Introducing the First Leading Ladies NKY non-profit spotlight of 2023:

Mentoring Plus: Guiding kids – Strengthening communities – Supporting families.

Laura Gordon, Volunteer Coordinator


Mission: To empower disadvantaged youth and their families to fulfill their potential and to contribute to the well-being of the community by forming relationships based on mutual trust, compassion and respect.

When did the organization start and by whom? Mentoring Plus was started in 2009 by Kevin and Brenda Kennedy, who, after “retiring” from their respective careers (social work and special education), saw a need for a Program like this in NKY. They joined forces with other like-minded people in the area and did two years of research before opening the doors.


What makes your organization stand out among others? We are the only mentoring program in NKY that focuses solely on teenagers (ages 13-21). Also, we are a site-based Program – meaning that our mentors and mentees meet at our facility, instead of in the community.


What are the greatest needs of the organization? Our greatest need is MENTORS! Especially MALES!! Also, we are primarily privately funded, so donations are also appreciated!


Who do you assist? Why? Our focus is teens. Most come from a home life that’s difficult for some to imagine – extreme poverty, parents/guardians who are dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, and multigenerational hopelessness. There are a few programs that focus on helping the younger children of these families, but many have given up on them by the time they are teenagers. We want to provide caring adults in a safe environment to give compassion and guidance to these youth.


How can people get involved with the organization? Contact Laura to ask all the questions and schedule a tour!


Contact Information & Website:

To refer a child, contact Amy Sammons (859-982-5895); [email protected]

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Laura Gordon (859-462-4152); [email protected]

Introducing our Leading Ladies NKY Spotlight:

Erica Sanders – Walton, KY

  • The Road Trip Market– a boutique, vintage, and handmade local vendor & food truck market May 21-22, & Oct 1-2, 2022 @ Boone County Fairgrounds

Family members & pets: Gabe (husband), Garon (5), Finley (3), Wyatt (1)

Education: BS in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from Ashland University (Ashland, OH) and MA in Education from NKU

Hobbies: Running, cooking/baking, sewing, anything crafty

What do you love about NKY? I love Northern Kentucky because there are so many great small businesses and wonderful, friendly people! There’s always something to do! 

What is one goal you’ve set for 2022? Run 500 miles (I ran a little over 400 last year, so I’m hoping to hit 500 in 2022!)

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart? I have such a special place in my heart for supporting small businesses, especially women-owned small businesses! I love to see women taking a hold of their dreams and making them a reality. Whether it’s a side hustle to earn a little extra cash or a passion that’s turned into a business, I think it’s great to see people taking risks and putting themselves and their dreams out there.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? Life is tough, but so are you. Always work hard, be open to learning from others, try new things, and enjoy the journey.

Favorite ice cream flavor? Anything with chocolate and peanut butter, although, I haven’t met many ice creams I don’t like!


What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t wait until retirement to take the trips, do the things, and enjoy your life. Do it now. Not a single day in this life is guaranteed. 

Contact Erica (859) 692-3827
[email protected]


Leading Ladies NKY Non-Profit Spotlight:  Family Nurturing Center – Ending the Cycle of Child Abuse – Jane Herms, President/CEO

Mission: To end the cycle of child abuse by promoting individual well-being and healthy family relationships.

When did the organization start and by whom? Family Nurturing Center began in 1979 when a group of concerned citizens came together to address the rate of child abuse in the community. Initial work to form the agency began in the 1970’s when a group of concerned citizens, including Kathy Collins, Mike Farrell and Cathy Kunkel Mains,  recognized the magnitude of the problem of child abuse and developed support groups and a 24hour hotline as a resource to local parents. This grassroots effort grew in both scope and impact as services were added based on community needs. Gradually, the agency changed from a largely volunteer effort to a professionally staffed organization with an expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Recognized as a leader in the field, the agency now serves more than 10,000 individuals each  year. With locations in both KY and OH, FNC offers a range of free, trauma informed services to meet the needs of children and families, including individual, family and group counseling services for victims of abuse and their non-offending family members; holistic and wellness services to support evidence based interventions, family- based parenting classes and individual parent coaching sessions; school-based child abuse prevention services; adult based child sexual abuse education and prevention; facilitated visitation services; and, community education and training.

What makes your organization stand out among others? NKY and Greater Cincinnati are fortunate to have a number of great resources in the community and well-run nonprofits to support the region.  Family Nurturing Center is uniquely qualified to address the issue of child abuse and traumatic childhood experiences and has extensive experience serving children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse; domestic violence; and other violent crimes.  Last year alone, FNC programs and outreach activities served nearly 10,000 people.  Since its 1979 founding, FNC has been at the forefront of providing high quality, innovative and effective child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs.

We use a Trauma Informed Approach as a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. All Family Nurturing Center employees including clinical, administrative and support staff are trained on trauma informed care. We recognize the impact that trauma can have on an individual, a family and even a community.  Trauma Informed Care is more than the latest buzz word; it’s a paradigm  shift that at its most basic level moves us from asking  ‘what’s  wrong  with  you’  to  ‘what’s  happened to you, and what did you do to survive’. More than a change in language, it’s a change in attitude that engages clients as partners in their healing.

Family Nurturing Center is one of the only free counseling services in the region – we do not charge co-pays or operate on a sliding scale.  We do not bill insurance or Medicaid.  Keeping our services free means that money is never a barrier to accessing quality mental health services.    The addition of wellness services is another distinguishing factor.  Besides evidence based therapies, we offer trauma sensitive yoga, tai chi and expressive therapies to help people heal from trauma and live their best lives.

Our specialization is also unique. Much like a cancer patient would go to an Oncologist rather than a General Practitioner for care, individuals with complex trauma need specialized services, and Family Nurturing Center has invested time and resources in having our staff trained in evidence based models proven effective with people who have  experienced  childhood trauma.

Our range of services also makes Family Nurturing Center stand out.  While families may come to us for counseling, they can also participate in our free parenting services, or take advantage of our wellness programs. We also maintain strong partnerships with other resources, and our free case management can help connect families with community partners to provide a more seamless system of service delivery.

What are the greatest needs of the organization? Like all nonprofits, funding is one of our greatest challenges.  Since all of our programs are free, we need to raise funds each year to bridge the gap between grants, fiscal court support and United Way.  Equally important is the need to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in our region.  Child abuse thrives on a culture of silence.  Perpetrators count on us being too uncomfortable to talk about abuse, to voice concerns or to put boundaries in place to keep our children safe.  While most parents are comfortable warning children about stranger danger, far too many shy away from talking about body safety, the uh-oh feeling  or what to do if someone they know harms them.

Taking a Stewards of Children class offered by Family Nurturing Center  to learn the signs of abuse and learn ways to protect children is a great first step in creating a community that cares about kids and promotes their safety.  Everyone is KY is a mandated reporter – by law all adults are required to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect.   Perhaps even more consequential – what if we were all mandated supporters, reaching out to families in need to provide a listening ear, a kind word, or a resource.  We all have a role to play in ending the cycle of child abuse.

