2014 Rising Stars

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Amelia Martin Adams

Amelia is an attorney for the Delcotto Law Group PLLC, with a focus on representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy cases and out of court debt restructuring.

In 2014 she received the Fayette County BAR Association’s “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.”

She is the active president of The Junior League of Lexington, making her responsible for the administrative organization with sizeable annual fundraising and grant funding, as well as leadership of a large volunteer base.

Rasheedah El-Amin

Rasheedah is the Executive Director of the Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, creating activities and functions that focus on a variety of cultural and artistic expressions.

She is the co-creator of Art After Hours-Lex. Rasheedah was accepted into the 2014-15 Leadership Lexington Class, nominated to serve on the host committee of The Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland, and has served as the LYPA community outreach chair.

Erin Graf

As a marketing consultant and sales representative for WKYT she is responsible for the sale of tv commercial advertising as well as digital advertising.

She is also a boxing instructor at Title Boxing Club.

Erin is very committed to community growth, as one of the founders and current president of Commerce Lexington’s Winner’s Circle which, helps recruit new members to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce.

She is also President of Ladies Lead, where she gives guidance in networking and business growth.

Will Jones

Will works with growth and development at Bullhorn Creative, a local marketing and advertising agency. He is involved with the American Advertising Federation and received numerous awards through this organization.

Outside of work he serves as a Big Brother and serves as a board member for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Having spent time living in some larger metropolitan areas Will hopes to bring some of that experience to Lexington.

Jennifer Monarch

Jennifer is an attorney for the firm Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs, where she practices litigation dispute resolution.

In addition to legal work she is also a columnist for Cake and Whiskey Magazine, a publication devoted to women in business.

Outside of work Jennifer co-founded Dress for Success Lexington, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the economic independence of women by providing them with professional attire, career services, and a network of support.

 Meredith Moody

Relay for Life Specialist at the American Cancer Society and is responsible for working with volunteer-led committees to guide their fundraising and event planning processes.

Her commitment to the community is relentless, having served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce in four different counties.

She was also a recipient of the “Best Practices” award from the Mid-South Relay for Life Directors as well as, “Volunteer of the Year” at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.

 Josh Nadzam

Josh works in development for Green House 17 (formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program) an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community. In this role, he has worked to implement grassroots fundraising and unite the community.

Josh is also working to replicate Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Project here locally. Josh remains focused on community improvement through his professional endeavors.

 Kaelyn Query

Founder and President of LexEffect Events and Management, LexEffect coordinates private events for clients and produce large scale events for the public) of which a portion of the proceeds are given to a local Lexington/Kentucky charity, and they assist with coordination and planning for non-profit organizations events.

Kaelyn’s commitment to the community cannot be overstated as she is an active member of over 25 non-profit organizations in 2014, through events, a committee, or their board.

Tonya Torp

As the program director at Step by Step (mentoring teen moms) she is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of client care and all client programming and events.

Her list of volunteer work and accolades is extensive but some of the highlights include; Member of 2012 Leadership Lexington Class, United Way community engagement coordinator, and Bluegrass Alliance for Women Impact Award 2013.

She also founded Be Bold a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering young girls by partnering with them to set and achieve tangible goals for themselves through entertainment, education, and above all inspiration.  Additionally, they aspire to promote healthy self-esteem and positive body image by exposing the myths associated with media and showcasing real women and girls who have learned to love themselves.

 Quentin Tyler

Dr. Tyler provides leadership for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment in the following areas; strengthening workplace diversity, recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, building cultural competency, monitoring assessment, and reporting of activities relative to diversity and inclusion for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky.

His awards are too numerous to list but highlights include 2014 Tri State Diversity Champion Award, 2014 Spirit of Uk Award, and National MANRRS Advisor of the Year.

He has a strong commitment to impacting the community in a positive manner through professional and non-professional service, and cares about the long term impact of those in the commonwealth.

Thank you to the 2014 LYPA Rising Stars Awards Judges!

George Lathram
Owner, J&H Lanmark Partner, VFG Wealth Management

George R. Lathram II, has been assisting individuals and businesses with their investing and insurance needs for more than 12 years.  Mr. Lathram is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.  Mr. Lathram is Series 7 licensed (Securities), Series 63, and Series 65 licensed (Investment Advisor) and a Kentucky Life and Health Insurance Agent. George began his career as a Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors (AEFA).  At AEFA, he assisted individuals and families to plan their financial future in the form of constructing financial plans for clients’ unique needs and circumstances.

George then joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.  During his first year he was the recipient of the National Sales Award for outstanding performance educating and assisting individuals and families invest for, and protect, their financial future.  In August 2003, George joined VFG Wealth Management, an independent firm allowing him to objectively help clients plan and invest for their future.  An independent firm allows George the opportunity to advise clients without bias or a conflict of interest.  George has the tools with VFG to advise clients using a greater variety of investment vehicles.

While continuing his career in the financial services industry, George bought J&H Lanmark from John Hall, in 2006.  J&H Lanmark is an independent outdoor retailer in Lexington, KY. Through solid marketing, top of the line management and a distinct product selection, J&H Lanmark was named to the prestigious Top 100 Retailers list in 2014.

In 2012, George was named Young Enterprenuer of the Year in Lexington, by Commerce Lexington.

