Jacob C. Walbourn – Chair
Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet
Jacob currently serves in the administration of the 61st Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, as Deputy General Counsel for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet. He serves in Cabinet leadership and advises the Cabinet’s ten divisions and departments with respect to legal matters. 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.
Greg Butler – Vice Chair
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.
Keleigh Arnett – Treasurer
Treasury Management Officer
Vice President, PNC Corporate & Institutional Banking
Keleigh is a Treasury Officer PNC Bank where she specializes in designing and implementing treasury solutions. Keleigh has experience working with nonprofit organization of all sizes, government institutions, public universities, as well as privately and publicly held companies. She also serves as Executive Treasurer at the Living Arts and Science Center and volunteers her time on the Family Resource Youth Service Center parent teacher committee as Board Chair for Meadowthorpe and Sandersville Elementary. She has also proudly served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. Keleigh is married to Brian Arnett and has 3 children, Beau, age 10, Esme, age 8, and Grace, age 18. The Arnett’s enjoy spending their spare time in the outdoors, camping and traveling particularly in the beautiful state of Kentucky.
David Butler – Secretary
Sustainability Manager, Alltech
David Butler is the sustainability manager at Alltech. In this role, he helps set the company’s sustainability commitments and goals. He also ensures that Alltech continually finds innovative ways to be more sustainable across the more than 120 countries in which it operates. Butler previously worked in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. He also runs a renewable energy and sustainability podcast called Clean Power Planet, and he founded a solar energy activism community called Solar Kentucky. Prior to his role as sustainability manager, he was the digital marketing manager at Alltech for more than nine years. He built the company’s online visibility through search engine optimization, social media interaction, and content marketing. Butler received bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental geoscience from the University of Kentucky. He also received a master’s degree in geochemistry from the University of Kentucky. His graduate research focused on bioremediation of chlorinated solvents in wetland soils.
Director of the Division of Conservation
Commonwealth of Kentucky – Energy & Environment Cabinet
Paulette Akers was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin as the Director of the Kentucky Division of Conservation in 2018. As director, she provides support for the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Agriculture Water Quality Authority. The Division is also charged with providing assistance to the Conservation District boards and distributing state cost share funds for agricultural best management practices across the state.
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 2014. She served as the Assistant Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance until she was appointed as Director in the fall of 2016.
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 lives in Woodford County, Kentucky with her husband and two sons.
Kelly D. Bartley
Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Kelly is an attorney with Dentons Bingham Greenebaum where, since 2000, she has advised businesses and other clients on a broad range of Kentucky and federal environmental law compliance, permitting and litigation issues. She currently serves on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Policy Council and also serves on the Board for the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, a non-profit statewide land trust committed to preserving wildlands, large forest tracts and migratory corridors. In the past, she has served as chair of the Natural Resources Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association. Kelly lives in downtown Lexington with her husband and two children.
Director of Philanthropy, University of Kentucky College of Education
Aimee’ has over 20 years of philanthropy experience in higher education. During her career, she has conducted phonathons for all UK Colleges and special programs; coordinated telethons, radiothons, direct mail and Children’s Miracle Network campaigns for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital; and directed annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, alumni relations and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Nursing. Aimee’ currently oversees all fundraising initiatives for the UK College of Education. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA degree in Communications, Aimee’ is certified in Nonprofit Administration through Western Kentucky University and will complete her MA in Organizational Leadership from WKU in May 2020. Aimee’ lives in Versailles with her husband and two daughters.
Director of Advancement at the Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center
Business Growth Strategist for Entrepreneurial Enterprises, Saltwater-Strategies.com
A California transplant to Kentucky, Elayne has expertise in developing and implementing progressive business development strategies, managing complex execution plans and driving positive ROI. Her sales and marketing solutions focus on revenue generation through customer acquisition, brand engagement, channel development, operational efficiency, strategic partnerships, digital solutions, event execution, and public relations. Elayne has a passionate interest in the progressive evolution of sustainable systems, resource management, clean energy solutions, environmental access and protection, and fitness & wellness activity engagement. To that end, she added a certification in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard University Extension School to her Management Science undergraduate degree from University of California at San Diego. When Elayne is not hiking, biking, golfing, playing tennis, shooting archery, or planning an international trip, she is exploring the natural beauty and special locations of the Bluegrass region.
