Commission Members and Staff

 

W. David Denton,  Chair

W. David Denton Governor Steven L. Beshear appointed Mr. Denton on October 29, 2009 to replace Nick Cambron, who resigned on September 10, 2009. Mr. Denton served the remainder of the unexpired term ending July 14, 2013 and was reappointed by the Governor on July 11, 2013, to a second term.  His term will expire July 14, 2017.  Mr. Denton was elected Vice Chair of the Commission May 14, 2012, and Chair of the Commission on January 28, 2013. 

Mr. Denton is the managing partner of the Paducah, Kentucky law firm, Denton Law Firm. He is a graduate of Murray State University and University of Kentucky, College of Law.

 

William G. Francis, Vice Chair

Governor Steven L. Beshear appointed Mr. Francis to replace Gwen Pinson, whose term expired July 14, 2010, and reappointed Mr. Francis on July 18, 2014, to serve a second term.  Mr. Francis' second term will expire July 14, 2018.  Mr. Francis was elected Vice Chair of the Commission on January 28, 2013.

Mr. Francis is Of Counsel to the Lexington law firm of Fowler Bell PLLC and formerly a partner in the Prestonsburg law firm of Francis, Kendrick, & Francis. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in public administration at Eastern Kentucky University, and his law degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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Judge Sheila Isaac (Ret.)

Governor Steven L. Beshear appointed Judge Isaac on

October 14, 2015, to replace Judge Lewis Paisley, whose term expired July 14, 2015.  Judge Isaac’s term will expire July 14, 2019.  She was appointed to the Commission under the provisions of Executive Order 2008-454 from a list of three nominees submitted to the Governor by the Auditor of Public Accounts.

Judge Isaac is the Executive Director of the Fayette County Bar Association.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky and a 1977 graduate of the UK College of Law.  She was legal counsel and a founding member of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board.  She was in private practice and served as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney and a Domestic Relations Commissioner before serving nine years as a Fayette District Judge.  She then served for eleven years as a Fayette Circuit Judge and was elected and served as Chief Judge of the Court from 2004 to 2008 and presided over an additional Drug Court docket for many years.  From 2008 to 2013, she served as a Senior Judge and during that time was assigned for nine months to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Christopher L. Thacker​                                                                  

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Governor Matthew G. Bevin appointed Mr. Thacker on July 15, 2016.  Mr. Thacker's term will expire July 14, 2020.

Mr. Thacker is an attorney from Winchester, Kentucky.  He practices with the Billings Law Firm in Lexington, Kentucky.  He earned his Bachelor's degree in religious studies from Yale and his law degree from the University of Kentucky.

 

Theresa F. Camoriano



Governor Matthew G. Bevin appointed Ms. Camoriano on July 15, 2016.  Ms. Camoriano's term will expire July 14, 2020.

Ms. ​Camoriano is a registered patent attorney from Louisville, Kentucky.  She earned her Bachelor's degrees in Russian language and engineering science from the University of Notre Dame and her law degree from the University of Virginia.

 

  

Staff

Executive Director Kathryn H. Gabhart
General Counsel Misty Dugger Judy
Executive Assistant Debbie Briscoe
Administrative Assistant
Paralegal
Staff Assistant
Investigator


Jenny May
Anna Reynolds
Bill Trigg
Jeff Jett