Northwest Kentucky Forward President | Staff Emails & Bios
President and CEO-
Brad Schneider was named Interm President and CEO of Northwest Kentucky Forward on March 19, 2013. He is also the president of the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a position he's held since 2009.
A graduate of the University of Evansville who earned a degree in mass communications in 1991, Schneider spent more 20 years in journalism before assuming leadership of the chamber. He is a graduate of the chamber’s Inside Henderson program and is also a member of the Henderson Leadership Initiative’s Class of 2008. Schneider is a staff member of Chamber Leadership Initiatives for Northwest Kentucky, a coalition of 12 chambers of commerce formed to advocate for the building of Interstate 69 and other issues important to the area. He is a member of the steering committee for the Northwest Kentucky Energy Initiative, which works in part to attract and retain energy-related industry. He is a member of the board of directors of both the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives and Kentuckians for Better Transportation, as well as the Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Schneider is married to the former Kelly Blanford, a Henderson native who is senior vice president of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville. They have two sons – Benjamin and Nicholas. They attend Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
Donna Crooks, CEcD
Donna, a Henderson native, was hired by Northwest Kentucky Forward in September, 2012. She began her economic development career in 1997 with NWKF’s predecessor, Henderson Economic Development Council. In 2008, she earned her Certified Economic Developer status while working in the Greater Reno-Tahoe area. Donna attended Henderson Community College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Administration from the University of Nevada-Reno. Donna’s passion is helping existing companies become more successful in the community.
Sue Gibbens, CEcD
Sue works for Community Ventures Corporation, NWKF’s partner in offering entrepreneurship services in the region. Sue has an extensive background in banking and economic development having served in positions across Kentucky and Indiana. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and earned her Certified Economic Developer status in 2000. Sue is a member of KAED and IEDC.
Mary Anne Williams
Mary Anne has worked for NWKF and its predecessor, the Henderson Economic Development Council, since January 2000. She is a native and long-time resident of Northwest Kentucky. She has worked for several businesses in the Henderson area and is the one responsible for keeping the team on track at NWKF. Also, Mary Anne is the pleasant voice one hears when they call NWKF. Call today and talk to Mary Anne.
Stephanie was born and raised in Henderson, KY. She has two sons and one daughter. She has worked in the Henderson community for over 30 years serving in the different areas of business, banking, purchasing, accounting, human resources and staffing.
Betsy is from Glasgow, Kentucky and moved to Henderson in 1987. She worked at Big Rivers Electric Corporation in Economic Development for many years. Over the years she has served on many boards, committees, and organizations in the Henderson area. Since she joined Northwest Kentucky Forward in August, Betsy coordinated the 2010 Rally 4 Education which was a huge success. She is currently working with numerous education advocacy teams in the Northwest Kentucky region as well as the school districts. We are excited to have Betsy on our team.
Coordinator, Communications & Investor Relations -
John is a life long resident of Henderson, Kentucky. He joined Northwest Kentucky Forward in January of 2012. He earned an associate’s degree in multimedia from Ivy Tech Community College in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Southern Indiana in 2005. Previously, he has worked in the fields of marketing, advertising and human resources with the Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center and the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
Ellen is originally from Henderson and moved back with her husband, Randall, 30 years ago. Redding has a bachelors degree in communications from Murray State and has 12 years of experience in education and communications. Her experience in program development will help get the Northwest Kentucky Training Consortium revitalized.