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Don P. Barger
Mr. Barger received both a B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University.

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
Mr. Brown retired in November 2018 after working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for over fifty years.

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.

Cindy A. Butterbaugh
Ms. Butterbaugh is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

Victoria E. Caldwell
Victoria Caldwell, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

Judith M. Clayton
Judith Clayton, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

 

Nancy K. Duff
Nancy Duff, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Ms. Duff of McCracken County is retired from BellSouth/AT&T where she served primarily as a network planning manager and cost analyst.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Natural Sciences from Murray State University.  In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Samford University.  She is actively involved with the Paducah Symphony Board.  Ms. Duff is interested in environmental and public health issues associated with the Paducah site.  She resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in January 2016.

Celestine F. Emerson
Celestine Emerson, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

David K. Homra III
David K. Homra III is a risk management specialist with Kim Homra Insurance Agency in Paducah, Kentucky, and a Citizens Advisory Board Member.

Mr. Homra of McCracken County is a risk management specialist with the Kim Homra Insurance Agency in Paducah, Kentucky.  He was born and raised in Paducah and is a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School.  Before joining the Kim Homra Insurance Agency in December 2017, Mr. Homra practiced commercial defense litigation in western Kentucky.  He has a bachelor of science degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a juris doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law.  Mr. Homra is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Paducah Young Professionals, Leadership Paducah (a program of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce), and is an active Vestry Member at Grace Episcopal Church.  He is interested in the public health, economic and environmental impacts of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. 

Frances L. Johnson
Ms. Johnson of Graves County serves as vice president of governmental affairs for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Michael C. Kemp
Mike Kemp, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

Jessica Shay Morgan
Jessica Morgan, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Ms. Morgan of McCracken County is 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 the chair of the Murray Head Start Policy Council and a member of the Lone Oak First Baptist Church, where she participates in the music ministry.  She is also a member of the McCracken County Bar Association.  As a business-minded attorney, Ms. Morgan is concerned about legal issues associated with remediation of the site, economic growth opportunities, and the site’s impact on local businesses and employers.  She currently resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and was appointed to the board in January 2016.

William E. Murphy
Bill Murphy, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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. 

Blake R. Summarell
Blake R. Summarell of McCracken County is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Paducah, Kentucky.

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.

Patrick F. White
Mr. White is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

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.

Bessie C. Young
Bessie Young, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Ms. Young of McCracken County retired from the Kentucky Department of Human Resources, where she administered and monitored various human services programs.  Previously, she was employed by the National Urban League in New York City. Ms. Young has a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Murray State University, and a Master of Science in Labor Education and Relations from Rutgers University. She has served on the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewage Board, and as a board member for the Paducah Chapter of the NAACP.  Ms. Young currently serves on the McCracken County Planning and Zoning Commission, the City of Paducah Nuisance Code Enforcement Board and the City of Paducah Variance Board. She is also a member and vice chairperson of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Seniors Learning for Fun, a member of the McCracken County Community Career Endowment, and a member of the Paducah Ambassadors, Inc. She volunteers at Washington St. Church as an after school tutor, and serves as one of the graduate advisors at Murray State University for Zeta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ms. Young is interested in economic development issues. She resides in Paducah and was appointed to the board in January 2014.

CAB Member Judy Clayton (right) was project leader in an effort that resulted in the 2013 publication of a book that captures the history of DOE’s Paducah site.
CAB Member Judy Clayton (right) helped lead a project that resulted in the 2013 publication of a book that captures the history of DOE’s Paducah site - The Story of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant: Megawatts to Megatons to Megawatts.