GOVERNOR BESHEAR MAKES COMMERCE CABINET APPOINTMENTS
Frankfort, KY – Commerce Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow announced a series of appointments today to the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet.
Jamie Link has been appointed as the Deputy Secretary of the cabinet. Link has worked in state government for 22 years. Most recently he was the Deputy Executive Director at the Kentucky Horse Park. Before that he spent 12 years in various positions at the Finance Cabinet including Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Services, in the Office of the Secretary. He began his career in the Kentucky Department of Parks in 1985, working there for nine years. Link has also been appointed interim Parks Commissioner. Jamie is married and lives in Versailles.
Lindy Casebier has been appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Heritage. Casebier is a former Band Director and Music Supervisor for Jefferson County Public Schools and assistant to the Superintendent with the Oldham County Board of Education. Casebier served 18 years in the Kentucky General Assembly including seven as Chair of the Senate Education Committee. Casebier lives in Jefferson County
Mike Cooper has been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Tourism. Cooper is a 21 year veteran of state government. He worked for the Department of Parks for seven years and spent 14 years in what is now called the Department of Tourism, including time as the assistant director of marketing and advertising. He has extensive domestic and international tourism experience. He is a Travel Marketing Professional, receiving his certification from the southeast tourism Society Marketing College. Mike is married and lives in Lexington.
Barbara Atwood has been appointed as an Executive Staff Advisor. She previously worked in the Kentucky Department of Tourism from 1980 to 2004. Atwood has spent the last two years working as the Continuing Education Coordinator for the Kentucky Tourism Council. Barbara is married and lives in Frankfort.
All appointments are effective immediately.