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Board of Directors

Michael Smith

Michael Smith retired from the University of Kentucky after 15 years, having served as Executive Director of the university’s academic and enrichment programs for older adults (the Donovans and the OLLI), Assistant Dean for Evaluation and Planning in the College of Public Health, Associate Director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Management. He has volunteered as a Board member and officer on non-profit boards, focusing on organizations dealing with aging and health.
Mike worked as a senior administrator of hospitals for 19 years, before coming to Kentucky as Executive Director the Alzheimer’s Association for Central and Eastern Kentucky (1999-2001). He has an M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration) from Indiana University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. In faculty appointments at Xavier University, University of Notre Dame, and East Tennessee State University he taught in areas of bioethics, humanities, and human resource management.

Sal Nalli

Sal and his wife Catherine have five children and thirteen grandchildren. He is a member of Christ the King Cathedral and attended Temple University. Before he retired, he worked for IBM Corporation and Lexmark International in senior management. In his free time, he enjoys sports and sports memorabilia from baseball and football to basketball and golf. In addition to his work with ITN, he spends time volunteering with church and civic opportunities.

Helen Kientz - Board Member
Helen Kientz

Helen is originally from the NJ/NY/Long Island area and is a graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School, New York.  A past president of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Lexington, KY,  Newcomers' Clubs, she is also a graduate of the Lexington Citizens' Police Academy.  Her career path included volunteering as an officer of PTAs in the schools her daughter attended in Colorado and New Jersey, supervising Girl Scouts, and working as a Kelly Girl, at several Presbyterian churches, and in legal and medical offices.  Helen retired as the office manager of the Lexington office of the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  She has volunteered and been employed by the Alzheimer's Association for the past eighteen years in various capacities including development, volunteer coordinating, event planning, and serving on the Board of Directors after retirement.  She continues her volunteering at the Association working in the Lexington office and serving on the Walk to End Alzheimer's committee (2015 will be her 17th Walk) and also is a volunteer driver for ITN. 

Having worked with senior citizens for the past eighteen years, she has learned that one of the most dire needs for seniors to remain independent is transportation.  ITN can fulfill that need if more people are aware of its existence.  She is promoting ITN wherever and whenever she can!

Bill McKinney - Board Member
Bill McKinney
Board Member

Bill McKinney is a retired Air Force colonel, having spent over 29 years in service to his country.  During his career, he primarily served in operational roles, flying and instructing in the C-141 aircraft. He also worked in acquisition, budgeting, and planning and programming. He commanded at the detachment, squadron, and group levels. Bill’s last assignment was at the University of Kentucky as the Professor of Aerospace Studies, the leader of the Air Force ROTC programs for the University as well as Georgetown College, Transylvania, Asbury, Centre, Kentucky State, and Eastern Kentucky University.

Following his Air Force retirement, Bill worked briefly for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government before being invited to move to his church, Southern Hills UMC, as its business administrator. He served in that role for over 7 years before retiring again to have more time to travel to see his children and grandchildren. He continues to assist his church as an usher and greeter.

Bill is further involved in his community as a volunteer for and board member of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, as treasurer for the state and local chapters of the Air Force Association, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. This summer he will help build his 14th Habitat home in Lexington.

Bill was asked to become associated with ITN by a fellow AFA member, Joe Jarboe, in the fall of 2014.  After researching the organization and meeting the director, he enthusiastically joined in.  He is a recent board addition and also one of the volunteer drivers.

Cyndi Allen
Board Member

Cyndi Allen is a native Lexingtonian, and even with that distinction she still uses GPS to find many ITN clients.
She has two grown children, a son who is currently in college in FLA and a daughter in Chicago in grad school. When her children left home Cyndi found she had extra time on her hands and wanted to help seniors in Lexington and ITN was a great fit. She has met many interesting people while driving and loves to hear the stories they tell. Most clients are walking history books with a wealth of knowledge to share.
She is involved in her neighborhood association, where she has been active for over twenty years and is currently Vice President. She drives twice a month for Meals on Wheels and serves Baptist Hospital Foundation, Volunteers of America Advisory Board, and the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She has served on the board of High Street Neighborhood Association.

