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Board Member: Davonna Saier

Saier_Headshot1_2017 - CopyDavonna Saier 
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

Fayette County School System’s Goals & Programs With Emmanuel Caulk

The Status of Fayette County School System’s Goals and Programs from the Perspective of Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk


A champion for children committed to helping every student reach his or her unlimited potential, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has a track record of success in urban school districts that spans two decades. With teaching and leadership experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels in some of the nation’s largest and most impoverished school districts, Caulk has consistently advanced policies and procedures based on research and best practices to create systems of high expectations and accountability, organizational and governance structures, and metrics to define results.


Superintendent Caulk has been leading the Fayette County School system for just over a year and has already launched several exciting initiatives. He will discuss his “Blueprint for Student Success: Achieving Educational Excellence and Equity for All,” that outlines 100 specific strategies in eight pillars of focus that will be completed within the next school year.


This presentation will highlight the work that is in-progress to improve the quality of education in Fayette County.

Thursday, January 5, 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, January 3, 2017

Local Government and Firearms Regulation

What Role, If Any, Should Local Governments Have in Firearms Regulation ?

Recently, there have been numerous media reports of shooting incidents that have raised a renewed interest in the subject of gun regulation.  A panel will discuss diverse view points on the issue of local government regulation of firearms.  The panelists are:

Kentucky State Senator Reginald L. Thomas
Sen. Thomas represents the 13th District of Fayette County recently pre-filed  a bill for the 2017 of the Kentucky Legislature allowing local governments to regulate firearms and ammunition to reduce gun violence, except when state or federal law preempts local governance.  This bill was filed in response to 3 recent fatal  shootings that have occurred in this area.
Michael  Owen, Owner, Meridian Ordnance, LLC
Mr. Owen founded Meridian Ordnance LLC in 2011 after several years of experience in the firearms industry, with the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the U.S. Army. Meridian Ordnance LLC is a small, veteran owned business specializing in gunsmithing, refinishing and retail firearm & accessory sales.
McAllister Bryant, Gun Violence Archive 
Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.  GVA is not, by design an advocacy group. The mission of GVA is to document incidents of gun violence and gun crime nationally to provide independent, verified data to those who need to use it in their research, advocacy or writing.

This program is expected to generate a lively discussion on a timely topic.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
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, November 29, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Keeneland’s Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale is unmatched in global stature and establishes the market for the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Each November, Keeneland offers a premier selection of stakes-winning fillies and stakes-producing mares in foal to the world’s leading sires, and weanlings by today’s most fashionable stallions.

The Keeneland November Sale is your best opportunity to discover top caliber bloodstock at the world’s largest and most influential breeding stock sale.

Come see for yourself, as Bob Elliston, Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales, takes us behind the scenes. The morning will feature Breakfast and an abbreviated program followed by a behind the scenes tour of the sales. So bring your appetite and wear your walking shoes.

Guests are invited to stay for the day’s sales which will begin at approximately 10am. There is no dress code for the sales and food is available throughout the day at the Limestone Cafe and The Track Kitchen.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Keeneland – The Kentucky Room
7:00 Coffee and Networking
7:15 Breakfast and Program
8:00 – 8:30 Behind the Scenes Tour of the Sales

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016