2015-2015 NeXt ClassLOUISVILLE, KY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015- The Fund for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 NeXt class. NeXt is a nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the Arts community.

The class is made up of 45 young professionals from across the region who express a strong desire to give back to the community though service, in the area of Arts and culture with an emphasis on corporate citizenship. Over the course of ten months, the class will network with high profile community leaders, enjoy world-class Art events and learn where their talents are most needed. Participants will work with local Arts organizations on various projects that relate to collaborative initiatives, audience development, event management, program implementation, business operations, marketing and communications, or philanthropy.

“We are thrilled to welcome this talented class of emerging leaders to NeXt,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Through this immersive program, participants become a defining voice in the future of the Arts. Having a dedicated group of inspired and engaged Art Ambassadors ensures the continued success of our vibrant Arts community.”

The Fund for the Arts NeXt Program is made possible by the generous supported of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and the Special Event Series is supported by Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co..

2015-2016 NeXt Class:

  • Amanda Kremer, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Amelia Huneke, Brown-Forman
  • Andy McLeroy, Baptist Health Louisville
  • Annie Dutton, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
  • Ashton Napier, Atria Senior Living
  • Audra Rankin, University of Louisville
  • Audrey Esarey, Humana Inc.
  • Brooke Zimmerman, UPS/ B. Sharp Services
  • Carrie Syberg, St. Xavier High School
  • F. Callihan, Louisville Ballet
  • Channing Cox, Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.
  • Cheryl Brumley, Century Mortgage Company
  • Chris Fetner, General Electric Appliances
  • Chris Johnson, Hilliard Lyons
  • Chris Nuttle, Louis T. Roth
  • Courtney Glenny, Galt House Hotel
  • Demetrius Gray, Reliant Exteriors, LLC
  • Erica Bledsaw, Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc.
  • Gina Palazzo, PNC Wealth Management
  • Jacqueline Brill, Mountjoy Chilton Medley
  • Jermaine Reeves, Humana, Inc.
  • John Malcom, Leadership Louisville Center
  • Joshua Farley, Howard & Farley, LLC
  • Kaet Barron, Bullitt County Public Schools – Maryville Elementary
  • Lane Hettich, Neace Lukens
  • Laura Kerr, The Filson Historical Society
  • Laura Proctor, Doe-Anderson
  • Liam Felsen, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Lindsay Fouts, American Commercial Lines
  • Michelle Cason, Humana Inc.
  • Natalie Montell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll
  • Nikki Carver, Mercer
  • Oliver Ellis, White Clay Consulting
  • Orlando Allen, Allen Financial Group
  • Rachael Waddell, Yum! Brands, Inc.
  • Renee Murphy, University of Louisville / Hite Institute
  • Robert Baker, Revive Properties, Baker Capital, DCBC, Berkshire Hathaway
  • Robert Harvey, Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Sarah Kays, Advanced Solutions
  • Sauda Brown, Humana, Inc.
  • Samantha Yung, Louisville Metro Government
  • Stephanie Sturgeon, Baptist Health Louisville
  • Tara McGuire, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
  • Tara Shelton, Humana Inc.
  • Wes Fischer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

About Fund for the Arts
The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class Arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives and fueling innovative arts-in-education programs throughout the region. A national leader in corporate partnerships; helping business and creative find a unified voice, a more educated workforce, and attract talent through the Arts. The annual Fund for the Arts campaign has generated more than $196 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information visit www.fundforthearts.com.

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