Joe Childers, Chair of the Board of Directors for KRC, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law and has over 30 years of legal experience with specialties in environmental, mineral, and civil rights litigation. He has been successful in winning some of Kentucky's most notable cases, including unmined mineral taxation, the notorious "broad form" mineral deed, and surface owner's rights against natural gas companies. He currently lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.
Joe serves on the Litigation and Financial Sub-Committees.
Betsy has practiced environmental law in Kentucky since 1994. Betsy brings her extensive experience to the KRC Board. She serves as the conservation chair for the Kentucky Chapter of the Sierra Club and is a board member on the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Betsy has also served on the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, the Olmsted Conservancy, and RiverFields. Betsy is a proud mother of two and a grandmother of six.
Betsy serves as the chair of the Litigation Sub-Committee.
Born in Louisville, Alison Brotzge-Elder is happy to found herself back in her hometown and on the Board of KRC. She currently is a Social Media Lead at Humana and has extensive experience in both public relations and journalism. She spent six yeas as a producer for The Weather Channel where she witnessed first-hand the power of Mother Nature on countless occassions. Alison is a graduate of Boston University. She and her husband are avid gardeners. They have won multiple Kentucky State Fair ribbons for their produce. They live in Louisville their two children, dog and cat.
"I am passionate about protecting and enhancing the environment of my home state. After spending years covering climate change for The Weather Channel, I returned to Kentucky and decided to get involved in broader work to bring economic justice to my fellow Kentuckians. For too long, the people of our Commonwealth have born the brunt of environmental and economic exploitation. KRC is on the frontline, fighting for the people directly impacted by that exploitation and standing up to protect our natural resources. I am proud to be a part of the Board and get involved in their work."
Sarah Lynn Cunningham is a professional environmental engineer and environmental educator who graduated from the University of Louisville with degrees in environmental engineering, environmental history, and environmental education. She has worked with the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District, Jefferson County Board of Health, and Kentucky Division of Water. She is the co-founder of the Louisvillle Climate Action Network in 2007, where she seves as its part-time Director. Sarah Lynn is also a Board member of the Kentucky Conservation Committee.
Sarah Lynn serves on the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute Sub-Committee.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Madison studied political scicence at the University of Louisville, before attending Northern Kentucky University and obtaining a Master's in Public Administration. During his graduate studies, he worked three seasons with the National Park Service in Ohio, North Dakota, and Washington. During this time Madison's passion for the natural world and environmental justice grew. Now, Madison seeks to serve his home state in endeavors to advocate for those downhill, downwind, and downstream.
"I want to join the KRC Board in order to help protect and preserve Kentucky's Natural Resources for generations to come."
Madison serves on the Development Sub-Committe.
Larry went to undergraduate and medical school at the University of Louisville. He completed training as a pediatrician and neonatologist and joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1974 and still serves as Professor of Pediatrics. Larry has served as Chief of the Division of Neonatology, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at The Children’s Hospital as well as Vice-President for Health Affairs. Larry was instrumental in the formation of Passport Health Plan and University of Louisville Physicians. Larry is married to Christine Cook, an obstetrician-gynecologist also on the faculty at the University of Louisville. Together, they have three children- Kirk, Brian and Amelia and four granddaughters.
"I joined the board to do what I can to save our environment."
Larry serves on the Development and Finance Sub-Committees.
Arnita is a steward for those with environmental concerns. Formerly serving as the Executive Direcor of the Environmental Quality Commission in Louisville, she has managed Louisville's air pollution by securing funding that established a state-of-the-art laboratory at the University of Louisville to measure air toxins. Her achievement prevented human suffering and contributed to the Louisville economy by protecting the health of each citizen. Arnita is currently the Executive Director of the West Jefferson Community Task Force.
Arnita serves on the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute Sub-Committee.
London-native, Jim is an alumni of Sue Bennett College and Cumberland College, with a degree in aquatic biology. Jim has an extensive career in environmental biology research. Now Jim is the Horse Lick Creek Bioreserve Director. Jim continues to be dedicated to serving the Commonwealth and appreciates the importance of environmental stewardship.
Jim serves as the chair of the Development Sub-Committee.
"When asked about why he wanted to join the KRC Board, Tim shared a quote from Amanda Gorman: 'We relish the view; We witness its round green and brilliant blue, Which inspires us to ask deeply, wholly: What can we do?'"
After growing up in Washington D.C., Roger Shott attended the University of Virginia Medical School and graduated in 1964. He completed his residency in pediatrics and neonatology, then continued on to serve in the US Military Medical Corp where cared for dependent children of Vietnam soldiers from 1967-1969. While continuing his practice of neontaology, Roger became a professor of nurseries as the University of Louisville Hospitals and Director of pediatric education for University of Louisville medical students for 20 years. After retiring, Roger became a board member of KRC and the Nature Conservancy. He currently lives in Louisville with his wife and has two sons, Brian and Eric.
Roger serves on the Development and Finance Sub-Committees.
Volunteers may serve on one of the sub-committees without having to serve on the Board. If you are interested in learning more about the KRC Board of Directors or one of its sub-committes, please contact Amy Carpenter, Office Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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