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Fund for the Arts unveils NeXt Class of 2019
Nationally recognized emerging leader program prepares new generation of arts leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SEPTEMBER 21, 2018) – Fund for the Arts announces the NeXt Class of 2019, comprised of 41 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 10 months, preparing the next generation of emerging professionals for volunteer leadership roles within the arts community.

NeXt Class of 2019

“The NeXt class offers future leaders from all backgrounds and areas of expertise the opportunity to learn, develop and motivate a deep commitment of service and exceptional leadership in the arts,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is proud to provide this opportunity for growth and leadership, and grateful to Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Stock Yards Bank for their continuing support as we embolden and inspire emerging leaders to become our region’s arts ambassadors one day.”

Over the course of the next 10 months, the class will delve into the heart of the arts community, experience world-class arts events and behind-the-scenes access, network with high profile community leaders and learn where their skills are most needed. Participants will 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.

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.

“Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is honored to welcome the newest group of young, high energy leaders with the 2019 NeXt class,” said Kendrick Riggs, vice chair of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. “This transformative program empowers the future volunteer arts leaders of this community and afford them with the skills necessary to effect true impact. When we inspire excellence in all ages, our entire region improves.”

NeXt Class of 2019:

  • Sarah Adkins, QSR Automations
  • Monica Beavers, Fund for the Arts
  • Kellie Beckman, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Alexandra Bittel, Merrill Lynch
  • Tyler Bliss, New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation
  • Kseniya Buck, Hume Law
  • Kate Burger, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jordan Coleman, Passport Health Plan
  • Cathy Colliver, Gannett
  • Taylor Coots, EM Ford
  • Nicky Edwards, Louisville Distilling Company (Angel’s Envy)
  • Kendra Flanigan, Humana
  • Elizabeth Greenfield, Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Anne Marie Grisanti, Insider Louisville
  • Drew Hillebrand, Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  • Will Hollis, Center for Interfaith Relations
  • Matthew Hughes, National Stem Cell Foundation
  • Megan Imel, Republic Bank
  • Ashley Kratz, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Lauren Madden, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Jennifer Martin, Norton Healthcare
  • Mike McCarthy, Beam Suntory
  • Megan McDougal, Lift a Life Foundation Inc.
  • Kasen Meek, Uspiritus
  • Amy Miles, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
  • Miriam Nally, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Lucy Oldham, Charah, LLC
  • Charles Otten, Morgan & Pottinger PSC
  • Stephen Price, Lacuna Health
  • Amanda Sapata, AudioCodes
  • Clark Spalding, Homefit Personal Training
  • Benjamin Streepey, JP Morgan Chase
  • Elizabeth Strehl, Humana
  • Lane Thompson, Louis T. Roth & Co., PLLC
  • Heather Tomko, American Commercial Barge Line
  • Shanna Ward, Kentucky Derby Festival
  • Alex White, Alex R. White Attorney
  • James Wilkerson, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office
  • Emory Williamson, Community Foundation of Louisville
  • Jaymi Yantis, Brown-Forman
  • Michael Ydoate, Baldwin CPAs, PLLC

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 also hosts the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals, and leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector. For more information, visit


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