2017 Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky Honoree

Gabrielle Summe

Gabrielle Summe made history in 2010 when she was elected as the first female Kenton county clerk. Since becoming County Clerk, she has made it a priority to preserve the county’s history by digitizing its records. She is currently first vice president of the Kentucky Clerk’s Association and was appointed to the Secretary of State’s Task Force on Elections.

Gabrielle attended Chase College of Law while working for the Kenton County Attorney’s office and became an assistant County Attorney after her graduation in 2000. She also worked with her brother Pete Summe in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate and probate.

In 2013, Gabrielle received the Exceptional Service Award from Chase and in 2014 was honored as a Woman Making a Difference by Notre Dame Academy. She was the Convention Chair for the 2014 Kentucky Bar Association Convention and is a past member of the KBA’s CLE Committee.

Gabrielle is also committed to her community. She is a Board Member with Welcome House Outreach and was on the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home board. She was a contributing author for the NKY Encyclopedia and is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky. She is involved with Kids Voting and often speaks at area schools and community groups about elections.

I would like to thank the Women’s Initiative, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the committee members who chose me for this prestigious award.

I would also like to thank the outstanding people in my life-my family. I define family as a large group of people, many of whom aren’t related to me but who have given me unconditional love and support. So a special thank you to Arnold Simpson, Donna Ross and Alecia Webb-Edgington for their letters of recommendation. You all are more than friends-you are family.

Desmond Tutu said it best. “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you and you are to them”.