President – Class of 2014
Matt Burgin is a graduate of Shelby County High School and from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing. Matt has worked for Commonwealth Bank and Trust since 2008 and is currently Vice President and Branch Manager of the Shelby West Branch. Matt enjoys serving his community and also serves as Pastor Elder for Christ Community Church, Treasurer for the Shelby County Parks Board, member of the Shelby County Crime Stoppers Board and member of the Shelby County Tourism Board. Matt and his wife Caytie have two boys; they enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors.
Vice President – Class of 2011
Fielding received his secondary education at the Shelbyville High School, graduated from Centre College of Kentucky with a B.A. degree in history, and from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law with a J.D. degree. He has been in the private practice of law in Shelbyville since 1972, has been a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the 53rd Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is currently on the Board of Directors of Leadership Shelby, Centro Latino, and the Shelbyville Area NAACP Branch. He has been the Chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party and is presently a member of the Executive Committee and served as Commonwealth Attorney for Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson Counties for eleven (11) years. Fielding has been a member of the First Baptist Church for 60 years and presently is a Deacon and Trustee for his Church and is active in the Church’s senior citizen ministry along with Chairing various committees for the “Boomer” generation.
Cheryl Van Stockum
Secretary – Class of 2010
Cheryl Rankin Van Stockum is a retired Registered Nurse originally from Louisville where she attended college and raised her family. She was active in and served the boards of numerous organizations over the years. After moving to Shelby County she became active with the Shelby County Community Theatre where she now serves as Executive Director. She is very active with Shelby Main Street, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Historical Society, as well as several arts and gardening endeavors. A freelance photographer, her clients include The Sentinel News, ShelbyKY Tourism, City of Shelbyville. Cheryl is chief photographer for Shelby Life Magazine and 2012 opened her business Cheryl Van Stockum Photography. Cheryl lives with her husband Reggie on their historic family farm. Together they have 4 sons, 3 daughter –in – laws, 4 grandchildren, and 4 cats.
Treasurer – Class of 2013
Brian has served on the Leadership Shelby board since 2014 and is a past board president. He also serves on the Shelbyville Fountain Committee, has served on the finance committee of Living Waters Church, on the board and finance committee of Cornerstone Christian Academy, and is a member of Southeast Christian Church. Brian grew up in Simpsonville, graduated Shelby County High School in 1982 and holds a degree from the University of Kentucky. After some years away in Lexington, San Antonio and London, England, he returned to Shelby County in 1998 with his wife and three children and lives in Shelbyville. He is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Information Officer with Citizens Union Bank.
Alumni Engagement – Class of 2017
Alex is a native of St. Paul, MN,. She has been a Shelby County resident since 2009. Following her graduation from William Woods University in Fulton, MO, Alex moved to KY to pursue a career as a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She is the owner of Kismet Farm in Simpsonville, where she resides with her husband and two dogs. Kismet Farm is an American Saddlebred operation, specializing in training, showing and progressive riding instruction. As a result of her Leadership Shelby experience connecting her with diverse, supportive and intriguing people both in her class and in the community, Alex is committed to strong alumni engagement to help better serve the needs of the Shelby County community.
Alumni Engagement – Class of 2015
Kaaren Wampler is a sales representative at Pegasus Industries and Packaging who works to provide business-to- business packaging solutions and logistics. With more than 20 years spent in Shelbyville, Kaaren has a heart for serving her community and a passion for promoting community engagement. She proudly served as her Leadership Shelby class president leading fundraisers for the local non-profit Open Door of Hope and a family in need of help with medical expenses.
