Lisa Abbott

Empower Kentucky Organizer

A KFTC organizer in eastern Kentucky for five years, Lisa became the Leadership Development Coordinator in 1997.  She received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Leadership Development from the University of Maryland in 2001. Lisa returned to KFTC in 2002 as the Director of Organizing and Leadership Development. She currently is KFTC's organizer for the Empower Kentucky initiative.

E'Beth Adami

Development Associate

E'Beth has her roots in western Kentucky, but lives in Louisville and works as a Development Associate from KFTC's Jefferson County office. She did her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Kentucky before completing her Master's of Science in Social Work at the University of Louisville. In her free time, E'Beth enjoys cooking, travel, and getting outdoors as much as possible.

Beth Bissmeyer

Tax Justice Organizer

Beth joined KFTC's staff in 2013 and is now KFTC's Tax Justice Organizer. She grew up in Louisville's South End, on the same street her parents lived as children, and earned her B.A. in English from Berea College. Before joining KFTC's staff, Beth was an active KFTC member and has previously worked as an organizer for a youth environmental organization and for a congressional campaign. Beth now lives in Louisville with her husband, Tony, and enjoys hiking, reading, watching PBS, general silliness, and spending time with loved ones.

Morgan Brown

Administrative Assistant

Morgan was hired in July 2009 as our first full-time Administrative Assistant. She was born, raised, and still lives in Knox County, surrounded by her extended family.  Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and their two wonderful children. She works out of our London office.

Tim Buckingham

Communications Associate

Tim joined the staff in March of 2007, filling the position of Communications associate.  He lives in Lexington with Amy, his wife, two dogs Ellie Mae and Michael, his daughter Joleigh, and his son Hagan.  He is bicycle advocacy nut, a homebrew brewmeister, and a tri-athlete.  Tim has a MA in critical media studies from the University of Kentucky and works out of the Lexington office. Tim is a founding member of the Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop in Lexington.

Robin Daugherty

Office Manager

Robin was welcomed to the KFTC staff team in June 2006 as office manager.  Originally from East Tennessee, Robin has lived in Kentucky for 10 years, currently just outside of London with a very special weimaraner named Lucy and five cats.  Robin has a Bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Tennessee and brings more than 20 years of experience and training in office management, specialized administrative skills and community service.

Sara Estep

Harlan County and Letcher County Chapter Organizer

Sara has been on staff with KFTC since 2016. She lives in Whitesburg KY, with her partner Jonathan, their daughter Lily, and two tiny dogs. Sara's background is in biology and she loves animals, people, and the ecology of Eastern Kentucky. . 

Joe Gallenstein

Chapter Organizer with Northern Kentucky and Scott County

I have been blessed to work for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth in Northern Kentucky since 2010, and with the Scott County chapter since 2013. If you share our commitment to justice and a desire for a strong democracy then please join us at an upcoming KFTC event!

Jerry Hardt

Communications Director

Jerry is KFTC’s Communications Director. He has worked with KFTC for 30+ years in various roles, including balancing the scales editor, media coordinator and occasional financial manager! He lives in Louisville.

Jessica Hays Lucas

Deputy Organizing Director for Leadership Development

Jessica became KFTC's Tax and Economic Justice Organizer in  September 2006.  She grew up in south-central Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky, and moved away for a time for school.  She got involved with KFTC in 2004 when she moved back to Kentucky.  Jess lives in Lexington with her husband Shawn, their sons, and too many animals.  Jess helps build statewide support for fair and adequate tax reform, helps local chapters with economic justice work, and is the Deputy Organizing Director for Leadership Development.

Amy Hogg

Development Director

Amy joined KFTC’s staff team in 2008. As Development Director, she works to build grassroots power by building KFTC's membership. She's originally from Letcher County and now lives in Berea with her husband, Mike, and daughters Ellie and Claire. She’s inspired by the energy and commitment of KFTC members and hopes to be like them when she grows up. Her first book, a novel for children called Callie Rose, was published in 2012.

