Our Team

Leadership Team

Lacy Starling

President & CEO

Lacy Starling is a former newspaper reporter, an entrepreneur, a writer and speaker, an educator and mentor and a fierce advocate for women in entrepreneurship. She is a recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty under 40, and was named to the Dean’s List of Teaching Excellence five times at the University of Cincinnati. She received her bachelor's in newspaper journalism from Kent State University and her MBA from Malone University.

Lacy’s previous company, Legion Logistics, grew from a one-woman startup in her basement in Union to a more than $26 million company headquartered in Newport. In 2021, Lacy sold her stake in Legion Logistics and returned to her roots in journalism to serve as the founding President and CEO for LINK Media, LLC.

Lacy lives in the Mainstrasse neighborhood of Covington with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Mark Collier

COO

Mark Collier founded Fort Thomas Matters in 2009 and it was was acquired by LINK in 2021. He is also the publisher of Living Magazines, based in Fort Thomas.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media, Collier serves on the UK Dean’s Leadership Council. He also serves on the steering committee for Leadership Northern Kentucky, local Lions Club International chapter and on the board of the Fort Thomas Swim Club.

Collier was honored as a member of this year’s Forty Under 40 class by the Cincinnati Business Courier. He loves his Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Bengals and Reds and enjoys bourbon and sports memorabilia. He and his wife, Lindsey, live in Fort Thomas with their two children.

Michael Monks

Chief Content Officer

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Michael Monks founded The River City News in 2011 and it was acquired by LINK Media in 2021. In addition to publishing the local newspaper, he concurrently hosted Cincinnati Edition on Cincinnati's NPR station WVXU for three years, and prior to that served as news director at Grant County Broadcasters for two years. He holds a bachelor's degree in radio/television from Northern Kentucky University and a master's degree in mass communication from Southern New Hampshire University.

Michael is a Covington native and graduate of Scott High School where he started his media career as a teenager, hosting the school's public access television shows as well as a news magazine about his South Covington subdivision where he also published his first newspaper. He lives in downtown Covington where he often sets out to write creatively but mostly just plays Nintendo Switch.

Editorial Team

Meghan Goth

Managing Editor

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Meghan Goth received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati before getting her master's at Columbia University. She worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer for five years, managing the breaking news and digital teams. She started at WCPO9 in 2015, where she led a digital enterprise team before being promoted to manage the investigative and enterprise teams, which won more than 15 Emmys during her seven years there.

Meghan lives in Mason, Ohio, but still considers herself an Unapologetic NKY Fan.

Kenton Hornbeck

Reporter

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Kenton Hornbeck knew from a young age that he wanted to become a journalist. A graduate of Pendleton County High School, he received his BA in journalism with a finance minor from Western Kentucky University.

He comes to LINKnky from the Falmouth Outlook where he was a News, Sports, and Features Reporter since 2017.

Kenton is a passionate NKY fan due to his family being in the area for generations. Outside of work, Kenton enjoys watching sports, fitness, being outdoors and hanging out with family & friends. He lives in Butler.

Haley Parnell

Reporter

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Haley Parnell received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati in 2021, after having struggled to declare a major for the first half of her college career. She was a digital media intern at Cincinnati Magazine, where her love of journalism solidified as she interviewed and told stories about a diverse set of people and industries. Haley enjoys being able to put on different hats depending on what story she’s telling on any given day.

Haley grew up in Melbourne, but now lives in Southgate.

Kaitlin Gebby

Reporter

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Since she was a teenager in Indianapolis, Kaitlin Gebby knew she wanted to be a journalist. She graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in the Communication Arts program. There, she served as the copy editor of the campus newspaper, The Correspondent.

Kaitlin worked in Indiana at the Chronicle-Tribune and the Wabash Plain Dealer as a reporter and editor, respectively. Before joining LINK nky, she was the education reporter for the Cleveland Daily Banner in Cleveland, Tenn.

When she’s not hunting down leads for news stories, she enjoys attending group exercise classes at the YMCA and trips to the local dog park with her husband and two dogs.

Mark Payne

Government and Politics Reporter

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Mark Payne covers politics and government at the Kentucky statehouse. A double graduate of Northern Kentucky University, he served as editor-in-chief of The Northerner as an undergraduate and studied long-form non-fiction in graduate school.

His work has appeared in the Austin American-Stateman and CincyInno, among many others. He’s covered how technology was being used to solve the opioid crisis in Ohio and a jazz rabbi in Texas. He’s interested in how legislation is impacting communities in Northern Kentucky.

When he's not embedded in Frankfort, he lives in Bellevue.

Strategic Partnerships

Nicole Trimpe

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Nicole Trimpe comes to LINK nky with a non-profit, banking communications and real estate background. A graduate of the University of Kentucky Communications College she also served on the Student Development Council. She now serves on the steering committee for Leadership Northern Kentucky, the advancement committee for EC Learn and the Growth & Innovation committee for Redwood. However, her most coveted community position is as the room mom at her twins' elementary school.

Nicole is an Edgewood native, and other than a short hiatus for college, has never left the NKY Metro. She enjoys checking out breweries, both local and across the country, with her husband and buying too many local baked goods. Thankfully, exercise and healthy living is also a priority in her life. While not at work, you may find her playing Uno with her kids or traveling with family and friends.