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Secretary's Office 

Gerina D. Whethers 
Cabinet Secretary
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet

Gerina D. Whethers has accumulated over 16 years in public service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Known for creating innovative program and services, Gerina had recently served as Executive Director for the Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection and Mediation. She was responsible for creating this grassroots division under the leadership of Andy Beshear. Prior, Whethers served as Executive Director in the Office of Victims Advocacy at the Office of the Attorney General. Before her service at the Attorney General’s Office, Whethers accumulated 10 years of service working on Criminal Cases in Jefferson County. Whethers received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Louisville and her juris doctor from the Brandeis School of Law.

 

 



 

 

 

 Lindy Casebier

Deputy Secretary

 Lindy Casebier, a Louisville native, was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet after many years as an educator/administrator, legislator and serving two governors in senior roles with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.  For 18 years, Casebier represented Louisville in the Kentucky General Assembly where he chaired the Senate Education Committee. A longtime public school educator, Casebier began his teaching career at Valley High School where he taught for 14 years before serving as JCPS District Music Supervisor and then Assistant to the Superintendent for Oldham County Board of Education.  Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Louisville Visual Art. Casebier has served on the boards of the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet and Kentucky Governors School for the Arts.  He received his BMEd and MEd from the University of Louisville.  In 2003, he was designated an Alumni Fellow by the University of Louisville. In 2016, Casebier was the recipient of the Allen Cowan Innovation Award from the Fund for the Arts. In 2018, he was cited as "Twenty People to Know in Nonprofits" by Louisville Business First and was selected as a Bingham Fellow in January 2019.

Department of Employee Insurance

​ ​​​Jenny Goins, SPHR 
Commissioner

Jenny retired from the United States Air Force/Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant after a 25-year career that included duties related to combat communications, public speaking, journalism, human resources and education. Her last 10 years in the Air Force were spent teaching leadership, supervision and communication skills to military leaders and managing the teaching staff. After military retirement, Jenny spent 10 years in the corporate world as both an organizational development manager and senior HR leader before joining the State. She also provides training and motivational presentations for various non-profit groups and corporations.

In 2015, Jenny was inducted into the Kentucky Military Hall of Fame. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning from Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN. She lives on the Kentucky River with her husband John.

 

Department of Human Resources Administration

Mary Elizabeth Bailey
Commissioner

Mary Elizabeth has worked in State Government, specifically in Human Resources, for more than 20 years. Throughout her career she has served on numerous committees and is a member of the National Association for State Personnel Executives, International Personnel Management Association, and Society for Human Resource Management. In her role as Commissioner, she oversees the administration of the Commonwealth's employment application process; state payroll functions; official personnel records for state employees; the state Classification and Compensation system; and the statewide Performance Management Program.  Ms. Bailey attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where she majored in Business Administration. She resides in Frankfort with her husband Todd Bailey and their three children.​

 

Alaina Myers
Deputy Commissioner

Alaina Myers is a human resources professional with over 13 years of experience, with the last 10 of those years in the Personnel Cabinet’s Department of Human Resources Administration. She is a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter as President-Elect. Alaina graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. She is a Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), received her Certificate of Supervisory Essentials (CSE) and is a trained mediator with the Kentucky Employee Mediation Program (KEMP). In her role as Deputy Commissioner, Alaina oversees the administration of the statewide Performance Management Program, the DHRA Training Program and the Division of Career Opportunities. Alaina resides in Lexington with her husband Paul and their two daughters.

 

Kentucky Public Employees' Deferred Compensation Authority

Chris Biddle
Executive Director

Chris is an attorney with twenty years of administrative, regulatory, and civil litigation experience. Chris has been with the Authority for over 10 years and has served as the Authority’s chief legal officer and Executive Director during his tenure. In his current role as Executive Director, Chris oversees the daily business operation and compliance for the accounts of approximately 75,000 individuals with combined assets of $3 billion. 

