Leadership

The officers and directors of the KY State Parks Foundation are all volunteers who have a passion for enhancing the state park experience. They come from all walks of life, but are unified in their mission to protect, enhance, advocate and connect to the KY state parks system.

Leadership

Molly Caldwell

President | Lexington

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Molly Caldwell brings a strong background in fundraising and volunteer engagement to the role of President for the Kentucky State Parks Foundation.

A path through public education led Caldwell to a position in relationship development for United Way of the Bluegrass. As life-long athlete, the fit was perfect for integrating her individual work ethic into a team-oriented strategy as UWBG worked to raise funds and awareness in an 8-county area.

Now working from an executive platform with a statewide presence, Caldwell’s personal philosophy is that nonprofit sector holds a rare opportunity to unleash entrepreneurial spirit and spur innovative and collaborative solutions to challenging problems.

Parks are her priority but she finds time for her first passion – basketball – as she works in women’s high school and collegiate officiating.

Board Members

Rachel Dickey

Chairperson | Louisville

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Rachel Dickey is an attorney with Weber and Rose, PSC where she serves Kentucky’s entrepreneurs and business owners.

Rachel graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Barristers from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi Honors Legal Fraternity, the Pepperdine Law Review, was Chairperson of the Moot Court Board, and was recognized internationally for her skills in oral argument. After being admitted to practice in California and Kentucky, Rachel served as Staff Attorney to Chief Judge Glenn Acree of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

A businesswoman and strategic consultant, Rachel’s skillset extends well beyond the practice of law. She was the first Cleveland Social Venture Partners Fellow, an organization dedicated to the support and development of non-profits, where she led due diligence investigations of grant applicants, served as an executive director coach, and was instrumental in planning the first Big BANG!, an event to spark social innovation in Northern Ohio.

Rachel also served as the Director of Marketing and Development for Bad Girl Ventures, an education and micro-finance non-profit dedicated to the support and development of female entrepreneurs. In that capacity, she developed the organization’s strategic plan, oversaw its marketing and fundraising activities, and served as its grant writer and spokesperson.

Before joining Weber and Rose, Rachel also started her own strategic consulting practice where she created business development and marketing strategies for non-profit and for-profit clients, and served in the capacity of Director of Marketing and Development at Agera Energy, a multi-million dollar energy start up based in New York.

Jim Evans

Treasurer | Pikeville

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James B. Evans of Pikeville is the retired Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs at Pikeville College. A 1973 graduate of Centre, he also taught at Centre for two years after attending the Harvard Business School. Over the next twenty seven years he worked for three large railroad systems in six states. His primary focus was in the areas of finance, operations and strategic planning. He also participated with partners in the general management of three small businesses. In 2005 he returned to Kentucky and has lived in Pikeville for the past six years. Since retiring he has worked in investing, consulting and visiting their five grandchildren with his wife, Karen.

Don Christensen

Director of Strategic Vision | Prospect

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Don Christensen is a retired Fortune 500 business executive, former business owner, and a graduate of the University of Louisville, holding both BS and MBA degrees. He lectured at the University ‘s School of Business for a decade.

He is the 1979 recipient of the “International Advertiser Man of the Year” awarded by the Point of Purchase Advertising Institute. He also holds over a dozen design awards from the Institute.

He enlisted in the Army Reserve, was selected as a Distinguished Combat Trainee, and was assigned to the 5010th US Army General Hospital. He was awarded a direct commission and served as the Hospital’s Detachment Commander.

While a business owner, his company was twice selected as a Master in Distribution by the Philip Morris Company. He served as President of the Kentucky Candy and Tobacco Association and was its man of the year for 1988-1989.

In addition to serving on the Parks Foundation Board, he is the Finance Chair, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the Board of Dismas Charities. This not for profit operates over 2 dozen reentry facilities serving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the State of Kentucky.

Don currently moderates six small business owner Roundtables for Greater Louisville, Inc., and two Financial Executive Roundtables for the KY Society of CPA’s.

He and Barbara have been married for 53 years, and are the parents of Ann Christensen (Louisville), and Dr. Paul Christensen (Elizabethtown).

Michael Bradley

Director of Communications | Lexington

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Assistant Professor – Eastern Kentucky University
Ph.D. – Oklahoma State University
M.S. – Western Illinois University
B.S. – Oklahoma State University

Contact Information

Department: Recreation and Park Administration
Office: 401 Begley Building
Email: michael.bradley@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-1834
Mailing Address: Begley 405
Expert Areas: Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management, Ethics in Leisure Pursuits
Bio

When I was a child, my parents allowed me to roam through the woods and really become an “outdoor kid.” Even as a kid, I knew I had developed a special connection to nature and that relationship has only matured over the years. I enjoy the chilly winters, the sweaty summers, the wet springs, and the golden leaf falls that nature brings as each year moves forward. I believe this love and connection has directed me to where I am today and guide me in the future.

