KRC staff currently consists of the Director, Tom FitzGerald, and a part-time contract attorney, Liz Edmondson.  Sophie Beavin, an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky, is a part-time intern with the Council.
Tom FitzGerald (“Fitz”) has been Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984.  KRC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization providing free legal, strategic and policy assistance to individuals, organizations and communities concerning environmental quality, resource extraction, energy, and utility issues.
 
Fitz received his Juris Doctor from the UK College of Law in 1980 (Order of the Coif) and was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky from 1980-1982.  He is an alumni of Roger Williams College (now University), Bristol, Rhode Island with a B.A. in American Studies with distinction.  Fitz has been a lowly Adjunct Professor of Energy and Environmental Law at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville since 1986, and has published a number of articles.
 
He has received the Environmental Quality Commission Lifetime Achievement Award; the Henry R. Heyburn Public Service Award from the UK College of Law, the Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission Biological Diversity Award, the inaugural Professional Achievement Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association, the 14th Heinz Award in the Environment Category, and the Brennan-Haly Award from the University of Louisville Department of Political Science.   He has been a fixture in the halls of the Kentucky General Assembly since 1978.
Liz Edmondson is KRC's staff attorney and works in all aspects of the organization's litigation and policy advocacy programs to ensure the protection of Kentucky's natural resources and communities. She has over a decade of experience working in energy and environmental law and policy in the non-profit sector, private practice, and with state and federal government officials. 
 
Prior to stepping into her current role, Liz served as the director of energy and environmental policy for a national non-profit organization where she helped state government officials from across the country develop innovative environmental and energy policy solutions and strong working relationships. Liz also owned her own law firm for several years where she worked to protect and secure settlements for Kentucky landowners and communities adversely affected by extractive industries. In addition, Liz has also worked as a consultant and project manager on multi-million dollar, high-profile federal government projects to develop policies and regulations to reduce the environmental impacts of coal mining in Appalachia. 
 
Liz first came to work at the Council in 2007 as a law clerk and then served a two-year fellowship as a staff attorney. She then served on the Council’s board of directors until she began working in her current position in 2017. Liz has also served as the Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section and regularly publishes law review and other articles and speaks on energy and environmental issues.
 
Liz graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, in 2007, where she served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Brandeis Law Journal. She received her B.A., cum laude, with a self-designed major in environmental law and policy from the University of Louisville in 2004.  
Sophie Beavin is in her Junior year at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with an emphasis in environmental policy.
 
At the University of Kentucky, she is involved with their sustainability efforts through the Student Sustainability Council, and is also an adventure trip leader for the outdoor program.  She began interning with KRC during the summer of 2018, and we are pleased that will continue her internship through the school year.
 
After graduating, Sophie hopes to work for an environmental non-profit organization, and to then attend law school to study environmental law.