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Louisville Bar Association welcomes Miller as news executive director

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a national search, the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) has named Louisville native Kristen Miller the organization’s next executive director, effective November 8.

“Our search committee was dedicated to identifying candidates that could provide vision and dynamic leadership in carrying out LBA’s mission,” said Deena Ombres, president of the LBA’s Board of Directors. “We’ve found those qualities in Kristen, and we look forward to supporting her as she leads the LBA into a future that will undoubtedly be influenced by a younger and more diverse membership, the racial justice movement, and lingering impacts of COVID-19.”

A graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Kristen Miller brings experience from the healthcare, legal, nonprofit, and government sectors. Serving nearly a decade as chief of staff for Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services (LMEMS), she helped to develop the then-fledgling agency’s strategic direction and led the creation of one of the country’s only non-emergent 9-1-1 call triage programs.

In recent years, Miller has served as chief administrative officer and general counsel for Advanced Care House Calls and then started her own company providing strategic operational and communications consulting for both corporate and nonprofit clients.

“I am excited about the opportunity to help chart the LBA’s course for the coming years,” said Miller. “There’s no better time for the LBA to focus on the important role it plays in our community as Louisville examines itself in the present while reckoning with its past. An organization like the LBA, which advocates for justice and has the ability to help improve access to and understanding of the judicial system, should play a significant part in what lies ahead for our city.”

Miller will replace D. Scott Furkin, who has served as the organization’s executive director for the last 14 years. Upon Miller’s instatement, Furkin will be named executive director emeritus and assist with the leadership transition through February 2022.

In addition to serving as chief ambassador to the LBA’s members, potential members, volunteers, legal community, and the public, Miller will lead 10 staff members and oversee an annual budget of $1.2 million. She will also represent the organization on related boards, commissions, and task forces.

The search for Furkin’s replacement was spearheaded by Ashley|Rountree and Associates, a Louisville-based consulting firm that specializes in helping nonprofits build capacity through fund and campaign development, grant writing, strategic planning, interim staffing, and executive search and coaching, among other services.

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