Sophia joined Bluegrass Greensource in 2019 as an Americorps Environmental Educator. Her degree was recently obtained from the University of Kentucky with a major in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and a minor in International Relations. Sophia has over three years of experience working in an elementary school with ages ranging K-5. Her involvement working with a non-profit during her free time intersected with speaking with her students and created an enjoyment to help mold young minds towards sustainable practices. Sophia’s specialization includes: community outreach, creative collaboration, social justice organization, the global commons, and interpersonal communications. During her free time, you will usually find her planning ingredients to bring to her friends’ weekly homemade vegan dinner, making memories with her significant other, or catching up with her grandma on a phone call.
Main Street Clean Sweep Intern
Kyle is an intern with Bluegrass Greensource and the project coordinator for the Main Street Clean Sweep 2020. Kyle is originally from Brookville, Ohio and has been in Lexington since 2014. He is a senior and getting his undergrad degree in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Kyle has always had a passion for the environment and he is excited to be able to put that passion into action on such a large scale. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending time outside with his dogs and his husband.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Research & Grant Writing Intern
Karina joined Bluegrass Greensource in 2020 as an intern. She is currently taking classes at the University of Kentucky and is an International Studies major. She is from Nicholasville, Kentucky and has lived there her entire life. Karina has always had a passion for nonprofit work and sustainability. She enjoys spending time with her dog and spends her free time listening to music with friends. She hopes to work internationally and do volunteer work with nonprofit organizations. Her responsibilities at BGGS involve research and grant writing.
Environmental Educator/ Rain Garden Project Coordinator
Rebecca Shobe serves Bluegrass Greensource as a Finance Officer on a part-time basis. She is an accounting graduate of California State University, Fullerton, and holds an MBA from California State University, San Marcos. She brings to the organization over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting management with a variety of industries including government, manufacturing, and healthcare. After spending most of her working years in San Diego, Rebecca has recently relocated to Kentucky to become a full-time farmer, but maintains an intellectual interest in accounting. She and her husband spend most of their days on their farm in Estill County with their many dogs, cats, chickens and ducks; and they are devoted to improving the land and living a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Stakeholder Behavior Analyst Intern
Dating back over a decade, Niah’s relationship with Bluegrass Greensource began when the organization still operated as Bluegrass PRIDE. Every year from 2007-2012, Niah designed and painted a rain barrel for the annual spring auction, for which her owl design, “Give a Hoot!”, received the 2010 Earth Artist Award. Upon transitioning from community artist into single parenthood, Niah’s new child-centered world unearthed a path in academics, taking her to WKU, where she earned an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Continuing her college education in Family and Consumer Sciences, Niah began teaching art and music to preschoolers in 2016, while co-authoring and illustrating two children’s books with her WKU professor, Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence, on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Now, having once again reunited with Bluegrass Greensource, Niah is eager to mesh her creative and academic backgrounds, while working to build meaningful relationships within the nonprofit sector, and reconnect with her community. Free time for Niah is mostly spent with her son, building or recovering lost Lego bricks, getting beat at Clue, and making toys from scratch (sometimes trash).