Who do you assist? Why? We serve children and adults in the Greater Cincinnati region.  Our prevention programs are available to the community, regardless of income, geography or risk factors.  Parenting services are also available to a wide range of families that want to enhance family relationships or learn new skills.  Our counseling services are geared toward children who have experiences abuse, or adults who were abused as children.

How can people get involved with the organization? Call us!  We love to tell our story, give tours, and talk about the many ways to partner with us to end the cycle of child abuse.

Anything else you would like to include? We have more than 70 children waiting for specialized therapy to help them address their trauma and history of abuse.  Child abuse is more prevalent than you might realize, and the pandemic has increased risk factors for children.

Please share upcoming eventsMarch 25th is the Blue Ribbon Ceremony at Tom Gill Chevrolet.  This free event marks the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and is a community wide call to action.  First Lady Britainy Beshear and WCPO anchor Craig McKee are speakers this year.  Invitation attached – please spread the word.

April 29th is our Prom for a Purpose at the Ovation Center in Newport.  This fundraiser helps raise needed resources to keep our services free.

For information about sponsorship, silent auction donations or tickets, please visit


Jane Herms, MSW President/CEO

Main:  859-525-3200 ext 212 Direct dial:  859-538-1612

Email: [email protected]

Family Nurturing Center 5 Spiral Drive, Suite 100   Florence, KY 41042

Ending the cycle of child abuse by promoting individual well-being and healthy family relationships.


Introducing the Leading Ladies NKY March Non-Profit Spotlight New Day Ranch, CEO/Founder -Beth Long

Mission: To enhance the lives of individuals and their families by offering innovative opportunities for educational and social development through therapeutic activities with horses and within a farm environment.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐦?
New Day Ranch became a 501-C3 in March of 2010
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬?
As a certified therapeutic horsemanship our primary focus is on mental health and education. We work mostly with groups, school and other organizations.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
We are funded through donations, grants, minimal program fees. Primarily a volunteer organization. Hoping to secure funds on on-going basis. (Example: 100 people to donate $5.00 a month) Serving on fundraising/event committees-secure auction items.
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭? 𝐖𝐡𝐲?
We work with Boone County Public Schools (Middle and High) Counselors/Teachers select youth that have social, emotional, behavioral challenges. Several schools then bring these students for a 10-12 week program working with the horses. Children’s Hospital Mental Health Center brings youth residents 2 days a week. St. Elizabeth Hospital partners for several weeks in the summer as New Day Hosts Grief camps. Helping kids who have recently lost a loved one. Summer Outreach for inner-city youth as we partner with Inner City Youth Organization. We also offer leadership retreats and have served several businesses, School Staff, Couples groups, etc.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
We have volunteer applications on our website. Then we provide tours and get people plugged in.
𝐀𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞?
We cannot serve the volume of individuals that contact us at this time. The need is so great in our community which is why we focus on groups.
𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐮𝐩𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬:
Our big fundraiser is in October “Boots and Bourbon” – We collect all types of auction items throughout the year for this event.
Beth Long
14838 Rosenstiel Rd. Verona, KY 41092
Office: 859-322-2884 Cell: 859-814-6740

Introducing our March Leading Ladies NKY Spotlight:

Crystal Campbell Dooley from Union, KY

💙Family members & pets: Jacob, Jayden, Aiden, Bennett, Ada (dog)
💙Occupation: Direct Sales (not really working currently due to all the obligations with Bennett’s care) former flavor and fragrance Chemist
💙Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from NKU
Hobbies: Love working out at OTF, swimming in our pool, and fishing with my boys.
💙What do you love about NKY?
The people I have met are my favorite part of NKY. I have lived all over the tri-state and Northern Kentucky. I have met the most genuine down to Earth people, the types of neighbors you can count on.
💙What is one goal you’ve set for 2022?
One personal goal for this year I set for myself was to run at least a 5K (3.1 miles) a day. I am excited to start a nonprofit to help
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would like to learn to play the guitar. All three of our boys have a love for music and we do sing-a-longs all the time. I’m hoping this is something we can maybe even learn together.
💙Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart?
My youngest (by 9 minutes) Bennett was diagnosed with Burkitt-Like Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January 2021. After getting a little too close of a look at the lack of funds that go to pediatric cancer research I made it my personal mission to help prevent future warriors in their fight to find a cure.
I am honored to be a 2022 Lymphoma & Leukemia Society Man & Woman of the Year candidate to help raise awareness and funds to help facilitate better outcomes and treatment options for all cancer patients no matter age.
💙Do you have a routine each day that helps to keep you balanced?
I have always been an early riser. I get up every day through the week at 4:10 AM so I can say my morning prayers in a quiet house, make sure the boys clothes are out for the day, make lunches, and get out the door in time to go to a 5 AM OTF class to clear my mind and get my daily workout.
💙Favorite ice cream flavor? I have always loved Strawberry Ice Cream
💙What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Not direct advice but once read “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.” and it really resonated with me to not let other people’s opinions of me affect what I decide to do in my life.
💙What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Don’t settle for something that doesn’t bring you joy.
💙It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence.
More of my motto but “Take a deep breath before you react”
💙You can follow our journey and follow Bennett’s full story on Facebook @Blessing For Bennett and @Bennett Dooley.
💙Please also visit my fundraising page to learn more and to make a donation today:

We are honored to introduce the February Leading Ladies NKY Non-Profit Spotlight:

The Women of Community Impact –Bridging the Gap in Servant Leadership


We envision a brighter future for everyone to feel loved, valued, and capable of achievement, thanks to educational opportunities that enable them to ascend beyond their circumstances.

When did the organization start and by whom?

The Women of Community Impact started in January 2020 by Celeste Giordano and Sara Poe

What makes your organization stand out among others?

As business professionals, our members are uniquely positioned with an available, extensive network of professionals and invested community members who care greatly about the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati and Atlanta areas and its families.

Although we all lead busy lives, each of us can contribute something as servant leaders; united in collaboration and camaraderie through Women of Community Impact, we all make a difference and improve our community together.

What are the greatest needs of the organization?

Right now it is our February/March service Project for Foster Care.$50.00 will completely fill a brand new backpack with personal hygiene items and Love Note.

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated to make a difference in our Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area.

Who do you assist? Why?

We serve women and children who are homeless, victims of human trafficking, and children in families that are battling cancer in the Atlanta area, as well as underprivileged young people from all over the southeastern US and women and minority-owned business leaders seeking guidance.

Providing mentorship to boost achievement  –We offer coaching and mentoring to women and minority business owners and entrepreneurs who strive to advance their business goals. We also mentor young people who come from underprivileged backgrounds to give them a pathway for achievement throughout life.

Advancing our professional goals –As an inclusive networking group, we provide professional development events that build collaboration and camaraderie between our members and further our business results.


How can people get involved with the organization?

You can visit our website at www.thewomenofcommunityimpact.comOur Public Facebook Page:

Our private Facebook group:

Or email at [email protected]

Anything else you would like to include?

We are honored and privileged to help and serve the community in Northern KY and Cincinnati in collaboration and camaraderie to making a difference.

Please share upcoming events:

February through March we are collecting money to donate 300 backpacks filled with personal hygiene items to Foster Care in Northern Ky/Cincinnati and Atlanta area.

