BOARD OF DIRECTORS
president, martin luther king neighborhood association
Justin is an ethnomusicologist and music educator from Berea, Kentucky. Balcor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Percussion) from Berea College, a Master of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master of Arts in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. He studies West African drumming, Zimbabwean Mbira, Russian popular music, rock music, and Georgian folk music. Balcor is highly active in music in Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding area, working as the director music ensembles such as the Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ Children’s Choir and SambaLEX, as well as performing with various music groups in the area.
PRICE BELL JR.
Price Bell Jr. is a full service bloodstock agent with Nicoma Bloodstock. Price has worked in all facets of the Thoroughbred business, and brings enthusiasm and passion to Nicoma. Having recently completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University, Price compliments his horsemanship with an academic perspective. He is on the Board of the Fayette Alliance and a partner in Frontier Highway.
1st District Councilperson (Exofficio, non-voting)
The Councilperson for Lexington's 1st District, James is a native of Lexington, KY, a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. James’ previous employment include stints at Lexmark and GTE, before beginning a career in the automotive industry, working for 13 years at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, KY. After that, James made a career change becoming a full-time Real Estate Professional, selling both residential and commercial property for United Real Estate. James is extremely passionate about service to neighborhoods and the local school system. For the past 5 years he served as the President of the Radcliffe – Marlboro Neighborhood Association. He also serves as the 1st Vice President of the 16th District PTA, and has participated in multiple community leadership programs, such as: Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Central Kentucky (2011), BCTC’s Citizens’ Leadership Academy (2012), LEADS Committee Member (LBAR), served on the Partners for Youth Grassroots Grant Application Review Committee and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Lexington Visitors Center.
Bill Chandler is a local community activist with a passion for theater. A resident of the North End of Lexington, Bill has contributed a lot to the neighborhood and previously worked for local artist, Black Eames.
Brandy grew up in Lexington, and works at the Commonwealth’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Prior to her current work, Brandy was a teacher in the Fayette County School System. These experiences have given Brandy first hand knowledge of the challenges people in poverty are facing daily. Brandy is an active member and a leader at Total Grace Baptist Church on North Limestone.
board chair & president, north limestone neighborhood association
Kim is a Harvard Law School Graduate who is passionate about public defense and social justice issues. She has served as
the North Limestone Neighborhood Association President for over 1 year and has been the Assistant Public Defender for the Department of Public Advocacy since August 2010.
president, castlewood neighborhood association
Jodie Koch has been a resident of the North Lexington area since 2006 when she and her husband, Ryan, moved in the the
Castlewood neighborhood. She immediately fell in love with the neighborhood and as a soon to be mother at the time,
was thrilled about raising children in this community. Present day-her children, Asher and Dee Dee, both attend Arlington
Elementary and for three years, Jodie served on the Advisory Council for Arlington’s Family Resource Center. Recently, Jodie has taken on the role of Castlewood Neighborhood Association President and looks forward to expanding opportunities for neighbors in the area to connect with, serve, and gain an even greater appreciation for this community. Professionally, Jodie completed the Master of Social Work program at the University of Kentucky in May 2016 and is a clinician at the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children. Jodie enjoys taking pictures with Boomerang, running at 5:30am, and listening to Chuck Mangione on vinyl.
Shirrod Le’Det is the Chief Operations Officer at Total Grace Church on North Limestone in Lexington, KY. He received his B.S from Sullivan University and is pursuing an Executive MBA from Strayer University- the Jack Welch Management Institute Program. His professional career began at FedEx Ground in Lexington, KY followed by a fifteen-year career as a supervisor and engineer.
A community activist and social worker, Josh is the co-founder and director of On The Move Art Studio. an instructor at the UK College of Social Work, and a social worker at Connie Griffith-Ballard Towers. Josh was raised by a single mother in the projects and fought hard to overcome significant adversities throughout his childhood. He walked-on to the UK Track and Field Team and eventually earned a full scholarship and became one of the top milers in the SEC, receiving several honors such as the UK Sullivan Medallion Award and the John Wooden Citizen Cup Award (finalist). After earning a master’s degree in social work, Josh worked at the domestic violence shelter GreenHouse17 and has been involved in and led many community initiatives including #BringUsHome, Josh’s Run to Frankfort, and the 24 Hour Homeless Challenge. Josh also serves on the board for DodgeLex and recently received the 2016 Lexington Leadership Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Travis has been a resident of the Northside/East End since 2004 and is the President of the MLK Neighborhood Association. Professionally, he is the Assistant Director of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. He is also the, "Chief Chickened," for C.L.U.C.K (Cooperative Lexington Urban Chicken Keepers), the local backyard chicken support group.
GRIFFIN VAN METER
Griffin VanMeter has lived in the North Limestone Neighborhood for the past decade. He has served as the Vice President of the North Limestone Neighborhood Association, and lives with his wife and two children in their bungalow on North Limestone. He is partner in several companies in Lexington, including Bullhorn Creative, Kentucky for Kentucky, Stella's Deli, and Frontier Highway.