Fund Development – Class of 2015
Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! Flowers make people smile! Growing smiles through flower gardening is Maureen Stites, owner of 64 Yellow Roses, main focus. Maureen has been focused in the field of flowers for over 35 years. Her love of flowers first grew with her Grandmothers, then on to golf courses, in nurseries, at garden centers and as the head gardener on a private estate prior to opening her business in 2010. Her business, 64 Yellow Roses, main mission digs deep to create beauty and joy for her lovely gardening clients. Maureen Stites is a Certified Nurseryman and a Master Gardener. She holds an Associates Degree in Turf Management and a Liberal Studies Degree from Bellarmine University. Focusing on flowers and finding the free time to garden on her farm in Shelby County is a sweet luxury and always makes her smile!
Fund Development – Class of 2003
Julie has served as a director on the Leadership Shelby Board since 2009 and during that time she served as Leadership Shelby President in 2013. Julie is a 34 year employee of Commonwealth Bank and Trust where she serves as vice president and Director of Training. She enjoys volunteering time working in her church. Julie is an active member of Salem Baptist Church. She also volunteers time for various community organizations within Shelby County. Julie currently serves as an advising member for the Shelby County Young Leaders program. Julie is a director for the Shelby County Farm Bureau Board and serves as Executive Board Secretary for SC Farm Bureau. Some of her past volunteer and leadership roles include serving as Director and President for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. The most important role to Julie is her role as a wife and mother. She and her husband (William) are lifelong residents of Shelby County and have enjoyed spending their time together raising two sons on the family farm.
Service – Class of 2003
Gene serves his community as the Chief Deputy Sheriff for Shelby County. He is a past president of Shelby County Farm Bureau, serves on the Conservation Board and has been a past chairman of the Farm Service Agency. He is a past Shelby County Farmer of the Year. Gene graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in Business. He also served six years in the Armed Forces. Gene and his wife, Bonnie, are lifelong residents of Shelby County and attend Simpsonville Baptist Church. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Marketing – Class of 2017
Brett Waford is the Program Director and a DJ on Froggy 101.7 & 104.9. In addition, he covers the Collins High School Titans and the Shelby County Rockets basketball teams as the play by play announcer. Brett is a 2004 University of Louisville graduate. When he isn’t running around with a microphone in his hand, he loves to spend time with his wife Stephanie, driving his tractors and checking on his cows.
Special Events – Class of 2016
Fred is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Shelbyville. Prior to that he served as the city’s Historic District Coordinator. Fred’s background is rooted in academia where he served as the Assistant Director in the Center for Historic Architecture and Preservation at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Ph. D. in History. He presently teaches history at the Shelby Campus. After leaving UK in 2006, he had a successful consulting business working in areas of planning and redevelopment that involved historic architecture, as well as environmental and communications compliance planning. His personal interests revolve around his Christian faith, family, and music. He has played drums semi-professionally for thirty years to include performances with Muddy Waters Junior, the Big Band Showcase at BB King’s on Beal Street in Memphis, and most recently with award winning soul artist, Johnny Rawles of Mississippi.
Special Events – Class of 2017
Darlene’s passion is event planning and logistics and is the owner of Darlene Snow Event Planning & Management. She also manages professional speakers. She serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Shelby County for fundraising and volunteer management and is also involved with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. She believes in paying it forward. Using her skills as an event planner allows her to give back to her community. Since moving to Shelbyville, Darlene officially calls it her home. She has embraced the community and sense of smaller town living. Being a part of Leadership Shelby has educated her on much of what Shelby County has to offer and enjoys exploring and learning more about it every day. Darlene attended the Indiana School of Fundraising through an accelerated course for fundraising management.
Director – Class of 2016
Brad is a graduate of Ball State University and holds an MBA from the University of Louisville. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ and the owner of Holland Financial Group. Prior to managing his family business, Brad worked in healthcare management for Quest Diagnostics. Shelbyville has been home since 2000, when he and Audrey were relocated from Nashville, Tennessee. They are dedicated parents to their three beautiful daughters born and raised here. The Holland family fell in love with Shelbyville and decided to open a second branch of their business rather than move back to Indiana. As a former Nashville musician, Brad has continued to use that calling to serve in several music based ministries, local church worship teams, and is the former treasurer of Habitat for Humanity.