Donate Here:

The month of May will be our service project honoring homeless women and children in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati and Atlanta. If you are interested in service please reach out to Celeste Giordano at [email protected]

Presenting the February Leading Ladies NKY Spotlight: Megan Jackson

Where you live: Independence, KY

Family members & pets: Married for 17 years to Brandon. We have 3 daughters – Siena (15), McKenna (9) and Brooklyn (7). And, our Covid-inspired puppy, Simon, that turned 1 on January 30th.

Occupation & Employer: Development Director for Master Provisions. I like to joke with our President, Roger Babik, that he can count on me to raise funds but don’t ask me to count the money. We all have our strengths and math is not one of mine.

Education: I am a graduate of Western Kentucky University where I studied Spanish and International Business. Go TOPS!

Hobbies: I love to travel! Whether it’s visiting a new place down the road or a different country, there is nothing like stepping into an unfamiliar place and having new experiences.

What do you love about NKY?

I moved 18 times before I graduated high school and have lived in 6 states so I know that Northern Kentucky is the BEST place to live! (I mean, I feel I’ve done the research) Our community is strong, vibrant, welcoming and, most importantly, caring. If this hasn’t been your experience, call me and give me a chance to change your mind.

What is one goal you’ve set for 2022?

“Keep the main thing the main thing!”  See, I suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out) and that often mixes up my priorities. Master Provisions focuses on serving God and makes it a priority everyday. Working at MP has helped me to grow in the area of personally keeping my priorities inline: God, Family, Others (that includes me!).

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’ve been known to talk a lot so if I could learn to do anything it would be to learn multiple languages. What a gift it would be to communicate and build relationships without a language barrier.

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart?

I can’t imagine not being involved in some way each day to spread love and uplift others. It’s why I work at Master Provisions; a nonprofit agency that serves other nonprofits regionally and overseas by connecting them with surplus food and other resources. Food and supplies may be the resources being connected but loving others the way God loves us is the priority. I am also an advocate for the impact Covington Partners has on Covington students. Their intentional work to ensure each student realizes and reaches their full potential is inspiring. I serve on the Board of Directors and have been a Mentor for a Holmes high school student for 7 years.

Favorite ice cream flavor? UDF Peanut Butter & Jelly

What is the best book you’ve ever read? Yellow Envelope

 It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence.

“Say yes.”  Not to more meetings, events, and to-do’s but to stepping out of your comfort zone. I am grateful to my friend, Michelle Lorms, who encouraged me two years ago to live boldly for Jesus and for myself. I’m still sometimes uncomfortable praying with others in public and public speaking but I’ve never regretted saying yes to those opportunities.


Contact Megan:

Megan Jackson | Master Provisions Development Director

859-474-0467 | 7725 Foundation Dr., Florence, KY 41042

[email protected]

Introducing the 1st Leading Ladies NKY Non-Profit Spotlight of 2022: Chicks & Chucks

President: Cathy “Chick” Youtsey Halloran

Mission:  The mission of Chicks & Chucks, Inc. is to be a resource for breast cancer patients who require products and services in their battle and have little or no financial means to acquire what they need.

When did the organization start and by whom?

Chicks & Chucks, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on July 18, 2006, and was founded by Cathy “Chick” Youtsey Halloran and her sister, Cheryl Youtsey Hardin.  Prior to 2006, Cathy and Cheryl raised money for local breast cancer organizations totaling over $100,000.00.

What makes your organization stand out among others?

Chicks & Chucks, Inc. has a Board consisting of 10 chicks, all of whom are volunteers.  Also, Chicks & Chucks is not affiliated with any other organization as we are our own entity.

All money raised goes directly to assisting the needs of breast cancer patients.  In addition to providing products and services to our patients, we also provide resource books to St. Elizabeth who distributes to each patient and is a valuable resource to not only the patients, but their families.  Also, for every patient having a breast procedure, i.e., lumpectomy or mastectomy, Chicks & Chucks  provides a post surgical garment to help in their recovery.

What are the greatest needs of the organization?

Donations!  We can only do what we do through donations and assistance from our local community.  The pandemic, unfortunately, has crippled our efforts to fundraise and generate donations.

Who do you assist and why?

Chicks & Chucks assists local breast cancer patients from the Tri-State area.  Why?  Because when Cathy was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2001, she made a vow to God that if He restored her health, that she would do everything within her power to help others battling breast cancer.  And that is exactly what she does each and every day!

How can people get involved with the organization?

Call our Chick line (513-841-6756) to leave a message and someone on our Board will get back to you.

Anything else you would like to include?

This is an amazing group of women who give so much of their time to help women in their battle.  Cathy, having fought this battle, is an inspiration to others in so many ways by showing them that it is possible to win this battle.

Upcoming Events:

We plan to host a fundraiser – Chick or Treat – on October 22, 2022!

Contact Info:

PO BOX 76166
Highland Heights, KY  41076-0166

Chick Line: 513.841.6756

[email protected] 


Meet the 1st Leading Lady of 2022, Tracie Person, CMP, MTA Union, KY

Family members & pets: Jon (husband), Daughters Ava (8) and Lena (6), Yellow lab Brutus and Black lab Sioux

Occupation: I wear a couple different hats: first and foremost, I am a mom and wife.  Second to that I am a Vice President of Global Accounts for HPN Global, adjunct professor for Madonna University, group fitness instructor at Living Well Fitness and Beachbody coach.

In my role at HPN Global, I work with my clients to help save them time and money on their events and hotel guest room needs.  Prior to joining HPN in August 2017, I worked for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts for 15 years and prior to that, worked for the IHG brand Holiday Inn when I was in high school and completing my undergraduate degree.  My clients include Fortune 1000 corporations, professional associations and sports teams.  I assist with small room blocks of 10 to sales kickoff events to large annual conferences.  My site selection services are complimentary.

I am also passionate about helping others achieve their fitness or health goals as I myself gained a lot of weight when I had my daughters.  Thru using Beachbody fitness & nutrition programs and using their products, plus the support of the community, I feel better than ever at 41.

Education: Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University and Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University.  I am also certified in Transform LIVE (group fitness format) by Shaun T and Ultimate Portion Fix Master Coach (Beachbody nutrition plan)

Hobbies: Exercising daily, Skiing in the winter at Perfect North, boating in the summer at Williamstown Lake, stand up paddle boarding

What do you love about NKY? It is a great place to raise a family and offers so much within driving distance from skiing to boating.  I also love the network of female professionals in this area.  I have formed many professional and personal friendships thru Leading Ladies NKY.

Who is your biggest influence? My Mom.  She was a working mom thru my childhood but was still always there for every soccer game and field trip.  She relocated here when I had my second daughter and love her support so I can balance work and being a mom.

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart?

We have so many great local charities in this area!  Can I name a few: Cincinnati Wine Festival- they give back to local charities thru the money they raise at their events including Master Provisions (another local charity close to my heart as I love how they don’t waste any of the clothing donations they receive).  I also love and personally support the I Have Wings Foundation and Go Pantry as well.

