(LOUISVILLE, Ky - January 15, 2018) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is expanding its outreach into communities throughout the state with the addition of 28 new members to its Community Advisory Council. The Council now numbers 49 members.
Of the new members, 27 formerly were members of the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, which united with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in early December.
The Community Advisory Council advises the Foundation's Board of Directors on overall policy and strategic direction. Foundation Council members also serve as liaisons with Kentucky communities, putting the Council at the center of the strategy shared by both the Foundation and the Friedell Committee to expand community engagement statewide.
Dr. LeChrista Finn, an associate professor at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, is the newly named chair of the Council; she has served on the Council since 2014. The new vice chair is Tim Marcum, regional director of planning at Baptist Health in Louisville.
Marcum has served since 2014 as well.
"Council members, new and existing, are among the most mission-minded health- and health-policy advocates in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Finn said. "I am grateful that members of the Friedell Committee have stepped up, once again, to work toward a healthier Kentucky."
- Constance Alexander, Murray; writer, consultant, and civic journalist
- Charlotte Beason, EdD, Louisville; retired executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing
- Dennis Chaney, Bowling Green; Barren River District Health Department Director
- Tracey Clark, Hopkinsville; Executive Director, Jennie Stuart Health Foundation
- Danny Duncan Collum, Shelby County; writer and professor, Kentucky State University
- Al Cross, Lexington; University of Kentucky professor and journalist, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and publisher of Kentucky Health News
- Colette Crown, Lexington; former administrative coordinator for the Friedell Committee
- Barbara Hadley-Smith, Frankfort; retired government and private sector communications executive
- Ann Hagan-Grigsby, Louisville; Chief Executive Officer of the Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc.
- Richard Heine, PhD, Lexington; former executive director of the Friedell Committee
- Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, Lexington; retired executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches
- Rev. Terry Lester, London; retired pastor at First Baptist London
- Sylvia Lovely, JD, Lexington; president, Sylvia Lovely & Associates
- Kathryn Mershon, Louisville; independent hospital and health care professional
- J.D. Miller, MD, Lexington; retired Appalachian Regional Healthcare executive
- M. Raynor Mullins, DMD, Lexington; Emeritus Faculty, Dental Public Health, University of Kentucky
- Judy Myers, PhD, Lexington; faculty member at Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing
- Mark Neikirk, Highland Heights; executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University
- Marty Newell, Whitesburg; COO, Center for Rural Strategies
- John Rosenberg, JD, Prestonsburg; director emeritus of Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Ky., Inc. and vice chair of the Kentucky Public Advocacy Commission
- Sheila Schuster, PhD, Louisville; executive director of the Advocacy Action Network
- Doug Scutchfield, MD, Lexington; professor at University of Kentucky College of Public Health
- Rich Seckel, Lexington; executive director of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center
- Susan Stokes, Louisville; owner Access Community Assistance, Inc., former Kentucky state representative
- Lisa Tobe, Louisville; executive director of Wildflower Consulting
- Tom Walton, Louisville; executive in residence, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences
- Pat Withrow, MD, Paducah; cardiologist and director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah (the only new Council member who did not come from the Friedell Committee)
- Charlotte Whittaker, Hartford; President of AARP Kentucky, former executive director, Ohio County Senior Services
- Nancy Addington, Elizabethtown; retired as director of the Area Agency on Aging at the Lincoln Trail Area Development District
- Tracey R. Antle, Russell Springs; COO of the Cumberland Family Medical Center
- Angela Carman, DrPH, Berea; assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health
- Roger Crittenden, JD, Frankfort; retired circuit and district court judge
- Sandra Duverge, Louisville; Health Equity Program Manager at Passport Health Plan
- Fran Feltner, DNP, Hazard; director of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
- Deborah S. Fillman, Owensboro; retired director of the Green River District Health Department
- Liz Durst Fowler, Lexington; president and CEO of Hospice of the Bluegrass
- Amanda Goldman, Lexington; system director of quality & wellness Catholic Health Initiatives and director of diabetes & nutrition care at KentuckyOne Health
- Randy Gooch, Nicholasville; director of the Jessamine County Health Department
- Laura Hancock Jones, DMD, Morganfield; dentist at Union County Family Dental
- Michael Keck, Science Hill; vice president at Five Talents Financial Group
- Keith Knapp, PhD, LaGrange; associate professor at Bellarmine University
- Sherry Lanham, Beattyville; director of the Lee County Family Resource Center
- Matthew Minier, Louisville; director of student success at the Southern Seminary
- Wynn Radford, Hopkinsville; retired insurance agent
- Robert Slaton, EdD, Georgetown; health care consultant
- Melissa Slone,Hazard; Research Inter-Disciplinary Director for the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health
- Johnny White, Russellville; organizational development manager at Constellium
Note to reporters and editors: High-resolution photographs of Community Advisory Council member are available from Alexa Kerley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth