Tresine Logsdon – Chair
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.
Jacob C. Walbourn – Vice Chair
Deputy General Counsel
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.
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.
Greg Butler – Secretary
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.
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.
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Kelly is an attorney with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP 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.
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.
Business Growth Strategist for Entrepreneurial Enterprises, Saltwater-Strategies.com & RedTag.Digital
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.
Sustainability Manager, Aramark
Carolyn Gahn is the Sustainability Manager for the University of Kentucky Dining Services. Before that she was co-managing her own company, Sweetgrass Natural Foods, a manufacturer of natural food products. She has worked as an organizer with Community Farm Alliance focusing on developing their beginning farmer program and has been a farmer herself, raising vegetables and pastured meats. She has served on the board of the Lexington Farmers Market and lives on her farm in Garrard County with her husband and two children.
Manager of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance, Kentucky American Water
Dorothy oversees a staff of WQ Specialists and is responsible for sampling, laboratory testing, cross connection & backflow prevention, fire service connections, treatment optimization, and compliance monitoring & reporting for Kentucky American Water’s drinking water and wastewater systems.
Ms. Rader has 20 years of experience working in the water industry, holding water treatment plant operator and distribution system operator licenses in both KY and TN. She has been an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) throughout her career and was the KY/TN Section AWWA [board] Chair in 2016.
Dorothy relocated from Tennessee to the bluegrass area in fall of 2017, and now resides in Jessamine County with her husband Jamie. When Dorothy lived in Alcoa, TN, she was a member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2012, served on the board of the Little River Watershed Association, was active with the United Way of Blount County campaign board, and assisted Keep Blount Beautiful with their community water quality and conservation education programs.
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.
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.
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 17 in a variety of businesses ranging from furniture making, fashion, retail, board governance consultancy and of course restaurateur. I have many interests outside of business which heartily includes nature and natural systems.