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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. She served as Executive Director for the Attorney General's Office of Senior Protection and Mediation where she was responsible for creating this grassroots division under the leadership of Andy Beshear. Prior, Gerina 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, Gerina accumulated 10 years of service working on Criminal Cases in Jefferson County. Gerina currently oversees the Cabinet's employee wellness and engagement programs, professional development initiatives and the Governor's LEAD Conference. Gerina 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 by Gov. Andy Beshear as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet after many years as a public school educator/administrator/legislator and non-profit director.  He served two governors in senior roles with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.  For eighteen 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 and after fourteen years in the classroom moved into administration as the JCPS District Music Supervisor.  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.  He is an Alumni Fellow of UL School of Music.   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.  He now serves on the board of United Way of Kentucky. 

Department of Employee Insurance

​Reina Díaz-Dempsey, SPHR 

Reina Díaz-Dempsey began her public service career at the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet over 26 years ago. After 14 years working for Life and Health Insurance within the Personnel Cabinet, she went on to serve for 12 years in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) in various capacities, including Deputy Commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services and Staff Assistant for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (kynect). Reina also served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Insurance in the Public Protection Cabinet before returning to the Personnel Cabinet in July 2020 as Commissioner of the Department of Employee Insurance. Reina holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Kentucky State University. She is a native of Honduras, Central America and lives in Frankfort with her husband Greg and their children, Nicole, Amanda, Marco and Daniela.

Sharron Burton 
Deputy Commissioner

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. 

Department of Human Resources Administration

Mary Elizabeth Bailey

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 (HR) professional with over 16 years of HR experience, with the last 13 of those years in the Personnel Cabinet’s Department of Human Resources Administration (DHRA). She is a member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter as Past President. Alaina graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University. She is an IPMA 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, KY with her husband 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.


Governmental Service Center

 Wes Swarner
 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 Diversity, Equality and Training

 Vikki Stone
 Executive Director

Vikki Smiley Stone comes to the Personnel Cabinet after having owned a public relations, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion programming company for over 20 years. Throughout her tenure as a business owner, she served as a consultant to local, national and international clients and has worked on a wide variety of projects, the largest of which was the Louisville Metro Housing Authority's $200 million dollar Park DuValle Revitalization HOPE VI project. Vikki has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Louisville, Master's Degree from Kentucky State University, Diversity and Inclusion for Human Resources Certification from Cornell University and she is a graduate of the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows program. 

Office of Employee Relations

​Alan Hurst
Acting Executive Director

Alan is a committed legal professional with extensive experience in administrative and regulatory law. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University and his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Before joining the Personnel Cabinet, Alan served as a Staff Attorney for Kentucky Retirement Systems where he assisted with the disability and administrative adjudicative process, drafted administrative regulations, oversaw committee meetings, and handled issues related to HIPAA and the Open Records Act. In his current role with the Office of Employee Relations, Alan provides leadership and support to other state agencies through the coordination of a variety of programs and services including workers’ compensation, the return-to-work program, employee assistance and employee recognition. Alan is married and a proud father of two girls.


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.


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.