Women tend to be multi-takers.  Do you have a system that you love that might be good for others? Lists! and prioritizing tasks based on what REALLY needs to get done and what can wait

Do you have a routine each day that helps to keep you balanced?

Exercising daily in the morning (even if it is a 5 minute yoga stretch).  It doesn’t always happen first thing, but it gets my head in the right place and when I take care of myself, I am best to tackle what the day has in store for me.


What’s a product or service you are currently loving? 

I am about to finish my first round of a new Beachbody program Job 1 and begin my second round January 3.  It is just 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  I love how efficient but still challenging the program is.  I also love that it uses a mix of weights and loops for strength training.


What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy


What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I have a couple: Take care of yourself so you can best take care of others, get enough sleep so you can best function (I have learned how not getting enough sleep can affect your brain function, ability to lose weight and much more- I take my sleep very seriously), applied knowledge is power (you can listen to all the podcasts and read all the books, but if you don’t apply it or learn something from it- you have wasted your time) and finally, FAMILY first (at the end of the day- they are what matters most).


Contact Tracie

[email protected]

Introducing the Non-Profit Spotlight:

Merry Christmas To All

Founded by: Kurt & Ashton Reynolds

Mission:  To help underprivileged children have a merry Christmas!  Do you remember how great Christmas morning was for you as a child? You woke up and ran to see all of the presents under the beautiful tree. It was the best day of the year! Some of your best memories of childhood come from that morning. It was magical.  Unfortunately, not all families are able to provide presents in order to give their children those same memories. Merry Christmas To All was started to give as many families that magical morning. Every dollar raised will provide presents for as many families as possible. With your help, the Christmas spirit will spread and Christmas morning will be wonderful for everyone!


When did the organization start and by whom?   Started in 2018 by Kurt and Ashton Reynolds

What makes your organization stand out among others? We are very selective on the families we choose and then go all out for them to ensure they have a great Christmas.  We not only help the children but will also give some family gifts as well such as towels, bedding, etc that the family could need.   We also donate a book to every child we select to help.  There are studies showing a lack of reading to young children directly relating to ACT scores.  Unfortunately underprivileged children aren’t read to as much so we give a book to help allow them to read.

What are the greatest needs of the organization?  There are two big needs that we have.  First is more funding to help reach more children.  We have grown every year.  We started with 48 kids in 2018.  We grew to 72 in 2019 and then again to 125 in 2020.  We are hoping that growth continues and we can help 175-200 this year!   The second need is help on the purchasing of gifts for the kids.  As you can tell with the amount of kids, it’s very difficult to do the proper planning and buying of all the gifts for the kids.  We don’t just buy 1 gift per kid.  They are getting the Christmas experience with things they want, need and like.  So it’s very time consuming.  Luckily, we have had so many kind people offer to take on families and do the purchasing.  That really helps not only on the time but the organizing because we can have one family handed to us without trying to go through hundreds of Amazon packages sorting it out.  We do offer to make the payments and just ask to help on the finding of the gifts and checking out/opening them at your home.  Thankfully though, a lot of the people who ask to help in this way also donate the money to buy the gifts.   It’s amazing how kind people are and how willing they are to help.  Getting our name out there and letting more people know of us will help allow us grow to more kids.

Who do you assist? Why?   We try to help families that are working hard to make ends meet but don’t have extra money at Christmas to get gifts for their kids.  We get a lot of stories told to us and they are heartbreaking.  The kids in these stories deserve so much and we want to help.   It could be a single mother that works full time but doesn’t have extra money to buy gifts, families whose house caught fire and can’t celebrate that given year, medical problems for someone in the family which caused money issues that year, and many others like that. Christmas is a stressful time for any parent and we want to help take that stress off. On the kid’s side, can you remember how great Christmas morning was?   Waking up and going to the Christmas tree to see all the presents.  That is the greatest morning for a kid and a family to have as memories.  We want to spread and give all of the kids and families that memory to last a lifetime.

How can people get involved with the organization?  Our website is going under some construction right now but you can donate through there.  You can also reach out to Kurt to hear ways.  Once we get the families set, knowing we have people who want to help buy the presents will speed up the process big time.  You can also donate new toys.  We have a vision of the future where families can come into a “toy store” we created and pick out their own presents to get more ownership of the gifts.  So we are always accepting toys to have more options.  We started a trial run for this last year for 5 families and it went wonderful.   We are hoping to keep growing that part so toys are always welcome!

Anything else you would like to include?  We appreciate any and all help.  Everything filters back to the kids and any help really makes a difference.

Kurt Reynolds

(859) 240-6455

[email protected]

Introducing the Leading Ladies NKY Spotlight: Melissa Kirkpatrick 

Name: Melissa Kirkpatrick

Family members & pets: Dusty (husband), son Zach wife Molly & son Cole and his daughter (my granddaughter) Cyleigh Dog Thor and newest members L.C. the Cat and her baby Wheels

Occupation: Melissa Kirkpatrick Business Coach

I began my career as an executive secretary but transitioned in my 30s to High School I.T. teacher. Only in the profession for seven years, my family and I begin our journey owning and operating two public golf courses.  My life has always focused on teaching and motivating others, taking this passion into teaching women about the game of golf, taking them on the course to play, and showing them how golf relates to life. The beginning of Find Your Own D.R.I.V.E. coaching and mentoring.

After selling the golf courses, I am now helping those looking for the support and accountability to grow a successful business and live a happy and joy-filled life. Everyone needs a coach – they don’t know they do. This is where I come in. I’ve learned to level up every decade, and with my business coaching services, I’m helping others do the same.

Education: Bachelor’s in business education and a master’s in technology education

What is one goal you’ve set for the rest of this year – next year? Setting goals can be challenging.  For me, it’s because if I don’t accomplish them, I’ve failed (old programming from my past). So, I’ve learned to reframe by “setting intentions.” This was clear when last year I started accountability programs for my clients. When I introduced the use of “intentions” instead of goals, it allows you to release the uncomfortableness of not reaching a goal and more flexibility on a day-to-day rather than a deadline.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I’ve always been fascinated and would love to learn American Sign Language.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? Don’t take yourself so seriously, and remember to get out of your way. Life’s a journey, not a marathon. In-Joy every moment.

Do you have a routine each day that helps to keep you balanced? I taught a workshop on Morning Routines last year. And I was surprised how many “options” are available as best practices.

However, I discovered that my morning routine it’s about waking with a thankful heart, knowing I’m still here – so there is work to be done. I set intentions on the things needing to be done and add other things along the day. Being flexible with routines is key. Do not quit when things aren’t going as planned – readjust and keep going. 

What’s a product or service you are currently loving? Kroger Click-List with DELIVERY! I hate to grocery shop. And when my sister told me about the delivery, I was all in. We’ve used this service for over a year now, and I could not be happier. And we are eating better since we aren’t going out as much and making better selections at the store.

What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. I read this book in 2011, and I reference and read each year and share it with my clients. It focuses on conquering your fears and taking life to the next level. When you can learn to live from your Zone of Genius, the Universe conspires on your behalf. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?  Your Thoughts Become Things, so choose the good ones! This statement was a real turning point in my life. When I heard this, I realized how negative thoughts run the show. When I became aware of this concept, I shifted from negative to more positive thoughts, which led to speaking more positively and taking inspired action.

