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Alen Amini, Director; Executive Director, Jamshid Rug Gallery; Corps Member Education Foundation

	Alen	Amini	Alen Amini earned his B.S. in Operations Management from Miami University (OH). Currently, he operates Jamshid Antique Rugs, LCC. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Executive Director of the Corps Member Education Foundation, a nonprofit working to provide transformational educational opportunities for low-income students all across the country.

For the past three years, Alen served as a high school math teacher (Teach For America corps member) and assistant principal at Lakeside High School in Lake Village, Arkansas, where he also coached basketball and tennis, and worked with teachers and community members to raise over $100,000 to send students on domestic and international trips to Greece, Spain, France, and Boston, Massachusetts. Concurrent with his responsibilities as an educator, Alen served as the Executive Director of the Southeast Arkansas Community Foundation, disseminating funds to local charities in Southeast Arkansas, and as the Director the J. Austin White Cultural Center, which provides artistic and cultural programming for residents of Chicot County. While living in the Delta, Alen worked with the Mayor's Office in Greenville, Mississippi to establish the Go Greenville! Internship Program, which placed Mississippi college students at private and nonprofit organizations for 10 week internships. Along with his current professional responsibilities, Alen serves the co-chair for GLSEN Southeast Arkansas, as well as the co-chair for the City Year Columbus Alumni Board.


Latara Appleby, Marketing Brand Assistant, Metro United Way

Latara works as a marketing assistant at Metro United Way in Louisville, Ky. Through writing and graphic design she informs people of the important work Metro United Way is doing in the community in the areas of education, financial stability and healthy lives - the building blocks for a good quality of life. Latara interned with The Grand Rapids Press and MLive Media Group in Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C., where she reported on national issues surrounding freedom of the press.

She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received a B.A. in Journalism. While there she worked for the Kentucky Kernel, the school's daily, independent student newspaper as a staff photographer, reporter and photo editor. She covered stories ranging from devastating tornado damage in Eastern Kentucky to an NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Championship. She was also photo editor of the university yearbook and a three-time participant in the Picture Kentucky storytelling workshop. While in school Latara attended the University Leadership Summit, taught a freshman orientation class and helped organize the welcome week held for freshman and transfer students each fall. She studied world and European politics for one summer in the Czech Republic.


Junis Baldon, Associate, Frost Brown Todd

	Junis	Baldon	Junis joined Frost Brown Todd in 2009. Junis is a member of the firm's business litigation department and concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, administrative law, constitutional law, and appellate litigation. Junis has worked on matters involving a wide range of clients including utilities, government entities, and corporations. He has experience in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Kentucky and United States Supreme Court. Junis has worked on constitutional law matters for the ACLU of Kentucky, the ACLU's Speech and Technology Project, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, and NAACP.

Junis received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, magna cum laude and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. At Moritz, Junis served as the president of the Black Law Students Association and was a member of moot court, the moot court governing board, and The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. His article, Taking a Backseat: How Delaware Can Alter the Role of the SEC in Evaluating Shareholder Proposals was selected for publication in the 2009 edition of the Journal. As a member of moot court, he was awarded the 'Best Brief Award' in the Frederick Douglas Midwest Regional Moot Court Competition. Junis served as a judicial extern and law clerk for The Honorable Judge Guy Reece of the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas. He was selected by his peers as a Top Lawyer for Constitutional Law in Louisville Magazine in 2014, and as a 2015 Kentucky Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Jonah Brown, General Counsel + Director of Operations, Servonta Strategic Philanthropy

	Jonah	Brown	Jonah Brown was born and raised in Richmond, KY, and is a 2002 graduate of Madison Central High School. He attended college at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with Minors in African-American Studies and Spanish. While at the University of Kentucky, he was again involved in various organizations. He served as Resident Student Association President, Student Government Senator, and a UK Ambassador before being elected University of Kentucky Student Body President. He is the second black student body president in the school's history. He is also a member of the Epsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

After undergrad, he then attended the University of Kentucky College of Law as the inaugural recipient of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Fellowship. He was licensed to practice law in Kentucky in 2010. He began his career as Staff Attorney to Fayette Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael. He then spent two years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator at Transylvania University. He transitioned back to private practice, working for two years as a civil litigation associate in Lexington with the law firm Fulkerson, Kinkel & Marrs, PLLC. He has recently joined Servonta, a strategic philanthropy organization committed to providing education and wellness resources to the underserved populations in Central and Eastern Kentucky. He is married to his lovely wife and college sweetheart, Chioma Brown. 


