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Nancy Wrede

Nancy Wrede has for more than a decade been a homemaker and substitute teacher for Fayette County Public Schools, serving as lead teacher, paraeducator, special needs paraeducator, bookkeeper, registrar and attendance clerk. She received her B.A. from Northern Kentucky University, studying business writing with a minor in marketing. Prior to motherhood, she worked in the …

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Stephen Lloyd Webb

Stephen Lloyd Webb is a recognized entrepreneur and industry leader with over 30 years experience in pharmaceutical, academic and clinical research. In 1997, Mr. Webb co-founded REGISTRAT, Inc. a Contract Research Organization (CRO) focused on peri- and post-approval clinical studies. In 2009, REGISTRAT merged with Mapi Group (Lyo, France) to form REGISTRAT Mapi, the largest …

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Abby Vaughn

Abby Vaughn has worked in the financial industry for thirty years, for a global financial company and a Fortune 500 bank. She currently is at Unified Trust. Her experience includes 16 years of management, and over a decade in the Private Banking/Wealth management sector.  Abby and her husband moved to Lexington in 1987 from Harold, Kentucky, …

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Madison Stewart

Madison Stewart is an associate attorney at Dinsmore and Shohl L.L.P. Lexington Office. A recently retired competitive Irish Dancer, she is aware of the effort and expense required to train young performers to their full potential and considers it a privilege to work through OperaLex to support the UKOT. Growing up, her parents fostered in …

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Leslie Smart

Leslie Smart is the President of the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations overseeing six foundations across Kentucky and southern Indiana which collectively provide program, capital and research support to CHI’s Saint Joseph Health’s hospitals and facilities. Past president of a communications and development firm, she has served as two-term president of the Association of Fund-Raising …

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Melissa Skaggs

Melissa Skaggs is a native Kentuckian with a love for music and singing. She pursued and received a degree in both Vocal Performance and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Dr. Everett McCorvey, the late Gail Robinson, and Dr. Jefferson Johnson. As a student at U.K., Melissa was an active …

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Karen Rice Sellers

Karen Rice Sellers is the Assistant Director of the State Board of Elections (SBE), an independent agency of the Commonwealth. Prior to residing in Lexington and joining SBE, Ms. Sellers’ career was previously as a health care executive in Eastern Kentucky where, among her duties, she provided oversight for the Highlands Foundation and Community Development …

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Cheryl Lalonde

Cheryl Lalonde says that as a young girl she remembers thinking opera was rather exotic because it was a medium that featured other languages and extravagantly embraced emotions. “I love opera now,” she says, “ for the same reasons that teased my curiosity more than 50 years ago.”  She says it is serendipity that she is …

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