Staff

Emily Baldridge

BGGS Intern

Emily is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Environmental Health Science. She spent a semester interning with a non-profit organization where her job was to drive across the country and educate students about the global water crisis. After graduation she'd like to keep working with organizations that are passionate about targeting health and environmental issues. In her free time she enjoys doing anything outdoors, traveling, watching movies, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Contact

Email: emily@bggreensource.org

John Paul Beard

Community Education Intern

John Paul was hired as the Community Education Intern at Bluegrass Greensource. He was raised in a small town about 30 minutes outside of Lexington called Wilmore. He attended Bluegrass Community Technical College as an Environmental Science Technology student and gained an associate in science. He is now attending the University of Kentucky as Natural Resource and Environmental Science student. He works with members of Seedleaf to care take the New Start garden. John Paul also recently finished up working with the BCTC Balloon Team, a NASA sponsored research team focused on live streaming the total solar eclipse. He enjoys music festivals, taking care of his dog Bella, hiking, gardening, or anything that brings him outdoors.

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.

Contact

Email: ashley@bggreensource.org

Kyle Hager

AmeriCorps VISTA

Kyle is an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer member serving Bluegrass Greensource. He was raised in Owingsville, Kentucky, and has spent the past several years living abroad in Spain and in San Francisco. He holds a BA in History and Philosophy (Morehead State University), and an MA in Linguistics (San Francisco State University), which he uses to inform his approach to environmental ethics and communication. He enjoys playing mandolin, making candles, biking, nature photography, and trying to identify birds and plants.

Contact

Email: kyle@bggreensource.org

Jenny Howell

BGGS Intern

Jenny is a senior at Georgetown College studying Environmental Science. She has spent the past couple of years volunteering at the Newport Aquarium where she was able to care for many of the organisms. After she graduates, she would like to continue to work with programs that promote environmental education and conservation. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, experiencing new foods, music festivals, and beach volleyball. 

Contact

Email: jenny@bggreensource.org

Jennifer Lancaster

Public Relations Intern

Jennifer has many interests and several roles in Lexington, KY. She’s pursuing a MA in French at the University of Kentucky, she helps to manage the London Ferrill Community Garden with Seedleaf, she works as a private piano instructor on the side, and now she has the pleasure of joining Bluegrass Greensource as their Public Relations Intern. She received her BA from Transylvania University in English Literature and French Language and Literature in 2013. When she has free time, she enjoys wandering in the Red River Gorge or the Pinnacles in Berea.

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.

Contact

Email: deb@bggreensource.org

Lindsie Nicholas

Watershed Coordinator

Lindsie is a Watershed Coordinator for Bluegrass Greensource. Originally from Cleveland, OH, her previous experience as a Civil Engineer included stormwater program management, community and watershed master planning, stormwater modeling, and water quality treatment infrastructure design for several projects in Lexington, KY and surrounding communities. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and has been a part of the Lexington community since 2012. Lindsie focuses on watershed based plan implementation for several watersheds in the Bluegrass Greensource service area to help improve water quality and environmental health. She also enjoys singing, hiking with her husband and pup, and eating local!!

Noel Osborn

Outreach Specialist

Noel is an Outreach Specialist for Bluegrass Greensource. Her background is in politics with experience in the Kentucky General Assembly and in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. Noel chose to focus her career on environmental issues and enjoys educating people on the many ways they can make minor changes to create a big impact. She also enjoys hunting for vintage vinyl, advocating for the Rebel Alliance, and making statements like "Townes Van Zandt is a better songwriter than Bob Dylan."

Contact

Email: noel@bggreensource.org

Michelle Patterson

Administrative Assistant

Michelle Patterson has been the Administrative Assistant at Bluegrass Greensource for 9 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.

Contact

Email: tammy@bggreensource.org

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.

Contact

Email: chris@bggreensource.org

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.

Contact

Email: maxine@bggreensource.org

Kara Sayles

Environmental educator/ Rain garden project 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.”

Contact

Email: kara@bggreensource.org

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.​

Contact

Email: amy@bggreensource.org

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.

Contact

Email: pattie@bggreensource.org

Danny Wooulms

Environmental Educator

Danny Woolums serves Bluegrass Greensource 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, the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, and currently sits on the LFUCG Environmental Commission. He is a state certified Environmental Educator and facilitates workshops 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.

Contact

Email: danny@bggreensource.org