Director – Class of 2016
Kris is a graduate of Shelby County High School, Parris Island and the University of Louisville. He has been in the banking industry for 14 years and has worked in credit, business development, small business lending and commercial lending. His primary focus over the previous 8 years has been commercial lending, specifically Commercial Real Estate and Commercial/Industrial.
He and his wife have three children and they currently reside in eastern Jefferson County, just across the Shelby County line. Kris was born in Colorado but has lived most of his life in Shelby County, KY. He enjoys most sports, especially golf, and can play several on a basic level. He has a passion for the outdoors and greatly enjoys hunting turkey, deer and all big game.
Kris is an active member of Fellowship Church of Louisville and currently serves on numerous boards and community organizations. He is the current President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Shelbyville. You can bump into him at most events related to the following organizations: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Shelby, Kiwanis Club of Shelbyville, Awake Ministries and Fellowship Church of Louisville.
Mary Hayes Smith
Director – Class of 1996
July 1988, I was hired as the Aquatic Director for the Shelbyville Aquatic Center which was the first year-around swim facility for Shelby County. August of 1988 I married Bryan and we reside in Simpsonville with Tanner, who graduated May 2017 from UK with a Masters in Architecture. Lindsay, is attending UL majoring in Marketing . I serve as Deacon, member of personnel committee, worship leader, work with church events and mentor students at Simpsonville Christian Church. I served on boards for the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce as V.P. of Internal Affairs. Volunteer for Relay for Life, Brownie Troop Leader and at SCPS.
January 1994, I was hired as the first Personnel Administrator for the City of Shelbyville. I managed payroll, benefits and hiring for 140 employees’ as well as serving as safety manager for the City. I graduated in 1996 from the Charter class of Leadership Shelby and I have been a board member since 2000. February 2010, I began serving on the Shelbyville Horseshow committee and the board involved with planning and clean-up of the annual Horse show. In 2014, I began serving on the board for the Shelbyville Fountain Committee to maintain our beautiful landmark.
August 1, 2016, I retired from the City of Shelbyville and continue to serve on Leadership Shelby board, Shelbyville Fountain committee and Simpsonville Christian Church. I spend time with family and friends and enjoy vacationing and trips to Lake Cumberland!
Director – Class of 2006
Holly is a marketing manager for KentuckyOne Health, providing public relations and communications support for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and the organization’s accountable care organization, KentuckyOne Health Partners. Prior to joining the Jewish Hospital organization, Husband served as Bingham Fellows Director for the Leadership Louisville Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She and her husband, Tony, have two children – William, a research analyst for Commonwealth Bank, and Caroline, a student at Bellarmine University. They are active members of Centenary United Methodist Church.
Executive Director – Class of 2012
MaryAnn serves as Executive Director of Leadership Shelby. She holds degrees from the University of Louisville and Florida International University. She has formerly worked for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea (English Education Liaison Division), The Korea Herald English Translation Division, served as CEO of ROCK/ROCK Cares, Inc., a non-profit organization addressing the harms associated with the sex industry. Prior to her position at Leadership Shelby she was the senior research paralegal at Zaring & Sullivan Law Offices.
MaryAnn has served on numerous non-profit boards. She has been awarded six Department of Army Volunteer Service Commendations and has received the Department of Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She also serves on the Shelby County Crime Stoppers Board, the Shelby County Community Theatre Board as well as being part of the acting company, is a member of Shelby Christian Church, Shelbyville Rotary Club, the Kentucky and Shelbyville Historical Societies, Friends of Grove Hill Cemetery, American Stroke & Heart Associations, and the National Rifle Association. She finds great fulfillment in the work of leadership mentoring.
She is thrilled the Shelby County community is fortunate to have such a stellar program in place to cultivate new leaders eager to make a positive mark on their community while providing a strong leadership legacy to help guide the next generation.