Nationally recognized emerging leader program prepares new generation of arts leaders

LOUISVILLE, KY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017- Fund for the Arts announces the NeXt Class of 2018 made up of 39 young professionals who are invested in enhancing their lives and the greater community through the power of the arts. NeXt is a nationally recognized professional development program that spans ten months preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community.

“Fund for the Arts is committed to inspiring leaders from all backgrounds and areas of expertise to carry on the deep commitment of service and exceptional leadership in the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “We are grateful to Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Stock Yards Bank for their support as we empower emerging leaders to become arts ambassadors for generations to come.”

Over the course of the next ten months, the class will delve into the heart of the arts community, enjoy world-class arts events and behind the scenes access, network with high-profile community leaders, and learn where their skills are most needed. Participants engage 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.

“Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is proud to welcome the NeXt Class of 2018,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. “We believe in inspiring all forms of excellence throughout the region. Through this transformative program, we can effectively embolden the future volunteer arts leaders of this community and equip them with the skills necessary to create a lasting impact.”

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

NeXt Class of 2018:

  • Taylor Amerman, Brown-Forman
  • Chaoyun Bao, Genscape
  • Zachary Barlow, PharmMerica
  • Julia Black, Tri-Arrows Aluminum
  • Meredith Boling, Trilogy Health Services
  • Tiffany Bovard, Scoppechio
  • Matthew Brier, Charah LLC
  • Alison Brotzge-Elder, Greater Louisville, Inc.
  • Jon Brown, Quaker Chemical
  • Michael Brown, US WorldMeds, LLC
  • Molly Burke, WDRB
  • Kayla Campbell, Dessman Benzinger LaVelle
  • Kaylee Carnahan, RunSwitch PR
  • David Clark, Spalding University
  • Hannah Cobine, ResCare, Inc.
  • Rosmond Dolen, Bingham Greenbaum Doll
  • Logan Gholson, Beam Suntory
  • Kevin Graham, Demin, Maline, Livesay & Ostroff CPAs
  • Christine Hall, Baptist Healthcare, Inc.
  • Marion Hambrick, University of Louisville
  • Lindsey Howard, Stoll, Keenon, Ogden, PLLC
  • Katie Hurt, Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  • Perrin Johnson, ESPN
  • Betsy Kelley, Humana, Inc.
  • Julie Laemmle, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs
  • Caitlin Lally, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227
  • Shelby Lockhart, MSD
  • Kelley Luckett, Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana
  • Diane Mahan, TARC
  • Jonathan Matthews, Gaddis & Matthews PLLC
  • Ben Partridge, JPMorgan & Chase Co.
  • Jason Roseberry, Five-Star Technology Solutions
  • Sean Smith, JCPS
  • Luke Stepusin, Humana, Inc.
  • Benjamin Stewart, American Commerical Barge Line
  • Colin Stouffer, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Chris Tabler, LG&E
  • Faith Yascone, Frankfort Ave CoachHouse & Yascone Enterprises

About the Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations, and arts in education. Fund for the Arts leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit


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