Erin R. Petrey, President
Erin R. Petrey served as the current President of the Kentucky Society of Washington, after being elected for the 2021-2023 term. Born in Lexington, Erin first moved to Washington, 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. She first joined the Board of KSW in 2014 as Assistant VP of Events, assuming the VP position in 2015. To date, she has mixed over 400 gallons of Mint Juleps for the Pre-Derby Party! Erin writes about Kentucky's Native Spirit as Cocktail Editor for Bourbon & Banter, and teaches virtual cocktail classes and spirits tastings. Erin loves to travel the world, experiencing new cultures and cuisines, clocking in a visit to 36 countries thus far. She is an active member of her Eckington DC community, a Founding Member and Outstanding Junior of the Foggy Bottom Chapter of DCDAR, a volunteer with DCPAWS, and aunt to the two coolest little Kentuckians. Erin lives in Washington, DC with her fiancé, Kevin (who she roped into the KSW), and their rescue pup, Lila.
Lindsey Maggard, President-Elect
Lindsey grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, attended Lafayette High School, and was the fourth generation of her family to graduate from the University of Kentucky. She worked in various roles in state government, including in the administration of Governor Steve Beshear, before moving to Washington, DC, in 2013 to obtain her Masters degree in Political Management from the George Washington University. She has worked in the United States Senate and for the Democratic National Committee and currently serves as the Communications Specialist for the National Association of Counties. Lindsey is an active member of the Junior League of Washington and the Nation's Capital UK Alumni Club.
Emily Peeler, VP Events and Entertainment
Emily Peeler was born and raised in Bowling Green, KY. She attended Bowling Green High School and the Gatton Academy of Math & Science before getting her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. After getting her MSW in Boston, she returned to the University of Louisville to complete her JD at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Emily has been in DC for almost 4 years advocating for families involved in the child welfare system. She currently works as a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.
Kevin Hudak, VP Membership
Hailing from New York, Kevin is an adopted Kentuckian through his fiancé, Erin (KSW President). He has served as a volunteer at many Pre-Derby Parties, the Bluegrass Ball, and numerous other KSW events. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is an active member in the Dartmouth Club of DC and the national Alumni Council. He serves as a Vice President at Brightline Strategies, where he integrates research and the "voice of the customer" into the company's consulting practice. He is a force on the tennis court and loves to root on the New York Yankees, but is always in the blue and white cheering section when Kentucky is playing. Kevin has also been bitten by the bourbon bug and enjoys trying and sharing new bottles.
Gentry Alexander, Treasurer
Gentry was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, attended Dunbar High School, and earned a degree in Business Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He spent 12 years in banking and finance before transitioning to his current role creating and preserving affordable housing with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. Gentry is an active member of National City Christian Church, having served in various leadership capacities, including as Treasurer from 2016 through 2018, and is a Certified Public Manager with The George Washington University. He loves Kentucky basketball, music, and reading, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Kathryn, and their dog, Bella.
Ginny Klaus, VP Publicity
A native of Morehead, Kentucky, Ginny built a journalism career working at newspapers across the Commonwealth. As an Army spouse, Ginny has had the opportunity to live on three continents and all three continental U.S. coasts, and had the honor of advocating for military families. She currently works as a media analyst for the Department of Army and us working on a Master's in Organizational Communication at Murray State University. She has lived in the DC area since 2012.
Shiela Corley, Secretary
Shiela Corley grew up in Western Kentucky in the small town of Greenville. She is the daughter of a coal miner and farmer. Following her heart and love for the University of Kentucky, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with Bachelor and Master’s degree, double Wildcat. After completing graduate school, she began her career with United States Department of Agriculture where she currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Food and Nutrition Service. She has been an active member of the University of Kentucky’s Nation’s Capital Region Alumna Chapter and served as vice president from 2004 -2009. She currently serves on the University of Kentucky Alumni Board of Directors. Shiela is active in her community where she is a member of the Junior League of Washington DC and served as president (2013-2014). She serves on several non-profit boards but is proud to be part the Washington School for Girls Development Board where they work to close the educational gap and broaden the educational opportunities for girls from economically disadvantaged communities in grades 3-8.
Harv Lester, Historian
Harv Lester was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been a proud member of the Kentucky Society for over 20 years and has served previously as President, Vice President for Publicity, twice as Co-Chair of the annual Pre-Derby Party, and in numerous other roles. Outside of the Society, he has worked for more than 25 years as an litigation attorney both in private practice and with the Federal Government. He also is often found on stages in the D.C. area, performing in musicals at local community and professional theaters, or at school events for his two young children.
H. McGuire "Mac" Riley, Henry Clay Internship Program Chair
Mac is the President of BAHR Associates, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of United Building Services, Inc. He is also a former President of the Kentucky Society, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, which is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been actively involved in the Society's Henry Clay intern program for many years.
China Rae Riddle, Henry Clay Internship Coordinator
A proud Eastern Kentuckian, China grew up in Pike County and graduated as valedictorian from Alice Lloyd College in Knott County. While at ALC, China worked in the Kentucky Senate, studied as a social entrepreneurship fellow in Costa Rica and served as a Henry Clay intern in 2013. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015, serving as Kentucky's Cherry Blossom Princess shortly after her arrival. China is passionate about Appalachian issues and currently serves as a Communications Strategist at Appalachian Regional Commission. When not advocating for coal-impacted communities, China spends time with her fiancé (and fellow Kentuckian) Nate, and volunteers with two mutual aid groups in her neighborhood.
Rebeckah Freeman Adcock, Immediate Past President
Rebeckah Freeman Adcock is the Immediate Past President of the Kentucky Society of Washington (KSW) after serving an elected term from 2019 to 2021. She has served in various capacities on the KSW Board since 2011 and has been member of the Society since moving to DC in 2002. Rebeckah is a native of the Commonwealth: her hometown is Hazard in the heart of the Appalachia and she maintains deep family roots throughout central Kentucky. For over the last twenty years, Rebeckah has been a policy advisor in a variety of roles in the private sector, on the Hill, and in the federal government. She most recently served as Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. Rebeckah earned her undergraduate degree in environmental resource management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. She is a member of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2000 and a member of the state’s Bar Association. Rebeckah’s favorite ‘leadership’ role is being mother to Thomas Becker, 13, and Scarlett, 10. She lives with her family in Alexandria.