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Bingham, Chantel R. Brown [Depp]

(born: 1969) 

Chantel Brown Bingham was born in Versailles, KY, the daughter of Charles E. Brown Jr. and Geraldine Collins Brown. She is the first African American to be appointed Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Versailles. She also serves as a Commissioner of the Midway-Woodford County-Versailles Planning and Zoning Commission and is a member of the Woodford County High School Hall of Fame Committee in Versailles.

In 1986, Brown was the first African American named homecoming queen of Woodford County High School. She was the school's prom queen in 1987; 20 years earlier, in 1967, her mother had been the school's prom queen. Chantel was Ms. Black U of L in 1988-89; Ms. Woodford County Fair Queen in 2000; and 3rd runner-up in the Mrs. Kentucky America Pageant.

Brown was also the first African American to be hired in the executive office of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; she joined the staff in 2004 as an employment recruiter and served as a staff assistant to the commissioner. Chantel received the Diversity Award at the 2006 Southeastern Association of the Fish Wildlife Agencies Conference.

Brown was the recipient of the 2005 Employee Support Award from Kentucky State University's Office of Career Counseling and Placement for her student recruitment efforts.

Chantel is a communication graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned her master's degree in public administration at Kentucky State University with a 4.0 GPA. She is a graduate of the Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program.

Chantel is an instructor and model with Images Model Talent Agency, and since 1999 has been a choreographer with the Woodford County Fair Pageant Board. She has also been a dance coach  and is the former Young People's Division Director at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Chantel Bingham is the sister of Charliese Brown-Lewis. This information is taken, with permission, from the resume of Chantel Brown Bingham.

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