Cabinet Leadership

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner

Secretary Hal Heiner has firsthand experience in bringing jobs to the Commonwealth and keeping jobs in the Commonwealth. As a successful businessman with a passion for education and public service, Heiner has long been focused on shaping civic policy and improving education and career opportunities for all Kentuckians.

He now brings that focus to his new role as Secretary of Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, where he oversees the work of educating, preparing and training Kentucky’s current and future workforce.

Heiner is a longtime Kentucky resident and has been an active community leader. He has served as a vice chair of Greater Louisville, Inc., and in 2002, he was elected to the Louisville Metro Council where he spent eight years focusing on finding efficiencies in services, government transparency and innovative ways for the community to grow and prosper.

Heiner’s greatest civic passion has been involvement in numerous educational organizations. These have included serving as founding chairman of Kentuckians Advocating for Reform in Education and Kentucky Charter Schools Association and as chairman of the Christian Academy of Louisville School System.

He also served on the Asbury University Board of Trustees, University of Louisville Board of Overseers and Summit Academy Board of Trustees. Currently Heiner serves on the Metro Leadership Foundation Board, an organization focused on after-school instruction for elementary school children.

Heiner’s private sector career began after receiving a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Louisville. He then became a partner in a civil engineering firm that worked across Kentucky.

His interest in real estate led him to the position of president of the commercial division of a multi-state development company. In 1997, Heiner founded Capstone Realty which has developed more than five million square feet of new office and industrial buildings and helped to attract and keep more than 5,000 jobs in the region.

He and his wife, Sheila, reside on a corn and soybean farm in Jefferson County. They have four grown children.​​

Deputy Secretary Brad Montell​​


Deputy Secretary Brad Montell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new role, as he seeks to ensure that our state’s education systems work for all Kentuckians.

A seven-term state representative from Simpsonville, Montell was first elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 2002.

He has been a leading advocate for education reform in the Commonwealth, championing such key issues as school choice and charter schools, pension reform, and the landmark 2007 “No Pass/No Drive” law, bringing academic accountability to young drivers.

While in the House of Representatives, Montell served on numerous committees, including Appropriations and Revenue, Banking and Insurance, Government Contract Review, Licensing and Occupations, and Economic Development.

In addition to his public service, he has worked in the securities and investment industry since 1989. He has also been active in his community, serving as president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Shelby Economic Development Council, and deacon at Shelbyville First Baptist Church.

A native of Lexington, Montell grew up in Bowling Green and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University. The son of noted Kentucky folklorist and author Lynwood Montell, he taught high school history and political science for nearly a decade.​​