Board of Directors

Evan Thurmond – Board Chair
Shelly Zegart – President and CEO
Margaret Wendler – Vice Chair
Susan Hershberg – Treasurer
Sam Corbett – Secretary

Terrian Barnes
Terri Bass
Susan Blieden
Nancy Doctor
Amy Lapinski
Lucas Jean-Marie
Cara Meade
Mesude Ozyurekoglu
Porter Watkins

Kentucky to the World Team and Consultants

Lisa SwikertAdministrative Manager
Lisa Swikert
Lisa coordinates and performs a variety of functions for the office, including submissions for advertising, event details, correspondence, board meetings, electronic communications and more. She holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University and has over 30 years’ experience in event planning, office management and graphic design.

Taylor CochranCreative Consultant
Taylor Cochran
As an independent consultant Taylor specializes in social media management and content production. Previously with Doe Anderson, her clients included Maker’s Mark, Carrier, Bluegrass Cellular and The Galt House; she now enjoys contract and freelance work. A Louisville native, Taylor earned a BA in Communication from Bellarmine University.

Jayne LabesDevelopment Consultant
Jayne Labes
With 27 years of nonprofit development and communications experience, Jayne began consulting in 2002. Other clients include New Hope Services, Supplies Over Seas, WaterStep, Hearts4Kenya, Louisville Visual Art, and The Healing Place. She holds a BS from the University of Kentucky and is a past president of the Fund Raising Executives of Metro Louisville.

David ThurmondEducation and Strategy Consultant
David Thurmond
David has served as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education Arts and Humanities Cabinet, as well as Director of Strategic Planning and Government Relations for the Department of Education.  At the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, he served as Director of Statewide Education and Vice President for Programming. He is also founding Director of the Governor’s School for the Arts. A graduate of Bellarmine University, he holds a MEd degree from the University of Louisville; he is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville and the Bingham Fellows.

Michael PhillipsNative Content Copywriter and Researcher
Michael Phillips
A former adjunct lecturer at the University of Louisville, Michael now focuses on building long-form editorial and general web content. As a full-time digital content writer, he has represented a diverse array of clients across North America. Michael holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Louisville, where he also worked as a University Writing Center consultant and Henry James Review copy editor.

Melissa ZoellerPublic Relations and Marketing Consultant
Melissa Zoeller
Melissa has 20 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations. Other clients include GE, LG&E, J Michael’s Spa & Salon, Wingspan Integrated Marketing and St. Raphael the Archangel School. She currently serves on the Bellarmine University Alumni Board of Directors and is President of the St. Raphael Parent-Teacher Organization.

August NorthcutSocial Media Coordinator and Database Manager
August Northcut
A talented painter and illustrator, August spent several years in the arts communities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA before returning to Louisville. He is experienced as a gallery artist, freelancer and curator. Outside of his own studio, August provides freelance illustration, curation, and event planning support for a variety of local clients.  

Tommy JohnsVideo Producer and Director
Tommy Johns
Tommy is a digital media producer and content strategist. He works in video direction and production as well as motion design, photography, and graphic design. He has written, directed, and produced digital media assets for a variety of major brands, restaurant groups, and prosocial non-profit organizations and provided brand health and network development guidance for consumer engagement strategies.

Ekaterina BalabanWebsite Development and Management Consultant
Ekaterina Balaban
Ekaterina is an Information Technology professional with over 19 years of experience in Web development, network infrastructure, technology integration, and more. Currently a Lead Web Applications Developer at Material Handling Systems, she also likes to assist area nonprofits and volunteer for animal welfare causes.