Lt. Governor and Secretary Jacqueline Coleman
Jacqueline Coleman is an educator, basketball coach, writer, and founder of a non-profit. She is a wife to Chris and a bonus mom to Emma, Will, and Nate; and she and Chris are expecting a daughter in February. Her family lives in her childhood community in Mercer County.
A fifth generation Mercer Countian, Jacqueline was raised in a family where public service was a way of life. She was also raised to offer a hand up to those in need and, as a result, Jacqueline has devoted her personal and professional life to serving her community. She is a tireless advocate for public education and a strong proponent of young women stepping up to be leaders in their communities.
As a basketball coach, Jacqueline has been named Coach of the Year and her career culminated in five consecutive record-breaking seasons and one Sweet 16 appearance.
Jacqueline’s leadership doesn’t end in the classroom or on the court. As an alumna of Emerge Kentucky, she wanted to expand on her experience in that program. In 2013, Jacqueline founded Lead Kentucky, a non-profit that ensures Kentucky’s college women are prepared, encouraged, and empowered to seek leadership positions on their campuses and, eventually, in their professional fields. In its fourth year, Lead Kentucky has empowered 50 campus ambassadors on more than 16 college campuses with 29 different majors.
Most recently, Jacqueline was an assistant principal at Nelson County High School and still is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky.
As Lieutenant Governor, Jacqueline will focus on creating an excellent public education system here in Kentucky that will produce the future leaders of our Commonwealth. She will also concentrate on the many challenges facing rural Kentucky. Jacqueline is determined to give a voice to Kentuckians who feel shut out, but refuse to back down – to build a Kentucky that works for all of us.
Deputy Secretary Mary Pat Regan
Mary Pat Regan of St. Matthews was named deputy secretary of Education and Workforce Development. Regan has served in several key executive positions, including as national vice president for regulatory at AT&T and Kentucky state president of AT&T Communications. Regan has also participated in and provided leadership in a number of Louisville-based community and civic programs during the last 10 years, including Greater Louisville Inc., the Kentucky Chamber, Business Leaders for Education, and the United Way. She also has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Kentucky Educational Television, The Louisville Science Center, the Jeﬀerson County Public Education Foundation and the Louisville Collegiate School. Regan attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Deputy Secretary Josh Benton
Josh Benton was appointed in July 2018 to serve as the Deputy Secretary for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. With more than 15 years of public service, Benton has dedicated his career to strengthening Kentucky’s workforce and building the state’s economy.
As Deputy Secretary, Benton oversees the cabinet’s workforce development agencies, policies and strategies serving as the liaison to education and workforce partners in coordinating and elevating the state’s workforce efforts.
Prior to joining the cabinet, Benton served as Executive Director of Workforce & Community Development for the Cabinet for Economic Development where he was responsible for leading community development and research efforts. His office also led Economic Development’s workforce efforts, including workforce project management, program and policy development.
Benton holds bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cumberland College and master’s degree in Public Administration from Kentucky State University.