Environment

Board of Directors

bobby hickeyPresident: Bobby Hickey

Bobby Hickey, President of the Board and member of the West Jefferson County Community Task Force since its formation in 1996. As a native of Louisville who was born and raised in West Louisville, Bobby has been a community activist since 1978 mostly in the Portland Neighborhood. Other community groups he is a member of include the Family Health Centers, Inc., Board of Governors since 1986, and the University of Louisville Resident Advisory Council. He began his volunteer career while in high school at Shawnee High as Library, Counselor Office and Main Office Aides until his graduation in 1978.

 

 

 

ann hagan grigsbyTreasurer: Elizabeth Ann Hagan-Grigsby

Ann Hagan-Grigsby was raised in Washington, D.C. where she graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology prior to attending University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Johnson and Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program. Ann has also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Before moving to Louisville, Ann was employed in the Science Policy Research Division of the Library of Congress as an Editorial Assistant.  She also worked as a Medical Research Technologist conducting Membrane Biophysics Research at the University of Louisville Kidney Disease Program and Assistant Director/Allied Health Coordinator for the West Louisville Area Health Education Center.  Ann is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of Park DuValle Community Health Center, the oldest federally qualified health center in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.   Ann is a member of several community-based Boards and Advisory Councils and currently serves as the Treasurer of the West Jefferson County Task Force Board of Directors.  She is the mother of four and grandmother of five and believes as does Oprah Winfrey, that we “are built not to shrink down into less, but to blossom into more.”

luther brown

Member: Luther Brown

Luther Brown was born in Clovis, New Mexico, raised in Denver, Colorado and attended South High School in Pueblo, Colorado.  For the better part of the last decade, Luther has collected information on shootings in Louisville, trying to make sense of the violence around him. He realized that though most gunshot victims were adults, he might be able to make a difference if he worked with children. So he started hosting gun safety sessions, preaching to children – and by extension, their parents – on the potential dangers of unsecured guns and has become a vocal advocate for gun locks.  Luther also became an activist around the issue of environmental toxins in his west end neighborhood when he noticed that cars and homes were covered with a black ash like substance.  He joined the West Jefferson County Task Force as a community member and became a member of the West Jefferson County Task Force Board of Directors.

 

courtney hundley

Member: Courtney Hundley

Courtney Hundley, has a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s of Public Health, with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Louisville.  For years she worked in the Quality Control lab for Color Corporation of America, and is now a research assistant at the University of Louisville.  Courtney did her practicum her second year of graduate school with the WJCCTF & APCD, where she gained an interest in environmental justice.  In 2015 she was awarded the SAFE scholarship from the KY Safety and Health Network and in 2016 was the recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Citation Award.

 

 

 

kurt masonMember: Kurt Mason

Kurt D. Mason, a Certified Professional and Sediment Control Specialist, employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 41 years.  Provides technical assistance to private landowners, groups, businesses and governmental agencies on natural resource issues related to soil, water quality and management of woodland and wildlife habitat. Currently serves as the Urban Conservationist for Kentucky with a focus on technical assistance in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Owensboro and urbanizing areas of Kentucky. “Find something you enjoy doing and you will never ‘work’ a day in your life, but always have a backup plan.”

 

 

 

austin gibbsMember: Austin Gibbs

Austin grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina and studied chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After earning his bachelors of sciences from UNCC he worked at Duke Energy for a period of time before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Louisville studying Biochemistry.

 

 

 

 

 

greg harrisMember: Greg Harris

Greg Harris is a Kentucky native and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a BBS in Business.  Greg has spent the last 20 years in the Medical field with various fortune 100 companies.  Currently employed in the Medical field as a Surgical Sales manager, Greg works directly with surgeons in the operating room exclusively.  He has served on the WJCCTF board the past year.  One of his favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.

 

 

 

 

 

katlyn mcgrawMember: Katlyn McGraw

Katlyn McGraw is a Louisville native. She studied Chemistry at the University of Louisville. After working in hazardous waste recycling and radiopharmaceuticals, she decided to return to the university to study Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health. She received her Master of Public Health in 2015 and promptly began the PhD program in Environmental Health. She currently works as a Research Assistant with the Division of Cardiology studying the effects of environmental toxins on cardiovascular health. Grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board with the WJCCTF, she hopes to make an impact in the community.

 

 

arnita gadsonExecutive Director: Arnita Gadson

ARNITA GADSON, Executive Director of the West Jefferson Community Task Force, Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Commission for the Commonwealth of Kentucky retired, Environmental Justice Director, University of Louisville, retired, has a Masters in Management and Human Resources from Webster University, Louisville, Kentucky and a B.S. in education from Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky. President and CEO of Gadson Enterprises and Gadson Community Projects Management, Inc.

The WJCCTF meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., at the NIA Center.

 

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