Petra Piffko

General Manager

Petra relocated from Mannheim Germany to Hopkinsville in 1989, she attended the Hospitality School in Bad Durkheim, Germany.

Petra has been with the Convention Center since 2004, and holds the position as the General Manager.

Sarah Chester

Office Manager

Shelby Wright

Administrative Assistant

Shelby, a graduate of Hopkinsville High School. She joined the JEBCC staff  May of 2016. She is a Murray State University student who adores working with people. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, John, and four fur babies; Zoey, Tucker, Bo, and Charlie.  

Ann Erps

Event Sales Manager

Sara Knowles

Event Sales Coordinator

Melinda Moore

Event Sales Coordinator

Ann joined the JEBCC staff in September of 2007, after working 10 years as Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn of Hopkinsville.  She loves working with clients and making new friends. Ann is a graduate of Hopkinsville High School. After leaving the area for a few years, she returned to her small farm in South Christian County. She loves the country life, fishing, gardening, camping, as well as traveling. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

Joan Vargas


Saimara Falcon

Pastry Chef

Natascha Vickers

Banquet Captain

Cierra Baker

Banquet Assistant

Michael Fitzsimmons


Dean Gattis



The Boss

Melinda found Jebi alongside

the road, with one leg injured,

and a bad concussion.

Jebi has been with us since 2015. 

We never have had a dull moment

since she has joined the team.