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Our Board

Ernesto Scorsone, PResident

Ernesto ScorsoneErnesto Scorsone is a Fayette Circuit Court Judge. Prior to being a judge, Ernesto practiced law as well as served in the state legislature for 24 years (12 in the House and 12 in the Senate). As an attorney he led the legal team in Wasson v. Commonwealth resulting in Kentucky’s 4th degree sodomy law being declared unconstitutional and in Ireland v. Commonwealth which guarantees domestic violence protection to LGBT couples. As a legislator, in addition to his work on education and health care, Ernesto championed the fair treatment of LGBT Kentuckians. He helped enact a hate crime provision that applies to LGBT discrimination, fought for inclusion of LGBT Kentuckians in our state’s Civil Rights law, and helped draft the Executive order currently in place for LGBT employees in state government.  In 2010, Ernesto was inducted in Kentucky’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Shannon Stuart-Smith, Treasurer

Shannon Stuart-SmithShannon is a nonprofit management consultant, avid rock climber, non-practicing attorney, former racehorse trainer, and ex-jockey. A childhood passion for horses lead to twenty years of employment in the thoroughbred racehorse industry before she obtained a law degree and began working in the nonprofit sector. Shannon started her own consulting company, Free Agent for Change, LLC with special emphasis on organizational development, strategic planning, board development and capacity building for social justice and civil rights nonprofit organizations. Currently, Shannon serves on the Boards of the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice and the Advisory Council of the United Way’s Get on Board, is the Vice-Chair and Board member of Lexington Fairness, and Board member and Treasurer of JustFundKY. Shannon married her partner (a Lexmark engineer) in Massachusetts in 2004 and currently resides with their three dogs in Lexington, Kentucky.
“As a nonprofit consultant I can attest to the burden constant fundraising puts on organizations draining away vital resources to raise money instead of being able to accomplish all they could for their constituents. That is why I enthusiastically support the mission and vision of JustFundKY to build an endowment through positive public events to help fund educational and empowerment projects to end discrimination of LGBT Kentuckians.”

debra hensley

Debra HensleyDebra is a former elected official having served on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council for 3 terms. She was the Chair Person of the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness which lead to the creation of the Hope Center. She worked with public officials and community advocates for the passage of the Fairness Ordinance which protects lgbt individuals against discrimination. Some of the Boards and Commissions Debra has served on are: Chamber of Commerce, Board of Architectural Review, United Way, St. Joseph Hospital, Community Bank, Central Kentucky YMCA, the Bluegrass Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice, Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice, and the Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee. She has been in the Insurance and Financial Services business since 1974 and owns her own agency. Debra and her partner are the proud parents of two beautiful children.

Cliff todd

Cliff ToddCliff Todd from Louisville, Ky retired from a very successful business career in the prison industry. He is a physical fitness guru and champion of equal rights. Cliff has been a generous philanthropist with a number of educational and health concerns, including his alma mater, Western Kentucky University. In 2006, wanting to make a lasting contribution to equal rights for LGBT Kentuckians he made a $500,000 match pledge to JustFundKY to create an endowment. Cliff wanted to be create a Kentucky funding stream for work  to end LGBT discrimination in the Commonwealth  . After a successful four year fundraising campaign the endowment is up and running with the first grants awarded in 2011.

Brandl Skirvin

Brandyl SkirvinBrandl, who owns State Beauty Supply, has served on numerous community boards and donated his time and resources to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, AIDS Volunteers of Lexington, the American Cancer Society and JustFundKY, to name a few. Through his passion to help people identify their dreams and develop the skills to make them come true, he has assisted thousands of salon professionals in the past 22 years.

Brandl also owns The Salon and Spa Idea Group, which specializes in design, and he recently partnered with several beauty industry leaders who together own KRS Sales Development, the country's largest beauty distribution consulting company.

Marsha Charles

Marsha CharlesBorn and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Pikeville, Marsha has lived in Lexington since 1982. She runs a small business and pastors a brand new United Church of Christ congregation that is "open and affirming."

In the past few years, Marsha has become increasingly involved with JustFundKY. In 2009 she captained four tables at the Kentucky Horse Park event, and last year she co-chaired the baseball-themed celebration at what was then Applebee's Park. She's back at the helm because she is drawn to JFKY's mission of targeting rural Kentucky for LGBT educational efforts that promote fairness and equality. Marsha understands firsthand how hard it is to grow up gay in that environment, and she is passionate about making a difference in local communities.