About The Speakers

Aimee Clymer-Hancock

Aimee Clymer-Hancock began her career in prosecution in 2009 as an Assistant County Attorney with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in Lexington, Kentucky. While serving in this position she prosecuted countless misdemeanor cases including domestic violence assault, driving under the influence, and drug-related offenses. While still an Assistant County Attorney, Clymer-Hancock was selected to prosecute her first murder trial in neighboring Bourbon County, Kentucky. She began her career with the Graves County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2019.

Clymer-Hancock is the creator of the Vulnerable Victim Unit of specialized prosecution. The VVU focuses on the prosecution of predators who perpetrate child physical and sexual abuse, any crimes evidencing exploitation of the elderly, human trafficking, sexual violence, and cases involving domestic violence related assault or murder.

In addition to her duties as a prosecutor, as First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Clymer-Hancock completes administrative responsibilities and facilitates training for her office and local law enforcement.

In October of 2020, an article written by Clymer-Hancock, highlighting her experience with victims and witnesses of violent crime, was published in the National District Attorney’s Association magazine: The Prosecutor.

In March of 2021, Clymer-Hancock was honored with the “Legendary Partner Award” by Lotus Children’s Advocacy Center for her work in seeking justice on behalf of child abuse victims.

In May of 2021, the Vulnerable Victim Unit, lead by Clymer-Hancock, executed the first jury trial for Strangulation in the 1st Degree in the state of Kentucky. The Defendant was convicted and given the maximum penalty allowable by law.

Amanda Sayle

Amanda Sayle began her career with the Kentucky Department of Corrections in August 1999 as an Offender Information Specialist. She was promoted several times through the ranks of the Offender Information Services (OIS) branch where she became the subject matter expert for the Kentucky Offender Management System (KOMS) and provided statewide training for the system. In 2008, Sayle transferred to the Information Technology Branch as a Systems Analyst II. In 2010, she was promoted to Systems Analyst III, then to Information Systems Supervisor in 2015, Branch Manager in 2016 and promoted to her current position of Director of Information Services in 2018. Sayle has received the agency’s top awards, a Commissioner’s Award in 2000 in addition to a Deputy Commissioner’s award in 2019. Sayle is a graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program.

Alan W. Newman M.D.

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Andy Sims

Andy Sims has been the Commonwealth's Attorney for Jessamine and Garrard Counties since 2016. Before serving in that capacity, he had been an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the Circuit since 2005. He has been awarded the Office of the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Citation, the 2018 Commonwealth's Attorneys Association Sword of Justice, and the 2020 Governor's Ambassador Award for Professional Achievement. He has toured the country giving lectures to prosecutors and law enforcement on the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. When he is not working, he is an accomplished painter and artist.

Aubrey McGuire

Aubrey McGuire is from Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida, magna cum laude, before moving to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. While earning her Juris Doctorate, Aubrey worked at the Office of the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney as an intern and law clerk. She is now an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fayette County. She has a passion for finding justice for victims of Domestic Violence and Strangulation.

Bill Knoebel

Bill Knoebel graduated in 1985 from Thomas More College with a Bachelor of Arts (History). He attended Salmon P. Chase College of Law and graduated in 1989. He was admitted to the Bar in November 1989. He currently serves as a part-time assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and is the primary prosecutor in Gallatin County. Along with Commonwealth Attorney Louis Kelly, and Victims Advocate Jamie Zembrodt, Bill has organized and implemented an Adult Abuse Multidisciplinary Team in Boone County which has brought together community partners including law enforcement and Adult Protective Services to investigate, monitor and prosecute crimes against at risk adults. Prior to joining Louis Kelly in the 54th Judicial Circuit, he served as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the 19th Judicial Circuit (Bracken, Mason and Fleming Counties).

