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Mike Berry

Mike Berry

Secretary

mike.berry@ky.gov

Michael E. Berry was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to serve as Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet on December 10, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Berry served as the longest serving President and CEO in the history of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Under his 22 years of leadership, the Kentucky Derby Festival orchestrated the award-winning two-week celebration for over 1.5 million attendees annually generating an economic impact of $128 million for Kentucky.

In 2008, Berry was inducted into the IFEA Hall of Fame and the Phi Kappa Tau National Fraternity Hall of Fame. He is also graduate of Leadership Louisville and a former recipient of Business First of Louisville's "Forty Under 40" award. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Louisville Defender Outstanding Community Service Award, the later in 2012, Berry was inducted into the DeMolay International Hall of Fame. Most recently, Berry received the Silver Anchor Award from the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Dan Mangeot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (Louisville Tourism).

Berry holds a BA in American Studies and Political Science from Georgetown College and is a graduate of Waggener High School in Louisville. 


Yvonne Board

Chief of Staff

Yvonne brings a wealth of experience in government affairs, sales and marketing to our cabinet's leadership team. Prior to joining the cabinet, Board served as the Senior Convention Sales Manager of the Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she was responsible for promoting Louisville as a destination for conventions, events, and trade shows. She also has more than 11 years in hotel sales experience and 6 years of marketing experience.

Most recently, Board served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice as well as Chief of Staff for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. In both of these key leadership positions, she developed a strong background in recruitment, negotiation and team building that will be essential for leading the cabinet.  

Board joined the cabinet as Chief of Staff effective Oct 1.  


Cannon Armstrong

Cannon Armstrong

Executive Director of Human Resources

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cannon.armstrong@ky.gov

Cannon, a native of Albany, comes to the Cabinet with several years of public service experience in both agency management and legal affairs. For the last four years, he served as the Commissioner of the Department of Charitable Gaming.  He previously worked in the Public Protection Cabinet, Labor Cabinet, Department of Workers' Claims and the Public Service Commission. Cannon lives with his family in Lexington.

Cannon joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as Executive Director of Human Resources in January 2020. 

Sarah Grider Cronan

Sarah Grider Cronan

General Counsel

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​Sarah is a Louisville native, and recently returned to Kentucky after serving as in-house corporate counsel for two global product manufacturers in the Carolinas. She previously was a partner at law firms in Louisville and Chicago. Sarah was listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers 2012 and 2013 and was one of the Top 25 Women Super Lawyers of Kentucky in 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Sarah joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as General Counsel in January 2020.

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones

Executive Director

Office of Public Affairs and Constituent Services

daniellen.jones@ky.gov

Danielle Jones was born and raised in Glasgow, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Glasgow High School and the University of Louisville. Jones served as a Chief Deputy at the Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk for 8 years overseeing community, media and government affairs. In March 2016, Jones was appointed to serve as an Executive Advisor for the Department for Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She was later re-appointed to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet as Executive Director of Communications. 

Jones joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as the Executive Director of Public Affairs and Constituent Services on January 16, 2020.


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BR Masters

Legislative Liaison

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BR.masters@ky.gov

​B.R. Masters is a native and resident of Madison County. He was the former Managing Partner of Madison Tobacco Warehouse in Richmond as well as owner/operator of Madison Lawn Care, BRM Properties.  In 2003, he began working for the Commonwealth as a Policy Advisor for the Kentucky Senate Democratic leadership. Masters served in this capacity until being named Deputy Chief of Staff in 2009 which he served for 10 years.   

In 2020, after serving as Legislative Liaison for the Labor Cabinet, Masters was appointed to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet where he brings more than 17 years of extensive experience in government, legislative and regulatory affairs.


Christopher Reece

Christopher Reece

Executive Director

Office of Finance

christopher.reece@ky.gov

​Chris Reece is a Louisville native and a graduate of the University of Louisville.  Before beginning his career with the Cabinet, Chris spent nearly 3 decades in banking.  Most recently, he was Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager for M&T Bank in New York City.  Before M&T Bank, Chris enjoyed a 24-year tenure as Vice President at Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company.  The theme throughout his career is providing creative financing solutions that benefit all parties involved in a project.  

Chris joined the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet as Executive Director of Finance in 2016.