Contact Melissa:

[email protected]

(513) 502-0059

Leading Ladies NKY Spotlight 

Ashley Hinzman, Professional Organizer and Owner, The Life Less Cluttered


💙Where you live: Taylor Mill, KY

💙Family members & pets: Husband Jason, Sons Henry (9) and Nash (7) and Dog Josie

💙Education: University of Kentucky

💙Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and taking advantage of all the wonderful events in NKY and Cincinnati

💙What do you love about NKY? There is always something to do! Having grown up in a rural part of Western KY, I am still in awe of how many festivals, restaurants, sporting events, and places there are to go for fun. Recently, we had a free night without any plans and so I searched up what local sports teams had games and found that NKU Men’s Soccer did. We had a blast!

💙Who is your biggest influence? My sons. Three years ago, when I told them I wanted to start my own business, they each brought me $5 “to be hired”, not understanding how it all worked. I told them that they were investors and my success would be theirs too. Every single time I’ve hit a milestone (created a website, finished a project, featured in press), they have been so proud and genuinely excited. They believe their mom is as important as a Fortune 500 CEO and it’s amazing what an impact that has on my confidence as a small business owner.

💙What is one goal you’ve set for 2021? I want to work more with young adults, to teach them how to be organized and prepared as they become more independent from their parents.

💙Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart? I am currently working with Mentoring Plus, an organization in Newport that provides high-risk teens with a nurturing environment and support through mentorship. It’s important to me to support the youth in our community, because they deserve it and it’s the best way to create a better future for everyone.

💙If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? It’s good to work hard, but no one is going to ask you what your college GPA is in 10 years, so it’s okay to have a little more fun and get a B every once in a while.

💙Women tend to be multi-takers. Do you have a system that you love that might be good for others? Under-schedule your time, as much as you are able to. My system is to plan my day the evening before and leave enough time to realistically get each task done. There are finite hours in the day, and because it’s inevitable that something unexpected will pop up, I always under-schedule my time. If I happen to get everything done with time to spare – more time to just enjoy life!

💙Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate – even better in milkshake form!

💙What is the best book you’ve ever read? An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof – it’s a nonfiction, travel book and THE best “escape from reality”, relaxing read!

💙What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When faced with a decision or crossroads in your life, ask yourself “What’s stopping you?” And if that answer is nothing more than your own fear, you need to just go for it!


Contact Ashley:

[email protected]

Tel: 859-559-1650

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We are honored to introduce the Leading Lady Non-Profit Spotlight –

The Alzheimer’s Association

Dayna Ritchey – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Alzheimer’s Association

24/7 Helpline – 800-272-3900 and

Mission: The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

When did the organization start and by whom? 

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals, who recognized the need for an organization that would unite caregivers, provide support to those facing Alzheimer’s and advance research into the disease.

What makes your organization stand out among others? 

All our programs and services are free.  We have a free 24/7 helpline staffed with dementia specialists at 800-272-3900.  We give free education programs to any audience in need of information on dementia and aging including lifestyle changes to focus on for cognitive health, warning signs you should consult your dr. about and how to give care to someone who has dementia.  We also offer free support groups in the community for family members who have loved ones with dementia, and Memory Cafes for people with dementia to participate with their family members in a fun, entertaining and engaging activity via Zoom or in-person.

What are the greatest needs of the organization? 

Funding to advance research on dementia as well as participants for clinical trials; volunteers to help lead support groups, Memory Cafes and give educational presentations, and any way we can raise awareness of our programs and services so that families impacted by dementia don’t have to go through it alone.

Who do you assist & why? 

Anyone who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  This is a progressive, individualized disease that few people are educated about or equipped to manage.

How can people get involved with the organization?  Go to

Anything else you would like to include? 

If you would like to host a free education program for your church, community group or civic organization, please call or email Dayna Ritchey at 513-632-3822 or [email protected]

Upcoming events – check to find education programs, support groups and other events in your zip code.


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We are thrilled to introduce our Leading Ladies NKY June Non-Profit Spotlight:

Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center “Where Abilities Grow”
Redwood guides children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential by providing enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services.
When did the organization start and by whom?
The story of Redwood is a story of love, dedication, and community. It began in 1951 when Bill and Sue Reder discovered that Northern Kentucky had no services for their son, Ron, who was born with cerebral palsy. Al and Dorothy Wood, whose daughter, Cheryl, also had cerebral palsy, found themselves in a similar situation. In 1953, under the leadership of the Reders and the Woods, these parents founded the organization to provide services, solutions, and hope for all children with disabilities. These two families, the Reders and the Woods, give us our namesake Redwood.
What makes your organization stand out among others?
Redwood serves both adults and children, starting at 6 weeks old and continues services throughout a client’s life. Redwood’s children’s services also serve both children with severe and multiple disabilities as well as typically developing children in integrated classrooms. Redwood offers in-house and virtual therapeutic services to adult and children’s clients. Clients can be seen by their therapists during their time at Redwood. This allows for therapist to see the clients in their program room environment, allowing to better serve clients by giving program staff skills to work on.
What are the greatest needs of the organization?
Redwood is always in need of art supplies, books, puzzles and all types of batteries in our program rooms. We are also focused on updating all of our program rooms due to the age of our facility.
Who do you assist? Why?
Redwood serves and assists both children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities throughout their entire life span beginning as young as 6 weeks old and continuing through their lives – some of our clients are in their eighties! Redwood believes in growing the abilities of our clients and increasing independence through enriching educational, vocational, and therapeutic services allowing clients to reach their highest potential.
How can people get involved with the organization?
Redwood relies on the dedication and commitment of our donors, volunteers, and community supporters. Redwood offers many opportunities to experience the miracles of Redwood though the eyes of a volunteer. Learn more about our current and upcoming volunteer opportunities by visiting our website,
We are always looking for volunteers to help plan events and help us with landscaping projects around our building.
Anything else you would like to include?
Redwood recently celebrated our 68th year anniversary of serving individuals with disabilities in Northern Kentucky. This spring, Redwood was nominated and chosen as one of five finalists in the Heritage Award category. The Heritage Award “recognizes a business that has shown consistent stability and has been an economic contributor to the Northern Kentucky community. A business that has been actively involved in serving and offering employment opportunities and has stayed relevant in the community through good and bad times. A business that has been serving the community for longer than 25 years.” Redwood won the Heritage Award at a ceremony in May.
Upcoming events:
On Sunday, September 5th join us for a can’t-miss Redwood Annual Celebration! Celebrate shattering the barriers for individuals living with disabilities while enjoying community awards and the WEBN firework display from the Metropolitan Club in downtown Covington, KY. More details to come! Stay connected with us by visiting our website or on social media – Facebook and LinkedIn.
Carol Serrone, Chief Philanthropy Officer
859-331-0880, ext. 215
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We are honored to introduce the Leading Lady Jennifer Ketchmark-Brehm​

