PRIDE Expands Board of DirectorsNovember 23, 2016 by Angela Traver
It has been a year of growth for PRIDE and that includes the board of directors, which has expanded to 12 members. These new additions bring more diversity to the group that represents PRIDE’s 42 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.
As the new commissioner for the Department of Local Government, Sandy Dunahoo joined the PRIDE board of directors in December of 2015. While new to the board, Dunahoo is not new to the organization. Dunahoo led efforts to recognize wastewater and “straight pipes” as a key problem in the 5th District and helped organize PRIDE programs to eliminate these issues.
Kristen R. Branscum, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism joined the board this spring. Branscum is from south central Kentucky. Prior to being named Commissioner she worked in various capacities for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Her expertise will play a large roll in advancing PRIDE’s mission.
This summer Regina Johnson became a member of the PRIDE board of directors. Born and raised in Harlan, Johnson is currently employed at Union College as a Grants Specialist. Johnson’s vast knowledge of grant writing and education align closely with PRIDE’s mission and will help move the organization forward.
“We are so fortunate to have added these incredibly qualified individuals to our board of directors,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE’s President and CEO. “The knowledge and expertise they bring to the table is incredible. I’m looking forward to working with them all and continuing the work PRIDE started nearly 20 years ago.”
The PRIDE Board of Directors meets monthly at The Center for Rural Development located in Somerset. The board is made up of 12 members that represent the 42 county service region. For more info on PRIDE visit www.kypride.org.