Houston, & Straub, PLLC, specializing in business development and commercial litigation. Prior to starting her career as an attorney in February 2014, Ms. Morgan worked for 7 years at the Paducah Environmental Remediation Project in procurement compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Murray State University, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, and a Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois School of Law. She is actively involved in the community as a member of the Paducah Rotary Club and Lone Oak First Baptist Church, where she participates in the music ministry. She is also a member of several bar associations, including the American and McCracken County Bar Associations. Ms. Morgan is concerned about economic growth opportunities associated with remediation of the Paducah site, and the site’s impact on local businesses and employers. She resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in January 2016.
Dr. Murphy of McCracken County is a professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering (ME), having retired from the University of Kentucky (UK) Engineering Extended Campus in Paducah in 2015. He was director of the Extended Campus from 1998 to 2012 and oversaw its early development. He received his Bachelor of Science in ME from UK and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, also in ME. He was on the ME faculty at Texas A&M for 6 years before going to UK. He has held various positions with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., and has served on the board of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, where he is still active. He is, or has been, active in a number of other organizations, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Kentucky Recycling Association, and American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Locally, he is involved with the Paducah Chamber’s Business/Education Partnership Committee, Paducah Kiwanis Club, the parish council of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and chairs the board of the St. Nicholas Family Clinic Foundation. He is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky. Dr. Murphy is interested in the safe development of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site as an economic engine for the region. He resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in April 2015.
Ms. Sauer, originally from Henderson, Kentucky, graduated cum laude from Murray State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. While at Murray State, she was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary and professional fraternity for accounting students, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She moved to Paducah after graduation to work for Kemper CPA Group, LLP. As a staff accountant at Kemper CPA, she assists with nonprofit and local-government audits, as well as individual and entity tax-return preparations. Ms. Sauer is a member of Paducah Young Professionals and a member of Leadership Paducah Class #33.
Mr. Summarell of McCracken County is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Paducah, Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Certified Financial Planner™ certification. Mr. Summarell is a member of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on its membership and marketing committee. Mr. Summarell was born and raised in Paducah and has an interest in public health and economic development impacts of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.
Mr. White of McCracken County has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. In 2010, he founded White Financial Group, Inc. Mr. White earned an Associate of Science degree from Lees McRae Jr. College and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Murray State University. He is currently a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Paducah Chamber of Commerce, and is a board member of Paducah Cooperative Ministry. Mr. White is a resident of Paducah and was appointed to the board in September 2016.