Kim Baker

Kim Baker, President

Kim is a strong and dynamic leader in the arts community, with extensive experience in the areas of arts administration and theatre management, communications, programming, and development.  She became President & CEO of The Kentucky Center in 2014. Her lifelong passion for the arts was ignited when she was a teenager by her participation as a student in the very first class of The Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in the Arts Administration and often returns as a guest lecturer for the program.

Amber Halloran

Amber Halloran, Chief Financial Officer

Amber, as Chief Financial Officer, oversees all aspects of The Center’s finance and accounting, information technology, facilities, security, custodial, and production. Amber brings 24 years of experience into this role, most recently as Vice President and Treasurer with the Louisville Water Company (LWC). Prior to the LWC, Amber served as Vice President and Bank Operations CFO for PNC Bank. Through demonstrated leadership and her reputation for innovation, she was recognized by Business First as a Finalist for 2012’s CFO of the Year.

Heather Weston Bell

Heather Weston Bell, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement

As Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, Ms. Weston Bell provides leadership and management of the Center’s Community Engagement team, consisting of Programming & Patron Affairs, Marketing & Ticketing and Education & Community Arts. Heather provides internal and external leadership, representing The Kentucky Center in the local, regional and state communities, in addition to national industry networks. Ms. Weston Bell began her career at The Kentucky Center in 2001 in Marketing, and in 2002 joined the staff of the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). Heather became the Executive Director of GSA in 2005 and remained in that role until 2010 when accepted the role of Senior Vice President of Education & Community Arts, bringing the organization’s diverse programming under one division. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in Arts Administration with a concentration in music.

Larissa Reece

Larissa Reece, Senior Vice President, Development and Government Affairs

Larissa oversees all Center fundraising and government relations. A Louisville native and graduate of the University of Louisville, she recently returned home from New York City where she served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at New York Medical College. Prior to that she held positions with University of Louisville, The Family Place and former Mayor, David L. Armstrong. She has received specialized development training from Johns Hopkins Philanthropy Institute and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Harry Hinkle

Harry Hinkle, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Harry 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.

Diane Tobin

Diane Tobin, Special Assistant to the President

Diane has over thirty years of experience in arts administration and education. She is a former dean of business and communication as well as an executive director of a regional educational leadership program, musical theater company and amphitheater and has co-owned a fine art gallery. She joined the Kentucky Center in 2014 as Special Assistant to the President and oversees communication out of the President’s office, the permanent art collection, the archives and serves as liaison to the Kentucky Center and Foundation Boards. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Cincinnati and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University.