💙Family members & pets: Mitch (husband), Stella ( 9 year old daughter), Conner (4 year old son) and Fenway (13 year old Boston Terrier)
💙Occupation & Employer: Meteorologist for WCPO 9
Education: Eastern Illinois University and Mississippi State University
💙Hobbies: Sewing, reading, hiking and puzzles
What do you love about NKY? I’m still floored by how welcoming the people of NKY are. We came here with no friends or family and we’ve created quite the little “family” in our 6 years here. I also love that we have rolling hills. Where I come from in Illinois, everything is flat. A simple hill is a big deal!
💙Who is your biggest influence? My mother continues to be one of the biggest influences in my life. I want nothing more than to make her proud of the girl she raised.
💙What is one goal you’ve set for 2021? I want to get out and explore more of the regional resources. Instead of getting on a plane, we plan to travel via our RV this summer to check out popular camping areas and hiking spots. We’ve already checked out Mammoth Cave! But it’s really about finding time as a family to do fun things together that don’t include buying things, electronic devices or grand distractions. Simple seems to work best for us!
💙If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I want to learn how to knit or crochet.
💙Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart? I’m a board member with the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati. I got involved with their organization after emceeing at their annual Walk and Roll event. I connected with a family and over time, felt more and more pulled to helping this organization.
💙If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? Don’t worry about the little stuff and don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to not be perfect.
💙Women tend to be multi-takers. Do you have a system that you love that might be good for others? I don’t even know how to explain how I keep it all straight, but I love an old fashioned paper planner so I can see my appointments and plans. It’s worn out by midyear but it works great!
💙Do you have a routine each day that helps to keep you balanced? I’m very structured about my day but I also work odd hours so I have to plan in advance. I meal-prep to make sure I eat well while at the TV station, then after work I take a nap to make up for my lack of sleep at night. Then I shift into sewing mode to get orders done for those clients. As the kids get home from school, I shift into momma mode!
💙Favorite ice cream flavor? I’m so boring, I love vanilla!
💙What is the best book you’ve ever read? I have a small reading obsession. In the last 3 years, I’ve read or listened to 233 books. But I still love The Nightingale, The Alice Network, Ordinary Grace, Before We Were Yours
💙Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Ugh, that’s a hard one. Maybe my wedding dress. Or my kids’ baby albums.
💙It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. “She loved her family deeply and talked about something that changes every day that impacts everyone’s lives and managed to get paid for it, it was magical”.
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We are honored to introduce the May Leading Lady Spotlight –

Mary Brandsetter

Owner of Bourbon House Pizza

Family members & pets: (daughters) Stephanie & Jennifer Brandstetter, (son) Jeremy Brandstetter

Tell us about your business.  Bourbon House Pizza was created 14 years ago.  I brought Authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza to the greater Cincinnati area.  We offer an extensive menu including hand tossed pizza, hoagies, salads and pasta dishes. Also our amazing garlic knots!

What problem does your business solve for new customers/clients?  We pride ourselves on amazing customer service so we don’t have “problems” too often, we do love to help our community with any problems they or their families may be facing. We have held numerous fundraisers for our phenomenal community.

What services do you offer? Dine-in, carry-out and delivery.  We do some catering as well.

How long have you been in business? 13, almost 14 years!

Given your business expertise and the nature of what you do, what advice can you offer to individuals considering your services? If you’re in the mood for some quality, and most importantly, authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza we suggest checking us out. We are confident you’ll love us.

How is your business different from other businesses in your industry? We have a niche for great, authentic deep-dish and thrive in exceptional customer service.

What’s the biggest compliment you’ve received from a customer/client? When I was awarded “Local Business Person of the Year” for 2020/2021.

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7500 Oakbrook Rd. Florence, KY

Contact Information:  Mary Brandstetter   







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We are excited to feature the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as May’s Non-Profit Spotlight. Meredith Heater, Northern Kentucky area manager, explained the organization’s mission and how it serves the community.

Northern Kentucky FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Seeing Northern Kentucky transformed by Jesus by ministering TO and THROUGH coaches. 

Mission: To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. 

When did the organization start and by whom? 

FCA started in 1954 by Don Maclaren. He had this idea that if professional athletes could endorse products, why couldn’t they also endorse Jesus, and use their platform to share the gospel. 

What makes your organization stand out among others?

Our organization is different from other Christian organizations in that we seek to use sports as a means to reach coaches and athletes specifically with the gospel. We recognize the enormous impact that sports play in our culture. It’s really a universal language to some degree. We also recognize the great impact that Coaches can have on their athletes and we strive to make all coaches a disciple who will then go on to make more disciples as they use their influence to impact athletes and point them to Jesus and a relationship with Him. 

What are the greatest needs of the organization?

Financial support for staff and connecting them to local coaches to help build new relationships 

Who do you assist? We focus our ministry on Engaging, Equipping, and Empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire, and change the world through the gospel. Why? We do this in order to live out the great commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 where He says to “go and make disciples of all nations”.

How can people get involved with the organization?

They can join the team in a variety of ways. They can volunteer to help a local huddle, train to be a character coach on a local team, point coaches toward our ministry and training opportunities or give financially to the organization or the staff directly. Each staff member raises their own salary by building a support team of monthly ministry partners. 

Contact: Meredith Heater, Area Representative  


Facebook: NKY FCA

Instagram: @nkyfca

Email: [email protected] 

Cell: 618-803-9391

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We are honored to introduce the Leading Lady Spotlight – Ana Christow Moreno

Owner of Huntington Learning Center, Crescent Springs, KY



Family members & pets: I have been married 24 years to Boris; we have 2 boys, Niki -20 & Alex -18.  Our dog is Max a beagle; we also have a goldfish that has been with us 9 years.

Education: Master’s in Business Administration and Accounting

Hobbies:  I love to cook with my family food from all around the world.

What do you love about NKY?  I love Northern Kentucky people; I always find friendly smiles and kind hearts!


What is one goal you’ve set for 2021?  One of my goals is to help as many students as possible academically, while I build their confidence and motivation. My best reward is to see them have success at school!


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  I would love to learn how to take great pictures.


If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? Learn something new every day! Learning new skills makes you confident, brings success and helps you to become a better version of yourself.


Favorite ice cream flavor?  Black Raspberry chocolate chip from Graeter’s


What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Believe in yourself! If you fall, pick yourself up and keep moving forward. This was great advice that my English teacher used to tell me.


It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence: LIVE every moment, LAUGH every day, LOVE beyond words.

Ana Christow Moreno

Huntington Learning Center

2347 Buttermilk Crossing

Crescent Springs KY 41017

859- 331-6800

[email protected]


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Non-Profit Spotlight: Women’s Crisis Center is a foundational community center, offering comprehensive services for people impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse, while transforming our community through violence prevention.   We understand that when everything is on the line, everything counts.

When did the organization start and by whom?  

The organization was formed in 1976 as a response to a series of rapes in the community. It was very much a grassroots organization, with a group women taking turn manning a phone in case anyone needed support! In 1979, the organization grew to support victims of domestic violence and provided a safe shelter for individuals and families fleeing from partner violence. Over the last 40+ years, we’ve grown in services to meet the needs of victim/survivors and the community. Services include hospital advocacy, legal advocacy, economic empowerment, a 24/7 hotline, two emergency shelters, prevention and education, and most recently a pet protection program!

