Kentucky Department of Tourism
500 Mero St., 5th floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Commissioner's Office

Headshot of Mike Mangeot

Mike Mangeot, Commissioner
502-892-3222, [email protected] 

I am a native Kentuckian and am privileged to be able to promote my home state as a tourism destination.  In my spare time there is nothing I enjoy more than fishing. 



Photo of Mona JuettMona Juett, Deputy Commissioner
502-892-3222, [email protected]

I started in 2007 and have been with Department and the TAH Cabinet in multiple roles. I live on my family’s farm with my husband and two kiddos. We hike often all over Kentucky.  I love Kentucky’s water, trails, caves and horse racing! 



Photo of Janet RiversJanet Rivers,
Executive Administrative Assistant,
502-892-3222, [email protected]

​Kentucky is my home and I enjoying talking about all the wonderful places to visit and see in my home state. My husband and I have planted our small acreage with KY native plants, trees and enjoying bird watching and taking care of our three dogs.


Photo of Seth WheatSeth Wheat,
Director of Tourism Development,
502-892-3223, [email protected]

Since 2010 I have worked on Kentucky’s adventure tourism efforts including our Trail Town Program. I also work with our sports tourism partners and Tourism Development Projects. I grew up in Pikeville but now call Barren County home where I live with my wife and toddler on her family’s farm. If you can’t find me working or helping on the farm I am most likely hunting, fishing or hiking with the family. 

Photo of Kimberly ClayKimberly Clay
Director of Cultural Heritage,
502-892-3235, [email protected]

I serve as the cultural heritage tourism director for KDT. I am responsible for the supervision and development of cultural and heritage tourism initiatives, manage KDT's strategic plan initiative, and represent both KDT and the state in matters regarding cultural heritage tourism, serving as Kentucky’s advocate on related issues. I love exploring Kentucky’s less-known stories and hidden gems.

Photo of Chenelle McGeeChenelle Mcgee,
Director of International and Group Sales
502-892-3232, [email protected]

I am a graduate of the Art Institute of California and served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the tourism industry at ShelbyKYtourism.  As the International and Domestic Sales Director, I thrive on the opportunity to focus more attention on partnerships, and data to assist in showcasing the great Commonwealth of Kentucky with visitors, sightseers, and wanderers alike.  

Photo of Courtney Hall Courtney Hall,
Program Research Coordinator,
502-892-3229, [email protected]

I am the program research coordinator. I am married and have two dogs and a kitten. My husband and I love to travel, hike, fish, and spend time with family. My favorite place in Kentucky is the mountains in eastern Kentucky.  


Photo of Rachel Conyers Rachel Conyers, Fiscal Officer
502-892-3022, [email protected]

I am the Fiscal Officer for the Dept. of Tourism. I am married with 3 kids and 3 grands. I love spending time with my family and a good baseball game.



photo of Meagan Preston Meagan Preston,
Finance & Web Administration
502-892-3230, [email protected]

I am a social vegan: I avoid meet. I like books, open world RPGs, and cats. I’m good at making things awkward. I prefer Fall and Winter to Spring and Summer. I have a tea station at my desk because tea is important. 



Photo of Angela Blank Angela Blank, Director of Communications
502-892-4001, angelag.blan[email protected]

I am the communications director and have been in state government since 2004. My family and I love to explore new places and are always ready to head out for our next adventure! We enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, boating, camping and swimming as well as visiting one of the many family friendly attractions across the state.


Photo of Amanda Gee  Amanda Gee, Communications Specialist
502-892-3231, [email protected]

​I am a Communications Specialist on the KDT Comms team and joined the department in 2019. I was previously a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Tennessee, and I grew up on a small family farm in southern Indiana. I love to travel and one of my favorite quotes is by Susan Sontag, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”


Photo of Emily Crowe Emily Crowe, Social Media Specialist
502-892-3220, [email protected]

My name is Emily Crowe. I have been the Social Media Specialist for the Kentucky Department of Tourism since August 2021. I enjoy exploring all of Kentucky’s great outdoors and eating delicious food across the Commonwealth.



Photo of Kathy YountKathy Yount, Marketing Director
502-892-3224, [email protected]

 I am the marketing director and have been with the department since 1997. I am married with 2 daughters and 4 grandkids. We all love to travel and spend a lot of time on the water. My favorite Kentucky place is Cumberland Falls.



Photo of MaryAnn SeemanMaryAnn Seeman,
Graphic Design Coordinator
502-892-3226, [email protected] 
I have been a graphic designer for the Kentucky Department of Tourism since 2003. I am married with two kiddos. We love to travel and we also love coming back home to our life in the country, where we often go for walks and bike rides. Making memories with my family is my favorite thing to do.


Photo of Emily RobertsEmily Roberts, Digital Asset Coordinator
502-892-3233, [email protected]

I began as the digital asset coordinator in May 2020. You can find me on the road digging into Kentucky's music history or in my backyard gardening. 



Tourism Services

Photo of Rhonda Nix Rhonda Nix, Program Manager
502-892-3217, [email protected]

Hello, I am the Regional Marketing & Matching Funds Program manager.  I started this adventure with the department 36 years ago.  My 27 year old son Tyler, is my pride and joy along with his beautiful wife Taylor.  Vacations are my favorite hobby and attending tourism events with my selfie stick, so smile next time you see me.


Photo of Karen Hackett Karen Hackett, Program Assistant
502-892-3218, [email protected]

​It was with great enthusiasm I joined KDT in January 2021 as the Regional Marketing & Matching Funds Program Assistant. Having worked in the state’s travel & tourism industry for over four decades, this opportunity enabled me to remain employed in a rewarding career path, stay connected to statewide partners and offer assistance in areas that help contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy.

Photo of Kenny Atha Kenny Atha, Welcome Center Manager
502-892-3239, [email protected]

I began as the welcome center manager in 2018 and have been in state government since 2003. I oversee daily operations and tourism employees of our seven welcome centers. I live in Franklin County, KY with my wife and our two children. I enjoy watching my kids play sports, hunting and fishing. We are always traveling the state in search of new adventures. 



Bullitt County Welcome Center, I-65 South   

Christian County Welcome Center, I-24 West

Franklin Welcome Center, I-65 North   

Grayson Welcome Center, I-64 West

Shelby County Welcome Center, I-64 East

Whitehaven Welcome Center, I-24 East

Williamsburg Welcome Center, I-75 North