John Minton

John D. Minton Jr., Chief Justice Of Kentucky, of Bowling Green was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006 and reelected in 2014. He is only the second chief justice in Kentucky to be elected by his fellow justices to serve four terms. He came to the state’s highest court after serving on the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. The Judicial Branch has made great progress in many areas during his administration. Under his leadership, the ambitious KYeCourts initiative is transforming how the courts do business by moving from paper to an electronic record. This years-long effort has produced eFiling in every county, new trial and appellate case management systems, eWarrants, eEPOs and more – all in an effort to improve access to justice by leveraging technology. And the recent infusion of federal rescue funds is fueling work on video arraignment/conferencing, redaction, a self-represented litigant portal and payment kiosks. He has also invested in the Judicial Branch’s dedicated personnel through improved compensation for court employees, judges and circuit court clerks. He has led efforts to draft Kentucky’s first Judicial Redistricting Plan in decades. He has also worked for penal code, juvenile justice and bail reform; formed a commission to improve civil legal aid for the poor; embraced efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the courts; and addressed the drug epidemic by moving substance use disorder cases toward a recovery-oriented system of care. His commitment to transparency led to the Supreme Court adopting the first open records policy for the administrative records of the court. He has also created an Audit Oversight Committee and an internal audit department at the Administrative Office of the Courts, and required biennial audits of the court system’s financial records.

His quick response in the early days of COVID-19 ensured the courts could stay open for business through mostly virtual operations.

In 2017, he became the first Kentucky chief justice in nearly 25 years to serve as president of the Conference of Chief Justices. Chief Justice Minton was inducted into the University of Kentucky Rosenberg Law Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2021 and the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2013.

Christy K. Burch

Christy K. Burch has been working to end power-based personal violence for over twenty-five years. Christy is the CEO of the Ion Center for Violence Prevention . The Ion Center offers free, confidential support and services to victim-survivors of all identities who have experienced sexual violence, intimate partners, violence, child abuse, and/or stalking. Christy honed her expertise through her previous capacities at the University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP), the birthplace of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, KCADV, Sanctuary Inc. and as a national consultant for communities, colleges, rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs. Prevention, intervention, facilitation, mentoring, public speaking, and leadership are some of the modalities Christy brings to her work with non-profit agencies. She is a sought after speaker and prevention specialist and has provided thousands of trainings and national presentations. Christy utilizes her years of experience with both prevention and intervention to create partnerships that result in change.

Emily J. Arnzen

Emily J. Arnzen is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the 16th Judicial Circuit, (Kenton County, KY), and she will proudly tell you she went to law school because she grew up watching too much Law and Order. On her office’s pink walls, Emily displays framed posters of Detective Olivia Benson from Law and Order: SVU, along with AnnMarie Vito from My Cousin Vinny, and Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. But since 2014, she’s been prosecuting almost all of Kenton County’s child pornography offenses and cases of internet crimes against children.

Emily graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a Psychology degree but dedicated much of her time to the school’s competitive mock trial program.

When she talks about her decision to go to law school, Emily has said, “I always knew my goal was to be a Prosecutor. I wanted to be Jack McCoy, so I figured out what I had to do to qualify, and I just worked backwards from there.”

Emily moved to Northern Kentucky to attend University of Cincinnati College of Law. After graduation, she was hired by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders and has been working as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since November 2013. Emily began her career with a “general prosecution” caseload, but her focus has shifted over time. She currently prosecutes victim-centered, major cases including murder, robbery, assault, and sex crimes. Emily has developed passion and expertise prosecuting child pornography and internet crimes against children.

Emily says, “So many people told me that being a lawyer wouldn’t be like Law and Order. They were wrong. I have the privilege of working with incredible police officers and detectives who are not just dedicated to their jobs, but committed to working cases from initial report through our trials. I’m also fortunate to work in an office that encourages going to trial and seeking justice for victims of crime. I still love Law and Order, and I also truly love my job.”

Outside the office, Emily has returned to her alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she coaches the mock trial team and teaches trial practice courses associated with the mock trial program.

Emily lives in Kenton County, KY, with her husband, a local police officer, and their rescue animals. To deal with the stress of their professions, they enjoy spending time at Walt Disney World.

Harry Rothgerber

Harry Rothgerber is a part-time Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, professional writer, criminal justice consultant and civic volunteer who retired in 2013 after serving for 16 years as First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County. For eight years he was a member of the KBA Ethics Committee; during that time, he played a key role in the litigation over the ethics opinion that led to the prosecutorial victory in Stengel v. KBA, Ky., 162 SW3d 914 (2004). His past positions include: Chair, KY Parole Board; Chief Juvenile Defender, Jefferson County; President, KY Youth Advocates; President, National Institute on Children, Youth and Families; and, Vice-President, Seven Counties Services, Inc. He was appointed in 2020 by Governor Beshear to the KY State Corrections Commission and serves on the Parole Board Nominating Committee. Mr. Rothgerber is a lifelong Louisvillian who earned degrees from Bellarmine University (BA), Spalding University (MAT) and the University of Louisville (JD).

