Chris Staples, J.D.
Senior Vice President / Managing Director
Chris Staples, J.D.
Senior Vice President / Managing Director
Chris is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. He focuses on strategic direction and planning for the trust company. He has 19 years of experience in trust and estate planning. Chris is Chair of the Trust Company’s Policy and Procedure Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Team.

Chris spent seven years with PNC as a Senior Wealth Planner in Louisville. Before that, he worked for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio for 5 years in a variety of roles including as Associate Counsel to the Private Client Group. Before that he spent four years as a Law Clerk and Associate for Dodd & Dodd, a Louisville law firm. Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville. He has served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves. Chris is a board member for Home of the Innocents and the Louisville Nature Center. Chris joined Hilliard Lyons in 2014.
Eva M. Cutsinger, CWA®, CTFA
Senior Vice President /Associate Director
Eva M. Cutsinger, CWA®, CTFA
Senior Vice President /Associate Director
Eva is a Senior Vice President and the Associate Director of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on the management of trust administration and trust operations. Eva has 30 years of experience in the investment industry. She holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor®, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designations and also holds her Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Eva is a member of the Trust Company’s Strategic Planning Team.

Eva worked in the portfolio management division of Mid-America Bank of Louisville (BB&T Bank), where she spent 11 years. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting. She is also a graduate of Southern Trust School with an emphasis in personal trust administration. Eva joined Hilliard Lyons in 1999.
Leigh Ralston, CWA®, CRSP, CISP
Senior Vice President / Trust Administration Manager
Leigh Ralston, CWA®, CRSP, CISP
Senior Vice President / Trust Administration Manager
Leigh is a Senior Vice President and Trust Administration Manager of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on management of the trust administration team. Leigh has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. She holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor®, Certified Retirement Services Professional, and Certified IRA Services Professional designations as well as her Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. Leigh is Co-Chair of the Trust Company’s Administrative Review.

Leigh has served more than 25 years in the trust and investment management division of Hilliard Lyons. She received her Bachelor in Business Management degree from Sullivan University. She is also a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School with an emphasis in employee benefits. Leigh joined Hilliard Lyons in 1984.
Diane Shelton, CWA®, CTFA
Senior Vice President / Trust Administration Manager
Diane Shelton, CWA®, CTFA
Senior Vice President / Trust Administration Manager
Diane is a Senior Vice President and Trust Administration Manager of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on management of the trust administration team. Diane has over 40 years of experience in the investment industry. She holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor®, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designations as well as her Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Diane is Co-Chair of the Trust Company’s Administrative Review Committee.

Diane served as an Operations Officer with LNB Life Insurance Company for six years. Before that, she served as a Personal Trust Assistant for Liberty National Bank & Trust Company, where she spent eleven years. She is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School with an emphasis in personal trust administration. Diane joined Hilliard Lyons in 1990.
Lucie Brooks, J.D., CTFA
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Lucie Brooks, J.D., CTFA
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Lucie is a Vice President and Trust Specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on trust administration and client service. She has 7 years of experience in the investment industry. Lucie is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. She holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. She also serves as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at University of Louisville.

Before joining Hilliard Lyons, Lucie was in the private practice of law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School with an emphasis in personal trust administration. Lucie serves as a board member for the non-profit organization, Mama to Mama. Lucie joined Hilliard Lyons in 2011.
Rhonda Brown, CWA®
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Rhonda Brown, CWA®
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Rhonda is a Vice President and Trust Specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on client service and supports high-net-worth trust and retail clients. She joined Hilliard Lyons in 1983 and brings over 35 years of experience in the investment industry working with clients in the areas of brokerage, trust administration and investment management. Rhonda holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor® designation. She also holds a Series 7 securities license.

Rhonda has spent 28 years working directly with clients in the trust and investment management area of Hilliard Lyons. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Indiana University. Rhonda is also a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School. She is a volunteer for Dollars for Schools. Rhonda joined Hilliard Lyons in 1983.
Daniel W. Clifton, J.D.
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Daniel W. Clifton, J.D.
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Daniel is a Vice President and Trust Specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. He focuses on trust administration and client service. Daniel has 16 years experience in banking and 18 years of experience in trust administration. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. Daniel is a graduate of the American Bankers Association, National Trust School, and Graduate Trust School.

Daniel spent 13 years with PNC Wealth Management, where he served as a Trust Advisor. Before that, he was Manager of Commercial Collateral Review with Citizens Fidelity (PNC Bank). He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Louisville and a J. D. from the University of Louisville School of Law. He served as the Chair of the Louisville Bar Association Investment Committee. Daniel joined Hilliard Lyons in 2013.
Victoria Gagel, CWA®, CRSP
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Victoria Gagel, CWA®, CRSP
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Victoria is a Vice President and Trust Specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She provides trust administration with a focus on retirement services. She has 21 years of experience in the investment industry. Victoria holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor® and Certified Retirement Services Professional designations.

Victoria served as Office Manager for the City of Louisville Fire Department, Training Division, for eight years. Before that, she spent 12 years with National City Bank in the Trust Operations division. She holds an Associates of Science in Accounting from Jefferson Community College. She is also a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School with an emphasis in retirement services. Victoria joined Hilliard Lyons in 1997.
Ann Maloney, CWA®, CTFA
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Ann Maloney, CWA®, CTFA
Vice President / Trust Specialist
Ann is a Vice President and Trust Specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC. She focuses on client service and supports high-net-worth trust and retail clients. She has 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Ann holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor® and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designations.

Ann served as an Institutional Trust Coordinator for Liberty National Bank (Bank One) for nine years. She is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School with an emphasis in personal trust administration. Ann joined Hilliard Lyons in 1997.