Through my work with state parks and my connections to individuals in the outdoor recreation field, I feel as though I may contribute to providing outdoor recreation to those that cherish and respect the natural resource. I aim to educate and ethically develop the next generation of outdoor recreation professionals so that these beautiful and meaningful places are sustained forever.

Personal Interests: Fishing, Photography, Yard Sales, Sports, Gardening, Hanging Out With Wife, Travel

Research Interests: Ethics in various leisure pursuits, human dimensions of natural resource management, leisure philosophy, and recreation place meaning.

Lee Foster

Director of Friends Group Outreach | Cadiz

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A. Lee Foster is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and has been a project manager with Keres Consulting, Inc., since retiring from the federal government in 2008 after thirty years of service. In his last government position, Lee served in the Pentagon as the Deputy Federal Preservation Officer for the Department of the Army, with management and oversight responsibility for the Army’s worldwide cultural resources management and historic preservation programs. During his tenure at the Pentagon, Lee also represented the Department of the Army on the Department of Defense Native American Integrated Product Team, actively working to draft policy on Department of Defense working relations with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, as well as Native Hawaiian Organizations. Upon his retirement, Lee received the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Army National Guard Minuteman Award.

Lee holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the University of Memphis. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, is an active member of the Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park and the Trigg County Gateway Garden Club, and is Vice President of the Trigg County Historical and Preservation Society. Lee was an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America for many years and both he and his son Brian are Eagle Scouts.

Lee and his wife Glenda live on beautiful Lake Barkley and enjoy travel, fishing, reading and volunteer work.

Milly Hudson Diehl

Director of Educational Partnerships | Ft. Mitchell

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Mildred “Milly” Hudson Diehl is a resident of Ft. Mitchell in Kenton County.

She joined the Foundation Board of Directors in fall of 2014 and leads the steering committee for KSPF’s Inside Out Education Initiative to get more Kentucky students to our Parks and Historic Sites.

Diehl graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. She is a community activist and most recently was appointed to serve on the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Kenton County CASA (Court Appointed Special Assistants), the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission, the NAACP Northern Kentucky Branch, the Kentucky Democratic Party State Central Executive Committee, and the Kentucky Women’s Network. She served as a Ft. Mitchell Councilwoman from 1994 to 1997 and on the Kentucky Commission on Women under Gov. Martha Layne Collins from 1984 to 1988.

Alice Sparks

Assistant Treasurer | Fort Mitchell

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Alice Sparks lives in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. She is the widow of D. Joseph Sparks, a mother of two, and a grandmother of three. Alice has volunteered with many organizations, including the Governor’s Scholars Board, The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Thomas D. Clark Foundation, The Kentucky Center for the Arts, and The Women’s Network. In addition, she has worked with the University of Kentucky on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Medicine, UK Advocacy Network for Legislative Affairs, and the Real Estate Foundation Board.

Alice is a founding partner of SSK Co., a developer and manager of manufactured housing communities. She enjoys community service, traveling, golf, bridge and reading.

Beau Spurlock

Director | Prestonsburg

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A licensed landscape architect, Beau began his career in South Florida working as a project manager for a land planning firm. During his time there, he assisted diverse clients from both the private and public sectors with site selection and analysis, feasibility studies, site design, and representation at public hearings. Presently, Beau works with Spurlock Holdings, LLC, managing commercial real estate properties and land in Kentucky and Florida. He serves as a Director and Audit Committee Chairman for First Commonwealth Bank of Prestonsburg. In addition, he is a Director for the Highlands Foundation, which supports the non-profit community endeavors of Highlands Health System.

Since 2000, Beau has been married to his sweetheart, Susan, with whom he has three wonderful children. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, fishing, gardening, and volunteering with his church.

Jim Lobb

Director | Louisville

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James Lobb has been practicing real estate law for nearly 28 years, primarily in the areas of real estate development, lending, closings, subdivision and condominium development, and real estate tax deferred exchanges. His practice also includes environmental law and business law. He is a frequent lecturer at business and legal seminars, dealing extensively with boundary issues, surveys, easements, and adverse possession law, as well as title search, title insurance, real estate tax deferred exchanges, and other real estate topics.

Mr. Lobb has been integrally involved in a number of major regional real estate development projects, including large retail developments, medical facilities, office complexes, and other business ventures.

Mr. Lobb started the Weber and Rose real estate department. The Weber and Rose real estate department is one of a select few in Kentucky recognized by Chambers USA.

