Krista Levee, the new executive director for the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, is no stranger to the county – or the state.
Levee lived in LaRue County almost seven years before moving due to her husband Dave’s job change. They were gone four years before returning to the area.
“Now we’re back and it’s like coming home,” said Levee, a Hopkins County native. “It’s good to be back in a small town where you know everybody.”
Levee is familiar with many of the people she will be working with – both in Hodgenville and other communities.
She served as a field representative for Gov. Ernie Fletcher 2004-08.
“(Gov. Fletcher) had a vision of setting up field offices to bring Frankfort closer to his constituents,” said Levee. “I covered 20 counties – I loved that job.”
Levee was on board during the preparation for the Lincoln Bicentennial. She enjoyed watching the transformation of Lincoln Square to a roundabout or “squircle” and the old First Baptist Church into city hall.
“I was truly blessed to see that happen,” she said. “I loved to be in that process – to see the community have that vision and see it come to fruition.”
Former Mayor Roger Truitt was a frequent visitor to Frankfort during that time, she said. Truitt, who passed away earlier this year, enjoyed a spot on nearly every field report she submitted. Truitt was insistent that the community needed the state’s help to prepare for the observance of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
Before that, Levee was an intern with Congressman Ron Lewis. Her first job was as an admissions counselor at Campbellsville University.
She graduated from CU in 2002; she met her husband while a student there.
They have one daughter, Alyssa, age 4, and a son on-the-way. The new baby is due in about eight weeks, Levee said.
With more demands at home, she appreciates having a reasonable schedule and fewer evening hours than at previous jobs.
Chamber President Pam Stephens said Levee will work two days a week with interim director Angel French until her maternity leave begins. She will return as the full time executive director by January.
Levee said she’s looking forward to leading the Chamber in upcoming months and working with the executive board.
“When I saw who was on the board of directors, I thought this is a great group to work with,” she said.
Her official first day was Sept. 18.
The Chamber of Commerce is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
**The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The LaRue County Herald for allowing us to use their article to introduce our new Chamber Director. http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/levee-selected-chambers-executive-director
Kenny Rambo was born and raised in Elizabethtown, KY and lived in Bowling Green, KY, Knoxville, TN and Atlanta, GA before returning to the region in 2003. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western Kentucky University. He is now the Vice President of Heartland Communications Consultants, Inc. a marketing, communications & pr firm.
Kenny has volunteered with the Chamber since he returned to LaRue County. He serves on the Marketing Committee and was the 2009-2010 President. Kenny was just elected as President-Elect for the 2012-2013 year and will hold the office of President again in 2013-2014. He enjoys having the opportunity to help share what a great place our community is with others around the region, state and country.
Kenny and his wife are excited to be raising their children in Hodgenville and LaRue County. They feel the rich history and special places like Lincoln’s Birthplace and the downtown square serve as a great backdrop for making memories with our children. They appreciate the quality and size of the school system and the ability to personally know the teachers and administrators that are working with our kids. He and his wife know their children will live other places when they grow up, but they trust they will always remember their hometown as a special place with lots of great memories.
Pam Stephens is your 2012-2013 President for the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce. Pam was born and raised in LaRue County. After graduating from LaRue County High School, Pam attended Elizabethtown Community College (presently known as Elizabethtown Community & Technical College). She then graduated from American Institute of Banking and she has been with Lincoln National Bank for over 26 years, 11 years of that time she has been an Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer.
Pam states that her favorite part of Hodgenville and LaRue County is the people. She loves meeting new people, developing relationships and the spirit of the “hometown” community. She also loves the potential for this community to grow and prosper.
Pam has been involved with the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce for many years. Pam will begin her time as President beginning July 1, 2012. She currently sits on our Membership Committee, Annual Meeting Committee and the Golf Scramble Committee. Her favorite part of the Chamber is the opportunity to improve local commerce and the local economy. She wants to continue projecting awareness that Hodgenville and LaRue County are wonderful communities to live in and to prosper in as a resident.
Stefanie Rock will be the 2012-2013 Past President for the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce. Stefanie is originally from Hodgenville. She graduated from LaRue County High School in 1998 and attended the University of Louisville, where she graduated in 2002. She loves the community because of the friendly people that live and work here. Stefanie currently works for Magnolia Bank and holds the title Vice President.
Stefanie was the 2011-2012 President and currently sits on the Marketing Committee, the Golf Scramble Committee and the Personnel Committee. Her favorite part of the being a part of the Chamber of Commerce is actively serving with other business people to support and promote commercial and civic interests in LaRue County.