KOGA Staff

Executive Director - Matt Sawyers

Matt Sawyers became Executive Director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association in July, 2016. Matt previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, a branch of Kentucky’s state government. In that role, Matt had numerous responsibilities, including serving as Executive Director of the Kentucky Sports Authority and as Acting Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Prior to his role with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Matt served as Chief of Staff to the Department for Local Government. At DLG, Matt was the Governor’s representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority.

Matt is originally from London, KY where many members of his family still reside. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, having studied Political Science and History. He currently lives in Lexington, KY with his wife Jenni and two children, Nicholas and Lillian.

Associate Director - Laura Cole

Laura Cole became the Associate Director for the Kentucky Oil & Gas Association in May 2016. Prior to working for KOGA, Laura was the COO for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. She has over 10 years of association management experience.

Laura is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and currently serves on the Board of Director’s for the Kentucky Society of Association Executives.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky.

Laura lives with her husband Matt, and their 2 children, Reagan and Alex, in Versailles.