Team Members

Katelyn Meckes

Katelyn Wiard

Katelyn Meckes, a nationally recognized advocate for the emerging hemp and CBD industry, serves as the administrative manager of Frost Brown Todd’s hemp practice.

Katelyn joined Frost Brown Todd in 2016 as an administrator of the firm government affairs affiliate, CivicPoint. Initially, she worked to address a myriad of client interests, from agricultural lending to child marriage laws. In this capacity, Katelyn also spent much of her time learning about the needs of emerging markets and how they make space for themselves in their corresponding industries. Soon thereafter, she found herself deeply involved in the emerging hemp industry. Katelyn uses her role as Director of Operations to continue to develop as a subject and industry expert. In this capacity, Katelyn has learned about the barriers, regulatory and otherwise, that are often placed on new markets and how to effectively overcome them. Katelyn now serves as a point of contact for much of the hemp industry, with connections to various hemp groups across the country, and she is well-versed in the art of managing large, diverse teams to accomplish a single, mutually beneficial goal.

Prior, Katelyn graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and she earned her Executive MBA through the University of Kentucky’s Professional MBA Program in 2021. In 2016, Katelyn was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the J. William Fulbright Foundation in the field of Public Policy. In 2019, Katelyn served on the Gubernatorial Transition team for Agriculture Policy. Currently, Katelyn is the Roundtable’s representative on the Hemp Industries Association Board of Directors. She is also the Consumer Representative for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, and she spends much of her free time volunteering in the Lexington, Kentucky Community.