Realtor with Coldwell Banker
Brian is a Lexington, Kentucky, native and graduate of Transylvania University, with an MBA from University of Kentucky. He has spent his career as an entrepreneur in multiple businesses as manager and/or owner in the south central Kentucky region in the fields of tourism and entertainment. He is a founding Board Member and has been intricately involved in the development of the Friends of Mammoth Cave.
Larry Cox - Chair
Larry Cox has been a Kentucky resident for forty years and retired in late 2010 after over twenty-five years as State Director for Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the United States Senate. Prior to that served as Secretary for Environmental Policy and Deputy Secretary of the Community Development Department for Jefferson County Government. Earlier work history included employment as Deputy Director of a regional planning agency and lead planner for a number of small and medium size cities and counties.
Cox has a Bachelor of Arts from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Joanie Cox and they have two adult children who reside in Kentucky.
President & CEO
Caveland Environmental Authority
Caveland Environmental Authority, Inc
David Peterson is the CEO of Caveland Environmental Authority, an environmental company devoted to water, wastewater, construction, and environmental services. Caveland Environmental Authority is considered one of the best water and wastewater utilities in the state. He is also the President and co-owner of the Geothermal Supply Company, based from Horse Cave, KY. This company provides equipment necessary for safe and energy efficient heating and cooling systems to businesses and industries.
David is the President of Kentucky Rural Water Association, which provides training, operational support and financial guidance to utilities in Kentucky.
LaJuana S. Wilcher
Attorney at Law, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley
Ms. LaJuana Wilcher is a partner with the law firm English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley in Bowling Green, KY, and owns and operates Scuffle Hill Farm. A biologist, lawyer and former naturalist and interpreter at Mammoth Cave National Park, her legal practice grew to include federal government positions at the U.S. EPA and the Department of Agriculture, including the Presidential-appointed, Senate-confirmed post as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Water (1989-1993). After private practice in D. C., in 2003 she became the first Secretary of Kentucky's Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, with responsibility for Kentucky's environmental and natural resource agencies, as well as labor, horse racing, insurance, banking, alcohol beverage control, charitable gaming, and housing, building and construction, among other things. Ms. Wilcher teaches environmental law courses in the summers at Vermont Law School, and currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at the University of Kentucky.
From 2003-2007 Ms. Wilcher was a member of the U.S. National Park System Advisory Board. She currently is a member of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO, the Salmon P. Chase College of Law Board of Visitors, and the Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center Advisory Board.
Dr. Jeannie Huss - Secretary
Dr. Jeanine Huss teaches Elementary Science Methods at Western Kentucky University. She obtained grants and co-taught numerous teacher workshops with Cheryl Messenger at Mammoth Cave. She enjoys sharing her connection with nature and national parks with her students so that hopefully they will also bring their students outside.
Amanda Brown-Wyatt - Treasurer
Amanda Brown-Wyatt, from Summer Shade, KY, now lives in Glasgow with her family. She has been with South Central Bank in Tompkinsville for 11 years. Amanda has been active with the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. Her first visit to Mammoth Cave was on a second grade field trip. She loves the Park for biking, hiking, camping and caving.
Dr. S. Kay Gandy
is an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University. She also serves as the state co-coordinator for the Kentucky Geographic Alliance. Dr. Gandy works with International programs for the School of Teacher Education at WKU and has spent the Fall 2012 semester teaching at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
Rick DuBose (Class of 73) came to WKU early in 1997 as the first major gift officer for the Potter College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. In 1999, he became the Universitys first director of corporate and foundation relations. Rick has also served as Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff for Development and Alumni Relations. On May 10, 2013, he was named the Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association.
After graduation, he spent nearly 20 years in the broadcasting industry, mostly in sales and management, before a nine-year career leading chambers of commerce in Bowling Green and Hopkinsville. Many of you may remember Rick as Westerns former public address announcer for mens basketball and football, which he did for nearly 20 years.
is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Fortress Group, Inc. His company owns and operates Park Mammoth Resort, Rockcastle Shooting Center, Cave Valley Golf Club, and Cave Valley Winery and Vineyard in Park City, Kentucky. The 2,000 acre resort features a lodge, conference center, and restaurant in addition to its golf course, shooting ranges and wine production facilities.
Nick was born and raised in Durango, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in communication. His Rocky Mountain upbringing gave him a passion for the outdoors and he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and youth sports. He has been happily married to his wife Wendy for 18 years and has three beautiful children, Grant, Natalie, and Antonio.
James (Jim) Bordon
Helen Siewers joined the Friends of Mammoth Cave as Executive Director in January, 2015. Helen worked previously as campus landscape architect at Western Kentucky University, and greenways coordinator for Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky. Her first favorite park was Percy Warner Park in Nashville, TN, where she grew up.
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Helen Siewers - Exectuive Director
Gary A. Ransdell
Gary was named President of Western Kentucky University on September 12, 1997. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from WKU in 1973 and 1974, followed by a Doctorate in Higher Education from Indiana University in 1978. Dr. Ransdell came to WKU following his service as Vice President for Administration and Advancement at Clemson University in South Carolina. Prior to that, he served as Director of Alumni Relations at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Ransdell is leading WKU through a transformation from a university of regional importance to A Leading American University with International Reach.
Dr. Thomas Carney
is Professor of Aviation Technology and former head of the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University, where he has taught since 1972. Dr. Carney has over 48years of experience as a pilot, with more than 11,000 flight hours, and holds the FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with multiengine, Mitsubishi Diamond, and Beechjet type ratings, in addition to the Certified Flight Instructor certificate with airplane single- and multiengine, and instrument airplane ratings. In addition to his flight background, Dr. Carney holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science. His primary research areas include aviation meteorology and the impact of weather on aviation operations, synoptic-scale dynamics and energetics and the interactions between synoptic- and mesoscale motion fields, the use of aircraft for airborne research applications in earth-atmosphere data sampling, and pilots’ use of weather technology in the cockpit.
Dr. Carney has been deeply interested in Mammoth Cave, the Park, and especially the caves of Flint Ridge since childhood and his first visit to Floyd Collins Crystal Cave in 1959.
Jenna Lamblin, B.A.
A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Jenna joined Imagewest in January 2014. In her role as Director, Jenna develops and manages the agency’s operational and marketing goals, providing leadership in brand strategy, financial management, client relations, intern recruitment and evaluation, and alumni engagement.
Jenna came to academia with a diverse skillset acquired through employment in the nonprofit world and the manufacturing industry. During her six-year career at the C&O Canal Trust, the nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Jenna held positions in business operations, communications, development, and programs, playing an integral role in developing, branding, launching, and managing the award-winning Canal Quarters program. Before nonprofit work, Jenna’s career began with a marketing and sales position at Wright Manufacturing, Inc., after graduating cum laude from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at WKU.
Jenna is a volunteer with the Friends of Mammoth Cave, a member of Broadway United Methodist Church, and a member of the Friends of the Library.