Mr. Lobb has served in leadership roles in many community organizations over the years. He was recently elected Chairman of the Kentucky State Parks Foundation, which gives him a good excuse to visit all the Kentucky state parks with his wife and two children.

Mr. Lobb likes to hike, camp, raft and kayak. He also collects antique Sheaffer fountain pens.

Nathan Dye

Director | Covington

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After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2001, Nathan made his way back home to take the advertising world by storm. Over the last 15+ years, he has spent time working at some of the city’s best agencies, honing his creative craft and helping to develop brands like Pringles, Bounty, Cincinnati Bell, Carnival Cruise Lines and Evenflo Feeding. While the economy has gone through ups and downs, the communications landscape has evolved, and the way people consume brands has changed, Nathan has adapted and grown his skill set to help brands continue to tell their stories. He currently works in a freelance capacity, maintaining multiple clients and working with several agencies around town to continue to develop and shape brands in today’s marketplace.
Nathan also served on the selection committee and aided in the brand development of Bad Girl Ventures, an education and micro-finance non-profit dedicated to the support and development of female entrepreneurs around Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.
Nathan is the proud father of 9 year-old twins Hudson & Elle who are super proud big sisters to their baby sister Rooney. Along with his wife Annie, Nathan currently resides in Covington, KY.

Paul & Missy Trumbore

Directors | Versailles

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Paul retired from Ashland, Inc after 37 years of service. He has stayed very active since then. One of the organizations he is involved with is Habitat for Humanity. He feels it is a very important part of any community. Mr.Trumbore has served in many community and church activities.
Missy has been an officer in the Ashland (Boyd Co.) Red Cross and Versailles (Woodford Co.) Red Cross. She is currently active with the Woodford Co. Food Pantry and Woodford County Clothing Bank. Mrs. Trumbore is a watercolor artist. Although she is not retired, she does spend a lot of time visiting their 7 (soon to be 8) grand children coast to coast. She feels very blessed to have such a rewarding ” late in life” art career. All of her art shows have been very successful. Her most recent show was in New York City.

Missy has very fond childhood memories of several Kentucky State Parks. Paul and Missy continued the tradition of staying at KSP with their 4 children (especially Carter Cave, Natural Bridge and Lake Cumberland). They want to encourage the use of our WONDERFUL Kentucky State Parks.

Paul and Missy have resided 33 years of their 42 years of marriage in Versailles, coming from Ashland, Kentucky.

They are honored to serve on the Board of such a vibrant organization showcasing our beautiful Kentucky State Parks.

Donnie Holland

Commissioner | Cadiz

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KY Department of Parks

Born: Murray, KY Lives in Cadiz, KY

Current Position: Commissioner of State Parks for the State of Kentucky

Prior:

General Manager: Wabash National Corporation Trailer Centers-parent of Transcraft and Benson Trailers-nations largest class 8 trailer manufacturer

President: Benson International-class 8 trailer manufacturer

Senior Vice President: American National Rubber-leading supplier of automotive acoustic material for auto industry

General Manager and Director of European Operations: Johnson Controls Inc.

Investor: FNB Bank

Education:

Graduate of Trigg County High School

BS Business Management-Murray State University -1971

MBA- Murray State University-1980

Minor- Military Science-Murray State University

Industrial Engineering Certification-Georgia Tech (JCI Sponsor)-1985

Military:

Four years of ROTC at Murray State University-Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant US Army-Achieved Rank of Captain by end of service

Fraternity:

Alpha Tau Omega

Also currently:

Member of Trigg County School Board (term ends due to Commissioner position)

On board of West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

On Board of Cadiz Rotary Club

Federal Advisory Board for Land Between the Lakes

County Judge’s 20/20 Visioning Committee

Eagle Ambassador-support for 101st Airborne

An organizer and spokesperson for the Coalition to Preserve the Land Between the Lakes

Former Board Kentucky State Chamber of Commerce

Former Board of Western Kentucky Regional Chamber Authority

Former Board member and President Cadiz/Trigg County Chamber of Commerce

Former Chairman of School to Work Program

Former President of Trigg County Education Foundation

Former member of Trigg County Economic Development Commission

Former Board of Hopkinsville Community College Foundation

Former member of fund raising team for the Regional Technology Center for HCC

Former Vice Chairman of Board for Trigg County Hospital

Married-Shelia-Realtor-Donna Clark Group

Children-John Holland-Owner of Cadiz Heating and Cooling. Daughter-Darla Thomas-Special Ed. teacher-(MSU graduate)

Grandchildren-Darla’s son Colson Thomas-11 years old-sixth grade Trigg County

John’s daughter-Kaylee Holland-6 years old-kindergarten Trigg County