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Fund for the Arts unveils NeXt Ambassadors of 2020
Nationally recognized emerging leader program prepares new generation of arts leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 21, 2019) – Fund for the Arts announced the NeXt Ambassadors of 2020, comprised of 32 young professionals who are invested in enhancing their lives and the Greater Louisville 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2020 NeXt Ambassadors class which is filled with leaders of diverse backgrounds who are devoted to making lasting impacts on the arts community in our city,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts. “The NeXt program is a wonderful opportunity for growth and leadership, and we are grateful for Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Stock Yards Bank’s continued support as we embolden and inspire emerging leaders to become our region’s arts ambassadors one day.”

Over the next 10 months, the class will delve into the heart of Louisville’s 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 proud to welcome and support this year’s class of dedicated, young visionaries,” said P. Doublas Barr, Chair of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. “This transformative program empowers the future volunteer arts leaders of this community and equips them with the skills necessary to create real change. When we motivate the next generation, our entire region improves.”

NeXt Class of 2019:
• Abigail Minrath, Churchill Downs;
• Aimee Conrad-Hill, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens;
• Alexandra Molestina, LGE & KU;
• Amanda Egan, The Ogle Center at Indiana U. Southeast;
• Amanda Freibert, Brown-Forman;
• Amy Landon, Bernheim Arboretum;
• Anne Cole, Mercer;
• Benjamin Ruby, Stock Yards Bank & Trust;
• Brandon Harwood, University of Louisville;
• Bridget Pennington, American Commercial Barge Line;
• Carly Riggs, Down Syndrome of Louisville;
• Carolyn Michener, Stites & Harbison;
• Courtney Williams, Jefferson County Public Schools;
• Destiny Monyhan, Louisville Tourism;
• Elizabeth Feldpausch, The Glenview Trust Company;
• Elizabeth Fennell, Humana;
• Jessica Chu, YUM Brands;
• Jessica Dozier, Republic Bank & Trust;
• John Haley, Long John Silver’s;
• Josh Brock, Frost Brown Todd;
• Kayla Winfree, Verizon Wireless;
• Kiana Benhoff, Speed Art Museum;
• McKenzie Doss, BB&T;
• Michael Kopp, 1619 Flux;
• Oremeyi Kareem, VOME LLC;
• Rebecca Katz, Center for Interfaith Relations;
• Spencer Jenkins, Queer Kentucky;
• Steven Clark, Stoll Keenon Ogden;
• Tori Powell, Manna Inc.;
• Tyler Radford, Kentuckiana Works;
• William Kantlehner, Garrett Stotz;
• Zach Robinson, Louisville Dance Collective.

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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