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Kentucky Derby Festival elects chair for 2017

Lisa Stevenson
Lisa Stevenson

Teaches at DuPont Manual

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 14, 2016) — Lisa Stevenson was elected chair of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Monday during the annual board of directors meeting in Louisville.

Stevenson is an instructor and assistant athletic director at DuPont Manual High School In Louisville. She replaces Wes Rutledge, who will continue serving as immediate past chair of the Derby Festival.

“I am both honored and humbled to take on the responsibility as the next chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Stevenson. “The Derby Festival has become part of the fabric of our community. I will strive in every way to help bring the community another great festival in 2017.”

Stevenson was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2009 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2011. She has served on the planning committee for several Derby Festival events and programs, including Marathon/miniMarathon Presented by Walmart and Humana, AT&T Morning Line Radio Network, Student Art Contest, Thunder Over Louisville, Pegasus Pins, New Event & Review, Spring Fashion Show, and the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.

Michael E. Berry continues as president and CEO of the Derby Festival. Scott Watkins, vice president operations, Norton Healthcare, was elected chair-elect; Marita Willis, major gift officer, The American Red Cross, was elected vice chair; Mike Ziemianski, VP of Development, St. Meinrad School of Theology, was elected secretary; and, Judy Hess, director of communications, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, was elected treasurer.

Joining the 75-member board as newly elected directors are: Barry Brauch, American Founders Bank; Cathy Colliver, The Courier-Journal; Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism (Ex-Officio); and Kathy Bingham, president, The Fillies, Inc. (Ex-Officio).