 

Office of Administrative Services

​Robbie S. Perkins 
IT Director
Division of Technology Services

Robbie brings more than 25 years of experience in information technology, accounting, and human resources with the last 14 of those years in service at the Personnel Cabinet. Robbie is a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the KY Chapter of IPMA-HR and is an past president. A native of Madison County, Robbie attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in accounting and received his Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification from GSC and now resides in Frankfort.

 

Office of Diversity and Equality

 Wes Swarner
 Deputy Executive Director

Wes is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a BS in Health Occupations Education. Prior to joining state government, he spent 21 years in the United States Army, retiring in 1999. His last eight years in service was dedicated to training both U.S. and Allied Forces in tactical operations and leadership. Wes has more than 35 years of experience in management training and employee development and has served in multiple positions within state government. Wes received his certification in Lean Production Systems from the University of Kentucky’s Center for Manufacturing. Originally from Beavercreek, Ohio, He resides in Versailles with his wife, Lisa. 

 

Office of Employee Relations

 Donna Shelton
 Deputy Executive Director

Donna has been with the Personnel Cabinet for more than 25 years. In her current role, she supervises the Commonwealth’s Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation, Return-to-Work, Kentucky Employee’s Assistance (EAP) and Family and Medical Leave/Leave Sharing programs. Donna also provides leadership to the Employee Recognition Branch and Office of the State Americans with Disabilities while managing the state’s safety and Employee’s Mediation program where she participates as a certified mediator. She attended the University of Kentucky and received a bachelor’s in Education and a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. She also holds certifications in both Rehabilitation Counseling (CRCC) and Case Management (CCM).


Office of Legal Services

       

Gordan Rowe

Executive Director 

Gordon Rowe brings 24 years of private and public sector legal experience to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. Gordon began his legal career in 1996 with a regional, corporate defense firm, where he practiced for six years in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation and bankruptcy. In 2002, Gordon formed his own law firm, the Rowe Law Office (“RLO”). For over 13 years, RLO offered a suite of legal services to its individual, small business and nonprofit clients including employment law, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and contract litigation. While building his private practice, Gordon also served as a federal bankruptcy trustee in the Western District of Kentucky for almost 18 years. In 2015, Gordon joined the executive leadership at Kentucky State University (“KSU”) as its General Counsel. For the last two years, Gordon has worked in private practice, counseling and advising nonprofit organizations on governance policies, employment practices and contract litigation and most recently, he worked as the principal business and litigation attorney for a Louisville law firm. Gordon completed his undergraduate education at Virginia Tech with a degree in Economics and received his law degree from West Virginia University, where he was a W.E.B. DuBois Scholar. He resides in Louisville with his wife, Tabatha and their four children.

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Sharron Burton
Deputy Executive Director

Sharron received her Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kentucky in 1989, and in 1993, Sharron received her degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law. In 1994, Sharron began her career in state government at the Department of Insurance where, over the course of 19 years, she served as legal counsel, chief market conduct examiner, General Counsel, and Director of the Health and Life Division. Sharron joined the Personnel Cabinet Office of Legal Services as the Deputy Executive Director in February 2013. In this position, Sharron serves as legal counsel for the Cabinet's branches and departments that provide a variety of employee benefits such as life insurance, employee assistance, and the Kentucky Employees' Health Plan (KEHP). In addition, Sharron serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer for KEHP. 

 

Office of Public Affairs

Russell Goodwin
Executive Director

Russell is a communications and digital media professional with over six years of experience within the public sector. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies from the University of Kentucky as a student-athlete and a Master of Arts in Communications from Bellarmine University. Before state government, he worked for Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau (SoIN Tourism) as Communications Manager and Transit Authority of River City (TARC) as Director of Marketing and Communications Manager. Russell is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) - Bluegrass chapter and the Louisville NAACP. He is married to LaShala and has two (2) children, Ayden and Lena Goodwin.