KOGA Staff

Executive Director- Ryan Watts

Ryan Watts, of Frankfort, joins the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association after spending nearly 14 years in Kentucky state government where he worked in various communication roles.

Watts began his career as the press secretary for Lt. Governor Steve Pence. Recently, Watts served as executive director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).  In that capacity, Watts directed all communications and served as chief spokesman for the 4,400 employee agency, which is responsible for maintaining and preserving a vast infrastructure network across Kentucky.

During his career in state government, Watts collaborated with officials involved with various initiatives and projects including the Louisville Arena Authority, the Louisville Ohio River Bridges Project, goky.ky.gov, Pause-50 and most recently, the Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). While at KYTC, Watts also initiated the snowky.ky.gov campaign to consolidate travel and roadway condition information for motorists during winter weather events.

Watts, originally from Bardstown, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in political science and mathematics. He lives in Frankfort with his wife, Ashli, and two children.

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.


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