Ashland Alliance

President’s Report – Aug. 25, 2017

Season of Change

As summer fades to fall, the Alliance prepares for the changes that are coming. It has been a busy week here. We have finalized the Community Leadership Development roster. Thirty-eight professionals are starting their professional development and knowledge of Ashland and the region.

We have had over 2000 people in the leadership program and, odds are, someone in your organization is one of them. That person has a better understanding of what makes this a great place to live and work.

I mentioned that the season is changing. With this change comes a thought of what is to come. We are now accepting registration for the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade. This is the largest Christmas Parade in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! Last year we had over 3,700 people in the parade. This parade is well over 60 years old! 

Winter Wonderland has been hosting this event for 22 years. There have been years when we wore short sleeve tee shirts working the event and others where there were bits and pieces of snow in the air. It won’t be long before we are thinking about what comes next. Speaking of what is next….On Tuesday, August 29 we are partnering with Ashland in Motion to celebrate the Booker T. Washington Mural Ribbon cutting. The event will be held at the Ashland Train Depot (99 15th Street) at 5:30 p.m. This will be a great event and we look forward to seeing everyone.

It is also time to think about the Ashland Alliance fall golf outing at Diamond Links Golf Club. The scramble, benefiting the Ashland Alliance, is being held on September 29 and is always a great time. I'd love to see everyone come out and enjoy the fall weather in Kentucky.

Lots of great thing going on in our area. Let’s get out there and enjoy it… before summer slips away to fall.

—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO



The theme for the 2017 CLD Program is “Empowering Future Leaders Through Community Involvement”. The Alliance is proud to announce the class of 2017:

  • Rob Axtell, Windstream Communications
  • Sandi Arnold, Insurance Solutions of KY, Inc.
  • Erica Austin, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
  • Brittany Barker, Bellefonte Country Club
  • Tiffany Black, Members Choice Credit Union
  • Nick Blankenship, Town Square Bank
  • Bill Bottoms, Pathways
  • Jamie Campbell, Ashland Independent Schools
  • Susan Campbell, Boyd County Fiscal Court
  • Tina Canter, Ohio University Southern
  • Mitch Castle, King’s Daughters Medical Center
  • Erik Clark, Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby PSC
  • Beth Clark, Safe Harbor
  • Ashley Fletcher, The Daily Independent
  • Stefanie Gilbert, Kentucky Farmers Bank
  • Michelle Goodman, Ashland Community & Technical College
  • Autumn Hammer, Boyd County Public Library
  • Katie Holbrook, Ashland Independent Schools
  • Journey Jordan, Kentucky Farmers Bank
  • Ashley Livingood, Kentucky Power
  • Josh Mallonee, Marathon Petroleum
  • Matt McAlister, Ashland Fire Department
  • Shelly McComas, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
  • Oliva Miller, Town Square Bank
  • Scott Murphy Ramey-Estep Homes
  • Levi Odell, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
  • Anne Parrott
  • Alyssa Ramey - Coleman, Peoples Bank
  • Jenna Ramey, Members Choice Credit Union
  • Sue Retzlaff, King’s Daughters Medical Center
  • Rick Ritchason, River Cities Harvest
  • Becky Romine, King’s Daughters Medical Center
  • Rob Simpson, Ashland Police Department
  • Jess Spears, City National Bank
  • Missy Stone, Marathon Petroleum Marine Division
  • Shawn Thornbury, Ashland Independent Schools
  • Megan Tilley, King’s Daughters Medical Center
  • Reid Vaccari, Marathon Petroleum
  • Denver Wells, B & B Care Services.

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