Meet the Division Directors

​​​​​​​​Brian V. Blank - Director of Marketing

Brian V. Blank, Public Affairs Director 

Brian came to the Department from the industry side of fish, wildlife and boating. Brian served in several marketing capacities previously, spanning over 20 years, most notably with Dick's Sporting Goods, Medalist Apparel, and Emotion Kayaks. He also served as the membership and m​​arketing director for the American Sportfishing Association. Brian has extensive experience in social networking, community based marketing, customer tracking, product evaluation, and customer recruitment and retention. His skills in developing grass roots efforts to reach new license buyers and stakeholders, and evaluating how to retain existing customers are among his most valued assets.

Brian is an avid hunter and angler, and enjoys stream fishing from a kayak, as well as deer, dove, predator and turkey hunting. He was born and raised outside of Baltimore, MD, where he learned to appreciate and enjoy the waters around the Chesapeake Bay. He earned a BA in History from Messiah College, Grantham, PA and both played and coached in collegiate sports. Brian understands the needs of anglers, hunters, trappers, and boaters, and helps to develop and implement solutions to better serve them. Brian and his family reside in Mercer County.

Lisa Cox - Director of Administrative Services

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.

Dave Dreves - Director of Fisheries


Dave Dreves is a veteran employee with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and a Certified Fisheries Professional. He previously served as an assistant director in KDFWR’s Fisheries Division, supervising the two state fish hatcheries and the Streams Investigations and Urban Fisheries sections.

Prior to that, he was a research biologist and program coordinator with KDFWR, where he directed trout research on the Cumberland Tailwater and managed many other research projects. Dave is originally from northern Kentucky and is a proud graduate of Covington Catholic High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Science degree from Murray State University with a concentration in Fisheries Biology.

He is married to Beth and they have two sons. Spencer is at Bellarmine University studying computer science and Blaise is an elementary school student who loves snakes, dinosaurs, and Minecraft. Dave’s hobbies and interests include spending time with family, fishing, hunting, golf, and other outdoor activities as well as DIY projects at home. He is also an avid Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and UK basketball fan.

Col. Jeremy McQuery​ - Director of Law Enforcement​

Col. Jeremy McQuery 

Jeremy McQueary was named Law Enforcement Division Director in July 2023.

Colonel McQueary is a 16-year veteran of the department, all within the Law Enforcement Division. He began his career with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife in 2007 and graduated from the agency’s Academy Class 14 in 2008 as class valedictorian. He started his enforcement career in District 4 and was a strong team member and leader in his various ranks within the division. He assisted within the Training Section of the Law Enforcement Division throughout his career.

Prior to joining the department, Jeremy began his law enforcement career as a Kentucky State Park Ranger stationed at Lake Cumberland in 2005. He graduated in Class 371 from the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2006 as class valedictorian.

Jeremy is an Adair County High School graduate and attended Lindsey Wilson College where he played baseball for four-years and holds a bachelor’s degree under a contract major emphasized in biology, business, and journalism.

Jeremy and his wife Carley have four children, Luxy, Lemmy, Ava, and Creek and a lab in training “Jude”. He’s an avid hunter, angler, a traditional archer and enjoys endurance sports.


Kevin Kelly - Director of Information and Education

Kevin Kelly 

Kevin Kelly was named Information and Education Division Director in May 2023.

He joined the department as an information specialist in the division in 2013, writing for Kentucky Afield magazine and serving as editor of the spring and fall hunting guides, following almost 16 years as a sports and news reporter with daily newspapers in South Carolina, Florida and Ohio/northern Kentucky. His writing garnered state, regional and national recognition along the way.

In 2019, Kelly moved into the role of Chief Communications Officer, where he was the agency’s primary contact for news media and helped form a communications team that included representatives from each division of the agency and continues to meet regularly to identify opportunities to collaborate on projects and enhance efficiency.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys coaching youth sports and is an avid angler who was introduced to hunting later than most but learned thanks to the patience and encouragement of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife co-workers and other mentors.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Western Kentucky University and resides in Woodford County with his wife, Brenna, their two sons and the family’s golden retriever.

Ben Robinson - Director of Wildlife 

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Ben Robinson was named Wildlife Division Director in January 2022.

A central Kentucky native, he brings more than 17 years of experience and diverse work history to the role. Most recently, Robinson served as Assistant Director of the Wildlife Division where his primary focus was overseeing the division’s federal grants program and budgetary needs.

He earned a degree in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University and spent time as a college student working at the Salato Wildlife Education Center. Following graduation, Robinson worked for Tall Timbers Research Station in Georgia. He returned to Kentucky in 2005 and started his career with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, initially focused on private lands management through the Landowner Incentive Program. He later gained public lands management experience working at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) before becoming the agency’s small game biologist.

Robinson and his wife, Megan, live on a small farm in Mercer County with their two daughters. In his spare time, Robinson enjoys live music and anything outdoors, including hunting, golf, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as managing his property for wildlife, and more.

Kevin Rexroat - Director of Engineering, Infrastructure, and Technology (Acting)​

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Kevin Rexroat was named acting Engineering, Infrastructure, and Technology Division Director in March 2024.

Rexroat brings a well-rounded background to the role, having worked within Wildlife, Fisheries (Stream and Wetland Mitigation), and the Engineering, Infrastructure, and Technology divisions. These roles provide invaluable experiences ranging from technical and management assignments in east Kentucky’s elk restoration, large-scale statewide habitat implementation, stream and wetland mitigation project management, and capital construction administration and management. He most recently served as the Fish and Wildlife Program Manager within the Engineering, Infrastructure, and Technology Division, where he managed all aspects of Capital Construction for the agency. In these capacities, Rexroat has been with the agency for over 15 years.

He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Management in 2004. A Georgetown native, Rexroat is an outdoor enthusiast who has a deep appreciation for his family and friends, music, and the fruits of a hard day’s work.