Top Leaders and outspoken experts across the Commonwealth

Morgan Whitney

Morgan Whitney
Business Development Manager

Keeneland Association
4201 Versailles Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 288-4322




Morgan Whitney is currently the Business Development Manager for Keeneland Association, and works to assist clients in booking and planning their events on the grounds. Prior to this, Morgan worked for many other equine event companies such as Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta and Equestrian Events, Inc. who work to put on the Three Day Event here in Lexington. Originally from Chicago, Morgan moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Hospitality Management and Tourism and a BS in Equine Management and Science with a minor in Business. Morgan also serves on the board of Meeting Professionals International, and is in the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Lexington. An event planner through and through, Morgan enjoys hosting her friends for luncheons and dinners, and is always up to try the newest restaurant in town, or attend an event at an up and coming venue. Having started horseback riding from an early age, Morgan spends most of her free time with her horse Alfayiz, galloping through open fields and delighting in the beautiful Kentucky surroundings.

Let’s Talk About The Media….

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Come hear all about it! 
If a free press is a pillar of American democracy, what are the implications when the news media undergoes rapid technologic and economic changes?

Shouts of “Fake News” shadow reporters as they write about topics ranging from politics to climate to sports. The professionalism of local journalists are increasingly tarnished by amateur bloggers writing from unknown locations.

Is today’s media environment making it easier for people to become informed, or does it make it easier for people to create their own echo chambers and lose sight of what’s really going on?

Join us for the Oct. 5 Forum as Peabody Award-winning journalist Tom Martin moderates a panel discussion featuring Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen; LEX-18 news anchor Nancy Cox and longtime Kentucky columnist and educator Al Cross.

Thursday, October 5, 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, October 3, 2017

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

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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.