President – Len Dunman, Mercer Transportation
Len Dunman is the Safety Director of Mercer Transportation Company in Louisville. Mercer Transportation Company operates a fleet of more than 2,400 leased contractors in all fifty states and throughout Canada. During his more than thirty-four years with Mercer, Len has held a variety of managerial positions, becoming Safety Director in 2002. Along with being the chief safety officer of Mercer, Len is responsible for all environmental compliance and initiatives. He supervises a safety department of some thirty salaried and hourly employees. He is the designated corporate representative for all accident or other injury litigation.
Always willing to help, Len is a member of several boards of directors both relating to his job and in the community. He attends a number of state and national trucking organization and law enforcement safety meetings every year, travelling extensively throughout the US and Canada. As a certified truck inspector, he meets with Mercer contractors at different locations each month for both safety meetings and truck inspections. He frequently visits and discusses safety and environmental topics with a variety of Mercer’s customers throughout the US. In 2014 he was appointed to the Kentucky Motor Carrier Advisory Committee by Governor Steve Beshear. The Kentucky Trucking Association named Len its Safety Director of the Year for 2016. He is a board member and former vice president and secretary of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and a third generation Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. As Mercer’s representative board member, he has recently completed his second term as president of the Shippingport Centre Business Association in Louisville.
A Louisville native, Len is a graduate of Murray State University. He got his start in trucking while in college, working for the old Taylor Motors Company, an International truck dealership in Murray, KY. Len enjoys working on old cars, travelling on his Harley, and spending time with his family. Len and his wife, Bridgette, live near LaGrange, in Oldham County, Kentucky. They have five grown children, seven grandchildren and two dachshunds.
Vice President – Christine Smith, Zenith Motors
Christine Smith is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Zenith Motors with responsibility for overseeing the national sales and marketing initiatives for the company. Prior to joining Zenith Motors, Christine worked in sales management at several companies including Chase Industries and O’Gara Hess & Eisenhardt. During her ten year tenure at Chase Industries, Christine worked with the restaurant and hotel industries providing construction materials for new builds. During this time she was introduced and began working with companies to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits for their Green projects. Christine’s automotive experience was earned through her five years as North America- West Sales Manager for O’Gara- Hess & Eisenhardt working in the specialty vehicle market selling personal armored vehicles to the Fortune 500 corporations, international diplomats & hotels. Christine holds a Master in Business Administration from Thomas More College and a Master in Communication from West Virginia University.
Secretary – Lewis Nall, Owensboro Community and Technical Collage
Bio coming soon.
Treasurer – Vic Peek, LG&E (retired)
Vic Peek retired from Louisville Gas & Electric Company (2000) after 35 years of service, where he managed the Gas Sales Department and was responsible for the natural gas vehicle program. Vic is one of the two remaining original members of the KCFC. He is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing at Planning & Construction Company Inc., a Louisville based commercial construction corporation. Vic is also a professional photographer and co-owner of Peek Photography along with his wife Dianna. He is a Louisville native where he graduated from Louisville Male School (1965), Jefferson Community College (A.A.S. Business-1978) and the University of Louisville (1980) with a B.L.S. in History. A U. S. Air Force veteran (1966-1970) where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, as a Tactical Air Controller. Vic participated in many local organizations. He was a volunteer for Junior Achievement for more than 10 years and was on the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council for 15 years where he was Chairman when he left the organization. Vic is also very involved in his Church – Bethlehem Baptist. He is married to Dianna (45 years) and they have four children (Jason, Eric, Michael and Michelle) currently 8 grandchildren.
Attorney of Record – Brian Zoeller, Frost Brown Todd
Brian is an attorney in the firm’s Regulated Business Practice Group and focuses his practice on development, real estate and transactional matters across various industries. Recently, Brian has been advising clients on development of renewable energy projects. These projects include anaerobic digester facilities, landfill gas to energy projects and solar projects, and his efforts include site identification and acquisition, obtaining zoning approvals, financing, community engagement, incentive procurement, identifying feedstock partners, and negotiating with local utilities. These renewable energy projects are an extension of his work on the development of CNG fueling stations and assisting clients with fleet conversion to CNG. Additionally, Brian has advised clients in the health care industry for years on the financing, purchase and sale of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and medical office buildings on various operational matters, including complying with Stark and anti-kickback laws, structuring joint ventures, addressing the corporate practice of medicine and negotiating physician contracts. Before entering the legal field, Brian worked for Kindred Healthcare, Inc. in the Compliance Department, where he managed the implementation of several key components of Kindred Healthcare’s Corporate Integrity Agreement and helped develop and implement the company’s HIPAA compliance program.