Director of Sustainability – University of Kentucky Dining
Dr. Augusta A. Julian, Ed.D.
President Emeritus, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and President, Julian-Carver Family Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Augusta A. Julian served for more than 40 years in community college education. She started her career in her native North Carolina teaching developmental education at Durham Technical Community College. Dr. Julian later moved to Madison, WI as a vice president at the college there. She served as president of Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky for six years and headed Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) for 11 years. BCTC had seven campuses, more than 45 programs of study, and significant online offerings during her tenure. Campus development took up much of her time resulting in seven building and renovation projects including the new and repurposed Newtown Campus in Lexington. Dr. Julian earned an M.Ed. at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from NC State University. She retired in 2018 and now runs a small family foundation that supports higher education.
Manager of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance, Kentucky American Water
Robert “Bob” Money is manager of water quality and environmental compliance for Kentucky American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in Kentucky and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water. Based in Lexington, Bob oversees the company’s water quality department and team of water quality experts, is responsible for all water quality testing, monitoring, reporting, and environmental regulation compliance and environmental stewardship efforts.
Prior to joining Kentucky American Water, Bob served as a senior associate and branch manager with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions. A licensed professional geologist, Money has led various environmental projects in the public and private sectors throughout his career, which spans more than 30 years, including compliance audits, commercial and industrial property assessments, field investigations, remediation implementation efforts and permit application preparation.
A native of Larue County., Ky., Money received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky and holds a professional geologist license in Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia. Money resides in Lexington, Ky., with his wife and two children.
Jenny Howard Owen
Born and raised in the Bluegrass, Jenny Howard Owen is passionate about reconnecting her fellow Kentuckians to their local environment. Within the past 20 years, her work in environmental education has taken her from the savannahs of central Africa (via Peace Corps), along the shores of VA and NC (with US Fish & Wildlife Service), and back home to the Bluegrass State, with Lake Barkley State Park, KY Division of Water, KY Dept of Education, and the KY Association for Environmental Education. In her current position, she organizes education programs for and with farmers interested in regenerative organic practices. Jenny, her husband Jacob, and their son Birch live, plant, and play in the rolling countryside of Anderson County.
Kyle began working for Davis & Plomin Mechanical as he pursued his academic degrees, working in the field to gain knowledge of the mechanical construction processes. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2010, Kyle was accepted into the University of Washington’s Master of Science in Construction Management Program in 2011. He completed this program in 2012, obtaining his master’s degree in Construction Management. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky and is a LEED Green Associate by the US Green Building Council. Kyle Oversees the design and estimating departments and manages several design-build projects.
Manager – Quality, Compliance, and Sustainability at Lexmark International, Inc.
Phillip is born and raised in the bluegrass state and has split his life between the small towns of Western Kentucky and the “city life” of Lexington, starting with and continuing after graduation from the University of Kentucky. Phillip received an undergraduate and graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from UK, where his research focused on utilizing scrap tire rubber for the remediation of chlorinated solvents in groundwater. Phillip joined Lexmark in 2000 and has managed technical teams in Research & Development before recently joined the Quality, Compliance, and Sustainability organization. Phillip is an avid kayaker in his free time and understands first hand the value in protecting, conserving, and restoring our headwaters. He is a two-time volunteer of the month with a national river conservation non-profit. Phillip lives in Lexington and is married with three small children.
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 financial institutions industries. Debbie is responsible for planning, supervising, and overseeing the completion of assurance engagements for MCM’s Lexington office.
An outdoor enthusiast, avid rock climber and dedicated vegan Shannon has always been interested in the outdoors and environmental sustainability. In 1996 Shannon started a rock climbing advocacy nonprofit dedicated to securing access to climbing and protecting the environment as its Founder-Executive Director. Since then, she has served on numerous local and national nonprofit boards before starting her own consulting company, Free Agent for Change, LLC with special emphasis on strategic planning, board development and capacity building for social justice and civil rights nonprofit organizations.
Today Shannon is retired from being a paid consultant instead offers her expertise pro bono to small nonprofits while she now pursues climbing full time at her beloved Red River Gorge with her spouse and two dogs.
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.