In 1992, shortly after I moved to Livingston, Kentucky to work at a small economic development organization, I drove up to Berea to explore the area and do some shopping. There, while talking with a college student, conversation settled on the Army’s plan to burn chemical weapons in an incinerator just north of town. She told me about a new organization called the Kentucky Environmental Foundation that was working to stop the incinerator and replace a bad idea with a better solution. We looked up the number for Craig Williams, the Director, in the phone book.
The next week, I interrupted a KEF Board meeting to talk to Craig about volunteering in the evenings and weekends. How could I have known then, that I would be with the organization more than 21 years later!
Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and working hard. And next week I’m leaving my post at KEF. While I hate to say goodbye to the amazing staff and board members at KEF, I’m looking forward to the next chapter as Associate Director for the Coming Clean collaborative, with which I have worked for many years.
I’m turning the reins over to Ms. Heather Warman, KEF’s new Executive Director, whose skills and enthusiasm can help move KEF to be an even more effective change-maker for environmental health and justice in Kentucky.
I have so much appreciation for the people who, over the years, have taught, challenged, mentored and supported me in my various roles at KEF. (Especially Craig, whose gruff "Stick with me kid, and you'll go places" statement on my first volunteer day still makes us laugh.) You all helped me be a better advocate and more compassionate world citizen. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Now, please join me in welcoming Heather and encouraging our wonderful project and administrative staff -- Craig, Deborah, Jamie, Jason and Lane -- and stay engaged in KEF’s work for a safe, healthy future for us all.
With love and in solidarity,