Community Innovation Lab Fellows

2016 - 2017 Class


Angela Baldridge - Executive Director, Plantory

Angela has served as the Executive Director for the Plantory since 2012. She graduated from Transylvania University in 2004, and completed the coursework for a Master's in Visual Communication at Syracuse University in 2006. Angela's broad professional experiences inform her work including, university teaching, managing family and youth programs, video production, and international photography. At the Plantory, Angela coordinates a community center which serves 71 growing organizations and over 1,000 community collaborators monthly. Angela's work is focused primarily on building community equity and developing sustainability in the nonprofit sector in Lexington, KY.


Diana Doggett - Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, Fayette County

Diana is currently the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent in Fayette County. She has worked with several government, business and volunteer groups to set goals, plan and implement local and statewide health, parenting and financial programs. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky. Diana's personal experiences and her willingness to adapt and change enhance her ability to continually help families. She is a graduate of several Kentucky leadership programs and has served in several key leadership positions including President of the Kentucky Extension Association of Family & Consumer Science Association. Most recently, she was named a Bluegrass Community Connector by the United Way Foundation.


Linda McClanahan - Agriculture & Natural Resource Extension Agent, Mercer County

Linda is a 2007 University of Kentucky graduate with an MS degree in Crop Science and a 2005 Berea College Graduate with a BS degree in Agriculture & Natural Resources. She has served as the Mercer County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources since 2007 with educational programs in all major commodity areas being grown in the county and major focus on agricultural awareness.


Ray Tackett - Horticulture Extension Agent, Bourbon County

Ray Tackett is a Horticulture Extension Agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.  He holds a master’s degree in community and leadership development and an undergraduate degree in agriculture and natural resources.  When not working on educational outreach projects with local communities Ray can probably be found outdoors somewhere playing in the dirt.


Richard Young - Community Development Specialist

Richard Young is an artist and community and organizational development practitioner. He co-founded Lexington's first neighborhood-specific community development corporation, the North Limestone CDC, and led it as a staff member for 3 years. Richard also ran several arts-oriented non-profit organizations in Lexington and Cincinnati and has a degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Double Bass Performance. In 2016, he was named an Emerging City Champion by the John S and James L Knight Foundation and was a winner of the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge. He is a strong believer in the power that artistic thinking and process can bring to community and organizational development.


2016-2017 Graduate Student Fellows

Shannon White - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. Community & Leadership Development

Miss White isa recent graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada from the Department of Recreation Management.  Currently pursuing a M.S. at The University of Kentucky in the Department of Community and Leadership Development, she hopes to explore the relationship between adapted physical activity programs for wounded veterans and the sense of community the develops between participants.


Jamie Yunker - Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. Community & Leadership Development

Miss Yunker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture Food and Environment with a B.S in Community and Leadership Development. She is currently a Graduate Student pursuing a M.S in Community and Leadership Development. Her Graduate research focuses on Community-Based Tourism that occurs in Lexington, KY. She coordinates the lab communications and assists in development of new program ideas.

2015 - 2016 Graduate

John C. Hill - Academic Coordinator, Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky

Mr. Hill is the architect of the innovative "Drumming Away Drugs" program. As a drug court recovery coordinator, John designed the program to explore evidence-based practices, providing drug offenders the opportunity to enhance their emotional intelligence, learn effective coping skills and establish social solidarity through the context of drumming.  John has a strong professional background in social services and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. He hold additional degrees in the following:

  • M.S. - Community & Leadership Development, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. - Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S. - Secondary Education - Social Studies, Ball State University.