Board

Ken Gish – Chair

Stites and Harbison PLLC

Ken is a member of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Service Group in Stites & Harbison’s Lexington Office, where his practice focuses on complex facility permitting, electric utility regulation, sustainability, hazardous waste remediation, renewable and alternative energy development, compliance with regulatory requirements and environmental litigation. Ken lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.

Jamie Clark – Vice Chair

Synergy Home

Jamie Clark has almost 20 years of heating and cooling design experience with a focus on energy efficiency and conservation. He has worked on several LEED projects as well as served as an advisor to the Kentucky Home Performance with Energy Star program. He has lived in Lexington for over 15 years with his wife Haley their two young daughters Alexandra and Catherine. Jamie has served on many boards in Lexington including: The Lexington Dream Factory, The Lexington Forum, The Lexington African American Forum, The Home Builders of Lexington’s Green Build Council and the Commerce Lexington ambassador board. He is also a founding member of Efficiency First Kentucky and is the 2013 president.

Jacob C. Walbourn – Secretary 

McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, & Kirkland, PLLC

Jacob is an attorney in the Land Use Section of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC in Lexington. His practice focuses on advising clients on land use issues, including rezoning proposals, zoning ordinance text amendments, conditional use permits, variance requests, and development proposals. He also works with clients to obtain project financing, including governmental economic incentives, and to facilitate interactions with regulatory entities. Jacob is a graduate of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Madelyn.

Keleigh Arnett – Treasurer

Treasury Management Officer
Vice President, PNC Corporate & Institutional Banking

Keleigh specializes in designing and implementing treasury solutions. She works closely with her clients on implementation of solutions to mitigate risk, automate processes and optimize payment structure while also serving as a trusted business advisor. Her background allows her to help customers choose the right solutions for their business and guides them through integration of new services into their daily business functions. Keleigh has experience working with nonprofit organization of all sizes, government institutions, public universities, as well as privately and publicly held companies. She is sure to add a new perspective to any organization. She currently severs as treasurer on the Board for the Masterson Station Manta Rays, her children’s swim team and volunteers her time on the Family Resource Center parent teacher committee at Sandersville Elementary. She has also previously proudly served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.
Keleigh is married to Brian Arnett and has 3 children, Beau, age 7, Esme, age 4, and Grace, age 15. The Arnett’s enjoy spending their spare time in the outdoors, camping and traveling particularly in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
It is important to Keleigh to instill an educational foundation around environmentally sustainable practices to her own children and she looks forward to the opportunity, to connect with her community, in helping to further that education with BGGS and it’s mission.

Paulette Akers

Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance

Paulette Akers was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin as the Director of the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance in 2016. As director, she oversees the Compliance Assistance, Brownfield Redevelopment, KY EXCEL and Operator Certification programs.
Paulette began her career with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection in the Division of Water, working in the Water Quality and Watershed Management Branches for 13 years before moving to Compliance Assistance in the fall of 2015.
Paulette is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Applied Ecology. Paulette is a native of Woodford County, Kentucky where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Liz Bennett

Events/Communications Specialist, Commerce Lexington Inc. 

Liz Bennett is a native of Pikeville, KY. She moved to Lexington in 1996 to attend the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Liz is currently the Events/Communications Specialist for Commerce Lexington Inc. where she has worked for 12 years. In this role, she focuses on events, marketing, graphic design and social media. Liz also serves as chair for the Parent Advisory Board at The Centenary School where her daughter Zoe attends Preschool. She enjoys gardening, bird watching and spending time at the lake with family.

Greg Butler

Municipal Relationship Manager, Republic Services

Gregory works with Central Kentucky cities and counties to develop sustainable waste management solutions. Gregory has over ten years of experience in governmental affairs, having worked with communities throughout the United States on projects ranging from solid waste management, natural hazards mitigation and recovery, to sustainability planning. Gregory attended the College of Charleston and the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy & Management. 

John D. Gagel, CIH

Corporate Manager, Sustainability, Lexmark International Inc.

Tresine Logsdon

Energy & Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Fayette County Public Schools

Tresine Logsdon facilitates student-driven sustainability curricula and initiatives in Fayette County Public Schools with a special emphasis on E=USE2 (Education leads to Understanding Sustainability, Energy and the Environment) program, a school-based, student-driven sustainability and energy efficiency program by working closely with teachers, principals and students (www.Sustainability.fcps.net).  She has 14 years of classroom teaching experience, most recently at Henry Clay High School teaching AP Env. Science and Biology where she helped HC become the first KY high school to complete the KY Green & Healthy Schools program and become a Model KGHS school.  Sustainability and environmental education have been Tresine’s passion since beginning her teaching career in ’99.  She is inspired everyday by FCPS teacher leadership and students’ inherent enthusiasm for sustainability, innovative school improvement project ideas and voracious desire to learn and do more. Tresine is married to Matthew Logsdon, Language Arts teacher at Henry Clay High School, and they have two daughters.

Debbie Smith, CPA

Partner, MCM CPAs & Advisors

Debbie has been with MCM for more than 18 years and has more than 20 years of public accounting experience.  Her focus and concentration includes external audit procedures, reviews, consulting, and internal control and system reviews within the governmental, non-profit, manufacturing, and finincial institutions industries.  Debbie is responsible for planning, supervising, and overseeing the completion of assurance engagements for MCM’s Lexington office. 

Chris Thomason, M.P.A.

Executive Director, Garrard County Chamber of Commerce

Fernie Williams 

Manager, Resource and Renewable Planning, East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Fernie Williams, a 26 year employee with EKPC, currently provides analytical studies for resource planning, particularly long term power supply needs, with a focus on renewable resources.  In addition to supporting the cooperative’s six landfill gas to energy projects and hydro resources, Fernie provides assistance for small power producer projects to the sixteen member cooperatives, with the most interest currently in solar.