Assistant Secretary of State - Erica Galyon
Assistant Secretary of State Erica Galyon is the office’s chief operating officer. She represents the Secretary in all official capacities and acts on Secretary Grimes’ behalf at her direction or in her absence.
Before joining the Office of the Secretary of State, Galyon served as associate general counsel at Farm Credit Mid-America, a multi-billion dollar agriculture lending cooperative based in Louisville. Formerly, she was senior vice president and general counsel at Farmers Capital Bank Corporation and associate attorney at Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Galyon earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.
Director of Communications - Lillie Ruschell
Lillie Ruschell is the office's Director of Communications, overseeing external and internal communications and serving as the Secretary's spokesperson.
Prior to joining Secretary Grimes' staff, Ruschell was a producer at Kentucky Educational TV in Lexington, where she served in several public affairs roles including as a field reporter during legislative sessions for the nightly summary program, Legislative Update
. She also worked on for the magazine program, Kentucky Life
Director of Administration and Elections - Mary Sue Helm
Mary Sue Helm is the Secretary of State’s Director of Administration and Elections. In her capacity as Director, Helm will manage fiscal and personnel matters, public documents, legal affairs, and special projects and commissions. She will also oversee the divisions responsible for attesting and keeping a register of the official acts of the Governor as well as all candidate filings and certification of the names of candidates to be printed on ballots.
Helm is a 25-year veteran of State government, and she has spent 23 of those years in the Secretary of State’s office. Helm’s history in the Secretary’s office includes serving as the Director of Administration under Secretary Bremer Ehrler and both the Director of Administration and Director of Corporations during Secretary Bob Babbage’s administration. Helm began her tenure as Director of Elections under Secretary Babbage when the position was created in the mid-1990s, and she continued in that capacity under Secretaries John Y. Brown, III, and Trey Grayson. Helm also previously spent four-and-one-half years as the acting Director of the State Board of Elections. Most recently, Helm served as a Special Elections Assistant to the Secretary of State. Originally from Marion County, Helm resides in Lawrenceburg.
Senior Advisor - Matt Daley
Matt Daley is responsible for civic and educational initiatives and works directly with Kentucky’s educational partners. He also works directly with Kentucky’s elected officials, non-profits and corporations on office initiatives and legislation.
Prior to joining the office, Daley was the Chief Legislative Aid in the Senate Democratic Caucus. Daley obtained his Bachelor of Arts in political science at Eastern Kentucky University and has earned his Master’s in Public Administration. Daley is a proud Eastern Kentucky native from Knott County.
Deputy Director of Communications - Taylor Dale Clark
Taylor Dale Clark serves as Deputy Director of Communications and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. In addition to her communications duties, Clark provides support in completing special projects. Clark previously served as an intern in the office while completing her undergraduate coursework.
Clark earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Kentucky. She is a native of Ashland and now resides in Lexington.