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Staff

Laura Dake Executive Director ITN Bluegrass - Senior Transportation
Laura Dake
Executive Director

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. 

Nolan Pacheco
Ride Coordinator

Nolan was born in Chicago but has lived in Lexington for most of his life. He majored in Creative Writing in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a B.A. in International Studies. He studied East and South Asia, taking language courses in Japanese and Russian. He has volunteered with Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge and the Louisville Youth Group. He is passionate about writing, music, and art. His mother told him about ITN Bluegrass after learning about it through the i Know Expo, and now works in the office as well as doing paid rides.

Ron Sale
Ride Coordinator

Ron was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and has lived in Lexington since 1958. He was in the United States Air Force for four years, and worked in newspaper circulation at the Herald-Leader for thirty-three years. After retiring in 2009, he spent a year in Germany with his daughter and her family. His other daughter lives and works in Lexington. He volunteers occasionally at Central Kentucky Radio Eye, and enjoys music and sports. He and his wife, Claire, love dogs.

Barbara Warburton - Ride Coordinator and Customer Service Specialist Bluegrass
Barbara Warburton
Ride Coordinator and Customer Service Specialist

Ride Coordinator Barbara Warburton first heard of ITNBluegrass when Laura Dake spoke at an AARP career fair in 2008, but knew of ITNBluegrass' founder Gale Reece through Gale’s family’s company Highbridge Springs, a water vendor Barbara purchased from in her position as a senior commercial buyer for Donaldson Co., Inc., a manufacturer of filtration and air cleaning systems. Barbara was intrigued by the work ITNBluegrass was proposing to do and eager to do something productive after her retirement from Donaldson. In her work as a ride coordinator, Barbara loves speaking with members and volunteers on the phone. She says that she has "a heart for seniors, therefore, working with them is such a delight." Barbara is a 2008 graduate of the Citizens Leadership Academy and a 2009 graduate of the Lexington Citizen Police Academy.  Barbara hails from Rockcastle County, KY, by way of Berea. 

Angelique Bell
After Hours Ride Coordinator

Angelique is a native of Lexington, KY. Her educational background is in foreign languages and African studies. She is an alumna of Western Kentucky and Ohio State University. She has more than twenty years of experience working with non-profit organizations and has always been very engaged in the various communities in which she has lived. She enjoys spending time with her twin niece and nephew and her retired dad. One of her favorite volunteer experiences was teaching an English as a Second Language course geared towards immigrant seniors.

Toya Richmond
After-hours Ride Coordinator

Toya has been employed with ITN Bluegrass since 2011 as a part-time After Hours Coordinator. Toya is also a full-time Administrative Assistant and Transportation Coordinator with Fayette County Public Schools at Henry Clay High School. She enjoys helping others, traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

NaKia Talbert - After-hours Ride Coordinator
NaKia Talbert
After-hours Ride Coordinator