Our Board

Queer Kentucky is a network of LGBTQ+ Kentuckians and allies from all walks of life. Our board provides the necessary guidance and support to maximize our impact and mission.

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Dr. Anne Miller — Board Chair

Anne (she/they) is a clinical neuropsychologist and the owner/artistic director of Suspend, a circus and movement arts studio in Louisville. In her free time she can be found climbing trees and reading books. 

Kayla Meisner

Kayla (she/her) is one of two Licensing and New Ventures Managers for Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV). In this role, her primary responsibilities include outreach and education on matters related to commercialization, along with assessing, managing, and licensing intellectual property developed at KCV Partner Institutions. She is also a DJ known as DJ Slim Thicc.

Dr. Eli Pendleton

Dr. Eli Pendleton (he/him) is a family physician in Louisville with a large LGBTQ patient population, and who provides gender-affirming care for many transgender patients. He works hard to advocate for his patients and the LGBTQ community in general. 

Lar Shirley Browne

Lar Shirley Brown (she/they) I identify as Pansexual, Non-Binary, Jewish, southern, and queer. I am a proud (PTA) mom to one daughter, one rescue dog, and many plants. I have worked in many fields, including the arts, food and beverage industry, retail & fashion, childcare and healthcare. In my varying experiences, I’ve learned we’re all so different—and that our collective strength comes from deeply accepting and acknowledging that. Building my own queer family and creating a life that I own has allowed space for me to explore and get to know myself, and I am passionate about helping others do the same.

Dr. Jack Vimo

Jack Vimo (he/they) is a queer Latinx policy analyst, organizer, and academic. Currently, Jack works at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) overseeing the organization’s Economic Justice program and teaches in at Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Kentucky. Jack has worked for over 20 years on immigrant and worker rights, health care, LGBTQ issues, HIV/AIDS, anti-racism, and anti-poverty policy in CA, D.C., KY, NY, and Argentina, where Jack’s family is from and still lives. Jack is also a Political Scientist who did doctoral studies at both the University of California, Berkeley and the New School University and whose research focuses on undocumented immigrant social movements and intersections between immigrant rights campaigns and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Jaz Routon

Jaz Routon (they/them) from Colesburg, KY, is an advocate, activist, and researcher. They are a PhD Candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their research focuses on rural LGBTQ+ individuals and families and their experiences of poverty, housing instability, and other social inequalities. Jasmine also explores the impact of policy, or lack thereof, on LGBTQ populations.

Colby Lilly

Colby Lilly (he/him) is a grassroots organizer and queer rights advocate based in Berea, KY. He works professionally in non-profit community development, securing investments and funding for central Appalachia’s disadvantaged communities. Colby is passionate about racial justice and is a fervent supporter of democratic socialism. His interests include economic policy, travel, reading, hiking, and cooking. Colby holds B.A.s in Economics, and Business Administration from Bellarmine University.

John Reisert

John Reisert (he/him) is a creative thinker and an adept problem solver, John has over 30 years of business experience in the areas of business development, marketing, and management.  In his current role as Account Executive with Diversified (www.onediversifed.com), he works within the Higher Education space on enterprise level audio-video technology integration. John is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, where he resides currently with his husband, Carl. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville. In his free time, John and enjoys a great book, music, sports, fitness, cooking and travel.  

Emory Williamson

Emory Williamson (he/him) is the Development and Marketing Manager at AMPED. He also currently serves on boards for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and New Leaders Council – Kentucky. He likes to hang out with his cat, Floyd.

Mandy Ralston

Mandy Ralston (she/her) is a perspicacious creative synthesizer. Award winning, recovering entrepreneur, and Behavior Analyst. Intellectual decorator crab. Avid observationalist. Charismatic, dynamic, and compassionate thought leader – and fan of the Oxford comma. Amanda “Mandy” Ralston is a Kentucky and Founder & CEO of NonBinary Solutions.  

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