Brittany Cook, Direct Support Professional, Harbor House

	Brittany	Cook	I'm Brittany Cook, and I am a recent graduate from the University of Louisville with a BA in Psychology, and a minor in Studio Arts. My focus is to inspire and cultivate healthy lifestyles. I look forward to utilizing the skills I master through my work in social services, my education, and my Fellowship with NLC to promote self-efficacy in individuals across borders. My experiences in dealing with inequalities have pushed me toward the good fight for justice, especially amongst those who find mental and physical barriers hard to cross.

Long term goals I strive for include the ability to travel amongst cultures in need and utilize practices of art as a means of healing and encouraging growth. There's is no doubt that NLC will be a concrete foundation by which I find ways perform within the concepts I wish to establish, and create change among communities.


Ashley Foree, Direction of Association Services, Kentucky Retail Federation

	Ashley	Foree	Ashley Foree Ð Director of Association Services, Kentucky Retail Federation Ashley Foree serves as the Director of Association Services for the Kentucky Retail Federation, a non-profit trade association. In this position Ashley is the Associate Director of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Propane Gas Association, two affiliate organizations of the Kentucky Retail Federation. Prior to this position, Ashley worked in the Public Affairs and Commodity Divisions of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. A native of Henry County, KY, Ashley was the eighth-generation in her family to grow up working on her familyÕs farm that was a Revolutionary War land grant to her ancestors.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Media Studies with a Minor in Music from Georgetown College (KY). While in college, Ashley spent a summer in Washington D.C. interning on Capitol Hill for the former Congressman Geoff Davis and is a graduate of the Congressional Leadership Program of the Office of Congressman Geoff Davis. She also worked as an intern for Canadian Parliament Member David Tilson in Ottawa, Canada. An avid traveler, Ashley has spent time in thirteen countries including Germany, where she lived for five months doing mission work. In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing the piano, volunteering, and reading.


Erica Gray, Academic Counselor, University of Louisville

	Erica	Gray	Erica Gray is an Academic Counselor for the University of Louisville's Talent Search program. Talent Search is a part of the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO). This program provides outreach to low-income and first-generation students from disadvantaged backgrounds and encourages progress eighth grade-degree attainment. Erica currently participates in organizations on campus such as the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), and the African American Alumni Council (AAAC), and was a participant in the inaugural ProvostÕs Staff Leadership Academy. Previously, she was a middle Language Arts teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools and coached cheerleading, cross country, and dance teams.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville in December 2005, a Master's Degree in Teaching from Spalding University, and currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership Education from Spalding University.


Paige Halpin, Deputy Finance Director, Alison for Kentucky 

A Midwesterner by birth, Paige moved to the Bluegrass State in the fall of 2013 to join Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign for U.S. Senate. She served as the Deputy Finance Director in charge of all in-state fundraising. She graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, in 2009 with a degree in English and went on to pursue a Master's degree in U.S. History from Loyola University Chicago. After serving as an archivist with the Archdiocese of Chicago, Paige joined her alma mater, Monmouth College, as the Associate Director for Development in Chicago. While in Chicago she was active with By the Hand Club for Kids and local politics.

Paige has a passion for higher education, public health, and public service thanks to her grandmother who was a public school teacher, her mother who is a public health nurse, and her grandfather who served in local government. She spends a lot of time thinking about the intersection of the public and private sector and how to improve communication and coordination. Paige resides in Lexington and is an active member of Christ Church Cathedral. In her spare time she seeks out good hiking trails, enthralling books, delicious cake recipes, and continues to fall in love with Kentucky.


Tess Hammons, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Children, Inc.

	Tess	Hammons	Tess graduated Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in both English and geology and a minor in philosophy. A member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta, she spent her final undergraduate year at the US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Technology Verification Program. While employed there through a student contract position, she edited and disseminated reports and tech briefs from regional E.P.A. scientists and performed research for reports.

Tess is the director of public relations and marketing at Children, Inc. She began working at Children, Inc. in 2012 as assistant to executive director and co-founder Rick Hulefeld before creating a position of her own. Beginning by building a new website for the agency, she then streamlined and expanded the agency's communications, public relations, and marketing operations. In addition, she participates in collaborations and committees as a representative of the non-profit agency's mission to help children and families succeed. These committees include the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network, Healthy Smiles for Our Kids, and the community engagement workgroup of the Early Childhood Advisory Council. She grew up in Park Hills, Kentucky, and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Blair Haydon, Strengthening Families Coordinator, Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood

	Blair	Haydon	Blair Haydon, Strengthening Families Coordinator, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Blair joined the GovernorÕs Office of Early Childhood (KYGOEC) as the Strengthening Families Coordinator in September 2014. There, she is working to coordinate a cross-sector approach to the development and implementation of KentuckyÕs Strengthening Families framework to prevent child abuse and neglect. Before she joined KYGOEC, Blair served students and families in the communities within Fayette and Madison Counties, where she worked as a grant manager and program director for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to develop programs that focus on drug and violence prevention.

A native of Springfield, KY, she has played an active role in her community in many aspects. Blair attended Saint Catharine College on a golf scholarship, and while there, received an award of excellence in Criminal Justice, before transferring to Eastern Kentucky University to complete her undergrad in Social Work. At EKU, she was an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and of the Student Social Work Association, where she also held office of secretary and publicity chair. Immediately after college, Blair spent time working with Buckhorn Children and Family Services providing transitional living programs for homeless pregnant teens. Blair attended graduate school at Campbellsville University focusing on Special Education. She has spent many hours volunteering for campaigns on the local and state level and remains passionate about serving Kentucky families and children. In addition, Blair has served on the Advisory Council for 4-H Youth Development, on the Kentucky Out of School Alliance Policy and Advocacy Committee, and as a volunteer of the fund-raising committee for the Lexington Public Library Foundation. Blair resides in Lexington, KY.


Hunter Kendrick, Judicial Clerk, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

	Hunter	Kendrick	Hunter Kendrick is a lawyer living in Louisville, KY. He is currently serving as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Senior Judge John G. Heyburn II of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. After his clerkship, Hunter will join the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells as a litigator. Hunter graduated in 2014 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received the Eppa Hunton IV Memorial Book Award. This award is given to the graduate who demonstrates an unusual aptitude in litigation and shows a keen awareness and understanding of the lawyerÕs ethical and professional responsibilities. He also received the James M. Shoemaker, Jr. Moot Court Award for his performance in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Tournament. During his third year of law school, Hunter worked as a prosecutor in the Louisa County, Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and tried dozens of criminal cases. He was a member of the Virginia Law trial advocacy team that finished in the top four of the National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Tournament at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. And he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Hunter attended the University of Kentucky for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated summa cum laude, in three years, with degrees in history and political science. He was a member of the History Honors Program, and he wrote his Honors thesis on the political and philosophical history of the 1792 Kentucky Constitution.

Hunter has a deep commitment to public service. He has provided pro bono legal services to RAINN- the largest group in the United States devoted to protecting victims of rape and domestic violence; and the Anti-Defamation League, a group devoted to halting anti-Semitism, bigotry, and extremism. During law school, he volunteered with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy to do pro bono legal work for indigent criminal defendants. In college, Hunter volunteered as a high school speech and debate coach. And, as a high school student, Hunter received the "Good Citizen" Award from the St. Asaph Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution.


Zachary Kenitzer, Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University

	Zachary	Kenitzer	Zachary E. Kenitzer is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University, located in Columbus, Ohio. From Louisville, by way of Owensboro, he is a two-time graduate of the University of Louisville and has been active in service to the academy and communities in which he has resided. This service stretches from his first foray with the Louisville Mayors Youth Cabinet in 2004, through his tenure at the University of Louisville. While at U of L he served The Louisville Cardinal Student Newspaper, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Union, Graduate Student Council, U of L USGBC LEED Student Chapter, College Democrats, and others.

Zachary has also served students at The Ohio State University during his tenure with the Council of Graduate Students, University Area Commission and the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS). When not writing his dissertation he enjoys watching Cardinal and Buckeye college football and basketball, as well as playing ice hockey, sailing and playing with his French Bulldog, Peaches. 


Zachary Myers, Political Organizer & Volunteer

	Zachary	Myers	Before moving to Lexington in 2013, Zachary Myers was born and raised in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He is currently the Vice Chair of Lexington Fairness, advocating for equal rights and promoting safe schools for the LGBTQ community in Kentucky.

Zachary has a B.S. in Political Science and is pursuing an MPA from UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Furthermore, he has spent the last two years employed by the Commonwealth and volunteering for local political campaigns. 




Josh Nadzam, Resident Services Coordinator, Lexington Housing Authority

	Josh	Nadzam	Josh Nadzam was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Raised by a single mother in the projects, Josh fought hard to overcome the adversities of poverty, a broken family, and other tragedies throughout his childhood. He excelled in high school in academics as well as athletics and during his senior year he was a captain on the basketball team, a captain on the football team, a captain on the track team, and a captain on the cross country team. He used his academic and athletic successes to escape his dire situation and eventually found his way to Kentucky as a walk-on to the University of Kentucky Track and Field Team. As a member of the track team for five years, Josh eventually earned a full scholarship and became one of the top milers in the SEC, ultimately finishing with a personal best of 4:02 in the mile. He was also recognized locally and across the country for both his athletic endeavors and academic performances with honors such as the UK Sullivan Medallion Award, the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award, the USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team, the John Wooden Citizen Cup Award (finalist), the UK Frank G. Ham Society of Character, and a three-time recipient of the UK Catspy Award for Community Service. Josh also co-founded the UK Track and Field Shoe Drive which collected 10,000 pairs of shoes in 3 years for impoverished countries.