Beth Howard

Central Kentucky Organizer

Beth Howard is the new organizer working with the Central Kentucky Chapter of KFTC. Beth grew up in West Liberty (Morgan County). She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Master’s in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Beth served for five years as a lead organizer with a grassroots organization in Daytona Beach, Florida called Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony (FAITH). She returned to Kentucky in 2011 and worked as a case manager facilitating classes in parenting, job coaching, and interpersonal skills for a multi-county program based in West Liberty. Beth is a student and teacher of yoga, she is rarely ever without a book, and lives in Lexington with her dog Sandy. 

Erik Hungerbuhler

Website Manager/E-Organizer

Erik is our Website Manager/E-Organizer.  He grew up in Corbin and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  He was involved with KFTC in a number of different roles as a member before joining the staff and is excited about integrating the website and social media into our organizing strategy.  He currently lives in Lexington with his wife and daughter. He spends some of his free time geeking out on sci-fi, playing board games, and helping at his wife's yarn store, Rebelle. He is an accomplished knitter and always willing to teach others.

Alicia Hurle

Jefferson County Organizer

Alicia is originally from Louisville and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Louisville with a concentration in Non-Profit Management and a Graduate Certificate in Pan-African Studies. She has been with KFTC since 2013. 

Molly Kaviar

Southern Kentucky Community Organizer

Molly is excited to join the team as a community organizer in the Southern Kentucky region. She is a Louisville native and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology. She enjoys camping, traveling, cooking and doing puzzles.

Burt Lauderdale

Executive Director

Burt is our Executive Director.  He is a graduate of Auburn University and has been with KFTC since 1983.  His responsibilities include leadership identification and development, campaign development, organizer training, strategy development and fundraising.

Carissa Lenfert

Carissa Lenfert

Deputy Organizing Director

Carissa grew up in southern Indiana and joined the KFTC staff team in 2008.  She has a bachelor's degree from Ball State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.  She previously worked as a grassroots organizer for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement where she focused on organizing family farmers and rural residents for economic and environmental justice.  She lives in Louisville with her husband and sin.  She enjoys spending time telling bad jokes, cooking, and playing with her family.

Sara Pennington

New Energy and Transition Campaign Organizer

Sara is a New Energy and Transition Campaign Organizer with KFTC. She joined KFTC's staff in April 2009 as an organizer working to reform Kentucky's rural electric cooperatives and move them toward more energy efficiency and clean energy. She now works on KFTC's broader issue of new energy and a just economic transition for coal-impacted communities and beyond. Originally from West Virginia, she lives in Whitesburg in Letcher County. Sara holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University and published her first chapbook of poetry in 2014. She's currently learning to play the upright bass. 

Kevin Pentz

Canary Project Organizer

Kevin is the Canary Project organizer.  After working as an organizing intern with KFTC in 1996, he moved west to work with an organizing group in Montana.  He returned to KFTC as an organizer in 1999.  He has a degree in Environmental Science from Saint Lawrence University.

Heather Roe Mahoney

Deputy Director

Heather grew up on a farm in Lewis County, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville more years ago than she'd like to admit.  She came to KFTC in 2005 after working for seven years at Democracy Resource Center, first as project coordinator, then as co-director. She works closely with the Executive Director, helps with foundation fundraising, provides administrative oversight for KFTC, and staffs several of our leadership teams including the Steering Committee, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee.  She lives in Lexington with her son, Kaden.

Jessie Skaggs

Perry County and Big Sandy Organizer

Jessie is working as the organizer for the Perry County chapter, especially around water testing and public health. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in graphic design and worked in that field for four years. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, with an emphasis on sustainable development. Jessie lives in Johnson County and enjoys cooking, gardening, and shopping for books. 

Sasha Zaring

Madison County and Wilderness Trace Chapter Organizer

Sasha was raised in Rockcastle County and that is where she spent most of her adult life as well.  While always passionate about environmental concerns and economic justice, it wasn't until she moved to Berea with her children that she found herself in the position to volunteer with a local KFTC chapter.  She quickly became active in the Madison County chapter and greatly valued the hard work of our members.  Over the election cycle of 2014 she worked as a Voter Empowerment Organizer and then came onto staff full time in the summer of 2015 as the Madison County and Wilderness Trace Chapter Organizer.  She is excited to serve on staff within this role and be of help to the amazing folks that make up the whole of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth!