KRC's Board of Directors

Joe Childers, Chair

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.


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.


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.

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.

Jim Hays

Jim  is an alumni of Sue Bennett College and Cumberland College, with a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Biology Education from Union College.  Jim brings a wealth of experience to the Council in understanding the aquatic biology of the Commonwealth and of the importance of stewardship.  He formerly served as Director of the Rockcastle River Project for the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and Director of the Rockcastle River Project for the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  Since 2016, he has been Director of Friends of the Rockcastle RIver.  Jim lives in London, Kentucky.

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.