Board of Directors
Philis Alvic, President is an artist, weaver, and writer. Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, she has shown her work in exhibitions throughout the country. In 1977 she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Handweavers Guild of America and received an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in 1996. She has published over 100 articles and papers on crafts and crafts history and two books, one on early 20th century Appalachian weaving centers and the other on crafts of Armenia. She served as an international craft development consultant through agencies funded by USAID.
Secretary/Marketing Committee Chair
Fran Redmon, Secretary has a B.F.A. in Commercial Art from Western Kentucky University. She is the former director of the Kentucky Craft Marketing (CMP), a program of the Kentucky Arts Council. She received the 2007 Craft Organization Development Association’s (CODA) national award for “Outstanding Service, Creative Thinking, and Leadership” having a significant impact on the crafts field. State and national leadership positions include numerous boards, advisory councils and state government committees. She has consulted with numerous programs and is currently a Kentucky Peer Advisor for the Kentucky Arts Council and marketing chair for the Appalachian Artisan Center. She is a part-time business co-owner of Redmon2 Marketing + Design and a working artist.
Judy Kushner, formerly from Danville, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky, now resides in Georgetown. She is a self-taught fiber artist producing a colorful line of hand-painted neckties and silk scarves. Her work that began with a focus on Derby designs has expanded in subject matter with an emphasis on color, mood and motion.She is a juried member of the Kentucky Crafted Program (Kentucky Arts Council), Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and the Louisville Artisan Guild. She exhibits at the award-winning Kentucky Crafted Market, and other regional fairs. She received a grant to teach in schools and has received several commissions. Numerous corporate clients include Alltech, Yum!Brands, and Visa among others. Judy received a commission from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to design an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.
Peggy McAllister is a graphic designer, artist, storywriter, building restorer and fan of the arts. After earning a BFA at Eastern Kentucky University, she spent 30 years at the Lexington Public Library in the marketing department as the graphic designer and Central Library Gallery exhibits manager. She is currently a docent at the Mary Todd Lincoln House and project manager for Bee & Clover Renovations. She is on the board of the Kentucky Ecuador Partners and serves on the City of Winchester Design Committee and a member of Winchester Innovative Business Association.
Board Member/Fundraising Committee Chair
Abby Vaughn, works as development director for Unified Trust Company’s Wealth & Trust Management team with over 30 years of expertise in investment sales and banking. Prior to coming to Unified Trust Abby worked for a Global Financial Services Company and a Fortune 500 Bank focusing on high-net worth families. She is skilled in providing personalized service in collaboration with financial partners. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and has served on various boards including Lexington Humane Society, OperaLex, Lexington Art League, and Woodland Executive Board. Abby assists with fundraising for Blue Grass Community Foundation, Commerce Lexington, KET, and The March of Dimes. She spends her free time dabbling with home design and is passionate about animal rescue.
Larry Isenhour, Treasurer is a Kentucky registered Architect with Green Scheme Design. He is a collector of Kentucky art and folk art and has been a supporter of the arts in Kentucky as past president of the Lexington Art League and board member of the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Mid-south Sculpture Alliance, and Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Tim Glotzbach is a studio artist/lecturer. He earned a Master of Fine Art in Jewelry/Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale and was a Professor of Art at both the State University of New York-Oswego and 21 years at Eastern Kentucky University. Tim’s work led him to serve as the Academic Dean of Heritage and Humanities at Hazard Community & Technical College and he was founding Director of the Kentucky School of Crafts. In 2018, Tim retired as Director of Berea College Student Crafts program. Throughout his career, Tim's work has been included in numerous national/regional invitational and juried exhibitions and he continues to serve as a board member for a number of arts and local non-profit organizations. In 2003 Tim was awarded the Rude Osolnik Award for outstanding individual efforts in crafts advocacy and education, and excellence in personal design and workmanship.
Karen McIntyre, is an accredited Fiduciary Investment Advisor (AIF®) at Unified Trust Company. She joined the firm in 2012and has more than 12 years of experience working with high‐net‐worth clients as well as the emerging affluent in matters of financial management and retirement planning. Originally from Ohio, Karen studied finance and economics at Bowling Green State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University before moving to Lexington in 2011. She is currently working on the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. In her free time, Karen offers her time as a volunteer and fundraiser for several local charities.
Board Member/Craft Luminary Project Chair
Mary Reed is a craft artist and co-owner of Appalachian Crafts. She attended the University of Kentucky where she studied fine arts. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network, and a Community Scholar. She serves on the advisory council of the Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center and as a mentor for the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. She has conducted numerous crafts workshops and artist residencies in elementary schools and her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions.