Our Team:



We’re excited to announce a new position with the CivicLex Team through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. See the position description and apply here.



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Richard Young has been working in and around civic engagement and community development for almost a decade. He has overseen multi-million dollar organizations and countless startup endeavors, all in the non-profit realm. Starting his career with a degree in Double Bass performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Richard has a deep interest in how creative process can positively impact democracy. He enjoys cooking, gardening, playing music, and spending time with his dog Oliver.

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Megan studied English at the University of Kentucky and has since worked and volunteered in a variety of fields. She is interested in creative, local, journalism, and in her free time is usually busy with one of her too many hobbies. Megan is employed through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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Sara is a Master's in Social Work student at the University of Kentucky. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Sara moved to Lexington in 2014. Sara is interested in community development, people's stories, advocacy, and the nonprofit sector.


CivicLex has a bifurcated Board Structure that places a buffer between programmatic direction and financial decisions. This structure allows us to have the right people in the room for the right reasons, and tap into the specific expertise of these groups regularly.



The CivicLex Governance Board oversees the long-term sustainability of CivicLex, with input from the Programmatic Board.

Marisa Aull - Assistant Director of the Nutrition Education Programs, University of Kentucky

Alex Brooks - Museum Director, 21c Hotels, Lexington

Melody Flowers - Executive Director for Strategic Analysis and Policy, University of Kentucky

Jane Jensen - Professor of Education, University of Kentucky

Carl Leonard - Retired

Brenda Mannino

Jordan Parker - Traditional Bank

Graham Pohl - Architect, Partner in Pohl-Rosa-Pohl

Dan Rowland - Former Director, Gaines Center for the Humanities, University of Kentucky

Scott Shapiro - Former Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Lexington Mayor

Art Shechet - Psychologist, Co-Founder of Under-Main

Liz Sheehan - Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky Department of Psychology


The CivicLex Programmatic Board oversees the short and long term priorities of CivicLex’s programming, with input from the Governance Board.

Jessica Breen - Director of Education and Outreach, Bluegrass Land Conservancy

Tom Eblen - Former Columnist and Managing Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader

Blake Hall - Co-Founder, Lexington Urbanists Forum; Co-Founder, Open Lexington

Taryn Henning - Directory of Community Engagement, Ampersand Sexual Violence Center of the Bluegrass

Andrea James - Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Lexington Mayor

David Laurenvil - Owner, Fida's Caribbean Cafe

Tom Martin - Host, Eastern Standard; Co-Founder, UnderMain

Carly Muetterties - PhD Candidate in Civic Education, University of Kentucky

Meredith Price - Realtor, United Real Estate Group

Miranda Scully - Family & Community Engagement District Coordinator, Fayette County Public Schools

Andrew Shooner - University Web Manager, University of Kentucky

Melissa Snow-Groves - Executive Director, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Matthew Wilson - Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.