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Alumni Spotlight - Catrena Bowman (January 2018)

This months Member Spotlight focuses on proud anodized titanium card carrying Lifetime Member of the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association, Catrena Bowman. Originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, an academic scholarship to the University of Kentucky (she has beauty and brains) brought her to Lexington in the 1990s and she has been here ever since. Catrena is the Director of Community Services at Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties. The Community Action Council is an economic development organization that works with families to help them move through the continuum of self-sufficiency by providing outstanding child development services at their Prep Academies, offering safety net services to prevent homelessness and work with families to find gainful employment by providing short-term certified training. Catrena is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lexington. As the case with many alumni, she greatly enjoyed the experience noting that it "exposed me to facets of Lexington that I never knew existed or had not taken the time to fully explore.....I enjoyed making new friends and meeting new people that work in other industries." Highlights of her year included 1) visiting Keeneland and watching the horses work out early in the morning and 2) "Diversity and Inclusion Day" as "we were able to talk about race and equality in our country and be vulnerable to talk through our own biases and to hear and see the perspective of others". As anyone who knows Catrena can attest to, she has a passion for fashion. She even hosts a radio show on Lexington Community Radio called "Inspired Fashion" in which "we inspire women and men to look and feel their very best!" You can find her on Facebook at Inspired Fashion, on Instagram @inspiredfashn40 and on Snapchat as inspiredfashn. She frequently post videos on her shopping experiences and tips for finding great deals. If you have any fashion questions (Are socks with sandals finally back in?), do not hesitate to contact her. Catrena has many passions, but raising her three children (22, 19 and 16) is her biggest priority. Now that they are getting older, she has more opportunities to enjoy Lexington's vibrant nightlife. She enjoys jazz at Creaux and Thursday Night Live during the Summer. If you see Catrena, tell her hello (but don't ask to see her Lifetime Member card)! She may even give you a little free fashion advice - not that you need it.

By Adam Meyer at

Alumni Spotlight - Chase Hall (February 2018)

I am pleased to introduce you to the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association’s newest lifetime member, Chase Hall. Chase proudly hails from Dayton, Ohio. A motivation to experience life outside of Ohio led to an undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University (pretentiously referred to as “SLU”). After graduating from “SLU” he could not bear the thought of eating any more of that deplorable Imo’s “pizza” and took his talents south, where he earned graduate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His Master’s in Health Administration led him to the Administrative Fellowship program at UK HealthCare. He has been in Lexington ever since. While he loves Lexington, you will find him in Columbus most Saturdays in the fall as he is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Chase was a part of what many believe to be Leadership Lexington’s most accomplished class ever, the 2015-2016 class. Chase found the Leadership Lexington program to provide a raw appreciation for the livability and future of the city, and he was grateful to participate in that experience. He particularly enjoyed the Small Business, Equestrian and Arts & Quality of Life days. Chase notes “For any emerging leaders, it is worth a serious look as it provides a nice pathway for connecting with leaders from various industries, and forming new friendships!” Chase currently serves on the leadership team at Baptist Health Lexington as the Executive Director – Bariatrics, Gastroenterology & Respiratory. His primary responsibility is the development of Baptist’s new Digestive Health (GI & Bariatric) and Respiratory programs. “Baptist is focused on being the provider of choice for the healthcare services that we offer, and I play a role in organizing a network of health professionals to provide high quality convenient care. Having worked at Baptist Health Lexington for the last six years, I can easily say that it is the best place I have ever worked. We have great people, a great culture, and great leadership.” As if being a high powered hospital executive is not enough, he also finds time to serve on The Children’s Charity of the Bluegrass board. With great company partners and community leaders this organization donates over $350,000 annually toward children advocacy initiatives that benefit Central Kentucky. Additionally, he recently had the chance to get involved with UK’s Master of Health Administration program. Chase notes that “Healthcare is evolving, so it has been nice to see how up-and-coming healthcare leaders view current and future healthcare challenges.” When Chase is not working or serving the community, you are likely to find him at West 6th or Kentucky Native Café with his dog, Watson. Next time you see Chase, tell him hello!

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