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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, 2021.  


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. 

Melissa Brewer

Executive Director

Office of Finance

melissa.brewer@ky.gov

​Melissa is a Frankfort native and a career state government employee. Brewer held various finance positions throughout her professional tenure, primarily focused on budget, financial management, accounting and administrative services. She has previously worked for Public Health Protection and Safety and the Administration and Financial Management within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
Brewer joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in 2008, holding positions of Budget Manager, Division Director of Finance at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Accounting Branch Manager in the Department for Fish and Wildlife. Brewer was promoted to Executive Director of the Office of Finance in January 2022.


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.

Anita Hatchett

Anita Hatchett

Executive Director

Office of Public Affairs and Constituent Services

anita.hatchett@ky.gov

Raised in Frankfort, KY, Anita Hatchett is a Franklin County High School graduate. After receiving a BA in English from the University of Kentucky, she served as a graphic design coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Education for nine years. In August 2017, Hatchett worked as a graphic designer for publications in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment communications office. 

Hatchett joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet as the Creative Director of Public Affairs and Constituent Services in March 2020 and was appointed to serve as Executive Director on July 16, 2022. ​


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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.