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Executive Staff


Kim Baker, President

Kim BakerThe former Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Kim is a strong and vocal leader in the arts community, with extensive experience in the areas of arts administration and theatre management, communications, programming, and development . In addition to her work at The Kentucky Center, Kim has held leadership positions with a variety of facilities, including the Singletary Center for the Arts, Louisville Gardens, Iroquois Amphitheater, and the W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, and. Her lifelong passion for the arts was ignited by participation as a student in The Kentucky Center’s highly competitive Governor’s School for the Arts.

 Heather Weston Bell, Senior Vice President, Education & Community Arts

Heather Weston BellHeather supervises all of the Center’s programs that reach out into communities across Kentucky, including ArtsReach and the Governor’s School for the Arts. She has worked at the Center since 2001, primarily with GSA where she spent nine years, eventually rising to be Executive Director of that award-winning, internationally-recognized program.

 Joe Massey, Senior Vice President, Facility Services

Joe oversees backstage operations at The Kentucky Center, as well as the physical plant at both the Center and the Brown Theatre. His career began before opening day, when he worked above the Whitney Hall stage as Head Flyman. He has gradually risen through the ranks to the office he currently holds, holding at various times positions of Head Carpenter, Director of Productions, Assistant Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Internal Operations.

Traci Simonsen, Senior Vice President, Development

Traci SimonsenTraci handles all of the fundraising efforts of The Kentucky Center, supporting our statewide arts education and outreach programs. Before arriving at the Center, she was at the University of Louisville, holding several positions there, including Director of Corporate Relations.  Traci is also a certified Dale Carnegie and EQ instructor.

Michelle Veit, Director, Talent & Organizational Development

Michelle VeitMichelle Veit is the Senior Vice president of Patron Affairs at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.  She is in charge of all aspects of the Center that impact the patron’s experience. This includes overseeing Event Services and Facility Rentals, Bar Operations, Ticket Services and Customer Services.  Prior to stepping into this role she spent a decade growing the Kentucky Center’s Ticketing Operation as Director of Ticket Services.  A Louisville native, Michelle graduated with a Performing Arts degree from Stephens College, travelled to Europe and back performing and teaching and ultimately returned to Louisville and began her Arts Administration career working with groups such as Music Theatre Louisville and the Iroquois Amphitheater.  Her passions are people and the Arts and her current role ties the two together quite nicely.

Harry Hinkle, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Harry HinkleHarry manages all of the Center’s human resources activities that affect the employment and development of its employees. He has worked at the Center since 2006. Prior to coming to the Center, Harry worked in both profit and nonprofit organizations. He enjoys teaching HR courses part-time at the local universities.

Abby Shue, Vice President

Abby ShueOn behalf of the President, Abby implements innovative business practices, cultivates new audiences, and engages stakeholders in initiatives that position the Center for future vitality. Abby is a graduate of Butler University, where she studied dance performance, business administration and public relations, performing with the respected Butler Ballet program. She has been with the Center since 2009 and is very involved with the Louisville community, serving on the boards of Young Professionals Association of Louisville, BG Magazine Louisville and New2Lou, among others.

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