LOUISVILLE, Ky., October 8, 2020 - The diversity director at Maysville Community and Technical College and a Bowling Green communications professional have been named as members of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Community Advisory Council. Council members serve three-year renewable terms as liaisons to the Foundation in their communities. The newly appointed members are:
 
Millicent Harding-Thomas is the director of cultural diversity at Maysville Community and Technical College, where she oversees the development and implementation of programs and services that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. She also works with students using veteran educational benefits as the school certifying official. Before working in higher education, Harding-Thomas was employed by the regional mental health agency in Maysville called Comprehend, Inc., for 12 years. She also serves on the Human Rights Committee for Comprehend, Inc., Advocates for Minority Scholars committee, and as a commissioner for the Maysville Commission on Human Rights. Harding-Thomas earned a BS and an AAS in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from Morehead State University.
 
Kim Phelps is senior director of communications and public relations for Warren Rural Electric Cooperation Corporation in Bowling Green. Previously, she worked at the Legislative Research Commission in various policy areas, including health and welfare, and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Phelps also serves on the Board of the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, and is a member of the Women's Fund of Southern Kentucky. She earned her BA at Boston University and her MBA at the University of Louisville.
Council members must be residents of the Commonwealth who have expressed an interest and willingness to engage individually and as a group in activities to advance the Foundation’s charitable mission to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians. The Foundation is intentional in its efforts to continually expand the inclusiveness and diversity of its Council as it engages with communities across the state. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis - learn more here.

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 more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.healthy-ky.org.

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Bonnie J. Hackbarth
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Alexa Kerley
akerley@healthy-ky.org 
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859-229-9611 (Mobile)