What makes your organization stand out among others?

All of our services are completely free and confidential! We also serve men, as we know they can be victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

What are the greatest needs of the organization?

We could always use gift cards! They’re great to give out to clients for various needs (gas, household items, etc)

How many clients have you served?

In 2020, we served 1,049 individuals in our outreach office! This does not include who stayed in our shelter or hotline calls.

Who do you assist? Why?

We work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We work with both primary victims as well as secondary victims. We believe that if you experience domestic violence or sexual assault, you shouldn’t have to go through it alone! We always want to provide a trauma-informed space for victim/survivors to be safe and heal.

How can people get involved with the organization?

We would love it if you would be interested in being a hospital runner for Women’s Crisis Center! We work closely with the local hospitals to ensure that if a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault is at the hospital, the hospital will call a WCC advocate to support the victim. We offer this service 24/7/365. To learn more about being a hospital runner, please email Courtney at [email protected]

Shalayne Maxwell
[email protected]

Public Education & Intervention Specialist
The Women’s Crisis Center
100 Davis St. Warsaw, KY 41095

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We are honored to introduce another great Leading Lady Spotlight –

Dr. Robin Warner, Pediatrician, Union Pediatrics


Name: Dr. Robin Warner

Where you live: Union, KY

Family members & pets: husband, Marc (married 27 years), sons Alex and Cameron, cavapoo dogs Corduroy and Marvin

Occupation: Pediatrician and owner of Union Pediatrics, a “micro-sized” boutique style pediatric practice.

Education: Georgetown College, BS Biology; University of KY, MD; Pediatric Residency, Arnold Palmer Hospital-Orlando, FL

Hobbies: photography, travel, beer tasting

What do you love about NKY? It is near a bigger city, yet far enough away to not have the big-city congestion. I also LOVE being so close to the airport.

What is one goal you’ve set for 2021? Continue to adapt, pivot, and take care of my patients (and their families)

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Fluently speak a foreign language.

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart? Shriner’s Hospital for Children. During residency, I took care of many children (severe burns) who had to be “air-flighted” to Shriner’s in Cincinnati. Since moving here, I have referred children with craniofacial issues to Shriner’s. The care and compassion that these kids and their families receive is unbelievable, and they don’t have to worry about medical bills. They can focus on helping their child heal.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? Minor in something not related to your major. For me, that would have been a business-related field.

Women tend to be multi-takers.  Do you have a system that you love that might be good for others? I’m a list maker. I use both my phone and sticky notes to stay on track.

What is the best book you’ve ever read?  “How’s the Culture in your Kingdom,” by Dan Cockerell

Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?  Nothing. Things are just that….things, and can be replaced.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Always listen to what the mom says”



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Non-Profit Spotlight: First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

We are excited to feature First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky as February’s  Non-Profit Spotlight. Charmian Wilkinson, Development Coordinator, explained the organization’s mission and how it serves the community.

When did the organization start and by whom?

First Tee began in 1997 as a partnership among the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA to make golf affordable and accessible for all kids. As they introduced the game, focusing on its inherent values and skills, they recognized the meaningful personal growth and impact this program brought to youth, both on and off the course Now, for over two decades we’ve been committed to helping kids build character strengths and important life skills through the game and providing all kids with access to opportunities for personal growth in a fun and safe environment.

First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2016, First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people.


In 2005, First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky was founded by Larry Kellem, Tom and Melissa Briner, and Lamar Johnson along with an enthusiastic Board of Trustees. Together they raised start-up money and piloted a summer class session for 25 students. By year end, we had earned Chapter status in First Tee’s national network and announced our “grand opening” with the support of First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow Jr. and former LPGA Commissioner Charlie Mechem.

Today, more than 11,000 area children participate each year in our Life Skills classes at area golf courses, in our School Program held during PE classes at area elementary schools, and through our Community Programs at youth centers and in partnership with other youth-serving organizations in our community.

What makes your organization stand out among others?

There are a lot of programs out there aimed at teaching youth the game of golf. But what makes First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky unique, is the life skills curriculum that is seamlessly integrated with the golf instruction. The game of golf’s rules and etiquette lends itself as the perfect platform to reinforce the values and life-skills being taught at home and at school. First Tee builds experiences that build character. We talk about how to deal with conflict, how to reach your goals, the value of diversity and how to plan for your future. Kids become a better version of themselves when they have the space to be who they are, surrounded by passionate people who guide them to see what they are capable of. We believe in developing experiences that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next.

We build these opportunities and experiences through…

  • 100+ volunteers
  • 646 kids at six area golf courses
  • 41 School program partners
  • 500+ kids in community programs
  • A progressive curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning objectives through activities that are developmentally appropriate
  • Multi-level coach training programs that focus on research-proven methods of positive youth development, providing our coaches with the tools to make kids feel safe, included, and empowered.
  • An annual slate of advanced national participant opportunities that facilitate growth and inspire personal transformation.
  • A college scholarship program that provides tuition assistance, personal and professional development, and mentorship for First Tee alumni.


What are the greatest needs of the organization?

Earlier this year we announced that our service area is growing! Previously our service area included Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky and Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio. Now, we are expanding to Butler and Warren counties in Ohio!!! Serving 7 counties is a big undertaking and we are in need of volunteer coaches at all locations, especially during the summer when weather and daylight allows us to hold a lot of classes. Golf experience is not required…just a willingness to step up as a positive role model and mentor to the kids in our community.

How many kids do you impact each year?

More than 11,000 area kids and teens participate each year in our Life Skills classes at area golf courses, in our School Program held during PE classes at area elementary schools, and through our Community Programs at youth centers and in partnership with other youth-serving organizations in our community.


Who do you assist? Why?

We believe that our youth are our community’s greatest assets. With the belief that all kids deserve the chance to grow in a supportive environment with mentors guiding them, we are dedicated to building programs that are accessible, welcoming, and as impactful as they are fun.

Our curriculum extends beyond the golf course, which is why we hold programs to meet kids where they spend time. We partner with recreation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs to bring the program to life where kids spend their time. We partner with PE teachers who teach our curriculum in their PE classes to reach kids in their schools. We also partner with Special Olympics, Autism Society and other youth development programs throughout the area so that we can bring our program to all kids. We want to be inclusive and deliver this curriculum to all kids, regardless of financial status or disability.

How can people get involved with the organization?

Volunteer! We provide a meaningful and flexible opportunity to help youth in our community. If you love kids and have a heart to help them succeed, you would be a great fit to volunteer with us. No golf experience needed!

We also offer companies the chance for employees to give back to the community in a fun, meaningful, and rewarding way while taking a break from their day-to-day responsibilities. We offer a flexible schedule to meet your company needs.

Equipment Donation! Do you have an old set of golf clubs packed in the basement or corner of your garage? Donating equipment is another way to help support our First Tee chapter. Our greatest need is always golf clubs, youth size clubs especially, but there are countless items that would benefit our classes. Do you belong to a club that might be sprucing up their tee box markers or getting new flags for the practice green? Ask if you can send them our way!

