ABLE is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and experience. Current Board members are:
Jane Chiles — (Board Secretary) 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
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.
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 – Board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Masters in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing. She is the president of the Austin Chapter of ABLE and has attended many of ABLE’s mission trips including Mexico, Bolivia, Ghana, Appalachia and led a trip to Uganda. She has been happily married for more than 20 years and is also the proud mother of four boys, including a set of twins. She also enjoys kayaking and reading.
Rachel Scanlon – Pre-k teacher at Christ the King Elementary. Former English, speech and drama teacher at Lexington Catholic High School. Volunteer with ABLE for five years. Participated in mission trips to Kenya and Jamaica. Coordinates ABLE Youth. Married to Scott, with three children: Madeleine 16, Scott 14, Emily 11 – all ABLE Youth volunteers!
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.
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.
OTHER MEMBERS: Jon Cole, Fr. Gino Donatelli, Fr. Norman Fischer, Tom Rolfes
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
Dr. Ed Todd (Co-Founder) – 1941-2016
Dr. Carol Cottrill – 1937-2017
Colin Powelll (Co-Founder)
Dr. Jamie Jacobs