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Executive Staff

Kim Baker, President and CEO

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, Chief Financial Officer

Amber, as Chief Financial Officer, oversees all aspects of Kentucky Performing Arts' 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, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement

As Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, Ms. Weston Bell provides leadership and management of Kentucky Performing Arts' 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.

Terri Montgomery, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Terri Montgomery oversees driving growth in Kentucky Performing Arts business through an effective human resources and people strategy. She is responsible for human resources strategy and planning, staffing, talent management, diversity and Inclusion, as well as compensation and benefits, employee relations, leadership development and training. She has specialized in HR for more than 22 years. During that time, she has held many key positions, including head of Human Resources at Hosparus and Head of the Recruitment & Retention at U of L Hospital . Terri obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Indiana University Southeast, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Indiana Wesleyan. 

Julie Roberts, Vice President, Development

Connecting people to a passion and a cause is what motivates Julie Roberts in her philanthropic work. Prior to joining Kentucky Performing Arts as Vice President of Development in 2017, Julie served as Director of Development for Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the most respected regional theatres in America and known worldwide for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She previously served as Vice President of Development and Communications at Maryhurst and as Vice President of Marketing & Advancement for Sunrise Children’s Services. Roberts has experience with multiple capital campaigns, building community partnerships and short- and long-term strategic planning. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University’s Print Journalism Department, and has graduated from Leadership Louisville and the Fund for the Arts NeXt! Leadership program. Julie also is a Board member with Friends of the Waterfront and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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