President – Christine Smith, Zenith Motors
Christine Smith is the 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.
Vice 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, traveling 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.
Secretary – Mark Cahill, Bluegrass International Trucks, Buses, RV’s, and Idealease, Inc
Mark Cahill is the Bus Sales Manager for Bluegrass International Trucks, Buses, RV’s, and Idealease, Inc. He is responsible for IC Bus (International) school and commercial bus sales in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Cahill has been working with Kentucky school districts in this capacity since 2002. Prior to that, he prepared AmTran and International school bus bids for schools in Ohio. He has been in the school bus industry since May of 1993.
Cahill was born and raised in Kenton County in Northern Kentucky and has resided in Boone County for the last 23 years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking, and sometimes golfing when time allows, as well as spending time with his wife, three children and his three grandchildren!
Mark Cahill has experienced many changes in the school bus industry, including green diesel and hybrid electric school buses, to name a couple. He looks forward to staying informed about current and upcoming vehicle technology as the transition is made to cleaner and greener fleets and products.
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.
2018 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.
Carrie Butler, Lextran
Carrie Butler developed her passion for public transportation during her fellowship from Florida Department of Transportation where she worked for Miami-Dade Transit and Star Metro in Tallahassee. She is a highly motivated, energetic transit professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of transportation and urban planning. Her broad base of experience in the transit industry ranges from day-to-day management, service planning and scheduling, marketing to long term regional planning, including preliminary New Starts projects.
She currently serves as the General Manager of Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky where she oversees all aspects of the organization, which provides nearly five million passenger trips annually with a fleet of 65 vehicles. Previously, at the Transit Authority of River City, she managed the Department of Planning and Scheduling. At TranSystems, her project focus was on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning along with a range of transit and urban design plans for transit agencies, local, state and federal projects. She has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bellarmine University.
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 is Immediate Past President of the Kentucky League of Cities represents KLC of the KCFC Board. In October 2015, he was selected as the KLC Elected City Official of the Year.
He was appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to the Board of the Directors for the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, where he currently serves as Board Chairman, and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Board of Directors. He also serves and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Bluegrass Tomorrow and Vice Chairman of the BGADD Regional Transportation Committee. He is a 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, woodworking, music, and travel.
Laura Knoth, Kentucky Corn Growers and Small Grain Growers Associations
Laura M. Knoth serves as the executive director for the Kentucky Corn Growers and Kentucky Small Grain Growers Associations, where she works with grower leaders to provide promotion, marketing, education, grassroots and membership programs for more than 2,000 grain farmers across the Commonwealth.
Prior to accepting her current position, Knoth served the Kentucky Farm Bureau for 18 years, most recently as director of the Public Affairs Division. In this position, she supervised Kentucky Farm Bureau’s public affairs activities, including state and national lobbying, policy development programs, political education, natural resources, local affairs and commodity activities.
She also served as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s director of natural and environmental resources and as an area program director, working with county Farm Bureaus in 12 Western Kentucky counties to coordinate member service and policy implementation programs.
Ms. Knoth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture with an emphasis in natural resources and environmental economics. She worked as an environmental consultant with private industry before joining Kentucky Farm Bureau.
Sam Hunt, Waste Management
Sam Hunt has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental field services and more than 14 years in the fleet maintenance field. Sam’s business focus is developing future leaders in the fleet maintenance field and continuously improving customer experience by providing more safe and reliable equipment. Sam is currently the Senior District Fleet Manager for the state of Kentucky and has previously held roles in AL and AR locations as interim Maintenance Supervisor and Fleet Manager.
Past positions held at Waste Management include:
- Maintenance Supervisor – KY – 2012-2014
- Lead technician – KY – 2008-2012
Positions held prior to Waste Management include:
- Shift lead mechanic – American Commercial Lines – Louisville, KY – 2003-2008
- Community Involvement
- Pre-K Assistant Soccer Coach, St. Edwards Catholic Community, 2014-present
Sam has an Automotive/Diesel Technology degree from Nashville Auto-Diesel College. Sam was born and raised in Kentucky and currently resides in Taylorsville, KY. Sam lives in Taylorsville with his wife, their 6-year old daughter, and 2-year old son.
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.
Ruben Aradas, UPS
Bio coming soon.
Michelle King, Louisville Metro Government – Air Pollution Control District
Bio coming soon.
Don Hayden, M & M Cartage
Bio coming soon.
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
Brian is the Operations Vice President for the Ohio Valley Area with Cummins Inc. based out of the Louisville Sales office. He has been with the Cummins distribution business for the past 27 years holding various positions in management, sales and customer support. Brian has been involved with the Louisville area transportation industry for over 30 years and a member of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition for the past 11 years. He is also a member of the Kentucky Trucking Association board of directors. In his current role with Cummins Inc. he is responsible for the operational aspects of 6 Cummins Branch operations with various markets, on-highway, mining, marine and power generation. A native of southern Indiana, Brian has been blessed with a wonderful wife of 32 years, 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys golfing and beach vacations with family and friends.
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.