George was born and raised in Lexington.  He is married to Kristie, also a Lexington native and a school teacher, and they have two children, Hallie and Trip. George’s hobbies include golfing, fishing, hunting and attending sporting events.

 Phil Holoubek
President and CEO of Lexington’s Real Estate Company (LRC)

Phil Holoubek is president and CEO of Lexington’s Real Estate Company (LRC).

Two of LRC’s projects, the Nunn Building lofts, and Main & Rose, have added well over 100 loft condo units to downtown Lexington. His goals are to improve the overall quality of life in Lexington, and to turn Lexington into a nationally recognized “24 Hour” downtown that is considered “hip and cool” among the young professional crowd that Lexington so desperately needs to recruit from other cities across the country.

Phil is the founder of a civic organization known as LYPA and has served on the boards of the Lexington Center, Urban League, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others

Caroline Francis
Vice President & Relationship Manager at Chase Business Banking

Caroline Francis is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), Master Career Counselor (MCC), and Board Certified Coach (BCC) with over 19 years of experience working with college students and adults in all stages of career transition.

In her role of Alumni Career Counselor with the University of Kentucky, she assists individual clients, develops career-related programming for clubs around the country, and writes regular columns for the UK Alumni magazine, Career Cat Blog, #ukcareercat Twitter, and monthly e-newsletter.

Caroline has an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) degree from UK and is active in many organizations in the community.

DeAnn Stephens
Radio Co Host, 98.1 The Bull Morning Show Host of WKYT-TV ‘Out & About’ with DeAnn

DeAnn Stephens was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. A graduate of Lafayette High School, and Eastern Kentucky University where she majored in Broadcasting. Stephens started her broadcasting career in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where she was a general assignment reporter and Anchor at WYMT T.V. After a couple of years there, she landed a position at WKYT T.V., the CBS affiliate in Lexington, where she started as a morning reporter. Quickly, Stephens moved into the anchor chair, and at some point, ended up anchoring every newscast WKYT put on the air.

After 13 years in television, Stephens decided it was time for a change. She joined 98.1 The Bull in the Spring of 2008 as co-host of the Morning Show. The flexibility of her schedule has proved to be a hit at home! Young daughters, Kennedy & Kamryn, love having Mommy at home! Now, DeAnn is doing both!! Not only can you listen each weekday morning but you can watch WKYT-TV weekdays from 4-5pm for ‘Out & About’ with DeAnn! Featuring the fabulous people, places, & things happening in the Bluegrass! When she is not on the air, you can normally find her in the community! She is involved in numerous charities across the state! Spending time with her family, being at the lake, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats top DeAnn’s favorites in life!

David O’Neil
Fayette County PVA

David O’Neill was born in Williamstown, Kentucky and has called Lexington home for more than 20 years.  He earned his business degree at the University of Louisville as a member of the first graduating class of the Equine Industry Program.

David worked in the Thoroughbred horse industry for more than 20 years, first for Churchill Downs and then for Kentucky-based Equibase, a subsidiary of The Jockey Club, where he played a part in growing the company from a startup to one of the most important enterprises in Thoroughbred racing, where he ultimately advanced to Senior Manager of Operations.

David currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Community Action Council; a member of LFUCG’s Infill and Redevelopment Committee and Vacant Property Review Commission; and the Fayette County Public School’s Re-zonging committee.  Before becoming PVA, he served Lexington and Fayette County in various capacities including as a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Greenspace Commission and as a member and vice president of the Good Foods Co-Op Board of Directors.

In 2010, PVA David O’Neill was elected to a full four-year term after having spent his first two years in office focusing on cutting the budget to save taxpayer dollars and increasing technology to better serve Fayette County.  He continues to make the Fayette County PVA Office as transparent as possible, and focuses much of his time on presenting PVA data to the community in new and unique ways to improve quality of life and to facilitate economic development. David is an unopposed candidate for re-election in 2014.

2014 LYPA Rising Stars MC

Robbie_Morgan_HeadshotRobbie Morgan

Robbie Morgan does stuff. She is the Director of Events & Sponsorships with Smiley Pete Publishing, home of the Chevy Chaser, Southsider, Business Lexington & tadoo.com. She is the creator and director of Crave Lexington, also a Smiley Pete Production, and produces the tadoo lounge–a free monthly music, food and social event–at the offices of Smiley Pete.

Robbie is also the founder and creator of Change for Art–a public art project which took the old parking meters and turned them into public art and a place to give your coins to support more art. So save your pennies and give them to art.

She is also an actress and singer and fronts the band, The Binders, a tribute band to women made and led rock and or roll.

2014 LYPA Rising Stars Keynote Speakers

Whit Hiler and Griffin VanMeter

2014 LYPA RS Keynote Speakers

Colonel Whit Hiler and Colonel Griffin VanMeter, Partners, Kentucky for Kentucky

Made up of two proud Kentuckians, Whit Hiler and Griffin VanMeter, Kentucky for Kentucky rebranded the great commonwealth of Kentucky.
A pretty big task, considering they had zero money and no one asked them to do it.

They launched a YouTube video declaring: Kentucky Kicks Ass. Some people loved the message, some did not, but it got them all talking about what Kentucky has to offer. This is the story of a grass-roots campaign heard around the world. This is the story of using creativity to change perceptions, make impact and make Kentucky proud.

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