Dr. Parker has been a professor, teacher, and/or coach for 37 years, including 10 years as the head football coach and athletics director at Bryan Station High School. Currently he is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Student Success and Associate Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. He teaches Graduate Degree courses in Sport Leadership, specifically in Sport Law and Event Management. He is a former Board member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control. He also was Director of the National Youth Sports Program, an instructor in the National Cheerleading Coaches Conference, and Chair of the National Cheerleading Selection Committee. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. In 2012 he was Dermontti Dawson’s presenter for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has been the Board Chair of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2009.
Franky Minnifield Play Pro Football for 11 years, 9 years with the Cleveland Browns and 2 with the Arizona Wranglers (USFL). Owner and Operator of Minnifield Enterprize Inc, a New Home, Land Development, and Toyota Vender since 1998. Has served on multiple Board of Directors, including Community Trust Bank and the University of Louisville, served as the Board Chair for the University of Louisville from 2010 to 2013. A member of the following Hall of Fames; Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Henry Clay HS Hall of Fame, University of Louisville Hall of Fame, the City of Cleveland Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2014 Blanton Collier award.
Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin is a leadership development specialist for the Episcopal Church , a consultant in transformative leadership in religious, academic, and corporate systems and motivational speaker, She is the author of five published books and invited chapters and articles in books and professional journals including Football’s Gentle Giant: the Blanton Collier Story, the biography of her father , Coach Blanton Collier. A founding member of the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group, and co- author of the unpublished Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Coaching Behaviors on the 1961 University of Kentucky Wildcats, she was raised in a football world and is proud to be a part of the mission of the KY Pro Football Hall of Fame in emphasizing ” the good side of football.”
Mark Gooch is President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, Inc. and has been in that position since July 1, 1999. He also is Executive Vice President and Secretary for Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Community Trust Bank, Inc. and Community Trust and Investment Company. He lives in Pikeville Kentucky with his wife Pat.”
Priscilla F. Johnson, Lexington, KY.: She was chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights for eight years. Under her leadership, the board ruled on hundreds of discrimination complaints and established civil rights education programs like the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. She was chair of the Lexington Human Rights Commission in 1991 and was later named chair of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission in 1999. She organized many programs to help youth graduate high school and attend college. For more than 10 years, she used her position as director of Minority Affairs at the Administrative Office of the Courts to hold an annual Lawyer’s Lunch with the Northern Kentucky NAACP to encourage minority youth to become lawyers and judges. She worked with Kentucky judges to ensure minorities were treated fairly in the justice system. She has worked on many voter registration drives and worked to empower women.
Tammy is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is President of the League of Women Voters of Lexington and co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. She is also a member of the Lexington Ethics Commission.
Dave Gyor is a native of North Olmsted, OH on the west side of Cleveland. He received his BBA from Kent State University in 1982. He was a commissioned National Bank Examiner with the Comptroller of the Currency from 1983 to 1992. He has held executive level positions in credit administration with a number of Central Kentucky banking organizations and is currently employed as a Senior Vice President with PBI Bank in Lexington, KY. He is married to Andra Gyor, who with her mother, owns and operates Janice’s at the Saltbox.
Dave served on the Board and as President of the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group (BCSG) from 2010 through 2015. He is a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and attended the very first Monday Night Football Game on September 21, 1970. [The Cleveland Browns defeated star quarterback Joe Namath and the New York Jets 31-21 in front of more than 80,000 rabid fans and a curious national audience as ABC’s Monday Night Football made its prime time debut]. His connection with the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame through the BCSG allows him to continue his interest in both organizations. Having watched the original Dawgs: Mighty Minnie and Top Dawg (Frank Minnifield and Hanford Dixon); it has been a thrill working alongside Frank at a number of the induction ceremonies. The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame is a fantastic organization that allows the fan to fully appreciate the homegrown talent this state has produced and continues to supply to the National Football League.
Jennifer Echsner is a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP and has been with the Firm since 1989. She has served audit clients in Lexington and Baltimore, as well as in a Human Resources role in audit training. She is currently a Director in Audit Quality in KPMG’s National Office in NYC. Jennifer graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and earned her MBA at the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs and the AICPA. Jennifer resides in Lexington with her husband Mark and their 4-legged rescued children.
Jennifer Parks, MBA, & Doctoral candidate (DBA-ABD), Consultative Marketing Executive for Ricoh America, Inc. and, International Published Author of Raising African American Girls is a former substitute Teacher, Certified Consultant, and CEO of JPNdustries, a diverse Consulting and Marketing firm which specialize in Business, Diversity, Women’s, and Children’s issues; Motivational Speaking, Marketing, Recruiting, Training, Coaching, and Personal Development.
