Vickie Yates Brown Glisson
Vickie Yates Brown Glisson can trace her family’s lineage through generations of local farmers rooted in the outer Bluegrass. In years past, her family’s farm has produced dairy, grain and tobacco, as well as sustained a cattle operation. In the early hours of the day, Vickie may still be found out among fields of growing vegetables and fruits on the family farm located just minutes outside of the Louisville Metro. They grow an abundance of produce; Vickie and her father have been known to sell their vine-ripened tomatoes at Louisville’s weekend farmers markets.
Having the opportunity to have been born and raised on a farm has taught Vickie many life lessons. Hard work is king among those, because without hard work the farm would not survive. This lesson in responsibility is still evident in Vickie’s work as Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Appointed by Governor Bevin in 2015, Secretary Glisson has not shied away from tackling some of the biggest issues in Kentucky, including reforming the child welfare system and working to establish family drug courts. Secretary Glisson has also implemented nationally recognized programs and saved Kentucky over $30 million in reforms and efficiencies.
Vickie is a nationally-recognized lawyer with 30 years of health care and health insurance experience. Practicing with the firm, Frost Brown Todd, her unique blend of health care knowledge has made Vickie a valuable asset to the state and the country. She has served on two advisory councils for the National Institutes of Health: Human Genome Research and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Vickie was also named President and CEO of Nucleus in 2008, advising the University of Louisville in the areas of health and innovative research.
Vickie has received great praise for her work in health care law and government regulation, including the Distinguished Citizen Award by Louisville Mayor David Armstrong in 2002. She was named the 2013 Woman of Influence by Louisville’s Business First magazine and received the Greater Louisville Inc. 2013 Silver Fleur de Lis Award for fostering technology research. That same year, Vickie was also a finalist for Business First’s Louisville Business Leader of the Year Award.
Vickie and her husband, Colonel Shawn D. Glisson, MD (USA, Retired), live in Louisville where Shawn practices medicine with Norton Healthcare. An Oncologist and Hematologist, Shawn helped establish Louisville’s first medical home for those with sickle cell disease. Shawn’s daughter, Stephanie Pearl Glisson, also lives in Louisville with her husband, Phi Do.
For fun, Vickie helps her father tend to his farm fruits and vegetables, fueling her favorite pastime of canning and preserving jams, jellies and pickles.