Board

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education is an elected body with policy making and governance responsibility for the Council. Members serve three years terms. The Board is constituted in such a way to represent multiple socio-economic and geographic interests of the Commonwealth.

Molly Sutherland

Chair
Sutherland & Associates
Board Member since 2011

Molly Sutherland is the President and CEO of Sutherland & Associates in which she leads a team of professional business designers and performance coaches. Sutherland & Associates develop “Partnerships for Success3sm” and has extensive experience throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Molly’s prior experience includes work as the Chief Operating Officer for a major Louisville CPA firm whose growth under her direction over a three-year period resulted in the firm moving from 7th place to the rank of #1 CPA firm in the Greater Louisville Metro Area. Her career achievements include more than 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and business professional in a variety of areas including the creation and initiation of a Business Service Center concept that was awarded #1 in the nation in the mid-size business category by JD Powers & Associates in 2002. Molly is a 2008 Bingham Fellow and an Adjunct Professor with Bellarmine University in the MBA program teaching Entrepreneurial Strategy. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leading Kentucky, the Bellarmine University Executive Advisory Board, the Rubel School of Business, the Kentucky Council on Economic Education and is President of the Lexington Forum. Molly’s professional development includes participation in Vistage, Enlightened Leadership, the LEAN Manufacturing Leadership Institute and the Economic Development Institute. A resident of Lexington, Kentucky Molly holds an Executive MBA from Bellarmine University. Molly’s strengths which include understanding people and team dynamics, Lean business principles, urgency, influence and the value of discovery, have enabled her to create extraordinary results through ordinary people.

David Bowling

Treasurer
Citizens Union Bank
Board Member since 2010

David M. Bowling joined Citizens Union Bank (CUB) in December of 2006 and was named CEO in 2013. Citizens Union Bank, a regional commercial bank headquartered in Shelbyville, KY with 14 branches throughout the region, is one of the oldest banks in Kentucky with its original charter dating back to 1888. Prior to joining Citizens Union Bank, David was a Partner with Crowe Horwath LLP in Lexington, KY where he established, implemented and managed Crowe’s Bank Risk Management and Anti-Money Laundering consulting practices on a firm wide basis.  Subsequently, he is a CPA with more than 30 years of banking, accounting and consulting experience in the finance industry. David is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. David and his wife of 35 years, Mary Ann, have four children, Nicholas, Adam, Daniel and Carol Ann.

Darlene Zibart

Secretary
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
Board Member since 2012

Darlene Zibart joined the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants in 2003 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager. The Kentucky Society of CPAs is a statewide, nonprofit professional organization serving nearly 5000 CPAs in public accounting firms, business, industry, government and education. Darlene also holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager for the Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of CPAs in Louisville Kentucky.  Prior to the Kentucky Society of CPAs, Darlene served as the Divisional Controller for the Kentucky Division of Gosiger, a family business with more than 90 years in the machine tool industry.  She also holds the position of staff liaison for the Professional Ethics Committee and the Technology Task Force in which she is responsible for upholding strong financial leadership and accountability while providing timely, accurate and reliable financial information. Darlene graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sullivan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.  Darlene obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in 2002 and has since obtained the American Institute of CPAs designated certifications of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP). Darlene resides in Louisville with her husband Brian and their two dogs, Buddy and Bailey.

Dr. Robert Brown

Bellarmine University
Dean W. Fielding Rubel School of Business
Board Member since 2012

Dr. Robert Brown is the new dean for the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University.  In addition to serving as a Bellarmine instructor since 2000, Brown also served as a practicing attorney at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP focusing on emerging and international business. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in international studies, a master’s degree in community development, an MBA and a law degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Brown also holds an advanced accounting certificate from Bellarmine University, a master’s degree from Jochi University in Tokyo, a PH.D. from the University of Cambridge and a PH.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been an officer or served on a number of boards including but not limited to the US. Department of Commerce District Export Council’s National Steering Committee, U.S. State Department National Council for International Visitors/Global Ties, American Bar Association’s International Section, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Crane House and the World Trade Center Kentucky.

Kenneth Drozt

Crowe Horwath
Board Member since 2014

Mr. Ken Drozt is an audit partner with the firm of Crowe Horwath LLP in Louisville Kentucky. Mr. Drozt has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. Prior to joining Crowe Horwath LLP in 2003, he was a senior audit manager in Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky with two of the world’s largest firms – Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst & Young LLP. He has provided business advisory and assurance services in various fields, including manufacturing and distribution, services firms and extractive industries. He has served a range of organizations from publicly held global organizations, to middle market companies, to private/closely held businesses. He has reported attest service results as well as controls, process and governance observations and recommendations to management committees, audit committees and private equity owner groups.

Dennis Faulk

UPS Global Operations Center
Board Member since 2012

Dennis Faulk is the Flight Operations Manager and Director of Ground Services for the UPS Global Operations Center, a position he assumed in 2007. As the Flight Operations Manager Faulk directs the day to day operations of the airline including flight control (aircraft dispatch), air traffic control management, meteorology and alternate operations. As the airline’s Director of Ground Services his responsibilities include regulatory responsibilities for aircraft loading, unloading, fueling and de-ice services. Faulk began his UPS career in 1983, holding various assignments including hub, preload and delivery driver, as well as assignments as a part-time and full-time supervisor. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in both operations and industrial engineering. He relocated to Louisville in 2001 to work on the company’s massive all-points international hub, the Hub 2000 Project, now known as Worldport. In 2004, Faulk was promoted to UPS’s Air District Industrial Engineering Manager in Worldport, directing the short and medium range operating plans for the company’s largest hub. A native of Pennsylvania, Faulk received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition to being a private pilot, he also holds an Aircraft Dispatchers Certificate.