2017 Board of Directors
Jagannadh Satyavolu, University of Louisville CONN Center
Dr. Satyavolu works as Theme Leader, Biomass and Biofuels, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He has 30 years of experience in commercial business leadership roles, operations and capital project management, product and process technology development, industrial application research, and academia. He has lead projects in the development of biomass conversion to biofuels, biochemicals and other value added products; waste to energy conversion technologies and implementation, and value generation from co-product streams. He holds 20 US and international patents and has led multiple projects from concept to commercialization. Prior to joining Conn Center, he worked at Cargill, Georgia Institute of Technology, Battelle Labs, and the Ohio State University.
Alan Steiden, Kentuckiana Cleanfuel
Alan Steiden was born and raised in Louisville, KY and graduated from St. X in 1979. He then ventured to LSU to swim and graduated with a business degree in 1984. Alan has worked in the air filtration industry with Louisville based companies Airguard Industries and American Air Filter for 21 years. In 2005 he purchased Air Systems and started Kentuckiana Cleanfuel in 2013. Alan married his college sweetheart Jeanne Edwards in 1988 and has four children, ranging from 24 to 17 years old. He is an active member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and sits on the Board of Directors of Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph Home in Louisville.
Mayor Claude Christensen, Kentucky League of Cities
Claude was appointed to the Sadieville City Commission in October 2005, elected Mayor Pro Tem in January, 2007, and Mayor in February, 2010. He serves on the Executive Board and as the 1st Vice President of the Kentucky League of Cities and is the KLC Representative to the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. In October 2015, he was selected as the KLC Elected City Official of the Year. In 2014 he was appointed by Governor Breshear to the Board of the Directors for the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center. In addition he serves as, Vice President of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Chairman of the Bluegrass Area Development District Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Committee, Vice Chairman of the BGADD Regional Transportation Committee and represents Scott County as a member of the BGADD Water Management Council. Additionally, he is immediate Past President of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Scott County United Board of Directors, as well an active member of several other local civic and governmental organizations. Claude is a retired federal executive having served as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Enterprise Architect for the Peace Corps and in various technical and senior management positions within the Department of the Interior including that of Senior Technical Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. He is also a veteran having served for seven years in the U.S. Air Force. He holds degrees in Geology and Land Use and is a graduate of the Department of the Interior Advanced Management Program. He and his wife Sandra have three grown children and enjoy the rustic country living available in and around Sadieville. His hobbies include cooking, writing, and travel.
Eddie spent 32 years working for Coleman oil, retiring in 2002 after 18 years as their Chief Executive Officer. He has been a part of many Kentucky Oil and Gas Association Boards, and currently sits on the NARO Appa Board.
Pete McDonald, Commonwealth of Kentucky Fleet Management
Pete McDonald spent most of his career on the retail side of the Automotive sales. He worked for 30 years in sales, sales management, and Business Management on the financial side of sales. He has been at Fleet Management, under the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Finance and Administration Cabinet for the last 5+ years. He knows buying vehicles, selling vehicles, maintaining vehicles, and managing people from the very diverse people in the Automotive sales business. He really enjoys working at Fleet Management, its defiantly something new every day, keeping the fleet current, replacing vehicles that are past their time, repairing wrecks, keeping our techs current with all of the new information of newer vehicles, and just the day to day operation of Fleet.
Chris Phillips, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Chris was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from Bryan Station High School in 2001. He went to Berea College and graduated in 2006 with a Business Administration degree (emphasis was Finance). He began working for Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (or LFUCG) in 2008, including as Fleet Liaison maintaining Light and Heavy Duty fleets for Waste Management. Chris now works as Operations Manager overseeing and monitoring routing operations, planning and meeting with dispatch to ensure efficient and effective operations.
Barry Zink, Whayne Power
Barry Zink is the On Highway Business Manager for Whayne Supply Company. Born in Louisville Ky. Barry is a lifelong resident of the area and has 2 sons Tyler and Dylan and has been married to his lovely wife Melissa for almost 20 years. Barry is responsible for the Sale and Product Support of the Thomas Built Buses and Cat Legacy Engines. Whayne Supply Company has been in business for 104 years and has 16 locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Barry also serves on the board for the Kentucky Trucking Association. In his spare time Barry enjoys playing golf with his family and traveling to various vacation spots around the country.
Scott Cody, UPS Airlines Ground Support Equipment
As vice president of UPS Airlines Ground Support Equipment, Scott Cody oversees the maintenance, engineering and acquisition of ground support equipment, as well as environmental compliance. Scott began his career in 1987 as a mechanic in the Wisconsin District and was promoted to a fleet supervisor in 1989. In 1999 accepted a transfer to the North Central Region and was promoted to the Region Automotive Training Manager. In 2002 accepted a transfer to the Illinois district as an Automotive Fleet Manager. In 2004 was promoted to the Illinois District Automotive Manager and in 2006 became the Illinois Area Automotive Manager. In January 2009, accepted additional responsibility at CACH. In 2010 accepted an assignment as the Central Region Automotive Coordinator. In 2013 took a lateral assignment as the West Region Automotive Coordinator. After serving as West Region Automotive Coordinator 2013, took on his current role in March 2014. Scott serves on the board of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition.
Mick Henderson, Commonwealth Agri-Energy
Mick Henderson is the General Manager at Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC, (CAE). Mick is responsible for reporting to their Board of Directors, and in charge of all functions including plant engineering and construction, negotiating vender contracts, hiring and training all personnel including processing, engineering, maintenance, lab, and administration. Additionally he develops and maintains all company policies and programs. CAE is a 33 million gallons per year corn to fuel ethanol plant with 30 employees. Prior to Commonwealth Agri-Energy, Mick had over 20 years of experience at Archer, Daniels, Midland Co., holding various engineering and operations management positions, including 4 years as a Plant Manager at Chattanooga, TN cellulose pulp mill, and 7 years Plant Superintendent at Peoria, IL Ethanol Plant. Mick Graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1981 with his BS in Industrial Technology, and received his MBA from Bradley University in 1989. Mick is Board Chairman for the Renewable Fuels Association, Board President of Middle West TN Clean Fuels Coalition, and is a member of the Christian County / Hopkinsville Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. Mick is married and has 3 lovely daughters.
Mike Rodgers, Owensboro Community and Technical College
Mike Rodgers is an ASE Master Certified Technician, with ASE certifications in Auto Maintenance and Light Repair, Light Vehicle Diesel Engines, Undercar Specialist Exhaust Systems, as an Automobile Service Consultant, and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist. In 1996 Mike graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from USCA. In 1996 he received an Associates in Automotive Technology from PTC, a Leadership Certificate in Higher Education from USC in 2010, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University in 2014. Mike has received the KCTCS New Horizons Administrative Staff Award and SCTEA Educator of the Year Award, and is a member of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. He is currently employed at Owensboro Community and Technical College as the Director of Academic Affairs at the Southeastern Campus, where he is the Principal Investigator of the NSF-ATE grant “Preparing Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels”.
Mayor Edward Girdler – City of Somerset
Mayor Ed Girdler has been Mayor of Somerset for 3 terms. Mayor Girdler is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He serves on the Executive Board of the Kentucky League of Cities. He has served on numerous state and federal committees. Girdler previously worked for the Area Development District and Housing Authority. He operates a natural gas transmission and distribution system as well as a public compressed natural gas station.
Brian Bane – Cummins Crosspoint
Bio coming soon.
Barry Walker, LG&E/KU
Barry Walker is Director, Gas Control and Storage at Louisville Gas and Electric Company. At LG&E Barry is responsible for operation of LG&E’s gas transmission, underground natural gas storage, and high pressure natural gas delivery systems. Facilities under his responsibility include: five underground gas storage reservoirs, three gas compressor stations, gas processing facilities, gas transmission system, city gate stations, Gas Control Center, distribution system gas regulation facilities, and industrial/large commercial metering/regulating facilities. Barry is a graduate of University of Kentucky with Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Barry has been employed at LG&E for over 30 years and has served in various roles within engineering, operations, asset management, and system planning areas. Barry is a member of the American Gas Association Operating Section Managing Committee and serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Gas Association and the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. Barry is a resident of Jefferson County and has been married over 25 years with three daughters. When not working Barry enjoys; weekend farming, wood working, horseback riding, repairing anything, traveling, reading, and fine food.