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The Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture & Forestry Management

Speaker Biographies

Speakers include:

 

James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville

Len Peters, Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet

Roger Thomas, Executive Director, Kentucky Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy

Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, National 25x'25

Ernie Shea is the coordinator of the 25 x ’25 Alliance through which nearly 900 agricultural, forestry, environmental and conservation organizations and corporations are working together to advance sustainable renewable energy solutions from America’s working lands.

Ernie has 30 years of experience at the national, state and local level where he has worked in partnership with government agencies, agricultural and conservation organizations and business leaders helping landowners and managers conserve, protect and ensure the orderly development of the nation’s natural resources.

From 1986-2004 Shea served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). As CEO of NACD, Shea represented and facilitated the effective functioning of the association consisting of nearly 3,000 local units of government, 17,000 public officials and 7,000 employees with combined annual budgets exceeding $1billion.

Prior to working at the national level, Shea held a number of senior leadership positions with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, including Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Agricultural Development and Resource Conservation.

Adam Andrews, Director of Programs, Kentucky Corn Growers Association

Scott Shouse, Forester, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Tom FitzGerald, Director, Kentucky Resources Council

Ray Smith, Professor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Dr. Ray Smith graduated Asbury College in Kentucky in 1983, taught  high school biology for two years and then completed a masters and PhD  at the University of Georgia. He has worked in Canada, Australia, and Virginia before starting as UK Forage Extension Specialist in 2005. His extension activities include working closely with county agents and producers across the state; conducting applied forage research for Kentucky and the transition zone; helping organize multi-county, state and regional forage conferences; and writing and updating forage extension publications. He current research projects include: biomass production, evaluation methods for horse pastures, hay production, developing computer teaching models, and forage variety testing.

 

Leah MacSwords, Director, Kentucky Division of Forestry

Frank Moore, Policy Advisor, Kentucky Department for Energy Development & Independence

Frank Moore serves the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Director of Biofuels for the Energy and Environment Cabinet.  His responsibilities include implementation of the biofuels and biomass provisions of Kentucky’s strategic energy plan, Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future. He and his wife, Brenda, recently returned home to Kentucky after 30 years of work in the biofuels industry across the United States.  Frank has been a member of multiple renewable energy trade association boards, and has served as an ethanol industry lobbyist.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University with a major in Biology and minors in Agriculture and Biophysics.

Samuel Morton, Engineer, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky

Meredith Boyd, Marketing Representative, East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Meredith serves as a marketing representative for East Kentucky Power Cooperative, specific to the EnviroWatts program. Prior to joining East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Meredith worked in marketing and public relations representing various clients including the Memphis Redbirds, First Tennessee Bank, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Hunter Douglas.  A graduate of Rhodes College, Meredith is currently enrolled as a part-time master's student in Vanderbilt's Leadership, Policy and Organizations program.

Greg Halich, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy

Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC, (CAE) – 2003- present – Reporting to Board of Directors and in charge of all function including plant construction, negotiating vender contracts, hiring and training all personnel, developing all company policies and programs.  CAE is a 33 MMGPY ethanol plant with 30 employees including engineering, maintenance, lab, processing, and administration. 

Other Affiliations:
Renewable Fuels Association Board of Directors; Renewable Fuels Foundation Board of Directors; KY Clean Fuels Coalition Board of Directors; County Ag Advisory Committee

Ruth Logsdon, Environmental Manager, Cox Interior, Inc.

Ruth Grant Logsdon is Environmental Manager for Cox Interior, Inc./Cox Waste-To-Energy in Campbellsville, Kentucky.  She has been an employee of Cox Interior since 1993.  Her duties include overseeing all aspects of company environmental issues, ranging from water, waste, and Title V air permitting and compliance to biomass fuel procurement, recycling efforts, and "green" building product certifications.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Betty Williamson, President, Kentucky Woodland Owners Association (KWOA)

Betty Williamson worked for over 20 years as a registered respiratory therapist.  For the past 31 years she has assisted her husband, Dan Williamson, with his work as a forester.  Betty has also worked in wetland reclamation & reforestation projects.  Betty and Dan own a 90 acre tree farm in eastern Caldwell County, Kentucky  called The Crazy Lady Tree Farm.  She has Master Logger Certification and has served the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association as a Board Member and Secretary.  Betty currently serves as KWOA's President.

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