Joe Childers, Chairman

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 Bennett 

Betsy Bennett lives in Louisville and is an environmental lawyer who graduated from Bryn Mawr College, University of Colorado, and University of Kentucky College of Law. She has volunteered with the Sierra Club for 35 years, served on the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for 12 years, and has been a fan of Fitz and KRC for as long as she can remember. She is also currently on the board for River Fields and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. She is married and has 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  In the photo at left, Betsy is awarding the Sue Anne Salmon Community Service Award to Winnie Hepler during KRC's Second Annual Meeting.

Betsy serves as the chair of the Litigation and the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institiute Sub-Committees.

Sarah Lynn Cunningham

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 was co-founder of the Louisville Climate Action Network in 2007, where she serves 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.

Dr. Larry Cook

Dr Larry Cook is a physician educator. He attended the University of Louisville for both undergraduate and medical school. He completed training as a pediatrician and neonatologist and joined the faculty of the UL School of Medicine in 1974 and still serve as Professor of Pediatrics. He 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. He 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 UL. 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 Gadson 

Arnita Gadson is a steward for those with environmental concerns as she is the executive director 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 achievements prevent human suffering and contribute to the Louisville economy by protecting the health of each citizen.

Arnita serves on the Chair of the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute Sub-Committee.

Jim Hays

Jim is an alumni of Sue Bennett College and Cumberland College, with a degree in aquatic biology. Jim is dedicated to serving the Commonwealth and appreciates the importance of stewardship.

Jim serves on the Development Sub-Committee.

Adam Johnson

Originally from Ashland, Kentucky, Adam studied at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and graduated in 2017. Before attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Adam has worked for the LRC and KCARD during his time as a student. Currently, Adam is in his third year of law school and is looking forward to getting to apply his information and work ethic to the management of KRC.

"I joined the board to have the ability to help a non-profit, which focuses on the environment, succeed. KRC has great and inspiring staff, and I want to help them succeed."

Adam serves on the Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute Sub-Committee.

Roger Shott

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 he cared for dependent children of Vietnam soldiers from 1967-1969. While continuing his practice of neonatology, Roger became a professor of nurseries at the University of Louisville Hospitals and Director of pediatric education for UL medical students for 20 years. After retiring in 2002, Roger Shott 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 Financial Sub-Committees.


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 Current sub-committees are:

  • Development
  • Finance
  • Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute
  • Litigation