board member bios
kimberly s. mccan - Executive Chairsperson
Kim McCann, of Ashland, Ky., is a partner at VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP, and served on the SOAR Executive Board since its inception. In August 2018, she was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the SOAR Executive Board.
Kim has a juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky and earned her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Her professional accomplishments include:
Kentucky 40 Leaders Under 40,
Legal Services Advocate of the Year (2009),
Outstanding Kentucky Volunteer Award (United Way of Kentucky),
YWCA Members Award (2001), Leadership Kentucky (1995).
She also has an extensive background with professional organizations, including the Kentucky Bar Association Past CLE Commission Chair, Kentucky Bar Association House of Delegates (Past Member), Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Committee, Kentucky Judicial Council, Ohio Bar Association, Boyd County Bar Association, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission (Past Commissioner).
Kim is active in her community and has worked with various organizations in Appalachia Kentucky including: the Northeast Kentucky United Way, Kings Daughters Medical Center, Foundation For the Tri-State, Ashland Area YMCA, Paramount Arts Center, Rotary Club of Ashland, and Eastern Kentucky PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment).
JIM host - Board Member
Jim Host is the retired CEO of Host Communications and has served on the SOAR Executive Board since its inception. He is also Chairman of the Personnel Committee at SOAR. An Ashland, Ky. native, Jim was the recipient of the University of Kentucky’s first baseball scholarship. At 29, Jim became the youngest member of Governor Louie B. Nunn’s cabinet, serving as Commissioner of Public information and later as Commissioner of the Department of Parks.
In 1972, Jim opened Jim Host and Associates, which later became Host Communications, Inc. The company’s rapid development began in 1974 with two contracts, a basketball and football radio agreement with the University of Kentucky and an executive management relationship with the National Tour Association. This led to a relationship with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1975, which has set the foundation for collegiate broadcasting and marketing as we know it today. Jim is credited with implementing the first-ever collegiate corporate marketing program for the NCAA in 1984, overseeing all radio, publishing, marketing, and corporate marketing for the NCAA. This relationship spanned more than three decades until it was sold in 2008 to IMG.
The recipient of numerous awards, including the John B. Nunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Host and his wife, Patricia Quantrell Host, reside in Lexington, Ky. and both have two children and together have 8 grandchildren.
Jean Hale - Board Member
Jean R. Hale, Chairman, President, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., has served on the SOAR Executive Board since its inception in 2013. She also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee at SOAR.
Jean has been honored by American Banker magazine as one of the nation’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” She has been employed at Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. since 1969 and has held several positions including Executive Vice President and Senior Lender, Senior Vice President/Commercial Lending, and Vice President/Consumer Lending, as well as serving as Compliance and CRA Officer.She has served as President and CEO since 1999.
Chuck Sexton - Board Member
Chuck Sexton is the President/CEO of One East Kentucky and was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Sexton was named a Top 40 Under 40 Economic Development Professional by DCI at the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in 2017. Ay One East Kentucky, he is charged with championing its region for business recruitment purposes and working closely with partners throughout its nine-county service territory. Prior to taking this leadership role, he spent 5 years as Director of Economic Development in Paducah, Ky. As part of Team Paducah, Chuck worked in recruitment, marketing, existing industry, and entrepreneurship development. The organization successfully recruited 1200 new jobs and over $90 Million in new investment during his time there.
Chuck is also extremely active in the Economic Development industry:
Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED): Chair-Elect 2017, Secretary/Treasurer 2016, Board of Directors since 2013
Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC): Kentucky State Director 2014-2016
Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC): Executive Board as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director 2014-2016
Chair of KAED Education Committee
Member of Japan/American Society of Kentucky (JASK)
Top-Level Contributor to Kentucky United
Member of Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA)
Hazard/Perry County Economic Development Board of Directors
Andrew Scott - Board Member
Andrew H. Scott is the Mayor of Coal Run in Pike County and was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. He is the Executive Director of Physician Referral at Pikeville Medical Center and also serves as the Chairman of Big Sandy Area Development District, Commissioner of the Breaks Interstate Park Commission, and Commissioner on the Kentucky Fire Protection, Personnel, Standards and Education Commission. Scott, a descendant of pioneers who first began settling central Appalachia in the late 1700’s, lives in Coal Run with his wife, Connie, and two sons, Caleb and Logan.
DAn Mosley - Board Member
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. He graduated high school in 2000 and worked as a radio show host and tobacco store clerk while attending Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree.
An opportunity in broadcast journalism came along soon after graduation, and Mosley accepted the position with WYMT-TV in Hazard, Ky., working as the Cumberland Valley Bureau Chief for two years. Following his stint at WYMT, he transitioned to public service in 2005, going to work in county government as the E-911 and Special Programs Coordinator for the Harlan County Fiscal Court. Mosley stayed in this role until January 2010 when he decided to transition away from government to accept a lending and marketing position at the town’s only locally-owned community bank. While in the banking business, he successfully completed the Kentucky Banker’s Association General Banking School and went back to college to earn his bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
Due to the economic downturn in Eastern Kentucky and seeing his home county of Harlan struggling, Mosley decided to seek the office of Harlan County Judge-Executive in 2014. After primary and general election victories in 2014, Dan took the oath of office in January, 2015. He is currently the youngest serving Judge Executive in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six weeks into office, Mosley encountered back-to-back presidentially declared disasters for record snowfalls, extreme cold, loss of infrastructure including water shortages, flooding, mudslides, and abandoned mine ruptures. The county’s emergency operations center was open for 17 days during this time. Mosley was honored by the Kentucky Emergency Management Association as the 2015 Kentucky County Judge-Executive of the Year, his first year in office, for the county’s response to the public during the February 2015 events.
