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Joyce & Autumn Nethery | Master Distiller & Marketing Manager | Jeptha Creed Distillery

Lunch sponsor: Kentucky American Water
Speaker sponsor: Traditional Bank

*Joyce Nethery, Master Distiller for Jeptha Creed Distillery*

As far back as she can remember, Joyce has had a passion for chemistry. She earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School, and for 15 years worked as a process engineer in industrial scale distillation. She then spent a decade teaching high school chemistry and physics before her husband Bruce’s dream of opening a distillery Reignited her passion for the distillation process—and the rest, as they say, is history.

Her deep love for farm life, as well as her many years working her family’s land, have given her invaluable insight into growing the wide variety of crops used in Jeptha Creed’s products. It has also inspired the distillery’s distinct ground-to-glass maxim. In addition to being a Master Distiller and owner of Jeptha Creed, Joyce is a devoted mother of two who has a  passion for all things Kentucky. She couldn’t be prouder to carry on the state’s long history of distilling the finest spirits in the world.

*Autumn Nethery, Co-Owner & Marketing Manager for Jeptha Creed Distillery*

Autumn comes by her love of distilling honestly—her mother is Jeptha Creed master distiller and co-owner Joyce Nethery. But it took a year at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, studying the craft with some of the best distillers in the world to truly ignite her passion. Now Autumn is among the youngest distillery owners in the country and an integral part of making Jeptha Creed one of Kentucky’s most groundbreaking distilleries.

Using what she learned traveling abroad with Semester at Sea, as well as through her studies at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her Bachelor’s in marketing, Autumn’s dream is to expand Jeptha Creed’s reach into every state, while still keeping the family feel the distillery is known for. She’s wholly committed to keeping Jeptha Creed spirits as natural and authentic as possible, so customers can always trust what’s in the bottle.


Colleen Swartz | DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP | Chief Nurse Executive/Chief Administrative Officer | UK Healthcare

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Colleen H. Swartz, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, holds a DNP degree, a master’s degree in nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Trauma/Critical Care, as well as an MBA. She has completed the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna, 2011 Cohort.

Dr. Swartz became chief nurse executive for UK HealthCare in December 2008 and was appointed chief administrative officer in February of 2017. Her prior experience includes serving as chief nursing officer at a regional community hospital, director of emergency and trauma services, flight nursing and as director of the Capacity Command Center for UK HealthCare. Dr. Swartz was instrumental in regaining Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in February 2016 – the gold standard of nursing care.

Dr. Swartz’s primary interest and investigation is the integration of production systems strategies to optimize the care delivery model. Her other research interests include study around clinical deterioration and early warning systems deployment in adult and pediatric populations. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally and has authored several publications.

Dr. Swartz is currently a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives; Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Psi Chapter; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and, the National Academies of Practice (NAP).



Jayne Hancock | CEO | Wrigley Media Group

Lunch sponsor: Steptoe & Johnson 
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Chief Executive Officer Jayne Hancock sets the vision at Wrigley Media Group. She guides the media production company’s strategic direction in video services and film production, charting the course for motion pictures, television shows, broadcast and digital networks, social media channels, websites and media-rich content marketing.

Highly experienced in the world of sports, entertainment and digital media, Ms. Hancock’s background includes senior executive positions with DIRECTV, 360 Fly Camera (VOXX International), FanVision, FLO TV (Qualcomm), as well as entrepreneurial ventures of founding and selling a successful digital marketing firm called JHG, Inc. and a sports publishing firm called Spectator Sports Communications.

From start-ups to public companies, she has successfully led teams to accomplish “they-say-it-can’t-be-done” projects. Her creative vision and tenacity, her ability to assemble the right talent, and her skill to forge strong working relationships at all levels of management are part of her style and expression.

Ms. Hancock has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Business Sports Management from the University of Southern California. Formerly from San Diego, CA, she currently resides in Lexington, KY.


Kathy Witt | Sheriff | Fayette County Kentucky

Lunch sponsor: Community Trust Bank
Speaker sponsor: Columbia Gas

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