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Board of Directors

john bainesJohn Baines is a consultant and executive coach at Insight Partners, LLC. He previously served as the president for Hahn Automation from 2004 until 2018.

Mr. Baines received his Bachelor's degree and Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Mr. Baines is a member of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, the European American Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board from 2015 to 2017.

Mr. Baines won Manufacturer of the Year from the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers in 2015 and the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred Award from Tri-ED in 2014. 

Mr. Baines lives in Ft. Thomas with his wife and two children.

larry brownLarry Brown has retired after 39 years as a life and health consultant specializing in businesses, estate and business continuation planning.

In his professional career, Mr. Brown worked as the commissioner for the Department of Professional Licensing, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Dentistry and field representative for the Office of the Governor. 

Mr. Brown received his Bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky State College and completed graduate work at American College. 

Mr. Brown served as the president for NK Soccer Officials Association, was first district representative on the Kentucky Referee Association and currently serves on the adult soccer board of KSA. Mr. B also served on his church expansion fundraising committee and two years as festival chairman.

Mr. Brown lives in Florence with his wife. He has and two children and three grandchildren.

charlie colemanCharlie Coleman is a Campbell County Commissioner from District #2. 

Mr. Coleman received his Bachelors at Eastern Kentucky University, his Master of Education degree from Northern Kentucky University, and also his Education Rank 1 from Xavier University. 

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Coleman has been heavily involved in youth education in Campbell County. Mr. Coleman was a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director and head football coach at Bellevue High School, where he spent the majority of his tenure. In addition, he was host of the TV Show “Northern Kentucky Sports Legends” for Insight Communications.

Mr. Coleman has served on numerous boards and commissions, such as the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, the Independent Business Association of Northern Kentucky, and several Exhibit Committees at the Behringer Crawford Museum.

Sam CollierSam Collier is an automotive technology instructor and dean of Manufacturing and Transportation Technologies. He has served at Gateway for over 15 years in transportation technologies. Mr. Collier is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified Technician, worked for 17 years in the automotive field and won the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Faculty Excellence Award. He was a member of the 2007 Gateway Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Class and enjoys volunteering at his church. Mr. Collier earned an associate degree in automotive business from Cincinnati State College, a bachelors degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and a masters degree in educational leadership from Morehead State University. His current term will expire July 31, 2022.

john haydenJohn Hayden currently works as a general practice attorney, working primarily in the fields of bankruptcy, domestic relations and civil litigation. Mr. Hayden has previously served as City Commissioner for the city of Newport from 2009 - 2016.  

Mr. Hayden received his Bachelor's degree from Thomas More College and graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2007.  

Erik HermesErik Hermes resides in Cold Spring, Ky, and is President and co-owner of Hermes Construction Co., specializing in commercial design build construction. He graduated from Elder High School (Cincinnati) and studied Business at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to the Gateway board, he serves on the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission Board of Directors, Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Northern Kentucky Board of Directors, and as the rifle coach for the Campbell County 4-H Sharpshooters club. Mr. Hermes was appointed to the Gateway board by Governor Matt Bevin in November 2017 for a term expiring November 2023.

ruth howellRuth Howell retired as a registered nurse in 2013 after a 33-year long career. Ms. Howell worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Elizabeth, and Davita Healthcare.  

Ms. Howell received her bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky University. 

Ms. Howell lives in Independence with her husband. She has three children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Ms. Howell enjoys activities with her church, musical performances and museums. She currently cares for her two-year-old granddaughter during the day. 


David Schoenling is an information technology coordinator at Gateway Community & Technical College. Mr. Schoenling earned an Associate in Applied Science from Gateway in 2015. He was a member of the 2017 Gateway Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Class. Mr. Schoenling enjoys boating, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and family. His current term will expire July 31, 2022.

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Chuck Session is vice president of government affairs for Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. He is responsible for leading local and state government and regulatory policies, strategies and relationships impacting the company’s interests in Ohio and Kentucky, and those of its 850,000 electric customers and 533,000 natural gas customers.

Mr. Session has worked for Duke Energy and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years. He currently services on the boards of directors for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Community & Technical College, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED). Mr. Session is a member of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Government Affairs Executive Committee. He is also a graduate of Leadership Kentucky.

A native of Clinton, Ind., Mr. Session earned a business degree from Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. In his spare time, Mr. Session enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and volunteering in the community. He and his wife, Maida, have one daughter.

Joshua Wade is pursuing his Associate in Science degree as an Environmental Science student. With a current 4.0 GPA, he plans to graduate in spring 2023. He is a graduate of Nicholas County High School and is a resident of Taylor Mill, Kentucky. He is President of the Student Government Association and the Multicultural Student Alliance. He enjoys spending time outdoors and is passionate about helping others and fostering inclusiveness.