Ms. Parks holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Business Administration, (MBA, May, 2012), from Midway College, and completed the Walden University Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) & Marketing curriculum requirements with honors. Currently she is working on completing her research and dissertation: The Influence of Situational Crisis Communication in Professional Sports. She has additional education certifications, experience and training in Consulting; Sports Administration; Political Consultant/Volunteer; Managerial; Executive; Business Management/Analyst; Real Estate; Sales/Marketing, and a public servant volunteer.
Ms. Parks worked in the private sector for companies such as IBM, Ashland Oil Inc, Delta Airlines, Maxxis (Partner, Co-Founder), Clear Channel, Forcht Group of KY and co-founded a large national marketing company in Atlanta, Y-Teens and owner of Jennifer Parks Cheerleading Clinics in KY. She also served at the appointment of the Governor of Kentucky, as Deputy Executive Director of Communications & Public Outreach for the Environmental & Public Protection Cabinet in Kentucky. She was a representative on the state Athletic Boards, the
Kentucky Sports Authority and the Boxing and Martial Arts Board for the Governor & Cabinet Secretary, and as Chairperson, devoted supporter/volunteer for the Presidential campaigns.
Professional Background and Qualifications:
After a successful college career involving a winning football program at the University of Kentucky and advancing to the National Football League, the last 26 years have included coaching high school and post college athletes, ownership and management of long term care facilities, service industry establishments, chiropractic practices and a wealth of experience working with people of various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Bachelor of Business Administration May, 1986
1989 B.A. Transylvania University
1992 M.A. University of Kentucky
1996 Rank I University of Kentucky
1994-2000 Marketing Teacher Tates Creek High School
2000-2001 Community Development Coordinator
2001-2002 Director of Development Junior Achievement
2002-2003 Client Advisor of PNC Advisors
2014- Present PTO Officer at Wilmore Elementary
2015- Present Transylvania University Women’s Council
2016- Present Baby Health Services Board
2016- Present AHA Auction Committee Member
2016- Present Transylvania University Board of Regent
2017 –Present Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors
Proven performer with strong project management and interpersonal skills with consistent track record in building relationships. Action oriented individual who communicates and responds in a timely and effective manner. Highly organized with ability to juggle and complete tasks and meet objectives on time. Team oriented with recognized leadership. Strong verbal and written communication skills coupled with ability to relate to broad range of individuals with varied backgrounds. Self-motivated and energetic with strong work ethic. Flexibility to learn and adapt quickly to new processes.
Director of events –Midway University August 2013 – present
Financial aid assistant- midway college Jan 2013- August 2013
Assistant Director- Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame March 2011- August 2012
Operations manager- ALT BioScience, Lexington, KY September 2006 – February 2011
Consultant- Impact 21 Group, Lexington, KY June 2005 – September 2006
Sales trainer / National Processing Company, Louisville, KY October 2002 – April 2005
Account Executive – National Processing Company, Lexington, KY July 1999 – October 2002
Professional Experience As the owner of a State Farm Insurance Agency, Wallace is involved in every aspect of the operations. His diverse background and experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) have afforded him opportunities to excel as an entrepreneur. He enjoys marketing all State Farm products, but primarily prides himself on the educational components and services (i.e. Life, Health, Auto and Property/Home Insurance) that are day-to-day commodities for his clients. Wallace has sincere enthusiasm for motivating individuals to achieve a specific result or goal, which is evident in his professional and civic involvements. Whether the issue on the table is business or civic in nature, Wallace thrives in situations requiring practical and logical solutions. As a native of Lexington, his familiarity with the local community needs. Wallace is currently married to wife LaShawn. They have been happily married for 19 years.
Education Bachelor of Science in Accounting , University of Kentucky
Professional Associations Member of Lexington Rotary Member Commerce Lexington
Activities Member of Southland Christian Church Past Board Member and Treasurer
Assurance for Life, Inc. Board Member
Rotary Endowment Board Volunteer
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Volunteer
YMCA Youth Basketball
1999-Present NBC Sports. Reporter/Host/Play by Play including Triple Crown; Boxing; Football Night in America; A-10 & Ivy League Basketball; 3 Olympics ‘04, ‘08, ‘16
2003-Present AXS TV (formerly HDNet) Host Inside MMA/ Ply by Play United Football League; PAC 12, MissouriValley, West Coast and Battle 4 Atlantis Basketball; MMA and Boxing
1982-1990/ 1997-2005 ESPN Reporter/Host including Triple Crown, Breeders’ Cup, Sports Center stories on SEC, 1-AA football, Major League Baseball, NBA
1980-1999 Sports Director WTVQ-TV Lexington