Lexington, Kentucky: Dress for Success Lexington elects new officers, and names three new members to its Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and are responsible for all fundraising and governance of the organization. As the organization enters its fifth year in operation, several outgoing board members completed full terms, resulting in the election of new officers, and three new board members have joined the organization.
Elizabeth Woods, Vice President of Evolving Innovations and pharmacist for University of Kentucky Healthcare, is newly elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Lexington. Elizabeth has been a supporter of the organization since its inception in October, 2013, and looks forward to continuing to build capacity with the new board.
Other newly elected officers include Lindsay Hughes Thurston, Assistant Secretary of State, who will serve as Vice-Chair of the organization; Rob Parmley, Lexington Public Library - Eastside Branch Manager, who now serves as Treasurer; and Natalie Frost Davis, Programming Manager at the Lexington Public Library and new Board member, who will serve as Secretary.
Additional new members to the board include Lauren R. Brooke, solo practitioner and owner of Lauren Brooke Law Firm; Jessica Roberts Stigall, an associate attorney with Phillips, Parker, Orberson and Arnett, P.L.C.; and Sarah Lim C. Berkowitz, local entrepreneur and Founder and Owner-Operator of Top Venture, LLC and CocoTea, USA, LLC.
Diane Verhalen, the owner of an independent financial planning firm, Alliance Financial Planning, completed her term as Board Chair but will actively continue on the board. Currently serving in their second year on the board are Board members Nanci House, a partner at White, McCann & Stewart, PLLC in Winchester; and Kathryn McGuire, owner and founder of Best Dressed Lex, LLC.
Co-founder Analisa Wagoner (non-voting board member), continues to serve as the organization's Executive Director. “We would not be where we are today without the efforts of both our past and present board members, and we are excited about the energy and enthusiasm the new officers and board members bring to the organization. I am confident that they will enable us to not only expand our fundraising efforts, but will also allow us to increase the scope of our programming as well. Our new Women2Women mentoring program is an example of new programming that will be initiated in the coming months, which will continue to increase the community engagement of the organization. We are humbled to have served almost 700 women through referrals from our more than 30 partner agencies since opening our doors, and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in the coming year.”
The organization’s first quarterly sale of the year, one of several fundraisers throughout the year, will take place on February 24th and is open to the public.