Meet the Board of Directors

Brittany Guffey, President

Brittany Guffey has been a representative with Transamerica Agency Network for over 8 years, has completed their Leadership Development Program and holds a life and health license in Kentucky and Tennessee. She has been a member of the Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce for 12+ years as well as served on the board for about 6 years now. She is a graduate of the Leadership Lake Cumberland class of 2020, a graduate of the BRIGHT Leadership Kentucky class of 2021 and a 40 under 40 award winner by the Young Professionals of Lake Cumberland in 2021. She has also previously served on the board of directors as a programs and membership chair for the Lake Cumberland Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (branch of NAIFA).

Suzanna Powell, Vice-President

Suzanna is a native of Monticello and graduated from Wayne County High School. She continued her education at Campbellsville University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1996. She currently works at Somerset Community College as the Scholarship Coordinator. She has been a member of the Monticello-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years and has been a Board member for 12 years. As a Board Member, she represents Air Attack Signs. Suzanna is married to Jay Powell and they have two children, Dylan and Kallie

Pattie Corder, Secretary

Pattie Corder is a Senior Vice President/Senior Compliance Officer for The Monticello Banking Company (MBC), where she oversees the bank’s Regulatory Compliance Management Program. MBC was chartered in 1895 and its footprint today, extends to 14 Kentucky counties, with a total of 21 branches. Pattie was employed by MBC in 1995. In 2006, she obtained her Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) accreditation. She has served since 2012, on the advisory board of CRA Partners, a nationwide crime prevention program. It educates and safeguards against theft, abuse and neglect of senior citizens, residing in assisted living facilities. In 2021, she served on the advisory board of Compliance Resource, LLC.
Pattie previously served on the Monticello Chamber board in 2010 and 2011. She is married to Jerry Corder and has 3 children; Heather Lair, Charlie Dobbs and Tabitha Dobbs; 2 grandchildren Alyssa Lair and Andrew Lair; and 3 great-grandchildren, Emmalyn Lair, Sophia and Isabel Rua. She is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Sam Brown

Monticello Physical Therapy owner

1975 graduate of University of Kentucky School of Physical Therapy.
Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008.
Married to Linda Johnides Brown who is also a Physical Therapist.
Two children Dr. Joseph Brown and Natalie Brown Moore.
Five grandchildren.
Former member of Monticello City Council.

Active in the Physical Therapy Association holding multiple office both on
state and national level including the APTA Board Executive Committee.

Active in several civic groups including Kiwanis, Rotary club in Somerset,
Monticello Country Club, and others.

Elder at First Christian Church.

Member of Board of Directors Monticello Banking Company and Highlands
Investment Corporation.

Charles Peters

Past President - 2010 thru 2018
Also served as Executive Assistant
Board member since 2009
Retired from the U.S. Postal Service January 2009 after 35 years (31 years as a Postmaster)
6 years on Monticello City Council, served on Park Board and City Utility Commission
Currently serve as National Treasurer for the United Postmasters and Manager of America Retired
BBA from Eastern KY University
U.S. Army Veteran 1969 - 1972
Married to Anita for 27 years, 3 children and 6 grandchildren
Member Elk Spring Valley Baptist Church

Derek Phillips

Derek is the founder and president of Deco Architects, Inc. and manages the firm daily. His vision for the firm has always been to bring high-end design concepts and practices home to his native Lake Cumberland Region, for implementation on real-world projects. Derek began his career in building construction by helping his grandfather build decks and homes during summer breaks around age 12; he followed up on that experience with successful stints at Conley Bottom Resort (marina), Davis H Elliot (electrical contractors), and Central Kentucky Design (architects). In graduate school, Derek was granted an opportunity to travel to Norway and Belgium to learn under some of the premier architects in the world at Spacegroup and JDS Architects, respectively.

Matthew Bertram

Matthew was born and raised in Monticello, Kentucky. After graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Matthew returned home, spending 2 1/2 years at First Southern National Bank. Currently, he works as an assistant manager for Conley Bottom Resort, and as a realtor with Weichert Realtors Ford Brothers. Matthew is a 2022 BRIGHT Leadership Kentucky alum.

Scott Upchurch

Scott Upchurch is the manager of the Monticello Utility Commission. He received a BA in Telecommunications with a Minor in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He is active in First Baptist Church of Monticello and Gideons International. He has been a Chamber member and on the Board of Directors for 6 years.

Emily Conley

Leslie Lester

Leslie Lester, owner/operator of Windy Hill Farms, is a self-motivated woman who wears many hats. As a lifelong resident of Monticello, Leslie possesses boundless passion and innovation for her small business and community. Prestigious KY BRIGHT Leadership program graduate and a 40 under 40 honoree, Leslie is driven and focused on her community’s success.

Her dedication as a citizen of MWC sets her apart, with each new venture revealing her gift for spotting opportunities and using her knowledge and skills to bring these ideas to life. As a passionate advocate for community change, Leslie has spearheaded numerous initiatives to inspire growth in her community. These efforts led to her receiving the Outstanding Citizen Award in 2024. Her compassion and drive have enabled her to make a meaningful impact on her community and
everyone she connects with. Her tireless efforts continue to inspire those around her and bring much-needed resources to her community.

Leslie’s passion for service demonstrates that one person can be a catalyst for positive change. When she’s not helping her husband Brandon on their family farm, this devoted wife wrangles three kiddos: Bo, Corbyn, and Duncan.

Kenny Catron, Mayor

Ex-Officio Member

Scott Gehring, Judge Executive

Ex-Officio Member

Brittani Dick, Administrative and Program Coordinator

Contact Information

120 South Main Street
Ste 3
City Hall
Post Office Box 566
Monticello, Kentucky
(606) 348-3064