Laura Dake has been Executive Director of ITNBluegrass since October 2011 and before that, was Deputy Director from July 2007. She initially became involved with ITNBluegrass in late 2006 when it was still just a great idea, working as a grant writer and fundraiser. She is so pleased to have witnessed the very first ride on July 22, 2008, and to still be around to celebrate the 50,000th ride, which will be delivered sometime in late 2015! The best part, though, is hearing riders tell their stories and how much ITNBluegrass has come to mean to them. Besides meeting the riders, Laura particularly enjoys writing, planning events and speaking to groups about the possibilities for improving quality of life for older adults in Central Kentucky.
In addition to her work with ITNBluegrass, Laura is a contract trainer with Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Workforce Solutions office, where she has developed and taught courses for Toyota, Sekisui, Corning, Link-Belt, Neogen Corporation and Kentucky Utilities, among many others. She has more than two decades of training facilitation and course development experience in both corporate and educational settings and specializes in courses on leadership development, verbal and written communication and customer service. She loves helping individuals improve their abilities to work effectively within their organizations.
Laura is both AchieveGlobal and DDI-certified and holds advanced degrees from the University of Michigan and George Mason University. She lives in Versailles with her husband, three children, three dogs and two outdoor cats.