Mosley has also served as President of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce for two years, coordinated the local county festival for 13 years, and served as a board member for the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Blake, Jo Jo, and Sebastian.
Dr. French Harmon - Board Member
Dr. French Harmon is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Somerset and was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. A native of Ashland, Kentucky, French graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School and at an early age sensed a call to serve God and the community. He prepared for a life of service by graduating from Marshall University (BA), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and M.Th.), University of Louisville (MA), Reformed Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and University of the Cumberlands (Ph.D.).
French has served churches across Kentucky. His early ministry included staff positions at the Unity Baptist Church in Ashland, Ky. and First Baptist Church of Russell, Ky. He was Pastor of the Allen Baptist Church in Allen, Ky., Fort Mitchell Baptist Church in Fort Mitchell, Ky., and Team Leader for Church Development at Kentucky Baptist Convention in Louisville, Ky. Since becoming the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, the church has experienced dynamic growth during his tenure with a membership doubling to over 2,000.
French has been involved in community life by serving on various boards and agencies. He was named to the Executive Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Clear Creek Bible College Trustee Board, University of the Cumberlands Trustee Board and the Somerset Police Department Community Advisory Committee. He was awarded Community Diversity Award from Somerset Community College and Service Award from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. French has taught religion, education and leadership courses at Prestonsburg Community College and the University of the Cumberlands. He has given many hours to coaching local students in baseball and winning three middle school state championships.
French is married to Rachael Childers of Allen, Ky., a graduate of Prestonsburg High School and Pikeville College. They have three children, Trae, Madison, and Jack. Trae is a student at the University of Kentucky and a member of the baseball team. Madison and Jack are students at Somerset High School. French Harmon is a twenty-year cancer survivor.
NAte haney - Board Member
Nathan M. (Nate) Haney is Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Braidy Industries and was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. He also serves on the Personnel Committee at SOAR. A native of Paintsville, Ky., Nathan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy in 2006. He went on to attend the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, graduating in 2009 and further to receive a Master’s of Business Administration from Bellarmine University. Nate currently serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee at Bellarmine University for the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business
Nate practiced state and federal administrative law for six years at the Sullivan Law Office. He quickly became the managing attorney and director of business operations of the firm. During that time, Nate also started a trucking company that serves large freight providers as a contractor with an asset-based fleet, a freight and truck brokerage and logistics consultant.
In 2015, Nate served on Governor Matt Bevin’s transition team and was later tapped to be the Deputy Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet where he served a year as part of his senior leadership team. In January 2017, Nate was asked to join the high-powered and well-connected firm, McCarthy Strategic Solutions – a government relations and business consulting practice. Haney was a Principal in the firm and focused on business development, executive and legislative branch consulting.
Most recently, Nate was offered an opportunity to return to the mountains to help build a world-class company that will employ hundreds, as an executive with Braidy Industries, Inc.
Nate has always been active in the community. He served as the Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, the organizations youngest ever. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Kentucky and was a delegate to the Republican National Committee. Further, he served a stint as Vice President for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville, and was the 2016 Recent Graduate Distinguished Alumni from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Nate is a graduate of the Fund for the Arts NeXt! Leadership Development Program and, most recently, was inducted into the Paintsville Independent School Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Currently, he sits on the Executive Board of the Ashland Alliance.
He is married to Meredith Price Haney and they have three children: Miles, Hayes and Rawley.They are members of Southeast Christian Church and reside in Bellefonte, Ky.
Donovan Blackburn - Treasurer
Donovan Blackburn is CEO of Pikeville Medical Center and has served as Treasurer of the SOAR Executive Board since its inception. He also serves on the Finance Committee of SOAR. Blackburn has more than 30 years’ experience as a business executive working in the areas of national retail and construction, natural resources, and government. Prior to coming to Pikeville Medical Center, Blackburn spent more than 12 years as City Manager for the city of Pikeville, Ky. During his time as City Manager, Blackburn was the recipient of many awards and accolades, including being named as the 2010 “City Official of the Year” by the Kentucky League of Cities, the 2011 “Eastern Kentucky Leadership Public Official of the Year” by the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation, the 2014 “Excellent in Leadership” by both the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Pikeville Main Street Program.
In June 2016, Donovan accepted the position of Assistant Chief Execute Officer at Pikeville Medical Center. Months later, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In January 2018, Donovan was named as the Chief Executive Officer by the Pikeville Medical Center Board of Directors.
Lynn Tipton - Board Member
Lynn Tipton is a Paralegal at Tipton and Tipton Attorneys at Law and was appointed to the SOAR Executive Board in 2018. She and her family have lived in Corbin, Ky. For more than 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Recreation.
Lynn currently serves as a board member for the Corbin Chamber of Commerce and Baptist Housing in Corbin, Ky. and is Chairperson for Winter Relief Ministry at First Baptist Church in Corbin, Ky.
She is married to Wesley R. Tipton and they have two children, Sarah Tipton Reeves and Wesley R. Tipton, II.