Mr. Rothgerber has published numerous articles in The Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime and other periodicals. His first book project, Young Babe Ruth, was published by McFarland in 1999. He has shared his love for baseball many times on local radio and TV, and he has appeared on ESPN, ESPN Classic and NPR’s Morning Edition. An active member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 1983, Mr. Rothgerber has served on its national board of directors and is the past Chair of the Pee Wee Reese SABR Chapter.

Jill Brummett

Jill Brummett is currently the Nurse Manager of the Forensic Program at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She holds a master’s degree in forensic nursing from Xavier University from 2010 and recently completed her Doctorate of Nurse Practice from Northern Kentucky University. Jill has been with the Forensic Program since 2002 and is very passionate about the care she gives to victims of violence. She has over 20 years of experience in the emergency department as staff nurse and Clinical Education Specialist. Jill enjoys cross fit and finds this as an important outlet to help reduce stress and enjoys spending time with her husband (Pete) and son (Tyler).

Ladeidra N. Jones

Ladeidra N. Jones has 15+ years of experience working with Justice Involved Individuals in roles within correctional facilities, community supervision, clinical treatment, and alternative sentencing programs. She began her career working at the Woodford County Detention Center in Versailles, KY. She later worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in Lexington, KY (District 9). There she supervised a caseload of clients and wrote Pre-Sentence Investigation reports. Ladeidra also has years of clinical experience in the field of substance abuse treatment and recovery working at Fayette County Drug Court and later the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Division of Substance Abuse. Ms. Jones received a BA in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University and an MBA from Midway University. She received her initial temporary certification in alcohol and drug counseling in 2015. Ladeidra N. Jones was appointed to the Parole Board on January 17, 2019, and subsequently appointed as Chair on June 21, 2021.

Throughout her career, Ladeidra has been successful in working with Justice Involved Individuals of all backgrounds and cultures. One of her passions is helping colleagues understand the importance of recognizing cultural differences, subsequent biases AND how those biases can create barriers to successful reintegration for the client. She provides training to the Kentucky Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Pre-Service Academy on how to navigate cultural & implicit bias within the correctional setting.

Ladeidra completed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program through the University of South Florida-Muma College of Business and is currently enrolled as a student at Sam Houston State University studying Criminal Justice Equity and Inclusion.

Ladeidra states her goal as Chair, is to increase training and educational opportunities for the Board members. Concurrently, her overall vision is to become more transparent amongst stakeholders in order to maximize the success in providing a continuum of services for Justice Involved Individuals all while maintaining public safety.

Ladeidra N. Jones proudly serves as the 1st African American female appointed as Chair of the Kentucky Parole Board.

Thomas Lockridge

Thomas Lockridge has been the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor at the Unified Prosecutorial System in Kentucky since January 2018. Tom served as the Commonwealth Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Kentucky from 1990 until he retired in August 2016. Prior to that and beginning in 1986, he served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. He served as President of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association in 1997-1998 and received the Carroll M. Redford Award as “Outstanding Kentucky Prosecutor” in 1995. The Kentucky Attorney General honored Tom as the “Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney” in 1997 and in 1996 he was named “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by the Kentucky Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Prosecutors Advisory Council, The Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, and served as chair of the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse from 2002 to 2009. Tom has served as a member of the faculty at the National Advocacy Center, the Kentucky Prosecutors Institute, at forensic interview clinics for APSAC, and has presented on the subject of Prosecutorial Ethics in over thirty states with the innovative program, Ethics: The Movie. In 2020, Tom was one of the co-authors of the NDAA/NTLC Monograph on Constitutional Law Issues in Impaired Driving Cases and is one of the creators and producers of the “TSRP Tips of the Week” video trainings that are widely distributed across the country. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Kentucky Impaired Driving Task Force and is a member of the Kentucky CDL Advisory Committee and the CDL Outreach Project.

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