Central Office Staff


Eric Russ, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Contact Dr. Russ for KPA board member and committee chair support, info about KPA leadership development and deepening your involvement in KPA or KPF, strategic planning, staffing, organizational policy, opportunities for community partnerships, or other issues not listed above.   

Click here to email Dr. Russ. 

Karen Graves, Ph.D. - Director of Professional Affairs

Dr. Graves is available to consult with KPA members concerning best clinical practices and practice-related problems. The DPA serves as KPA liaison to the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology (KBEP), and APA's Legal & Regulatory Affairs Department. DPA consultations may include issues with third-party reimbursement and legislative, regulatory, and advocacy matters in the provision of psychological services.  A request can be submitted via the online form (Professional Issue Consultation Request Form) or by contacting Dr. Graves directly. Please allow up to 2 business days for a reply.

Click here to email Dr. Graves.

Laurie Grimes, Ph.D. - Legislative Agent

Sarah Burress, Director of Operations

Contact Sarah if you have questions about Continuing Education, the KPA Annual Convention, the KPF Spring Academic Conference, KPA or KPF board meeting or leadership retreat logistics, elections, contracts with external entities, or financials. 

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Samm Ownby, Marketing & Membership Coordinator

Contact Samm if you have questions about KPA or KPF website, KPA membership, social media, sponsorship opportunities, exhibiting, advertising, or marketing.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Click here to email Samm.


Laura Wittenberg, Development Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Contact Laura if you have questions about the Community Mental Health Fund, the KPA CE registry, KPA/KPF volunteer opportunities at events, and general questions about KPA or KPF.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Click here to email Laura.

Click here to email about CE Registry.

Zizou, Chief Morale Officer

Contact Samm to make an appointment for morale boosting. Zizou enjoys long walks, tennis balls, belly rubs, & milk bones!

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays: 9 am - 3 pm