Craig C. Dilger
Registry Chairman, Louisville
Mr. Dilger is a member of the Business Litigation Practice with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. His focus is employment, sports, education, and complex white collar criminal defense law. In addition, Mr. Dilger currently represents athletes and sports entities in a variety of areas. He has served as lead Trial Counsel representing the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino in the civil case filed by Ryan Holifield, a former offensive lineman at U of L. The case received national sports media attention during the trial in March of 2006.
Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Mr. Dilger served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Dilger served as the Assistant Division Chief of the Unified Special Prosecution Unit, Assistant Division Chief of the General Trial Unit and the Division Chief for the White Collar Crime Unit. Mr. Dilger earned a B.A. in business administration and economics from Bellarmine College and a J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
He is currently serving his third term as a Board Member and his ninth consecutive term as Chairman.
Length of Service: June 1, 2005 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Fair Elections Groups
Elizabeth G. Weber
Registry Vice-Chair, Park Hills
Elizabeth G. Weber is a partner at the law firm of Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC. She heads the firm’s bankruptcy, commercial law and collections practice. She represents both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and collection proceedings in both Ohio and Kentucky.
A fifth-generation lawyer, Betsy obtained a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. She is admitted to practice law in both Kentucky and Ohio, and is a member of the Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Bar Associations. She served as a member of the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals from 1996-2004 and she is a former member of the Kentucky’s Workers Compensation Nominating Commission.
Outside the office, Betsy has been actively involved with Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, a residential treatment facility for children. She is also very involved with the activities of her own three children, including coaching soccer and serving as president of their school’s parent-teacher organization.
Length of Service: December 3, 2015 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Democratic Party Nominee
Board Member, Lexington
Dr. Naydan is a retired teacher and a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Education’s doctoral program. Her doctoral research was in the area of adult literacy. She was born and raised in New York City and has taught Language Arts at all grade levels in the Wyckoff, New Jersey school system for over twenty years.
Dr. Naydan has served as president of the Kentucky League of Women Voters from 1999 - 2003. She has also served as President and Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Lexington/Fayette County. She is currently serving a two-year term as Co-President of the Kentucky League of Women Voters.
Dr. Naydan graduated from William Paterson University with a BA and MA in Elementary Education. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Student Counseling Services from Upsala College as well as a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Kentucky.
Length of Service: October 29, 2008 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Fair Elections Groups
Board Member, Utica
Mr. Haire was born and raised in Louisville and graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in Political Science in 1970. He began his career with the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, with assignments in Louisville, Lexington, Paducah, Hopkinsville, and ending up in Owensboro. He retired after 27 years of service as a divisional manager for western Kentucky. In 1998, Mr. Haire was elected County Judge Executive for Daviess County, for which Owensboro is the county seat. He served in that capacity for 3 terms and chose not to run for a 4th term. During his time as Judge Executive, Mr. Haire served on a variety of boards and councils, for both local and state governments. Most notable among them was his work with Economic Development, Health Care, Higher Education and Public Safety.
Following his service in elected office, Mr. Haire began a consulting business and currently works as a Public Relations Consultant for Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. His focus is access to health care in the rural counties surrounding Owensboro.
Mr. Haire resides in the small community of Utica, just outside Owensboro. His greatest source of pride: his 3 daughters, their husbands, and his 7 grandchildren.
Length of Service: August 16, 2013 - present
Appointed By: Auditor of Public Accounts
Thomas P. O'Brien, III
Board Member, Louisville
Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Practice with the law firm Frost Brown Todd, LLC. Tom represents corporations, large and small, and entrepreneurs in a variety of areas including patent, trademark and copyright infringement suits, trade secret actions, complex commercial litigation matters, unfair competition and franchise litigation.
Tom has recently led litigation teams in federal court proceedings and was part of a team that secured summary judgment on substantial Lanham Act counterclaims. Caudill Seed and Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Jarrow Formulas, Inc., 161 F.Supp.3d 513 (W.D.KY 2015).
Tom also has substantial experience representing telecommunications sector entities in federal and state litigation as well as regulatory proceedings.
Tom is a fifth generation lawyer. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the Washington and Lee University in 1988 and a J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1991. Tom served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., United States District Judge, N.D.W. Va., from 1991 – 1993.
Tom is active in the community. Among other civic and board service, Tom has chaired boards for the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Opera and Bellarmine University. Tom is a graduate of Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville and Leadership Kentucky.
Length of Service: October 14, 2016 – present
Appointed By: Governor, Republican Party Nominee
James L. Deckard
Board Member, Lexington
James L. Deckard is a member of the law firm Hurt, Deckard & May, PLLC. He has served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Chief Justice of Kentucky, General Counsel to the Office of the Governor, and Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Deckard earned a B.S. in finance from Western Kentucky University in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Memphis in 1994.
Length of Service: December 19, 2017 - Present
Appointed By: Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes