ABLE is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and experience. Current Board members are:
Scott Scanlon (President) – Regional Vice President, Market Development for Common Spirit Health at Home, a national provider of home care services, Actively involved with ABLE since its inception. Participated in mission trips to Kenya and Jamaica (Mustard Seed). Married to Rachel, with three children: Madeleine 21, Scott 19, Emily 16.
Marilyn Todd (Vice President) –Previously elementary school teacher in Houston, TX. Has served on 10 international ABLE missions, 3 Appalachian work projects as well as local projects. Has served on the Board of Directors of Lexington Catholic High School and on the Christ the King Parish Council. Worked on local Habitat for Humanity builds and on mission trips to India, San Pedro and Gulfport, MS. Her late husband, Dr. Ed Todd, was a co-founder of ABLE. Enjoys reading and travel and spends as much time as possible with her family of 5 children and 14 grandchildren.
Brad Hayes (Treasurer) – married with two college sophomore daughters. I am a CPA with RFH CPAS here in Lexington. I have been with the firm for over 14 years. I have had the privilege of knowing the Scanlon and Hosinksi families for a number of years. My girls attended CKS with Madeline. I have not directly participated with ABLE up to this point except that I have always been happy to donate when the kids are doing fundraising. I look forward to the opportunity be a part of such a positive organization and help ABLE continue into the future.
Megan McCloskey Walker (Secretary) – A lifelong resident of Lexington, KY and a graduate of Lexington Catholic. She attending Georgetown University where she studied Nursing
and obtained her masters in nursing at the University Kentucky. Megan has been employed by Saint Joseph Hospital for 20 years and is the Market Director of Quality and Patient Safety for KentuckyOne Health. Megan currently serves as the President of the Kentucky Association for Hospital Quality.
Personally, Megan has been married to Tom Walker for 16 years. They have two children Grace and Jack Walker. Megan and Grace recently traveled to Jamaica for their first mission trip this summer. Both Grace and Jack serve on ABLE youth. Megan has assisted with ABLE functions since the first “Tables” event at Lexington Catholic. Megan is happy to continue to assist with the ABLE mission as the secretary for the board.
Jane Chiles -Corporate Secretary at eLink Design, Inc., a web design and internet marketing firm in Lexington. She has lengthy experience marketing and communications in the Lexington area. In addition to her service with ABLE, Jane is the Vice-Chair of KYOne Health, a statewide health system. She is the co-founder of the Friedell Committee, a health policy organization that serves as a catalyst for community and health policy change. Married to Larry Chiles, they have 3 adult children and 3 perfect grandchildren (she guarantees the “perfect” part is true.
Charles Denham (ABLE Co-Founder) – Retired Commander, Naval Civil Engineering Corps; B.A. and advanced degree in Civil Engineering from University of Ky.; currently consultant to construction firms; previously owner and/or executive with multiple coal mining and construction companies; general superintendent for interstate highway projects; owner of bridge design and construction company.
Fr. Norman Fischer – Fr. Norman Fischer is dynamic pastor and chaplain serving in the Diocese of Lexington, KY. After attending Mundelein Seminary, he was ordained in the Jubilee Year 2000. He has been pastor of a growing African-American Catholic parish for the past 15 years, St. Peter Claver, in inner-city Lexington. He also serves as full-time chaplain of Lexington Catholic High School, where he helps to deepen the character, faith and spirituality of students through daily accompaniment, prayer and retreats. Fr. Fischer is of African- American & Filipino heritage, and has become a popular speaker around the country, noted for his charismatic style, as well as his artistic and musical talents.
Nicole Frazier – My family and I moved to Lexington 5 ½ years ago. James and I have been married for 18 years and we have 2 children. I am an Occupational Therapist at UKMC and primarily work in the NICU. After meeting Rachel on a field trip, my children joined ABLE youth and participated in several of the service project. I have traveled to Jamaica to the Mustard Seed Community in 2016 with my oldest son and 2018 with my youngest son. I am also planning a trip to the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic in 2019 with both of my sons. I look forward to many more mission trips and service project locally and abroad.
Sarah Hicks – Has been a member of the ABLE Board four and served as Secretary/Treasurer for three years. Holds a BA from the University of Kentucky Employed as a personal assistant to Dr. and Mrs. Edward Todd. Volunteers weekly with the “Academy” – a mentor program with Breckenridge Elementary in conjunction with Southland Christian Church. Volunteers weekly with Southern Hills United Methodist as the Backpack Ministry Assistant Coordinator for Arlington Elementary. Lives in Lexington with her husband, Tim of 30 years.They have 3 children and a darling daughter in law and will be first time grandparents of a baby boy in March. Enjoys golf, walking, reading and gardening and hanging out with her family.
Daphne Hosinkski – I am the daughter of Edward and Marilyn Todd. I am married and have 4 children. I am a Pediatrician in Lexington and have been practicing at Pediatric and Adolescent Associates for 12 years. I have been involved with ABLE for years now but more actively in the past few years. I currently head ABLE Youth and am proud to say we have approximately 50 active youth from CKS and surrounding public and private schools. We are doing monthly service projects with great turnout!
My first ABLE mission trip was one I took with my oldest child to Jamaica with Mustard Seed Communities. It was a wonderful experience and motivated me to lead future trips back to Jamaica. My daughter was also moved by the experience and will attend the ABLE mission trip to the Dominican Republic via Lexington Catholic. The rest of my children are also active in ABLE participating in many projects. I enjoy fostering a desire in my children and others to help those most in need.
Patty Keach – Graduated from Midway College with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She works in occupational health for Premise Health at Toyota. She also serves as a Board member for Bluegrass Families First. She and her husband Michael (Chair of ABLE’s Critical Home Repair Committee) welcomed their first child, Jack Cotton Keach, in August 2017.
Gayle Morris – Former Dell Computer global sales representative. Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing. Mother of three and married to Lee Morris for 20 years. Member of ABLE Austin and actively participates in the senior programs and missions. Recently led a mission team to the Dominican Republic and has been to Mexico, Bolivia and Africa with ABLE.
Erin Newman – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner practicing in Austin, Texas. She is the president of the Texas Chapter of ABLE and has attended many of ABLE’s mission trips including Mexico, Bolivia, Ghana, Appalachia, Uganda, Kenya, and Navajo Indian reservation. She has been married for over 25 years and is also mother of four boys.
Tom Rolfes, PhD
Rachel Scanlon – Service and Career Quest Coordinator at Lexington Catholic High School. Former Pre-K teacher at Christ the King Elementary. ABLE Volunteer since 2011. Participated in ABLE mission trips to Kenya and the Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston, Jamaica; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and the Dominican Republic. Married to Scott Scanlon with three children.
Brian Smith – Partner in Versa Tech Automation, a design & build industrial engineering firm. Brian has been involved as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Lexington, KY for many years, and raising money for the Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund which is now building a house in Lexington every year from the proceeds. He has traveled on many international mission trips and even a disaster response trip to Sri Lanka after the 2001 earthquake/tsunami in the region. He is married with two active elementary school children.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Christian Cole – Student at the University of Kentucky. Founder of Mission Mowing – a lawn care service that dedicates a portion of revenue to mission projects; sponsors the education of more than 20 students in Haiti; has served on three ABLE mission trips to Haiti, providing primary leadership in the most recent. Christian was first elected to the Board at the age of 16.
Tom Handy (ABLE Co-Founder) — Resides in London, Ky with his wife, Bonnie, of 42 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. After graduating from Centre College in 1966 and U of Kentucky Law School in 1969, he started a law practice in London and was elected to five terms of service as Commonwealth’s Attorney, 27th Judicial Circuit. He has been active in various tourism businesses and continues to serve as chairman of London-Laurel Tourism Board since 1979. Since retirement from Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2003 he has served in a variety of volunteer positions in State and local organizations. He is a co-founder of ABLE. Enjoyment is found with family and service to others.
HONORED FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Ed Todd, MD (Co-Founder) – 1941-2016
Carol Cottrill, MD – 1937-2017
Colin Powelll (Co-Founder)
Jamie Jacobs, MD