The NKY Chamber honored Lisa Desmarais, Chair of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Trustees, with the NKY Community Award, sponsored by First National Bank of Kentucky.
The NKY Chamber Community Award is given to individuals, businesses, or organizations in Northern Kentucky who have made a positive difference in the community.
Desmarais retired from Kenton County, where she served as Director of Technology Services. His previous positions include Director of Finance and Operations for the City of Covington and Director of Facilities and Technology at a K-12 school.
Prior to working in the government and non-profit sectors, Desmarais spent 16 years working in the for-profit sector with companies such as Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments and American Express.
After earning her master’s degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University, Desmarais became director of technology for the city of Covington and later added the roles of director of finance and operations. She then worked for Kenton County and was instrumental in the move to their new headquarters in Covington, where she led the move of seven separate computer networks.
During her busy career as a professional and mother, Desmarais has also been involved as a volunteer and board member with a dozen area nonprofits, including Covington Partners, Behringer Crawford , Faith Community Pharmacy, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Safety Net Alliance. , Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Junior Board and others.
Since August 2016, she has served on the KCTCS Board of Regents, a Kentucky state board of trustees.
In June 2021, she was elected by the Board of Regents to serve as Board President, making her the first person from Northern Kentucky to hold the position.
“Lisa has brought tremendous value and leadership to each of the roles she has held in the government, non-profit and for-profit sectors during her professional career,” said Brent Cooper, President and CEO. management of the NKY Chamber. “But it is his extraordinary service to the community that we want to recognize with this community award. We commend her continued volunteer work for non-profit organizations and are extremely proud of her accomplishment as the first incoming KCTCS Board Chair from the Northern Kentucky Metro.
Cooper presented Desmarais with the NKY Community Award at the NKY Chamber’s monthly Eggs ‘N Issues event at the Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger.
Says Cooper, “I’m not sure people realize the impact KCTCS has on the entire state and the critical role our community colleges play in our overall workforce ecosystem. We see it every day with Gateway Community and Technical College here in Northern Kentucky. Lisa’s service and dedication will have a lasting impact on our region and the entire Commonwealth.