Board of Directors

President: Kurt D. Mason, CPESC

Currently serves as the Urban Conservationist for Kentucky with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He previously served as District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham Counties, assisting private landowners and communities with natural resource related concerns. Prior to coming to this area, he worked with USDA in Eastern and Central Kentucky. Kurt was raised on a farm in Scott County, Kentucky and attended Morehead State University where he received a BS degree in plant and soil science. He holds Masters Degrees from the University of Louisville in Community Planning and Public Administration. Kurt has worked his entire 42 year career with the NRCS and is a Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control Specialist. His primary responsibility with NRCS is to assist urban communities across the state with natural resource related concerns and develop opportunities for them to utilize USDA programs.

Kurt currently chairs the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust, a quasi-governmental land trust organization, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum, New Direction Housing Corporation Board and the West Jefferson County Community Task Force Board.

Treasurer: 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.”

Member: 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.

Member: 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.  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”.

Member: 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.

Member: Nejma Piagentini

Nejma grew up in Palm Harbor, Florida and received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She then received her M.S. in Biology from the University of South Florida. As an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager, Nejma has over 20 years of experience with projects focused on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem health in Florida, Georgia, St. Louis and New Jersey. Her professional background includes Environmental Regulatory Compliance & Risk Assessment, Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, biological laboratory management and field research. Since moving to Louisville, Nejma has had the opportunity to decrease her hectic workload and spend more time with her twin daughters and husband, who currently serves as a Louisville Metro Councilman. 

Member: Jamar Wheeler

Jamar Wheeler is a PhD candidate in UofL’s Applied Sociology program and the Graduate Research Assistant for the UofL Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement Core. Jamar is a proud Louisville native, who graduated from duPont Manual High School and earned his Masters degree from the University of Louisville some years back. Professionally, Jamar is an experienced research analyst, whose journey back to graduate school was motivated by a desire to sharpen his analytical tools and find new pathways for social betterment.

Executive 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.



Nia Center on 2900 West Broadway St.
Suite 218
Louisville, KY 40211
Tel: 502-548-9042 |
Email: wjcctf.lou@gmail.com

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