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Meet the Directors

Steve Beam, Wildlife Director  

Steve Beam, Wildlife Director

A career wildlife biologist is the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife's new Wildlife Division Director.

Beam is a 21-year department veteran and most recently the Regional Coordinator for the Southeast Wildlife Region in the Somerset office.

Beam began his Department career in 1994 as a seasonal wildlife technician on the Miller Welch-Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area. He later moved and served as a biologist in the Division's Environmental Section. He moved again to become a Farm Bill biologist, before becoming Regional Coordinator in the Southeast.

Beam is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management.

He's worked his entire professional career with KDFWR and says he's excited about the opportunity to lead the division.

"I hope our staff can look at my career and know I have been where they are," he said. "I hope that gives me some capital. I hope they know that I am not just looking out for our wildlife – I am certainly – but having been where they are, I am looking out for them too."

Habitat improvement, hunter access and opportunity, and the Department's new grouse habitat venture are just a few Division initiatives he's anxious to delve into.

Beam enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, and is an especially avid turkey and deer hunter.

He has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Brandy Beam, a school teacher, for nearly 20 years. They have a nine-year-old son, Ryan. They are the joy of his life.

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

     Information and Education Director, Vacant