Meet the Directors

 

Wildlife Director, Vacant


Brian V. Blank, Public Affairs Director  

Brian V. Blank, Mark​eting Director

Brian joins the Department from the industry side of fish, wildlife and boating. Brian has served in several marketing capacities, most notably with Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods, Medalist Apparel, and Emotion Kayaks. He also served as the member and marketing director for the American Sport Fishing Association. He has a BA in History from the Messiah College, Grantham, PA. Brian has a vast amount of experience in social networking, community based marketing, customer tracking, product evaluation, and customer recruitment and retention. His skills in developing a grass roots effort to reach new license buyers and evaluating how to retain the existing customers we already have are his most valued assets.

Brian is an avid hunter and angler, and enjoys stream fishing from a kayak, as well as deer and turkey hunting. Brian was born and raised outside of Baltimore, MD, where he learned to appreciate and enjoy the waters around the Chesapeake Bay. As an avid outdoorsman, Brian understands the needs of the hunter, angler, and trapper, and will quickly become an expert in addressing how we can better serve them.

Brian has now made his home in Frankfort.


Ron Brooks, Fisheries Director  

Ron Brooks, Fisheries Directo​r

Ron Brooks, a distinguished instructor from one of the country's top fisheries research universities, is the new fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

A native of Farmington, Illinois, Brooks, 54, comes to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Brooks earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in zoology from the school.

"I've been researching fisheries for 22 years," he said. "I have a lot to learn with this job. It is a challenge and that is what I look forward to."

Brooks refined and successfully redeveloped a reliable technique to mark stocked fish with oxytetracycline, a type of antibiotic that leaves a discernable mark in fish without harming them. Oxytetracycline, also known as OTC, allows biologists to determine whether a fish was stocked. Researchers use this information to gauge the success of stocking programs.

Brooks also conducted studies on sturgeon migration in the Mississippi River, sauger reproductive success in the Illinois River as well as studies on largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and walleye.

The new fisheries director is excited about moving closer to the Cumberland River, where he can pursue his love of trout fishing. "I've fished the Cumberland several times," he said. "I've also fished the White River in Arkansas - and the fish in the Cumberland run bigger."

One of Brooks' goals as director is conducting more research on stocked fish. "I would also like to increase our exposure and let the rest of the country know about the wonderful fisheries resources we have here in Kentucky," he said.

Brooks wants to increase the amount of professional publications coming from the fisheries divisions. "Overall, I want to continue what Benjy Kinman's done with this division," Brooks said. "He's done a fantastic job."


 Engineering, Infrastructure, and Technology Director, Vacant




 
 
Col. Eric Gibson, Law Enforcement Director  

Col. Eric Gibson, Law Enforcement Director

Lancaster native Col. Eric Gibson comes to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources following a distinguished career with the Kentucky State Police. Gibson became the director of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division in the summer of 2018.

Gibson began his law enforcement career as a trooper at the Richmond Post of the Kentucky State Police in 1995. He last served as assistant commander of the Governor’s Marijuana Strike Force, a multi-agency group tasked with eradicating marijuana throughout the state. He retired from state police in 2017.

His state police awards include four Commissioner’s Medals, Citation for Bravery and a Lifesaving Medal. Gibson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He received additional training at the Kentucky State Police Academy and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

Gibson has a long history of hunting, fishing and competitive shooting. He grew up shooting trap and small bore rifle. He was a member of the University of Kentucky Rifle Team and the Kentucky State Police Rifle Team shooting all around the United States.   

Gibson’s goals include a strong commitment to service to the public. “I want to increase the relationship between sportsmen and women with our officers,” he said. “I want our officers to be a good source of information to people in their counties while encouraging more citizens to get involved with outdoor recreation.”

Other goals include filling vacancies in the conservation officer ranks to provide coverage to every county, and providing those officers with the tools they need to be more effective in their jobs.​



 
Lisa Cox, Administrative Services Director  

Lisa Cox, Administrative Services Director

Lisa Cox joined the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources as its Administrative Services Director in the summer of 2018.

A Frankfort native, Cox has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and brings more than three decades of government experience to her role with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. Cox has served as an auditor on the state and county levels, as a cabinet fiscal officer, financial analyst​, budget analyst, division director and executive advisor.

Administrative Services provides the support required to ensure Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is a good steward of public funds. Under Cox's leadership, Administrative Services strives to:

  • Develop a strong workforce through recruiting, safety, training and resources
  • Properly account for and report receipts of licenses, registration fees, grants, contributions and assets
  • Ensure efficient procurement of goods and services that document the necessity of those goods and services for the department to fulfill its mission and meet strategic goals
  • Provide centralized administrative functions, such as mail/delivery, when more efficient
  • Provide public reporting to enhance transparency and build trust
Cox and her husband, Mark, live on a Mercer County cattle farm with their son, Reese. Working for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is special for Cox because hunting and fishing have always been an important part of her life. Now, that love and respect for the outdoors continues with her son. 




     Information and Education Director, Vacant


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