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Executive Director


Stephanie Spires has over 15 years organizational and nonprofit experience. Spires has previously served as the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Tennis Association, the Makenna Foundation, and Arbor Youth Services. Currently, Spires serves on the Fayette County Public Schools Board of Education, as well as volunteers for the Explorium Board of Directors as well as for the Board of Camp Burnamwood. Spires has previously served on many boards including the Lexington Public Library, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Uspiritus, and the Junior League of Lexington. 


Spires is also the founder and CEO of Spires Strategies, a business that started in the Plantory more than 10 years ago. Through her work with Spires Strategies, Spires helps nonprofits and female owned businesses with strategic planning, project management, and business development. 


Spires is the mother of five. When she is not chauffeuring children around or working, she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling. 



Community Engagement

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Alex Morgan is an AmeriCorps Vista working at the Plantory. They are working with The Get On Board program. Alex is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky's Linguistics Department with a Minor from the Russian department. They are from Berea Kentucky where they grew up around the local nonprofits. Alex is excited for the opportunity to serve their community.

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