Our Leadership | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Our Leadership

Across Kentucky, in statewide and local campaigns, hundreds of KFTC leaders are deeply engaged and actively leading others. These leaders grow through skills training, mentoring, exchange with other groups and on-the-job practice.

Member leaders also govern our organization. Each chapter chooses a representative and alternate to the statewide Steering Committee. Members also serve on statewide issue committees such as Land Reform, Economic Justice, and New Energy & Transition, as well as governance committees like Personnel, Leadership Development and Finance. Many engage as New Power Leaders.

Statewide Officers

Tiff Duncan

At-Large Representative

Tiff has served on the Steering Committee for the last three years, representing the Central Kentucky chapter. She participated in the 2019 KFTC Organizing Academy cohort, helping to expand and deepen KFTC’s collective understanding of accessibility through Disability Justice workshops, and currently serves on the Interest-Based Bargaining Team. Relationship building is her favorite organizing strategy, and she believes that transformation happens when people exist in supportive environments where they can challenge dominant cultural narratives.  

Cassia Herron

Chairperson

Cassia is a native of Richmond, Kentucky and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and advocate with more than 10 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville. Cassia is a member of KFTC, Community Farm Alliance and works with New Roots as the farmer liaison with the Smoketown Fresh Stop market. As a budding entrepreneur, Cassia has a growing interest in renewable energy and sustainable development and has professional expertise in community engagement, grant-writing, policy development and strategic planning. She provided consistent and sustained leadership to the Empower Kentucky campaign, and she’s provided leadership in KFTC’s work for collective liberation and inclusivity in the Steering Committee and through her work with the Executive Committee. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Meta Mendel-Reyes

Immediate Past Chairperson

Meta is a professor of Peace and Social Justice Studies at Berea College. After graduating from college in her home state of California, she spent 15 years as a labor organizer, including four years with migrant farm workers. Meta is the author of Reclaiming Democracy: The Sixties in Politics and Memory (New York: Routledge, 1995). She has lived in Kentucky since 2000. “Limbo” is her first creative nonfiction essay. She was KFTC Chairperson for two years, 2017-2019 and has served in numerous other KFTC leadership positions.

Alan Smith

Vice-Chairperson

Alan Smith is an active member of the Southern Kentucky Chapter and has been dedicated to the chapter since he began to get involved right around the time the chapter was founded. Alan has served on the Economic Justice Committee and Voter Empowerment Strategy Team, and has served on the Steering Committee for three years and the Kentucky Coalition Board for one year. He’s continued to support statewide issues by participating in events like A Seat at the Table and Hear Our Health. Locally, he was active on voter empowerment strategy and voter registration efforts, fundraising and at-home lobby meetings – right up until his wife Jeannie ran a phenomenal campaign for state senate this past fall, when he had to pivot for a bit! Alan is now supporting KFTC’s collaboration with the Poor People’s Campaign. Alan has provided consistent, insightful and reliable leadership to KFTC for many years.

Rebecca Tucker

Secretary-Treasurer

Rebecca Tucker is truly a life-long member of KFTC. She served as the Madison County Steering Committee Representative until her election as secretary-treasurer after serving a year as the chapter’s alternate. She’s a valued leader, always asking quality questions and moving the work forward. Rebecca serves on KFTC’s Economic Justice Committee and Leadership Development Committee, and is a valued and active participant on both. She also is an active supporter of local work, helping to plan chapter fundraisers, guiding and participating in local Democracy Team and issue work, and supporting Madison County’s interns and student workers.

Chapter Representatives

Megan Adkins

Southern Kentucky Representative

Amelia Cloud

Rolling Bluegrass Representative

Courtney Kearney

Jefferson County Representative

Alvin Madden-Grider

Rowan County Representative

Alvin, at 9 years old, accompanied his mom to the Jefferson County polls, leafleting voters in support of new school taxes to improve education for students with learning disabilities. As teachers, writers, journalists and parents, Alvin and his spouse/partner Fannie have advocated and organized for civil rights, education, prisoner rights, First Amendment freedoms, environmental protection and voter rights for 40 years. Alvin taught writing and journalism at Morehead State, Shawnee State and Ohio’s maximumsecurity prison in Lucasville. Alvin and Fannie are members of the Rowan County chapter. They organize for health care, pension reform, immigration and voter rights. Alvin’s family roots are in Appalachia, where he has lived since 1974. He has two grown children, a son and daughter, and a grandson living in Morehead.

David Miller

Cumberland Chapter Representative

Luke Morgan

Central Kentucky Representative

Tiffany Pyette

Big Sandy Representative

Paul Schwartz

Northern Kentucky Representative

Shannon Scott

Wilderness Trace Chapter Representative

Shannon lives in Danville and has been a KFTC member since 2016. She recently completed the KFTC Organizing Academy and is an active member of the New Energy and Transition (NET) and the Leadership Development committees. She is looking forward to a day when Kentucky embraces renewable energy and fully funds public education.

John Wade

Madison County Chapter Representative

Alternates

Johnalma Barnette

Southern Kentucky Co-Alternate

Roberta Campbell

Northern Kentucky Alternate

Kathy Curtis

Big Sandy Alternate

Venus Evans

Cumberland Alternate

Rosanne Klarer

Rolling Bluegrass Alternate



Alayna Milby

Southern Kentucky Co-Alternate

Joe Myers

Wilderness Trace Alternate

Cordia Pickerill

Jefferson County Alternate

Angela Rowe

Rowan County Alternate

Kelly Smith

Madison County Alternate

Associate Chapters

Shelby County: Lynne Anderson and Joy Fitzgerald

Western Kentucky: Jim Gearheart