Cliff Krawiec

MainSource Bank
Board Member since 2013

Cliff Krawiec is a native of Louisville with over 35 years banking experience in the community who started his career in the training program at the old Liberty National Bank. Following many years at Citizens Fidelity, PNC and Fifth Third Bank, Krawiec is now the Vice President of Mainsource Bank where he is part of a team responsible for expanding the Mainsource brand in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.
His educational matriculation includes the parochial grade school and public high school systems as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University. Krawiec is active in his community having recently worked on committees with GLI and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Kathy Potts

Republic Bank & Trust
Board Member since 2010

Kathy Potts is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Retail Banking for Republic Bank & Trust having been with Republic Bank and the Trager Family since September 1974. Potts has held many positions within the Bank including teller, loan processor and Retail Manager. Her involvement in the retail sector of Republic Bank includes years of experience in lending and business development. Potts also has professional experience teaching a variety of courses at Assumption High School and Sacred Heart Academy. Potts involvement at the local and community levels as well as in the financial education sector include current/past Board Membership with Holy Cross High School and the Catholic Education Foundation. She also previously served on the Finance Board of St. Raphael The Archangel School.  Her husband Roy and her have been married for 31 years and have three daughters and one granddaughter.

Ken Palmgreen

Innovative Productivity Inc., retired
Board Member since 2008

Ken Palmgreen retired in 2012 as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innovative Productivity, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company operating a technology research and training center in Louisville, KY servicing a number of clients including branches of national defense and government agencies. Prior to Innovative Productivity, Inc., Palmgreen spent 15 years with Electronic Systems USA, Inc.,as the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration and ultimately the Executive Vice President. This follows 15 years experience in various roles including Plant Controller, Financial Analysis Manager, Operations Accounting Manager, Accounting Systems Manager, General Accounting Supervisor and Accounting Manager for organizations like Square D. Company, Jerrico, Inc. and Suppliers, Inc. Palmgreen’s professional affiliations include membership, board of director association and officer positions in the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Energy Conservation Associates, Technology Network of Greater Louisville, Louisville Advanced Technology Council and the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Palmgreen is also a Past Chair of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a CPA.

Cindy Reichert

Brown-Forman Corporation
Board Member since 2008

Cindy Seiler Reichert is the Director of Project Management and Production Design for Brown-Forman Corporation. Selling in more than 135 countries, Brown-Forman Corporation is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies in the United States and among the top 10 largest spirits companies worldwide.  Prior to this position, Cindy served Brown-Forman as a full-time project manager and Manager of Customer Support and Integration. Cindy also co-chairs the networking committee for the Brown-Forman Growing Remarkable Outstanding Women (GROW) women’s resource group.  Prior to her work at Brown-Forman, she worked for Metro Louisville Government and LG&E. Conjointly, Cindy and her brother are the owners/operators of the Breckenridge Lane Springs Shopping Center UPS Store in Louisville, KY. In addition to serving on the board of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education, Cindy serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and as Treasurer of Women Influencing Louisville (WIL). As a pioneer of a local professional technology support organization, she became a charter member and officer of the Louisville local HDI Chapter of the Kentuckiana Support Forum. Cindy has a BBA in Decision Science, Information Systems and Management from the University of Kentucky, a MBA from the University of Louisville and is a Certified Outsourcing Professional and Project Management Professional. She resides in Crestwood with her husband and son.

Philip Sallee

wealthMD
Board Member since 2015

Philip P. Sallee, M.B.A. is the Chief Investment Officer and Founder of wealthMD Corporation, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor.  The firm offers an academic and independent approach to investment management combined with outstanding service. Their boutique nature results in a very hands-on relationship with their clients. Even at a young age Sallee displayed a strong entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced by the start of his first business when he was just 15 years old. After college he began his career in the financial industry with Providian and at the age of 27 founded the company known today as wealthMD. In addition to holding numerous securities licenses, Sallee has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Business Administration – Summa Cum Laude – from Bellarmine University. Sallee’s dedication carries over to his passion for philanthropy through his support of the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen. His passion for excellence is further exemplified by the fact that 22 months after Cervical Spine Surgery due to a spine injury at the age of 38, he completed the Indiana Olympic Triathlon. Sallee also successfully completed the Michigan IronMan 70.3, Georgia IronMan 70.3 and the Florida IRONMAN 140.6.

Ted Wahnowsky

Cooper Standard
Board Member since 2008

Ted Wahnowsky is the Immediate Past Chair of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education (KCEE). Wahnowsky recently retired from Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing of North America. In a career spanning over 25 years, he held multiple managerial positions in manufacturing and administration in which his expertise in the Toyota Production System and the application of kaizen principles resulted in millions of dollars in annual savings. He currently continues to work as a management consultant specializing in improving organizational efficiency through lean manufacturing principles. In addition to his work with the KCEE, he also continues to support a variety of causes that focus on educating and empowering today’s youth.