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The Paducah CAB participates in a planning workshop.

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Paducah CAB Board Meeting - March 16 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM CDT

Don Barger

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Don P. Barger

Don P. Barger of McCracken County retired in 2002 after 32 years with Mason Public Schools in Mason, Michigan.  In his retirement, Mr. Barger has baked for Kirchhoff’s Bakery and provided pastoral services to Presbyterian churches.  He is a board member of Market House Theatre and Paducah Cooperative Ministry, where he has served both groups as chair/president.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education Administration, both from Michigan State University.  A resident of West Paducah, Mr. Barger is interested in educational and environmental issues.

Phil Brown

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Phil Brown

Phillip G. Brown of Carlisle County retired in November 2018 after working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for over 50 years. While at the plant, he worked in the Laboratory and Operations Divisions in various technical and managerial capacities.  From 2009 through November 2018, he served as a consultant and technical adviser to the Department of Energy working for various companies, lastly Professional Project Services, Inc. (Pro2Serve).  From 1968 to 2009, he worked for Union Carbide, then the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC).  Mr. Brown has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Murray State University.  As a lifelong resident of Western Kentucky, he is interested in using his experience at the Paducah plant to seek unique economic-development opportunities while helping ensure the environmental goals of plant cleanup are met.  Mr. Brown is a resident of Bardwell, and is an active member of Kirbyton Baptist Church.

Eric Butterbaugh

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Eric Butterbaugh is the newest appointee to the Paducah Citizens advisory Board.

Eric Butterbaugh was born and raised in McCracken County, and returned home with his high school sweetheart after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Mr. Butterbaugh works as a Business Intelligence Analyst at CSI in Paducah, and has been there since 2013.  He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Murray State University in 2017.  Mr. Butterbaugh is a 2nd Degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus, and is a member of the Housing Corporation Board for the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Kentucky.  He and his family attend St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  Mr. Butterbaugh is concerned about environmental impacts and economic development Issues resulting from the closure of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Victoria Caldwell

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Victoria Caldwell, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Victoria E. Caldwell of McCracken County has been the marketing communications manager for the National Quilt Museum since April 2018.  Previously, she was 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 a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication from Marist College.  She is a member of the Paducah Rotary Club and Paducah Hospitality Association, and is a former officer of the Paducah Rotary Club.  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.

Hannah Chretien

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Photo of CAB member Hannah Chretien

Hannah Chretien (Ballard County) is an economic developer and chamber of commerce director who works with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and executives to determine expansion/relocation strategies to prosper in Ballard County and the West Kentucky region. After working with business leaders from various countries and backgrounds, Hannah believes that every business is vital to a healthy community, no matter the industry or size. Ms. Chretien has supported the creation and growth of small businesses for three years and has successfully aided in the expansion and start-up of more than 20 businesses and projects in that time. Hannah holds two bachelor of arts degrees (economics and international relations) from Maryville College and an associate of science in chemistry from Chattanooga State Community College.

William R. Clark

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Photo of Billy Bob Clark, Paducah CAB member

William Robert Clark (McCracken County) is a member of the United Steel Workers Union and has been chosen as its representative to the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board. Mr. Clark is an operator with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership. He is also a Health and Safety Officer with the USW Local 550. His responsibilities include teaching Hazwoper, OSHA, and RCRA waste classes. He is a former pipefitter and is still a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 184. Mr. Clark is a high school graduate and a resident of Paducah. 

Clint Combs

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Photo of Clinton F. Combs, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Clinton F. Combs of McCracken County is an insurance agent with Peel & Holland Insurance in Benton.  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, 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 goes through remediation.  Mr. Combs is a resident of Paducah.

Celeste Emerson

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Celestine Emerson, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Celestine F. 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 Commonwealth 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 from Murray State University.  She serves as a member of the Healthy Paducah and Paducah Area Diabetes Coalitions.  Ms. Emerson is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as well as a Paducah Ambassador and a member of Business Professional Women and the NAACP.  She is particularly interested in educational issues.  Ms. Emerson resides in Paducah.

Fran Johnson

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Fran Johnson is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Frances L. 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, Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Cares, Inc. and is the board secretary.  She serves as a mentor to young professional women through the Women’s Mentoring Network.  A high school graduate, Ms. Johnson is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame.  Her educational background is in journalism with a public relations emphasis.  She is a resident of Mayfield.

Mike Kemp

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Mike Kemp, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Michael C. 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 is chair of the Four Rivers Watershed Watch Science Advisory Committee and a member of the statewide science advisory committee for the Kentucky Watershed Watch Program.  He is a resident of Murray.

Bill Murphy

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Bill Murphy, member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

William E. Murphy of McCracken County is a professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering (ME), having retired from the University of Kentucky 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.  Dr. Murphy 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 has been active in a number of other organizations, including 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 United Way, the Paducah Chamber’s Business/Education Partnership Committee, Paducah Kiwanis Club, the parish council of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and 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 PGDP site as an economic engine for the region.  He resides in Paducah.

Blake Summarell

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

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

Myron Wessel

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Myron Wessell is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board

Myron Wessel (Massac County) is a senior process engineer working at the Honeywell facility in Metropolis, IL. Mr. Wessel is a lifelong resident of Metropolis. After getting a Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue, he started his professional career at the Honeywell facility when it was still Allied Signal. Myron’s work experience also includes time at Calvert City and Wickliffe plants. As a third-generation employee at the Honeywell plant, Mr. Wessel is interested in the future of the PGDP site and area industry.

Patrick White

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

Patrick F. White of McCracken County is a self-employed financial advisor and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry.  In 2010, he founded White Financial Group, Inc.  Mr. White earned an Associate in Science from Lees McRae Jr. College and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Murray State University.  He is currently a member of the NAACP and Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a board member of Paducah Cooperative Ministry.  Mr. White is a resident of Paducah.

Riley Beth Willett

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Riley B. Willett is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board.

Riley B. Willett (Graves County) is the Public Health Director of Graves County. She started at the health department as a Health Educator in January of 2016 and was hired as the new Director in August of 2021. Mrs. Willett obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies in 2015 from Murray State University and a Masters of Business Administration in 2017 from the University of the Cumberlands. She also holds her Realtor License for the state of Kentucky and has been a Realtor since 2015. Mrs. Willett is a board member of the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy and Prevention, a graduate of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute class of 2017, and a graduate of the Mayfield Graves County Leadership class of 2018.

Elizabeth Wilson

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Elizabeth Wilson is a member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board.

Elizabeth M. Wilson (Marshall County) is employed at Paducah Bank as the Loans Servicing Relief Specialist. Ms. Wilson volunteers with Lotus, Kentucky’s regional children’s advocacy and sexual violence resource center for the Purchase Area. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business and a master of science degree in organizational communication from Murray State University. Ms. Wilson has an interest in seeing a thoughtful and deliberate approach to community impact and economic development as the PGDP goes through remediation. She supports community level education, informing the community both on the impact that EM is making towards remediation and awareness of what the end-state vision will mean for the community’s economic growth. She is a resident of Calvert City.

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.