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Mayor's Staff

J Emmons

Jamie Emmons
Chief of Staff
jemmons@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194
 

A native of London, KY, Emmons has called Lexington home since 1999. After graduating from the University of Kentucky he began his career leading political candidates and ballot initiatives throughout Kentucky in his father's firm, Emmons & Company. He moved to lead Vice-Mayor Jim Gray's campaign for Mayor after working with Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo in the State Capitol through four legislative sessions. Mayor-elect Gray selected Emmons to be his Chief of Staff in November 2010.

 

Kevin Atkins

Kevin Atkins
Chief Development Officer
katkins@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Kevin Atkins, a native of Hopkinsville, KY, has more than 25 years experience in government at the federal and local levels. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Public Management from Austin Peay State University he began his career working in the Office of the Mayor in Hopkinsville, KY. Atkins then served for more than 20 years on the staff of United States Senator Mitch McConnell, working with business and governmental leaders throughout the central Kentucky region. Mayor Jim Gray named Atkins Chief Development Officer in January 2011. Atkins and his wife, Karen, live in Lexington.

 

Ashton Potter Wright

Ashton Potter Wright
Local Food Coordinator
awright@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Ashton Potter Wright, a Lexington native, holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Ashton has both local and national-level public health experience. While working on her doctorate she had the opportunity to engage in farm to school research in Eastern Kentucky and community-based prevention marketing research and Better Bites and Good Neighbor Store program implementation aimed at improving healthy food access with the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition in Lexington. She recently completed a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta where she served as the operations manager for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care campaign. She also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition.

 

Charlie LanterStaff

Charlie Lanter
Director, Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention
clanter@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Charlie Lanter comes to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government from Community Action Council where worked for more than 9 years as a senior manager responsible for all resource development, planning, communications, and volunteerism. He is a graduate of Tates Creek High School and Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting. Before returning to Lexington after college Lanter wrote for several years about government and the U.S. Air Force for The Telegraph, a daily newspaper in Macon, Ga. Lanter has also worked for daily publications in Lexington; Washington, D.C.; Peoria, Ill.; and Owensboro, Ky. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Cathy, and their one daughter and one son.

 

Shaye Rabold

Shaye Rabold
Senior Advisor
srabold@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Originally from Bowling Green, Shaye has called Lexington home since 2002. She most recently served as Executive Director of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. She returns to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government after having served as chief of staff in the Office of the Mayor from 2007-2010. She holds a master's of public administration degree from the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and a bachelor's degree in political science from Birmingham-Southern College. She was named a Lexington Young Professionals Rising Star in 2008 and one of Business Lexington's Leading Women in Central Kentucky in 2009.

 

Scott Shapiro

Scott Shapiro
Senior Advisor
sshapiro@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Shapiro comes to the Mayor’s office having just earned a masters in public administration degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Before returning to school to pursue a new direction in public service, Shapiro co-owned a consulting company and was a senior executive with a health care organization. He lives in Lexington with his wife, a high-risk obstetrician at UK, and three boys.

 

 Chris Corcoran

Chris Corcoran
Senior Advisor
ccorcoran@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Chris Corcoran is an expert in data driven Cities, having previously worked for Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC office of data analytics. Chris’ background includes work in management consulting for energy clients, and corporate strategy for two high-tech startups. A native of Danville, Chris received his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.


 Wes Holbrook

Wes Holbrook
Policy Analyst
wholbrook@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Wes Holbrook is a Lexington native. After two years with Teach for America, he returned home to continue his public service career and worked at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He earned an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Kentucky, where he was also a Gaines Fellow. He is currently completing graduate work at UK in public administration. Wes and his wife, Lacye, live in Lexington.

 

Susan Straub Susan Straub
Director of Communications
sstraub@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Susan Straub is a Lexington native. Her career has included work in newspapers, local and state government and higher education. Susan has two sons and two grandchildren. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

 

Brenna Angel

Brenna Angel
Deputy Director of Communications
bangel@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Brenna Angel is a Lexington native. She comes to the Mayor’s office after working several years as a radio news reporter. She has also taught public speaking and interpersonal communication at Bluegrass Community & Technical College. Brenna earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in communication from the University of Louisville. She and her husband Chad have one son.

 

Lori Houlihan

Lori Houlihan
Communications Specialist & Special Events Liaison
lhoulihan@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Lori Houlihan moved from Whitesville, KY to Lexington in 1981 to attend the University of Kentucky. Upon graduating, she began a twenty-year career in retail management in the downtown area, including 13 years of operating her own small business. She is a founding member of Local First Lexington, a grassroots business organization and in 2008, formed the March Madness Marching Band to celebrate and participate in Central Kentucky civic and cultural activities. Houlihan lives in Lexington with her husband, Hap, and their two sons.

 

Maureen Watson

Maureen Watson
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
maureenw@lexingtonky.gov

Phone: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194

Maureen Watson is a native and lifelong resident of Lexington, KY. She has been with the Lexington- Fayette Urban County Government for more than 20 years. She served as the legislative aide to former Vice Mayor Jim Gray and now joins him in his capacity as Mayor of Lexington. Watson and her husband, Michael, have three adult children and four grandchildren.


Last updated: 8/12/2014 3:12:35 PM