Hi everyone! This is my first post as the new Development Director here at GleanKY. I am excited for this challenging, yet rewarding, position. GleanKY has always been on my radar as an organizations to work for. I have always admired the work they have done for the community and the growth they have achieved in their (relatively) short 8 years in the Bluegrass region.
Before working here, I was the Development Director at Mentors & Meals in Woodford County. I worked with local businesses and community leaders to create new partnerships and support our mission of providing reliable mentors and a hot meal to middle schoolers in an after school program. Before Mentors and Meals, I have worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Living Arts and Science Center, and University of Kentucky. I have obtained a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration at Western Kentucky University. I highly recommend the program for anyone thinking of working for, or already working in, a nonprofit setting.
In my free time, I enjoy volunteering and supporting the community. I am a member of Junior League of Lexington and the 2018 Daily Events Chair for Holly Day Market. I am approaching my 4th year as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters and just started my 2nd year as an 11th hour volunteer at Bluegrass Care Navigators. Needless to say, I am passionate about people! I even received my B.A. in Anthropology at UK. When I am not working with the community, I spend free time with my husband, working on photography, pet sitting, spending time with my pets, and cooking.
I am excited to start my work here at GleanKY and have enjoyed getting to know the staff. Their passion for the mission, to tackle food waste and hunger by gathering and redistributing excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry, is inspiring and fantastic to be around. I hope to meet so many of our supporters in the weeks and months to come at gleaning and community events, or just around town. If you see me, stop and say hi!