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Beth Sewell is a resident of Covington and resides in historic Wallace Woods. Although Kenton County has been Beth’s home since 1997, Beth was raised on a 2,000 acre family farm in central Indiana.

Beth has been active in many organizations in Northern Kentucky. She has served on several boards and been active in Covington neighborhood associations and was honored with the Covington Community Leader Award in 2003. She currently co-chairs the Board of Directors of Teaching Homes in Northern Kentucky and home schools her two children.

Beth was Executive Director of the CBC from 1997- 2001. She is currently a Commissioner for the first district of Kenton County.


Tom West is currently the Economic Development Director for the City of Covington. Formerly Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in economic development, education and workforce development. Tom was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. He has experience in community, downtown and waterfront planning throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He also served as Executive Director for the Louisville Downtown Management District (Business Improvement District) and the Covington Business Council from 1992-1995.


Gary Keller is a decorated national leader in the motion picture and tourism fields serving as Director of the South Dakota Film Commission, Development Director of the Mount Rushmore Society and most recently serving as Executive Director of Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association. Gary served as CBC Executive Director from 2007- 2010.