Read the 2014 Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award winner MG. William K. Suterís acceptance speech notes here. (.pdf)


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Anne Berry, President


Anne Berry grew up in a military family but always considered Kentucky to be home due to long and deep maternal roots in Elizabethtown, KY.  She has spent close to 20 years in the health care field doing advocacy work for the nursing, physician and pharmaceutical sector where she has specialized in getting people involved in the political process. She is currently Director of State Government Affairs for AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical company.


A former swimmer at the University of Kentucky, Anne graduated with a BA in history and French and has an MA in American Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, she is the President of the Kentucky Society of Washington and involved with other charitable, civic and business organizations.


 Erin Petry, VP Events and Entertainment


 Born in Lexington, Erinimage1.jpeg first moved to DC to complete her BA at The George Washington University in International Affairs and Anthropology. Erin returned to Kentucky for her MA at the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. Erin currently works as a Program Manager for McMullan International building hospitals and universities in the Middle East. Beyond event planning for the Kentucky Society, Erin loves to travel, explore the District of Columbia, and write about Kentucky's Native Spirit for BourbonBanter.com



Phillip Elder, VP Membership


 Phillip is originally from Webster, Kentucky in Breckinridge County and is a graduate of Irvington Elementary and Junior High School in Irvington, Kentucky, and Breckinridge County High School in Harned, Kentucky.  Phillip has been employed with the U.S. Federal Government for over 25 years and since 1992 has been in Washington, District of Columbia,  with the Departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security. He is currently associate counsel for regulations for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he has served since 2006.  Phillip served the Nationís Capital Region UK Alumni Club as president from 2005 to 2010 and during his tenure led the local club to multiple UK Alumni Association awards. He is also a member of the Kentucky Society of Washington, promoting the Commonwealth in the District of Columbia area.  Phillip graduated in 1986 from the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with a bachelorís of science degree in agricultural economics and was a member of Alpha Gama Rho fraternity. He earned his law degree from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia in 2005.


Daniel Calhoun, Treasurer


 Daniel Calhoun is Treasurer of The Kentucky Society of Washington.  A native of Lexington, he also has significant family ties to Owensboro and Whitesburg and lived for several years in Northern Kentucky.  Daniel is currently Senior Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Duke University, and Stanford Law School.


Kim Joiner, National Conference of State Societies Alternate Delegate


Kim Joiner is originally from Ashland, Kentucky.  She came to Capitol Hill in January 1995, Kim served as a staffer in the office of Congressman Jim Bunning and transitioned to the Senate following Senator Bunningís election in 1998.  Kim went on to work in the Bush Administration and in the private sector.  Currently, working for the National Trade Association for the solar industry, SEIA. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown College with a double major in Communications and Political Science.  She continues to remain active with her alma mater.  An avid boater, Kim is often seen exploring the waters of the Potomac and is active in the Kentucky State Society of Washington, DC.


Mason Butler, Historian


Mason Butler has beenMason Butler,  PMP/CISSP in Washington DC since 2003 and has been a member of The Kentucky State Society since 2006.  He's a graduate of Louisville Male High School and has been a board member since 2009.  Mr. Butler has played an active role in connecting technology to government and healthcare.  As an executive with IBM he managed all state government software business for Lotus in the Midwest.  Mason has also been involved in the political process for over 3 decades.  From canvassing for a balanced budget amendment in the 80ís to helping establish the Ky Health Network, he has come to the aid of both political parties in Kentucky and Washington DC. His projects have always yielded innovation in government, while automating state and federal processes to eliminate the red tape that citizens face every day.


For the past 15 years, Mr. Butler now advocates on behalf of small businesses and the impact they can have in federal procurement. He champions HUBZone businesses as well as service disabled/veteran owned companies that provide more innovative solutions to government at a fraction of the cost.  Mr. Butler lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Kristin.


Mark Barnes, Assistant VP for Events and Entertainment


Mark was raised in Bardstown KY, went to Murray State University, and graduated from Berea College. Mark worked at The Galt House Hotel for six years as National Sales Manager and Assistant DOS before joining the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1989. Currently, he serves as Director of Northeast Sales with offices in DC and Louisville. Mark is married to Helen Barnes, also a Bardstown native and his college sweetheart. They have two daughters and two granddaughters. Mark enjoys running, golf, and cheering on the Cards.


Amanda Mills Cutright, VP Publicity


Amanda Mills Cutright grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, attended Western Hills High School, and then graduated from the University of Kentucky.  She started her career in education reform as a 5th grade teacher in St. Louis. Following her time in the classroom she worked to recruit excellent teachers and then designed and lead leadership development programs for the national non-profit, Teach For America. Currently she serves as Senior Managing Director, Regional Leadership Development  for the organization.


Amanda has lived in Washington, DC since 2008 and has been active in the UK Alumni Association and The Kentucky Society of Washington.  She also loves to cook, cheer for UK football and basketball, go to yoga, and spend time with friends and family.  She lives with her husband Jared Cutright, a Lexington native and Centre College graduate.




Mica Evans Hider  

from Owensboro, Kentucky


Anne Berry

Winn Williams  
Immediate Past President

from Winchester, Kentucky

graduate of the University of Kentucky

Amanda Faulkner

from Louisville, Kentucky

Mac Riley

from Carter County, Kentucky


Danny Calhoun

Assistant Treasurer


Rebeckah Adcock
Events and Entertainment


Erin Petrey

Assistant Events and Entertainment


Mary C. Farmer

from Henderson, Kentucky

Amanda Mills Cutright



Jen Beil
Congressional Liaison

Mason Butler
NCSS Delegate

from Louisville, Kentucky


Jason Robinson
NCSS Alternate


Don Bramer

Henry Clay Internship Coordinator

from Louisville, Kentucky

graduate of the University of Louisville



Angela Hope-Eskew
Cherry Blossom Princess Coordinator




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