Jeri Isbell is Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications at Kentucky-based Lexmark, International.
In her words, Jeri Isbell’s connection with The Nature Conservancy is “layered and rich,” since she has grown to know the organization from two angles. She first learned about the Conservancy from Teresa Beck, a member of the Conservancy’s national Board of Directors and a former Board member at Lexmark International where Isbell works as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications.
In her role at Lexmark, Isbell also grew to know the organization through The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s Corporate Sustainability Council, which convenes Kentucky-based businesses and sustainability experts from around the world to develop and promote the responsible management of the state’s natural resources – forests, rivers and streams, and soils that companies depend upon for their products.
“I have grown to respect and appreciate The Nature Conservancy’s scientific and non-political approach to preserving the richness of our planet,” says Isbell, a Lexington native.
A certified public accountant and a certified management accountant, Isbell is happy to lend her expertise to advancing the Conservancy’s mission around Kentucky as a Trustee, even taking on the role of Treasurer after beginning her tenure in 2013.
“Due to the nature of my work, financials are always on my mind – ensuring the Chapter is set for the future and making good decisions for the long term is important to me,” adds Isbell. “I’d also like to help the Conservancy tap into small and medium businesses. Businesses shouldn’t be discouraged because a big company like Lexmark is involved in this. All companies can be part of sustainability and collectively they can make a huge difference.”
Jeri Isbell has been with Lexmark since its inception in 1991, currently serving as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications. Previously she held positions as Vice President of Human Resources; Vice President of Worldwide Compensation and Resource Programs in Human Resources; and as Vice President of Finance, Manager of Manufacturing Financial Planning and U.S. Controller. She began her career with IBM.
Isbell holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's in business administration from Xavier University. In addition to serving on the Board of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky, she serves on the board and executive committee of the National GEM Consortium, served as the 2012 board chairperson for Commerce Lexington, and is a member of the Human Resources committee for the Lexington Metro YMCA.