Bridget Abernathy – Outreach Specialist
Bridget Abernathy is an Outreach Specialist at Bluegrass Greensource. Originally from Louisville, Bridget developed an appreciation for the outdoors exploring the woods with her siblings and traveling with her family. Before joining Bluegrass Greensource, Bridget worked in the Stewardship Program with Kentucky Division of Forestry where she focused on landowner outreach, urban and rural forest management, and education. She holds a B.S. in Forestry and a Minor in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky. Bridget spends most of her free time with her two children and husband, and enjoys hiking, gardening, and traveling. Contact Bridget with questions about the Live Green Lexington Partner Program or the Dix River Watershed Septic Assistance Program.
Ashley Bryant Cheney – Environmental Educator/Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley Bryant Cheney is an Environmental Educator and the Volunteer Coordinator for Bluegrass Greensource. From Knoxville, TN, her background is in volunteer and program management at various non-profit organizations. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Cross-cultural Sociology from Carson-Newman University and a M.A. in Urban Studies and Community Development from Eastern University. Ashley loves hiking with her husband, Matt, and her dog, Nina. She can also be found discovering creative ways to reuse “trash” and turning various discarded objects into craft projects.
Rob Gates – Outreach Specialist
Rob Gates joins Bluegrass Greensource as an Outreach Specialist. Originally from Frankfort, Rob is excited to be back in the Bluegrass after living and working in south central Kentucky upon earning a degree in Environment and Sustainable Development and GIS from Western Kentucky University. Rob spent much of his childhood traveling throughout Kentucky, where he developed a deep appreciation for the rich cultural and natural resources the state has to offer. In his free time Rob enjoys biking, hiking/backpacking (despite a deathly fear of snakes), old maps, traveling, and sampling local foods. Feel free to contact Rob with any questions regarding workplace/apartment sustainability initiatives, or if you want to chat about cartography or Game of Thrones theories.
Mollie Harris – Communications Specialist
Mollie Harris joined Bluegrass Greensource as the Communications Specialist in 2016. After graduating from Berea College in 2011 with an English degree, Mollie honed her writing, graphic design, and social media skills to become more employable. Fortunately, it worked, and she had fun and fast-paced stint as Marketing Manager at the Lexington Philharmonic before happily moving to Bluegrass Greensource. Growing up, she gained a deep appreciation for land and nature while visiting, fishing, and playing at her grandparents’ farms in Kentucky. Her favorite things are writing, storytelling, and design. When she’s not doing these things, she can usually be found surrounded by her housemates (3 cats, 1 dog, and 1 boyfriend), trying to read.
Mallory Johnson – AmeriCorps VISTA
Mallory Johnson is an Americorps VISTA for Bluegrass Greensource. Mallory currently resides in Lexington, KY but she is originally from Georgetown, KY. She is a graduate of Georgetown College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. During her years at Georgetown College she was a member of the Softball team and Kappa Delta Sorority. She has a passion for telling stories with her photography, exploring new places and reaching the hearts of people everywhere.
Deb Larkin – Environmental Educator
Deborah Larkin joined Bluegrass Greensource in March, 2010, as an Environmental Educator. Deb holds a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Before coming to Greensource, she was the Horticulturist for the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, KY. During her 27 year tenure there, she researched and re-established the 19th century apple orchard, herb garden and heirloom seed industry. Her current responsibilities at Bluegrass Greensource include serving as educator for the non-traditional schools in Fayette County, as liaison with Girl Scouts – Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, and as outreach educator for Clark, Boyle, Garrard and Lincoln counties.
Michelle Patterson – Administrative Assistant
Michelle Patterson has been the Administrative Assistant at Bluegrass Greensource for 7 years, providing support for many of the organization’s programs and initiatives. She is also known as the guru of rain barrels, assembling and selling rain barrels for Bluegrass Greensource, and traveling Central Kentucky teaching the public how to make rain barrels of their own. Contact her for any administrative or rain barrel questions.
Tammy Patrick – Finance Officer
Tammy Patrick works as the finance officer at Bluegrass Greensource on a part-time basis. She graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an accounting emphasis. She obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in 1997 while working as an auditor for the Auditor of Public Accounts. There she specializes in local government audits and manages the annual statewide audit of Motor Vehicle Registrations.
Chris Porter – Development Director
Chris Porter joined Bluegrass Greensource as Development Director in 2015. His near decade of experience fundraising in the nonprofit sector includes work as a writer for Berea College’s Stewardship and Donor Relations program, as a Development Coordinator for Faith In Action: Elder Outreach, and most recently as the Development Director for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). Chris holds a BA in English from Roanoke College and an MFA in Creative Writing—Fiction from the University of Montana in Missoula. A native Kentuckian with deep ties to the state, he enjoys spending his free time laughing with his wife and teaching his daughter to swear in multiple languages.
Maxine Rudder – Deputy Director
Maxine Rudder has been with Bluegrass Greensource since 2004. She was the Education Coordinator for two years before taking on the role of Education Director, then Deputy Director. Before joining Greensource, Maxine was a teacher in London, Kentucky for 28 years. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a teaching certificate in Biology and Chemistry. She also has certifications in Supervision K-12 and Secondary Principalship. Maxine’s responsibilities at Greensource are to oversee compliance with contracts and grant funding, develop new environmental programs, and organize activities with the county liaisons in our service area. Maxine has two grandchildren and a cat. Contact Maxine with questions about environmental education in Central Kentucky and Greensource’s administration.
Kara Sayles – Environmental Educator/Rain Garden Coordinator
Kara Sayles is an environmental educator and rain garden project coordinator. Her background is in Environmental Science and she holds a B.A. with a focus on Ecological Design and Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College. Kara chose to become an environmental educator because some of her fondest childhood memories are from observing tadpole ponds near her home: “Seeing a small tadpole transform into an adult frog was not only amazing but it sparked this lifelong desire to learn about nature.”
Amy Sohner – Executive Director
Amy Sohner has been with Bluegrass Greensource forever. She started at its inception and became Executive Director in 2006. She has a background in environmental education and a degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Management, but spends most of her days on program development and people/money management. Though she misses being in actual contact with the environment, she has come to enjoy managing the great staff and working with our community partners. When not at work, Amy likes to play nature hunter with her two daughters at their home near the Kentucky River Palisades. Contact Amy with questions about Bluegrass Greensource’s administration and program development.
Pattie Stivender – Education Director
Pattie Stivender is the Education Director working with pre K – 12 schools and also coordinates community outreach activities and volunteer opportunities. Pattie attended Eastern Kentucky University where she majored in Occupational Therapy. Pattie developed a passion for nurturing the environment as a young child watching television! The Crying Indian PSA developed by Keep America Beautiful opened her eyes to the negative impact that humans can have on the earth. Litter cleanups are some of her favorite activities. Contact Pattie with questions about environmental education in area schools, or to schedule an event in Fayette County.
Danny Woolums – Environmental Educator
Danny Woolums joins the Bluegrass Greensource team as an Environmental Educator. Danny graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, much to his mother’s dismay. Danny has served on Transylvania University’s President’s Council for Sustainability, the Transylvania University Garden Association Council, the Board of Directors for Bluegrass Greenworks, and the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education. He is a state certified Environmental Educator and has also been certified as a workshop facilitator in 6 of the nation’s leading environmental education curriculum guides. In his spare time, you can probably find Danny in the middle of a board game or binge-watching something on Netflix.