"These individuals not only represent the emerging young professional segment of our community, but they proudly represent and support the mission of our institution," said Paducah Bank President and COO Mardie Herndon. "As we continually focus on providing a unique and distinct client experience, guidance from the Community Board will allow us to be creatively responsive to the needs of our clients."
Board members are nominated by bank employees and approved by the Paducah Bank Board of Directors. The Board meets four times a year and members serve two-year terms.
We are extremely proud of our seven decades of fostering meaningful relationships, and we are even more optimistic about what the future holds for our company, clients, and communities," Herndon said. "This impressive group of leaders will have a meaningful impact upon the success of our company. There is no doubt that our best days are in front of us, and the Community Board will provide an empowering transition point for our institution... WOW!"
The Community Board will meet regularly with Bank leadership to discuss community concerns, give insight into customer service at the bank, help identify potential growth and relationships, and to identify opportunities for the bank to improve the local economy and serve the community.
Director of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Services, Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital
Adams earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Administration from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, LA, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration at the University of Louisiana. He serves as vice president of the Oscar Cross Boys & Girls Club Board. He also serves on the boards for Paducah Area Transit and Project CARAT Paducah, Inc. He is past president of the Rotaract Club of Paducah, a graduate of Leadership Paducah Class #30, and the Outstanding Class Member of LP Class #30. Adams is a member of Paducah Young Professionals, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, ACHE and NAHSE. Adams is also the owner of Bayou Southern Catering located here in Paducah.
Director, Murray State University Paducah Campus
Frazier serves on the board for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Beyond Uganda, and is the Economic Vitality Committee Chair for Paducah Main Street. She was recently voted Vice President for Kiwanis Club of Paducah and is a member of Paducah Young Professionals. She is also a graduate of Leadership Paducah Class #30. Frazier earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from Murray State University.
Partner, Clayton Byrd & Meeks, LLP
Hite earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Murray State University. He also earned his CPA license. He is involved in several community organizations including secretary/treasurer for New Pathways for Children, Paducah Young Professionals, Kiwanis, Paducah Business Network, and he is a member of Broadway Church of Christ. He is also the former president of the board of Family Service Society and a member of Leadership Paducah Class #28.
Partner, Grumley, Riley & Stewart, PSC
Stewart received his bachelor's degree in Government from Centre College, where he was named valedictorian. He went to graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a staff member of the Kentucky Law Journal and graduated first in his class. After completing his education, Stewart returned home to begin his legal career. He joined Bradley, Freed & Grumley, P.S.C (now known as. Grumley, Riley & Stewart, PSC), in 2014 and became a member of the firm in 2017. Stewart has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation. He was a member of Leadership Paducah Class #32, has served on the Kentucky Bar Association Strategic Planning Committee, and has volunteered with Summer Reading Camp.
Current Board Members are:
Associate, Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC
Straub joined the law firm of Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC as an associate in 2017, where he practices in the area of wills and trusts, probate and real estate. He attended Missouri State University on a golf scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Socio-Political Communication. Eric was recognized by the Golf Association of America as an All-American Scholar while at MSU. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenburg College of Law. Eric is a graduate of Leadership Paducah Class #32. He is the Membership Chair and a board member for the Rotary Club of Paducah. Straub serves on the Paducah Young Professionals steering committee, participates in the United Way of Paducah PALS program, and is a volunteer assistant coach for the McCracken County Girls Golf Team. He was a co-champion of the American Cancer Society's "Dancing with our Stars" earlier this year.
System Assistant Vice President of Facility and Sign Services for Baptist Health
Paducah Bank Community Board Member Chair
Snow began his current position at Baptist Health in 2019 and provides leadership to Engineering, Real Estate, Construction, Bio-medical Engineering, and Signage. He has previous experience as the executive director of facilities at Baptist Health Paducah, an HVAC sales engineer, and a consulting engineer/project manager. Matt earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Kentucky in 2008. He is certified as a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Matt was named the 2017 Young Leader of the Year by the 4 Rivers Business Journal, the 2017 Regional Leader by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, and a Kentucky Colonel in 2016. He participated in the Leadership Kentucky program in 2016 and the Leadership Paducah program in 2013. Matt has served as the secretary/treasurer and the sustainability director of the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers, the founding co-chair of Paducah Young Professionals, the president of the Leadership Paducah Foundation, president of the West Kentucky Regional Chamber Alliance, and a board member for United Way.
Vice President of Barge Logistics for Marquette Transportation, LLC
Paducah Bank Community Board Vice-Chair
Cruse earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University in Business Administration. She is involved in various community organizations including being an associate member of the Charity League of Paducah, a founding member of the Women in Maritime Operations (WIMOs) Organization as well as the current president for the West Kentucky Chapter of WIMOS, and a founding member of Paducah Professional Women Organization.
TARA WISE SAWVEL
Executive Sales Representative, Lilly USA, Incorporated
Paducah Bank Community Board Secretary
Sawvel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in International Communications from University of Leeds, England. Sawvel has been with Lilly USA since 2007, where she educates health care professionals across western Kentucky on the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of over twenty oral and injectable pharmaceutical products, helping patients feel better and live longer, healthier lives. She previously worked as a senior sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline in Nashville, TN and as a channel marketing manager for Silicon Graphics Incorporated in Mountain View, CA. She currently serves on the Paducah Head Start Policy Council, on the Clark Elementary School's Site Based Decision Making Board, and she is a member of Broadway United Methodist Church.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and owner of Compass Counseling
Englert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Kentucky and an MAE from Western Kentucky University in Mental Health Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church. She is also a member of Paducah Leadership Class #30, the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Paducah Young Professionals, Kentucky Counseling Association, and the Impact Chapter of BNI.
Business Director for Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
Hicks earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He worked for former Congressman Ed Whitfield for nearly ten years, including as the Congressman's Chief of Staff. In June 2017, Hicks was named the Business Director for the Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, which is contracted to a10-year cleanup at the DOE site. Hicks serves on the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Board and was recently voted chairman-elect. He also serves on the Paducah Economic Development Board and is also the co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
Retail Client Experience Manager for Paducah Bank
Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University. He is the president of Kiwanis of Downtown Paducah and a member of the Leadership Paducah Foundation Board of Directors. Morris is a graduate of Leadership Paducah Class #29. He is past President of the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association and past Chair of the Paducah Young Professionals.
Athlete, Philanthropist, Model and Actor, Motivational Speaker, George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation
Wilson is a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and attended the University of Arkansas on an academic scholarship and as a walk-on to the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration Management and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent wide receiver with the Detroit Lions in 2004. He went on to play for the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans before retiring after 11 years in the NFL. His story of strength and dedication led to a career as a motivational speaker and eventually to the creation of the George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to Save Adolescents from the Everyday Trials of Youth. George's humanitarianism and focus on bettering his community and the lives of others earned him the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2009 and 2011. In 2011, George became the recipient of the President's Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award, which is an award given annually to individuals who improve the lives of people within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.