Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed nine members to the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council.

Roger Lee Leasor, of Lexington, is president of Liquor Barn.  Leasor is a graduate of Bryan Station High School and attended the University of Kentucky.  He is a member of the Lexington Opera Society Board of Directors and is married to Jane Leasor.  He represents citizens at large on the council. 

John A. Carpenter, of Lexington, is manager of the Lexington division of Bryant Distributing Company, Inc.  Carpenter received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Alabama.  He is president of the Lexington Philharmonic Board of Directors and is a member of the Lexington Rotary Club.  He is married to Sherry Carpenter and represents citizens at large on the council.

Lowell D. Land, of Richmond, is the owner of Acres of Land Winery.  Land received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Kentucky University.  He is a member of Kentucky Vineyard Society Board of Directors, the Kentucky Restaurant Association Board of Directors and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.  He is married to Katherine Land and represents winery operators on the council.

Dennis C. Walter, of Melbourne, is the owner of StoneBrook Winery.  Walter is chairman of the Kentucky Agriculture Advisory Council and the Campbell County Conservation District, and formerly served as chair of the Kentucky Beef Council.  He is vice president of the Northern Kentucky Vintners and Grape Growers Association and secretary of the Campbell County Extension Council.  Walter is a member of the National Association of American Wineries, the Campbell County Cattle Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau and Campbell Conservancy.  He is married to Bonnie Walter and represents winery operators on the council.

James W. Bravard Jr., of Hopkinsville, is co-owner of Bravard Vineyards and Winery.  Bravard received a bachelor’s degree in German and history from Murray State University.  He is married to Janet Bravard and represents grape producers on the council.

Kristen Branscum, of Lexington, is tourism development director for the Kentucky Department of Tourism.  Branscum received a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University and master’s degrees in sports administration and secondary English education from the University of Kentucky.  Following completion of her graduate studies, she worked as assistant marketing director for the University of Kentucky Athletic Department. 

Harkness Edwards III, of Lexington, is employed by United National Investment Trust, Inc.  He is married to Catherine C. Edwards, owner of Jonco Farm, Inc.  Edwards received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.  He is treasurer of the Kentucky Vineyard Society and a member of the Thoroughbred Wine Club.  Edwards represents grape producers on the council and is serving consecutive terms.

Andre’ R. Brousseau, of Danville, is owner of Old Crow Inn Farm and Winery.  Brousseau received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in math from East Carolina University.  He is chairman of the Kentucky Agricultural Tourism Council and a member of the Danville-Boyle County Rotary Club.  He is married to Linda Brousseau and represents winery operators on the council.  He is serving consecutive terms.

Dr. John G. Strang, of Lexington, is an extension fruit and vegetable specialist for the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture.  Strang received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in horticulture and pomology from Oregon State University.  He is a member of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Vineyard Society and the Kentucky Nut Growers Association.  He is married to Nancy Lou Christenson Strang and represents the University of Kentucky Agriculture Experiment Station on the council.  He is serving consecutive terms.

The Kentucky Grape and Wine Council is made up of 10 members, including the Commissioner of Agriculture, or their designee, and nine other members appointed by the Governor.  The council is charged with promoting and facilitating the development of the Commonwealth’s grape, grape product and wine industry.


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