KFW Staff and Board Members

Meet The


Sharon LaRue
Sharon LaRueExecutive Director
Jenrose Fitzgerald
Jenrose FitzgeraldGrant Program Manager
Rae Strobel
Rae StrobelOrganizational Development Associate
Kim Wilhoit
Kim WilhoitFinance Manager
Members of KFW


Sallie Bingham
Santa Fe, NM

Judy Nichols
Louisville, KY

Jacquelyn Carruthers
Nurse and Artist
Paducah, KY

Ciera Shields
KY Center for African American Heritage
Louisville, KY

Rebecca Amsler
Lancaster, KY

Nisha Gupta
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Shayla D. Johnson
Lexington Fair Housing Council
Lexington, KY

Nancy C. Jones
University of Kentucky
Midway, KY

Message from the KFW Board

2015-16 was an innovative and vibrant year for the arts in Kentucky. Our grant and residency opportunities asked all of us to think BIG and the KFW community delivered in full! KFW artists are making waves, creating conversations, challenging the status-quo, and leading social change in our state. The KFW Board is inspired by the talent, vision, and passion of all of our feminist artists. We are so pleased to be able serve this dynamic community of artists.

This year we supported the communications goals of the Foundation by integrating social media and digital outreach to increase the visibility and accessibility of the Foundation. We strengthened our Board processes and implemented policies that promote financial health for the Foundation. We implemented an orientation procedure with an intentional focus on the recommendations from the Council on Foundations for transparency and accountability, and a new Conflict of Interest Policy and Annual Disclosure form.

We welcomed new board members and said farewell to members who have transitioned out of their board terms. We thank these powerful and wise women for their years of service. We are so appreciative that they will continue to be part of our KFW Community.

These past few years have brought significant change for KFW. With change comes new energy and drive along with recognition that cultural change is a long-term commitment. KFW is here for the long haul! We will continue our work to create the Kentucky that works for all of us by building a solid foundation that will open the way to a vibrant future.

In Peace and Power,

the KFW Board

KFW Board Members Showcase “This I Believe”

The KFW board is thankful to be able serve a dynamic community of artists and social change makers. We see our role as “ambassadors”, who can take an active role in the feminist art for social change movement by reaching out and engaging those who are currently under represented among our community. Each member looks forward to creating connections with past, present, and future grantees/residents, and our allies of the KFW community.

At a recent retreat our wise and wonderful KFW Board spent time contemplating their role in sustaining the mission and values of KFW. Board members participated in a “This I Believe” exercise to reflect each person’s personal vision for KFW and how she could create connections with our community. No two statements were identical, but our word cloud pictured below provides an indication that our board shares one omnipresent goal.