Bennett Clark, J.D.
Board Member
Jim Drahovzal
Jim Drahovzal
Board Member

Jim Drahovzal has been an ITNBluegrass volunteer driver since mid-2014 when he heard about us via Second Presbyterian Church where he is an elder and serves on the mission committee. He was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA, and has a PhD in Geology from the University of Iowa. He spent the first 10 years of his career in the oil and gas industry and the last 20 years at the KY Geological Survey, which is part of UK. Now retired, Jim does geologic consulting work, including work on CO2 sequestration.

Jim and his wife Becky have been married for 52 years. They have three children: Rob, a restauranteur in ND; Elizabeth, who lives in Lexington; and Sarah, a wildlife biologist in Bangor, ME. They also have five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, travel, hike and study rocks.

Joe Jarboe, ITN Bluegrass senior transportation, Board Acting Chair
Joe Jarboe
Board Member

Joe Jarboe's diverse work experience and community involvement make him the perfect fit for the ITNBluegrass™ board! Before he retired, Joe was a weapon systems cost analyst and a general contractor (home building) in Scott County. Prior to civilian life, Joe served for over 26.5 years as an officer in the United States Air Force. During his military career, he logged over 5,000 flight hours, served on the faculty of the Air Force Academy, was the Air Attache in the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and obtained the rank of colonel.

Joe has been very involved in the community, serving as a Commissioner of the Kentucky Airport Zoning Commission, president of St. John School Committee, and board member of the Kentucky League for Education Alternatives.

He became interested in ITNBluegrass™ at a Macular Degeneration Support Sight meeting that he attended with his wife, Chandra. He believes that ITN is worthwhile "because it provides a much needed service to the community. And at the same time it is timely, dignified, respectful, and 24/7." From helping with mailings to past volunteer driving on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Joe's commitment to the future of ITNBluegrass™ is obvious.

Amber Lakin - Board Member
Amber Lakin
Board Member

Amber Lakin has been a community relations and marketing professional since 2001. Amber has a passion for working with the aging population and helping the underserved. Her current employment is at Morning Pointe Senior Living where she is the Community Relations Director for two communities. Her past experience includes Community Relations & Fundraising Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association Lexington office and Sales & Marketing for Limestone Crossing by the University of Kentucky.
Amber graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000 with her Bachelor’s degree. She has also received a certificate in Volunteer Management Training from the United Way Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Louisville. In addition, Amber has been involved in several organizations benefiting the older adult population in Lexington including the Elder Abuse Prevention Council where she helped plan their first annual conference as well as volunteering for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s where she led the largest fundraising team for 2014.
Amber was previously on the board of Faith In Action where she helped plan several fundraisers including a dinner & auction and helped organize their annual giving campaign. Amber just finished planning and implementing the 2nd Morning Light 5k for Alzheimer’s and is looking for new ways to better the lives of seniors in Lexington.

Scott Pitts
Board Member

Scott Pitts grew up in Frankfort, where his father was a high school teacher and basketball coach at Frankfort High School. His grandfather ran a milling company there for over 50 years. Scott graduated from the University of Kentucky with a finance degree and worked in the financial service industry in Lexington for thirty-two years.
Currently, he is the Vice President of Wealth Management at BB&T. He and his wife Melissa have been married for thirty-one years. His son is a freshman at UK.
Scott values the importance of accessible transportation for seniors and the visually impaired because his mother and many of his other family members have struggled with macular degeneration and similar eye issues.

Kathleen Richardson, ITN Bluegrass senior transportation, Board Member
Kathleen Richardson
Board Member

Kathleen Richardson has been a librarian at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (formerly Lexington Community College) since 1989 and has nearly 30 years of experience in libraries. She credits her first library science course--an outstanding cataloging class with Liz Bishoff at Rosary College's Graduate School for Library and Information Science-- for sparking her interest in technical services.

Kathleen currently serves on the board of the Lexington Chamber Chorale. The experiences of family and friends struggling to make arrangements for reliable transportation for frail or visually-impaired family members, as well as her own experience as an ITNBluegrass volunteer driver, have impressed upon her the significance of ITNBluegrass' activities for many more people than simply the riders.