The Nature Conservancy Announces Changes to Kentucky Board of Trustees

Changes include shifts in leadership and four new trustees.

Lexington, Kentucky | January 07, 2014

The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky announces leadership changes to its Board of Trustees. Over the past six months, the organization has also welcomed four new trustees. 

“We are so fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and experience offered by all of our trustees, whether they take the lead, regularly participate or stay with us in an Emeritus role,” said Terry Cook, the Conservancy’s Kentucky State Director. “We even have a youth advisor to represent our next generation of conservation leaders.”

In recent leadership changes, Michael Hamm, a History Professor at Centre College and trustee since 2006, is stepping down from the position of Board Chair into a Vice-Chair position. He is replaced by Kris Sirchio, a Kentucky businessman and former Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Brown-Forman who has been on the Board since 2010. Other trustees assuming leadership positions on The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s Board include Tony Arnold (Vice-Chair), Robert Edmiston (Vice-Chair), Jeri Isbell (Treasurer) and Dottie Cordray (Secretary).

“New leadership and several new members, combined with input from more senior trustees, adds to momentum gained over the past year with the Conservancy’s largest acquisition in Kentucky history at the Big Rivers Corridor, the opening of the new Dupree Nature Preserve and the passage of conservation-friendly legislation like H.B. 281,” said Kris Sirchio, Board Chair. “We are energized and ready to aid the organization in pursuing additional large-scale and highly visible projects that attract attention to conservation around the state.”

The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s newest Trustees include: 

  • Sara Jean “Jennie” Turner Garlington (Lexington, KY) was exposed to environmental issues at a young age, which fueled a lifetime commitment to stewardship and sustainability. An accomplished television producer and environmental journalist, Jennie produces and hosts EcoSense for Living, a television show which earned an Ohio Valley regional Emmy Award for its approach to promoting sustainability and educating consumers about earth-friendly choices that lessen our environmental footprint. Since 1990, she has also honed her environmental awareness as a Trustee of the Turner Foundation and on the boards of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Zoo.
  • Jeri Isbell (Lexington, KY) is Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications for Lexmark International, Inc. She has been with Lexmark since its inception in 1991. Jeri began her career with IBM, holding various staff and management positions. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's in business administration from Xavier University. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.
  • Dottie Cordray (Midway, KY) has owned and managed several Kentucky-based retail businesses. Now retired, she spends much of her time carrying on a passion for Kentucky’s landscape and wildlife passed down by her parents for whom the Conservancy’s Dr. and Mrs. Richard Crutcher Nature Preserve is named. Dottie also participates as a member of The Garden Club of Lexington and raises orchids. An avid gardener, her dedication to her own backyard has earned a Landscape Preservation Award from the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Marc Hindorff (Louisville, KY) Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager at Brown-Forman, brings to The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s board professional experience in marketing, public relations, corporate social responsibility and sales. Outside of his work at Brown-Forman, Mark enjoys spending time outdoors – camping, canoeing, travel, fishing, hiking and kayaking with his wife and young child.

The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky pursues a mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since opening its doors in Kentucky in 1975, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has protected more than 46,000 acres of diverse habitat throughout the state, including more than 8,000 acres by direct ownership and 6,500 acres by conservation easements. During this time, we have also helped to conserve more than 100,000 acres of additional lands and waters throughout the Commonwealth in partnership with corporations, government agencies, conservation organizations and private landowners, partnerships made possible by support of a loyal and dedicated membership.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Cadell Walker
The Nature Conservancy
(859) 259-9655 ext. 5017

Kris Sirchio
The Nature Conservancy
(502) 333-2944


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