Since graduating from UK with his master's degree in social work, Josh has worked at the domestic violence shelter GreenHouse17 and currently works for the Lexington Housing Authority as a social worker. He has also started his own non-profit, On The Move Art Studio, a mobile art-room for at-risk youth, and was recently awarded by the Lexington Young Professionals Association as a Rising Star.


Aundria Radmacher, Staff Midwife, Visitation Birth and Wellness Center

	Aundria	Radmacher	Aundria Radmacher is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with Visitation Birthand Wellness Center. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 with a BachelorÕs Degree in Liberal Studies and obtained her CPM credential in 2013. As a small business owner and clinical provider, Aundria's focus is on building community and providing compassionate, direct care to families. As a long time Reproductive Justice advocate, Aundria believes the intersection of our bodies and society often becomes a contentious place without clear understandings of individual autonomy, consent and dignity. As race, class, sexuality and gender presentation influence the ways in which we are able to access quality reproductive health care, Aundria believes midwifery has the capacity to heal deep wounds by meeting clients where they are, supporting families and honoring each person we care for as an individual and community member.

Aundria is a founding board member of the Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, advocating for legislation expanding access to midwifery care in the Commonwealth. She is a member of the Perinatal Infant Health Network working to achieve goals set out in the 2020 Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies strategic plan and on the Baby-Friendly Committee at the University of Louisville Hospital's Center for Women and Infants. Aundria is a member of Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice and has presented to this group on Reproductive Justice topics. She served as a client escort at EMW WomenÕs Surgical Center, LouisvilleÕs only abortion clinic from 1999 to 2010. During that time she provided leadership, training and organizational support to the Louisville Clinic Escorts. She founded the blog Every Saturday Morning. Aundria was on the Board and served as intake coordinator at the A-Fund, providing financial support to low-income women obtaining abortions from 2007-2009. Through her midwifery practice Aundria hopes to influence public health policy, improve measurable maternal/infant health outcomes, reduce racial disparities and most importantly build sustainable models of health care that put individuals first and strengthen communities.


Kelly Reynolds, Marketer, Purple Pearl

	Kelly	Reynolds	Kelly Reynolds is a senior at Western Kentucky University, majoring in Organizational Leadership. Before attending Western Kentucky University, Kelly attended University of Montevallo in Alabama. She was an active member of the sorority Chi Omega where she served as Recruitment Chair. Kelly has previously worked at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey as the Community Liaison Officer. There, she served as a bridge between the employees of the embassy to the residents of the community; planning activities, interpreting and attempting to build a strong relationship amongst them. Kelly has traveled extensively; performing service projects in Turkey, Vietnam and Germany. Kelly is a member of the North Hardin Democratic Women's Club and recently finished working as a publicist for Mayor Mike Weaver's mayoral race in Radcliff, Kentucky. While working on the mayoral campaign, Kelly also assisted the Field Director for Representative Jeff Greer's campaign.  

Currently she works as a marketing director for two boutiques. For these boutiques she runs all social media and is tasked with inventing new ways to market their products. As the daughter and now wife of Air Force members, there is no one place Kelly calls home. Kelly, her husband and son currently reside in Radcliff, Kentucky. In her rare free time Kelly enjoys reading, cooking and trying to keep up with their son.


Terrance Sullivan, Legislative Analyst, Legislative Research Commission

	Terrance	Sullivan	Terrance Sullivan is a Legislative Analyst at the Legislative Research Commission at the State Capitol in Frankfort Kentucky. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and a B.S. in Political Science/Law and Public Policy from the University of Louisville. Terrance also serves as an adjunct professor of Political Science and Government at Spalding University. He previously served as a Legislative Assistant in the Louisville Metro Council and a law clerk at the Jefferson County Attorney.

Terrance was born in Madisonville Kentucky but currently resides in the city of Louisville.



Wesley Whistle, Institutional Research Analyst, University of Louisville

	Wesley	Whistle	Wesley Whistle was raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, he works at the University of Louisville as an Institutional Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Prior to working at the University of Louisville, Wesley's work experience included the Health and Welfare Committee of the Legislative Research Commission, the state Auditor's Office, the University of Kentucky, and Best Buy.

Wesley attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where he was involved with the Student Government Association, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and the Stanley Reed Politics Society and received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science . After graduating from KWC, he received a Masters of Public Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, with a concentration in education policy. In addition to working at the University of Louisville, Wesley is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organization Development focusing on higher education policy and administration. Wesley has interests in education, health, and social policy, as well as LGBT issues. He hopes to leverage the combination of experiences and interests to make a difference in the community and the Commonwealth.


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