Education is the key to success and our youth will soon become our leaders. My name is Drennan Cowan and I’m your Union County School Board Member for District 2.
I have been married to my wife Sydney Cowan for 5 years and we have a Goldendoodle named Milo and we have a 1 year old named Ramsey.
My passion for success and the desire to watch UCPS grow comes from my own time in the schools. Being a graduate of UCHS in 2007 I knew I would call Union County my forever home. After Graduating College from Western KY university in Bowling Green, KY in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree of Science with an emphasis in Agronomy I started a small farming business that has grown in many different ways. I am now a farmer, agronomist for Brown’s Fertilizer & Chemical, a precision Ag salesman, as well as a husband and father. The many roles that I have in my life only show that UCPS has molded me into a driven businessman that wants to invest in Union County.
As we look to the future we must show our children that UCPS is investing in their life everyday. Our teachers, staff, board members and the volunteers give everything they can to watch our children succeed. I am grateful and appreciative of this opportunity to grow and keep UCPS moving in the right direction. My phone is always on and my doors are always open and I love to talk to anyone in the community. God bless and thank you for this opportunity.
Launyai Martin is currently an instructor at Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy where she’s been employed for over 18 years. She enjoys working with youth and encouraging them to successfully achieve their goals. Mrs. Martin was a parent representative of UCHS SBDM Council for 3 years before becoming a Board member.
Mrs. Martin is a 1994 Honors graduate of UCHS and also a member of the National Honor Society.
Mrs. Martin has been married to Keith Martin for 20 years and they have two sons, Deiondre and Keishon.
Mrs. Martin’s goal as a Board member is to make certain all students’ educational needs are met to ensure a successful academic completion. She feels her views as a parent will help to continuously improve the Union County Public School system. Mrs. Martin values integrity and will do her part as a Board member to make sure goals of the school system are being met, if not exceeded, for success in our county.
Mrs. Meacham became a member of the Union County Board of Education in January 2011 and became Vice Chairperson in January 2015.
Mrs. Meacham is a retired teacher from the Union County Public School district and currently a horse farm owner.
Mrs. Meacham is a proud 1967 honors graduate of Union County High School and a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Masters degree in elementary education.
Mrs. Meacham is a native of and life-long resident of Union County and is married to Ralph Meacham. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Amanda Coy and Chuck Meacham, and also proud grandparents. Mrs. Meacham has coached softball in youth leagues as well as softball and basketball for Union County Public Schools. She is actively involved as a leader in 4-H. Currently she is working part time for the Union County Library District and is also serving as a member of Union County First.
Mrs. Meacham ran for the Board in 2010 because she felt that changes were being made to the detriment of our system. As a teacher in the Union County school system, she was active in various ways and had opportunities to have input in some of the decisions that were made. After retirement, she felt it was time to have a broader role in the decision making process of the school system. Having been out of teaching for only a couple of years, she felt that she could offer a perspective to the Board that had not been previously available to them. Now in her second term on the Board, Mrs. Meacham is confident in the leadership of our current administration.
Mrs. Meacham’s goal is for students of Union County Public Schools to have the opportunity to gain the skills to be competitive in today’s society. She wants to see graduates return and contribute to the growth of Union County and speak proudly to others of our county. She wants a diploma from Union County High School to convey great meaning and for students to truly believe that if they dream it, they can achieve it.
Mr. Gatten is a native of Union County, a 1982 honors graduate of Union County High School, has a BS in Electronics, and is owner of Technical Training and Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Gatten was married to Union County GT teacher Meg Gatten for 33 years prior to her passing away in 2016. He has four children- Zachary Gatten, Olivia Jarrell, Elizabeth Gatten, and Samuel Gatten. Mr. Gatten currently serves as regional faculty for the American Heart Association, is an Emergency Medical Technician, a Master Electrician, and conducts MSHA & OSHA safety training/consulting across the U.S.
Mr. Gatten’s goal as a Board member is to make a positive difference in student lives and the lives of teachers and school district employees. He believes in the value of listening to other points of view in order to arrive at the best solutions. As a Board member, he will strive to help all of our students achieve at their highest level and acquire the skills needed to prepare them for today’s jobs- and for a successful life.