Donations. We have two major fundraisers each year. The large ones, our annual golf outing and our 100 Holes of Golf Marathon, each have availability for sponsorships. Please reach out with any questions you may have about this opportunity.

Anything else.

Young people in our programs are…

  • More confident in school
  • Supported by coaches, who they view as caring mentors
  • Active community members
  • Always welcome, regardless of financial circumstances

What parents are saying:

 “First Tee gave (my daughter) confidence and helped her learn how to set goals and dream big. She met great kids and coaches.  She always says it feels like home to her.”

“First Tee is always amazing… They are loving and kind and offer our son many opportunities for growth in golf and life skills… they challenge him to be better… and show they believe in him as a leader which helps him believe in himself!”    

First Tee Alumnae:

“First Tee was like a family. I was inspired to be my best self, and received the support and encouragement I needed to help me succeed. Thanks to First Tee, I learned about various resources that helped me in both golf and life – if it weren’t for the program, I may never have received the opportunities I did! I had incredible role models, and built confidence that made me feel like I could accomplish anything.

We encourage you to follow our social media account on Facebook @firsttee.gcnky

Visit our Website:

Charmian Wilkinson, Development Coordinator [email protected]

First Tee Mission: We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

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We are honored to introduce the February Leading Lady Spotlight – Lisa Hempfling

Co-Owner Love & Macs and Membership Director
Five Seasons Family Sports Club


Home & Family: Lives in Florence, Ky with her family

Education: NKU – 2 years, trained baker, and PT Certification through ACE Fitness

Hobbies: Cooking and baking, working out, learning more about marketing/business

What do you love about living in NKY? The change of the seasons!

Who is your biggest influence? My grandparents. My grandma taught me how to bake. My grandpa taught me how to be kind to others. They both taught me to love unconditionally and to always find your inner strength through adversity.

What is one goal you’ve set for 2021? To grow Love & Macs with my friend and co-owner by connecting with the community around us.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Help others to de-stress. I see so many people I know that have reached their limit during 2020 and I just want to help them feel less stressed.

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart? Explain.  Two, actually. St E Cancer Center and Hospice Care of St Elizabeth. Anyone who has gone through, or lost someone to cancer one, knows that they are invaluable to the patients and families they serve. They are near and dear to my heart. And of course, I have to add I Have Wings and Chicks & Chucks- two more amazing local charities who support cancer patients.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be? DELEGATE. Don’t be afraid NOT to do everything- and it’s ok to ask for help

Women tend to be multi-takers. Do you have a system that you love that might be good for others? I’m a list and calendar person. I’m a visual person so I need to see it. I use my smart phone, but I prefer paper.

Do you have a routine each day that helps to keep you balanced? I have a loose routine- between the Five Seasons and Love & Macs, I need to be uber flexible with my schedule. I also think that helps keep me from being stressed out when things come up or change.

Favorite ice cream flavor? Butter pecan





Lisa’s Contact Information

Co-Owner Love & Macs

Membership Director

Five Seasons Family Sports Club

345 Thomas More Parkway |  Crestview Hills, KY​41017


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Non-Profit Spotlight: New Hope Center

We are thrilled to kick off the new year by spotlighting a local non-profit that is offering help, hope, and love to those facing unplanned pregnancy. New Hope Center is a place where women find the resources, support, and parenting skills they need during an extremely sensitive time. We learned more about New Hope Center’s four locations (Crestview Hills, Covington, Falmouth, and Alexandria) from Lori Broomhead, Client Services & Marketing Director.  

What does New Hope Center do? 

A positive pregnancy test is a life-changing moment for a woman and her partner. New Hope Center provides no-cost services to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, adoption referrals, emotional and material support (diapers, clothing, childcare accessories), and abstinence education for teens. We also have after-abortion care for women who have experienced the pain of abortion. All services are non-judgmental, free and confidential. 


How do women benefit from your services? 

Our center offers a “door of hope” for women seeking answers, options, and resources. The first thing a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy needs to know is that she is not alone. We are honest and explain that pregnancy, adoption, or parenting may not be easy, but she can still pursue her dreams and we will walk the journey with her.  


How many people do you help each year? 

In 2019, New Hope Center provided 4,343 services. 111 babies were born to our clients. We gave out more than 15,000 diapers. 845 parenting and life skills classes were taken. 179 pregnancy tests and 115 ultrasounds were given. Plus, 8,200+ students and adults were educated about abstinence.  


What are the greatest needs of the organization? 

We always have a need for newborn diapers, new baby socks, onesies, and diaper rash cream. Cash donations also help since we receive our funding through individual and corporate donors, churches, grants, and fundraising events.  

A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available at the center including mentors, nurses, physicians, ultrasound techs, and office support.  

Where can I find out more information about New Hope Center? 

Our client website is The donor and volunteer website is For more information call 859.341.0766. The Crestview Hills office is located at 228 Thomas More Parkway. 

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We are honored to introduce the first Leading Lady Spotlight of 2021 – Stacey Thornberry

Franchise Owner at Homewatch CareGivers of Northern Kentucky


Home & Family: Lives in Verona, Ky with her family

Education: BA in Human Resources from Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Hobbies: Running, exercising, being social with friends and family and watching my kids play sports

What qualities make a great leader?

  • A leader who is loyal, transparent, helpful and encouraging. A leader sees the big picture and stays focused on that.  A leader delegates to her team and allows them to use their skill set to meet the goal.  A leader is not afraid to get their hands dirty.  A leader gives credit where it is due and never stops learning and adapting.

What do I love about living in NKY? 

  • I love living in NKY because everything is convenient and the people are very nice. I also love the unique restaurants in the Covington area. I love the rolling hills and proximity to farms and the beauty they provide.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

  • I would love to learn how to cook. I can do the basics but I would love to have more patience in the kitchen and make meals that my kids will remember and want to come home to when they are away at college.  I would love to have secret recipes like my grandma’s used to have.

Do you have a routine each day that helps keep you balanced? 

  • I try to get a run or workout in each day of the week and I take Sunday’s off. I enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning while doing my bible study. I am a list maker. I make a list usually the night before about what my next day is going to look like and am mentally prepared when I wake up.

Do you have a cause or charity that is close to your heart?

  • I love giving back to our community. I have been organizing a shoe drive the past 3 years. I collect gently used tennis shoes or boots from the Walton-Verona community and donate them to the school resource officer.  They then set up tables with hundreds of shoes on them and allow the kids who could benefit from a pair to come and “shop”.  I think it is a great way to give back and also keep confidential.

Favorite ice cream flavor:

  • Grater’s Blackberry Chip of course!

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be?

  • I would definitely take the time to discover who I am and what I love and do not love. I am my worst critic and I am very hard on myself with extremely high expectations.  As I am now in my 40’s, I am learning more and more about myself and giving myself grace.  Have more confidence and dream big! My younger self was a people pleaser to the extreme which led to a lot of self sacrifices and emptiness.  Set boundaries and feel comfortable with them. Lastly, continue to grow your relationship with God and trust His plans for your life.  Walk in faith and not fear.

Stacey’s Contact Information

[email protected]
Franchise Owner at Homewatch Caregivers of Northern Kentucky
Cell: 859-383-8529

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