Category: In The News..

Domestic Violence In Kentucky

Thousands of Kentuckians are experiencing domestic violence. According to the Kentucky Coalition, 26,971 domestic violence related calls were received in 2016.
Do our laws protect and support the victims? Is the support network receiving what it needs to properly serve survivors?
Join us as Tom Martin moderates a panel of three:
  • Lisa Murray, a survivor of intimate partner violence.  To read some of Lisa’s story prior to the meeting please check out this article written about her by the panel’s moderator. The Survivor & Her Horse
  • Hunter Hickman, attorney for The Nest, an organization providing a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. To learn more about The Nest and the services they offer please visit their website. The Nest
  • Darlene Thomas, executive director of Greenhouse 17, an organization providing services to domestic violence survivors in central Kentucky.   To learn more about Greenhouse 17 please visit their website: Greenhouse 17
Thursday, September 7, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program
Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ryan Kelsch

Ryan Kelsch
Business Development Associate & Finance Advisor
E.S. Barr & Co

Ryan Kelsch joined E.S. Barr & Co.  in 2014 and is responsible for Client Service and Business Development. Ryan previously worked as a Commercial Credit Analyst at U.S. Bank in Lexington, where he was responsible for analyzing and risk-rating companies. Ryan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Transylvania University with a B.A. in both Accounting and Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. Ryan serves on the Audit Committee of the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

Fausto Sarmiento

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Senior Management Consultant
Kentucky Small Business Development Center
Bluegrass Small Business Development Center

Fausto is driven to help contribute to the economic and cultural development of the Bluegrass.  Fausto builds networks. He helps develop plans and puts them into action. Fausto bridges the aspirations of an entrepreneur’s business concept to the reality of starting a business.  He helps existing business owners expand their operations. Through his involvement in the leadership teams of LYPA, the North Limestone CDC and the Lexington Forum, Fausto is also dedicated to contributing to the creative spirit of Lexington’s increasingly diverse community. As an individual who thrives in collaborative settings, Fausto is able to confidently present ideas to groups knowing that the value of the idea is best measured by the ability to obtain the consensus of the group.


Fausto earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. Fausto is currently enrolled in Leadership Lexington. Fausto was awarded the 2014 “One to Watch” Award by the Lexington Forum. He was selected as a LYPA Rising Star in 2012. Fausto was selected as a 2008 Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader and received the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia’s 2008 Residential Banker of the Year Award.

Board Member: Davonna Saier

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Marketing Director
Lexington Diagnostic Center & OPEN MRI

Davonna grew up in Flatwoods, KY and is a graduate of Georgetown College and earned a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2010. She has worked in healthcare for eight years in both patient advocacy and marketing prior to joining the LDC team in 2013.

Davonna is very active in her community serving on the Board of Directors for Women Leading Kentucky =. Additionally she is involved with the American Advertising Federation of Lexington, Good Ol’ Girls marketing support group, and Commerce Lexington. She is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Lexington Program as well as the Citizen Police Academy.

Davonna is married to her husband David, and they have two cats, Lacey and Linx. She loves to jazzercise, bike, cook, scrapbook, and craft. Davonna is also a professional singer, performing at weddings, memorial services, galas, receptions and special events.

What Makes Lexington An Appealing Place to Work & Live?

Whether you are interested in visiting Lexington as a tourist, selecting a site for a business expansion, or value the vibrant creative atmosphere this “Thoroughbred Capital” nurtures, it’s impossible to ignore Lexington’s many charms.  Over the past decade, Lexington has been recognized as one of America’s Best Cities (2016), one of the Best Cities for Families (2016), one of the Best Cities for Education (2010), and one of America’s Best Places for Business and Careers (2013).

This list is only a small sample of accolades Lexington has accumulated over the years, yet only a fraction of the recognition that community leaders envision over the next decade. During the June meeting of the Lexington Forum, Mary Quinn Ramer, the President of VisitLex, Gina Greathouse, Executive Vice President of Economic Development at Commerce Lexington, and Celeste Lewis, Director of the Downtown Arts Center and the host and organizer of the international Creative Mornings program, will provide behind-the-scenes details on what is being done to make Lexington attractive to a wide variety of people and businesses.

Please join us for another timely discussion.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Expanding or Limiting Land Development in Fayette County

 As Lexington prepares to revisit its Comprehensive Plan in 2018, the issues surrounding whether or not the Urban Service Boundary should be expanded are currently being discussed throughout our community.  In early February there were public input sessions at which citizens were invited to express their views on this subject.  To continue this dialogue the Lexington Forum is presenting a diverse group of panelists who will discuss these issues from various points of view.  The panelists are:

  • Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance, a citizens group that is focused on land use.
  • William Lear, an attorney with the firm Stoll Keenon Ogden, whose practice incudes representing real estate developers in planning and zoning matters.
  • Phil Holoubek, President of LRC, a downtown real estate, property management and real estate brokerage firm.
  • Jim Duncan, Director of the Division of Planning at the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Government.


Please join us for what promises to be an informative discussion of this timely topic.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program
Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, February 28, 2017