Staff

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. Holding a degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, her background is in politics with experience in the Kentucky General Assembly and lobbying for federal regulatory reform with The Madison Coalition. 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 is a Leadership Lexington alum, member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and currently sits on the DiverCity Festival Lexington Board and Keep America Beautiful’s Young Leaders Advisory Council. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting for vintage vinyl, advocating for the Rebel Alliance, and making statements like “Stevie Nicks is a better songwriter than Bob Dylan.” 

Contact

Email: noel@bggreensource.org

Rachel Patton

Environmental Educator

Rachel is an Environmental Educator for Bluegrass Greensource. Rachel graduated from Transylvania University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In addition to her classes at Transylvania, Rachel coordinated litter cleanups of the surrounding area and spent many hours in local schools. She has worked at the Lexmark Center for Children and in Fayette County Public Schools with elementary school students. Rachel enjoys spending her free time kayaking and hiking with her husband and dog.

Contact

Email: rachel@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

Rebecca Shobe

Finance Officer

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.  

Contact

Email: rebecca@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

Andrea Zang

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Andrea joined Bluegrass Greensource in 2020 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Originally from north Florida, she earned a Bachelor’s in sociology and a Master’s in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. She worked as a teaching assistant at FSU and as a graduate associate with the City of Tallahassee helping to implement its Resilience Plan. She grew up among long-leaf pines and dirt roads, but these days her passion for sustainability is in urban environments, where believes every neighborhood deserves access to affordable and fresh produce, unpolluted water and air, reliable public transportation, and permanently affordable housing.

Contact

Email: andrea@bggreensource.org