Rebeckah Freeman Adcock, President

Rebeckah Freeman Adcock is the current President of the Kentucky Society of Washington (KSW) 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 currently serves 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.

Erin R. Petrey, President-Elect

Born in Lexington, Erin first moved to Washington, DC, to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at The George Washington University in International Affairs and Anthropology. Erin returned to Kentucky for her Master of Arts at the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. Erin currently serves as the Program Manager for Capital Projects at Enviva, a global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass. 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 300 gallons of Mint Juleps for the Pre-Derby Party! Erin loves to travel the world, experiencing new cultures and cuisines, clocking in a visit to 35 countries thus far. She spends her free time teaching cocktail classes, volunteering with DCPAWS, writing about Kentucky's Native Spirit for Bourbon & Banter, and visiting her family in Kentucky. Erin lives in Washington, DC with her partner, Kevin, and their rescue pup, Lila. 

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. 

Chris Moore, VP Membership



Lindsey Maggard, VP Publicity


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 Public Affairs Coordinator for the National Association of Counties. Lindsey is an active member of the Junior League of Washington and currently serves as the President of the Nation's Capital UK Alumni Club.  

Mason Butler, Treasurer

Mason Butler has been in Washington DC since 2003 and has been a member of the Kentucky 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 80’s 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 has advocated on behalf of small businesses regarding 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.

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. 

Jennifer Dexter, National Conference of State Societies Delegate

Jen Beil, Congressional Liaison

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.  


Harv Lester, Immediate Past President

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 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