LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2016)— The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Bonnie J. Hackbarth its new director of communications, effective April 18. Hackbarth serves as the primary contact for media regarding the Foundation, which works to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. She also oversees the Foundation’s website, annual report and other public communications efforts, manages communications grants, and works to market (c)space, a co-working space in Louisville designed to gather individuals and organizations working to improve the health and quality of life of Kentuckians.

Hackbarth formerly was a senior counselor at Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations for nearly 18 years, where she served numerous clients in the health, education, technology and transportation fields. In that role, she also served as interim spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools from August 2015 through January 2016. Previously, Hackbarth worked in Washington, D.C., as director of U.S. Federal Trade Commission press office, communications director for Special Advisor to the President for Consumer Affairs under two U.S. presidents, and deputy press secretary for a U.S. Senator.

Hackbarth earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and lives in Louisville.