Board of Education Members

Karen Hensley

Female Board Member
Serves District 1, northeast Ballard County; email karen.tilford@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2008; current term expires at the end of 2022. Serving as board chair since 2017.

Employed at Ballard Telephone Co. since 2000; currently serving as as the accounting manager.

Part-time instructor in computer and information technology classes at WKCTC since 2006.

Holds bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in telecommunications management from Murray State University.

Resides in Kevil.

Kent Gordon

Male Board member

Serves District 2, north-central Ballard County; email kent.gordon@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2013; current term expires at the end of 2022. Serving as board vice-chair for 2018.

Employed at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant since 1989; currently serving as 
Contract Technical Representative Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership.

Holds associate's degree in business management from University of Kentucky's Paducah campus.

Resides in LaCenter; has two BMHS alumni sons - one a graduate of the University of Kentucky engineering department and another a member of Kentucky National Guard and 
graduated Murray State University IT Computer Department.

Brandon Birney

Male Board member
Serves District 3, southeast Ballard County; email brandon.birney@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2017; current term expires at the end of 2022.

Employed by Bandana Ag Inc. and Agro Tech Inc. since 2004.

Involved with the Ballard Bullets, a non-profit junior athletics booster club formed to support little league activities here.

Holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Murray State University.

Resides in LaCenter; has two children.

Tammy Dennis

Female Board Member

Serves District 5, southwest Ballard County; email tammy.dennis@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2008; current term expires at the end of 2024.

Employed at Ballard County Co-op Inc. as office manager since 1998. Holds an associate degree in business from University of Kentucky Paducah Campus.

Resides on Wickliffe route, has a daughter and two grandsons.

Cara Hunt Mills

Female Board Member

Serves District 4, western Ballard County; cara.mills@ballard.kyschools.us.

Began service in 2011; current term expires at the end of 2020.
 Current term expires 2024.

Employed as a quality specialist at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant since 1991.  

Holds bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from MSU, master’s degree in public health administration from Western Kentucky University; and was certified NQA-1 Lead Auditor in December 2011.

Resides on Wickliffe route; has one child enrolled in Ballard Memorial High School and one BMHS graduate.

Board Meeting Dates

Board meetings are usually scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. in the Ballard County Board of Education office, 11 Vocational School Road, Barlow. However, in an effort to reduce contact among attendees during the COVID pandemic, meetings may take place in the BCES library at 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow, or via video conferencing.
Please contact the Ballard County Board Office at 270-665-­8400 to confirm the meeting location in advance.
Scheduled dates for 2021 are as follows:

  • Feb. 1
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • Aug. 16
  • Sept. 20
  • Oct. 18
  • Nov. 15
  • Dec. 13
  • Jan. 10, 2022