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Commerce Lexington names 39th class of Leadership Lexington — 50 people of varied backgrounds

Since 1979, Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Leadership Lexington program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing over 1,400 graduates from this highly informative, educational and results-oriented leadership development program. The program recently completed in 2018 was the 39th class of Leadership Lexington.

Graduates of the program have impacted our city in areas such as public art, childhood literacy, nutrition, healthy living, mentoring, financial literacy and more.

The Leadership Lexington Steering Committee is proud to announce the new class of Leadership Lexington for 2018-19, which includes 50 people with varied backgrounds from a variety of segments of the Lexington community. The program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership Lexington is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.

The 2018-19 program presented by Lexus of Lexington will kick off with a Get Acquainted Reception on April 13 hosted by Keeneland, followed by a two-day Orientation Retreat on August 16-17 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center. Then, beginning in September and through June, the class will meet in different locations around the area each month with a major program topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Sessions will cover topics, such as media, government, education, public safety, economic development, arts, equine, diversity, health and human services, and leadership development. Find out more on-line at www.leadershiplexington.com.

2018-19 Leadership Lexington Class Members:

Christian Adair
Student/Family Transitional Support and Dropout Prevention Specialist
Fayette County Public Schools

Lora Aria
Manager, Business Offices
Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities

Brett Bibb
Membership Coordinator
Downtown Lexington Partnership

Brittany Buchanan
Owner/Principal Attorney
Integrity Law Practice, PLLC.

Megan Crane
Manager of Assurance Services
Dean Dorton

Betsy Dexter
Executive Director
Business & Education Network, Commerce Lexington

Dana Ensley
District VP, Whitaker Family YMCA-Hamburg Place
YMCA of Central Kentucky

Patrick Estill
Associate Attorney
Jackson Kelly PLLC

Brad Farley
Director of Operations
McGregor & Associates, Inc.

Mia Farrell
Interim Director of Diversity
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Cherie Flueck
Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis
Lexmark

Shawn Freeman
Director of Prevention
Bluegrass.org

Greg Funfsinn
Owner/Trial Lawyer
Hicks & Funfsinn, PLLC

Chanhee Han
Associate Attorney
Frost Brown Todd LLC

Julia Hannan
Controller
Keeneland Association

Missy Hicks
Emergency Department Manager
KY One – St. Joseph Hospital

Elizabeth Hobbs
SVP/Commercial Lender
United Bank

Nathaniel Hocker
Design Professional
Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, PLLC

Brad Ingram
Commander
Lexington Police Department

Nanette Jackson
Director, Cardiovascular Services
Baptist Health Lexington

Jemma Kaluski
Assurance Manager
MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP

Jeremy Kisling
Associate Artistic Director
Lexington Children’s Theatre

Michael Kunjoo
Associate Attorney
Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC

Scott Lanter
Director of Operations and Public Safety
Blue Grass Airport

David Laurenvil
Owner
Fida’s Caribbean Café, LLC

Brian Leggett
President
CSS Wellness, Inc.

Jenny Lewis
Northside Branch Manager
Lexington Public Library

Linden Long
Owner/Member
Long Construction Management

Shayla Lynch
Assistant Director
Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc.

Kristy Maggard
Director of Marketing
Dupree Financial Group

Courtney McCarthy
Assistant Director for Facilities and Operations
University of Kentucky

Jenny Minier
Professor of Economics
University of Kentucky

Noel Osborn
Outreach Specialist
Bluegrass Greensource

Jessica Rice
JA BizTown/JA Finance Park Lead
Junior Achievement

Kevin Rogers
Vice President of Operations
Kentucky American Water

Chas Sargent
Commercial Loan Officer
Traditional Bank

Chris Schnelle
Lieutenant
Lexington Police Department

Miranda Scully
District Family and Community Engagement Coordinator
Fayette County Public Schools

Becka Sherman
Attorney
Stites & Harbison

Kurt Simpson
Business Banking Relationship Manager III, VP
Fifth Third Bank

Stephanie Aschmann Spires
School Board Member
Fayette County Public Schools

Mark Stecher
Central Kentucky Lead Pastor
Crossroads Church

Cathy Taylor
VP/Market Senior Loan Officer
Community Trust Bank, Inc

Diane Verhalen
Owner
Alliance Financial Planning

James Vermillion
Wealth Advisor
Hilliard Lyons

Jacob Walbourn
Associate
McBrayer

Josh Warren
Project Executive
Messer Construction

Daniel Waxman
Partner
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Ryan Worthen
Director of Communications
KEMI

Dominique Wright
Supplier Relationship Manager
Lexmark International, Inc.

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