Joseph is a firm believer that the best investment you can make is in people. In his experience, that investment never returns void. Either you grow, the other person does, or most likely, both persons do. Joseph is passionate about creating environments in which he can empower others and be empowered, challenge any obstacle set before him, and bring as many people along on the journey.
Joseph was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Winchester. He attended George Rogers Clark High School and Eastern Kentucky University. Joseph sits on the Board at Clark County Community Services, is on the Clark County Extension Council, and is a member of the Alliance for Local Food Access (ALFA). He is a big fan of Ale-8 and seeing a revitalized downtown and engaged community. Joseph has a beautiful wife, great friends and family, loves watching soccer, and pulling for the Gators & Braves!
The Board of Directors
Leslie is a longtime advocate for those most vulnerable. Her advocacy started 25 years ago, when she served on the Lexington Humane Society Board. After that she turned her focus on advocating for children she joined the Scott County Foster Care Review Board for the Department for Protection and Child Services. Later, she became a foster parent herself. She was blessed to adopt her son Daniel. Daniel had some learning disabilities that required navigating the 505 and IEP process in the public school system. Through it all Daniel was a first string defensive tackle on the Scott County Football team and a graduated from Scott County High School.
Leslie’s job as Director of Administrative Services and interim Public Health Director of Clark County Health Department and Home Health Agency, brought her to Clark County. She participated in the Leadership Winchester program where she learned about the Partners in Education (PIE) program. She has mentored students at Baker Intermediate Middle School for three years giving girls a listening ear and a helping hand. Leslie is a Board Member of both the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) board and Drug Court -encouraging and helping people live life to the fullest, free of substance abuse. Leslie is a Graduate of University of Houston with a BBA/Accounting degree. Also, a Certified Public Accountant.
Forrest is a native Kentuckian and the preaching minister at Christview Christian Church in Winchester, KY, a position he began in 1998. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University (BA, 1986; MA, 2000). He loves to see positive change in the Winchester/Clark County community and is passionate about participating in activities that lead toward positive change. Forrest's favorite Rowland Arts Center program is Mentors and Meals which provides at-risk kids a safe, positive environment during the most at-risk time of the day. He also serves on the boards of Clark County Community Services and Partners in Education. He is currently the president of Clark County Association of Churches. Over the last three years he has been active in forming a strategic partnership between Christview and Habitat of Humanity (Madison/Clark affiliate). Forrest loves to preach and loves to study to prepare to preach. In his spare time he can be found on the mountain bike trails at Capital View Park in Frankfort, Skullbuster in Georgetown or Veteran's Park in Lexington.
He is husband to his college sweetheart, Darisa, and proud father to Spencer, Leta and Preston.
Lisa is a resident of Versailles, Ky where she is Vice-Chair of the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy ASAP), Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee, member of the United Way of the Bluegrass Education Impact Council and founder of the Mentors & Meals (M&Ms) program in Woodford County. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Miami University, Oxford Ohio in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. After a career in the private sector pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline for over 22 years, she was able to embrace the public sector by forming a non-profit to meet an unmet need in her community. For the past 7 years, M&Ms has reached middle school students and provided homework help, hot meals and a mentoring component which builds relationships to help students succeed in high school and beyond. Lisa is proud of the Rowland Arts Center and the accomplishments of its Mentors & Meals, Clark County program and honored to sit on the RAC Board. She has two children; a son who is studying Global Economics in Shanghai, China and a daughter who is an Army ROTC cadet, studying Arabic at the University of Arizona, Lisa is inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "Be The Change You Wish to See in the World". and from the book "Wonder" by RJ Palacio.which encourages people of all ages to "Choose Kind".
Victoria was born and raised in Winchester, Ky. She has had a passion for serving others and has worked with at-risk youth for the past 10 years. She is currently a Certified Social Worker and attended Eastern Kentucky University for her Bachelors and Campbellsville University for her Masters of Social Work. She worked in outpatient mental health for four years as a case manager and inpatient substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling for three years. Victoria is currently a counselor at the Phoenix Academy, Day Treatment Program in Winchester, where she has worked for three years. Victoria loves advocating for and helping youth find their strengths and passion to pursue a better future. Victoria is a member of the local Family Accountability, Intervention and Response (FAIR) Team and Local Interagency Council (LIAC) Board. Victoria believes that giving back to the community is the most powerful way to make a change in the environment and in the future lives of our children.
2017/18 School Year