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Fayette Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to achieving sustainable, equitable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research.

As your voice for sustainable growth, we believe Lexington can continue to grow into a world-class city by:

We advocate for growing our city while simultaneously promoting our unique farmland. | Darby Dan Farm

We work to positively impact countywide planning, development, zoning laws, and policies – which are the building blocks of a better quality of life, economy, and environment for us all.

Our team regularly advocates at city hall for responsible zoning and development in Lexington.

Our bustling urban core and our farmlands are the economic engines that make Lexington unique.

 

Our Vision:

Lexington-Fayette County will be the model for sustainable growth by balancing and connecting our vibrant city with our productive and beautiful Bluegrass farmland.

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Our Staff

Brittany Roethemeier
Executive Director

Brittany M. Roethemeier, J.D., joined Fayette Alliance as Executive Director in March 2019 after practicing real estate law at McBrayer PLLC since 2011, where she was named a “Super Lawyer-Rising Star in Real Estate” in 2017, 2018 and 2019. A passion for her community and a desire to ensure that Lexington continues to be an extraordinary place to live, work and play for all its community members brought her to Fayette Alliance, where she is committed to its vital mission to sustainably and equitably grow our city and promote our farms.

She has served as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations, including on the Board of Directors of Step by Step, Transylvania University Young Alumni Council, Friends of the Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Leadership Lexington Alumni Association and Youth Program Steering Committees, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington Class of 2014-15. Originally from Union, Kentucky, Brittany is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law, and lives in Lexington with her husband Dean and rescue dog Henry.

brittany@fayettealliance.com

Natalie Appel
Outreach and Education Manager

Natalie Appel is a Lexington native and a graduate of Centre College with a B.A. in History and International Studies. She kicked off her career in Undergraduate Admissions Counseling at Georgetown College then moved on to become the Program Manager at Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass where she provided financial literacy and entrepreneurship-based programming for youth, including directing the Leadership Lexington Youth Program. Natalie serves on the Board of Directors for Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center and is a member of the Leadership Lexington class of 2022. In her free time, Natalie likes to walk/run with her rescue German Shepherd, Snickers, and enjoys Downtown Lexington living.

natalie@fayettealliance.com

Michelle Luz
Administrative Coordinator

Michelle Luz grew up in Dallas, TX, and at the end of 2010, she moved and started her career in Public Relations in New York City. After 5 years in the Big Apple, she moved to Lexington, KY, in 2015. Michelle has a background working in Public Relations, Marketing and Sales specializing in Lifestyle, Beauty and Gift. With a desire to become more involved and connected within her community, she decided to switch gears and pursue this opportunity with Fayette Alliance as their Administrative Coordinator. She volunteers her time for local charities in Lexington including The Nest. Michelle and her husband, Ben, live in Lexington and have two beautiful children, Editha + Sonny, and a cat, Mickey.

michelle@fayettealliance.com

Aaron Mikel
Director of Marketing and Communications

Aaron holds a degree in Digital Communications from Ball State University and joins the Fayette Alliance team with a professional background in photography, journalism, and storytelling. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, exploring Kentucky’s great outdoors, and volunteering his time with the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition.  

aaron@fayettealliance.com

Jared Sexton
Development Manager

Jared Sexton is a native of Hardyville, Kentucky – a small community in Hart County. After graduating high school, Jared moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky and while there, fell in love with Lexington. Since graduating college in 2018, Jared has worked in both the political and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he worked for the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, based in Lexington, as their Major Gifts Officer. Jared lives in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky with his wife, Abby, and their Bernedoodle, Newton. In his free time, Jared enjoys traveling with his wife, spending time with family and friends, and playing guitar. Jared’s favorite thing about Lexington is its welcoming culture and unique blend of urban and rural environments.

Jared@fayettealliance.com

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Fayette Alliance Foundation
Board of Directors

Ann Bakhaus
Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Jimmy Bell
Godolphin
Elisa Bruce Cooley
REACH, Inc.
Kip Cornett
Cornett
Melody Flowers
University of Kentucky
Greg Goodman
Mt. Brilliant Farm; Board Chair
Stan Harvey
Lord Aeck Sargent
Matt Hovekamp
Emerge Contracting
Orrin Ingram
Ingram Industries, Inc.
Mary Catherine Jones
Red Mile; Chair, Bluegrass International Cup
Bill Justice
Justice Real Estate
Sue Masson
Green Lantern Farm
Chauncey Morris
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association
Tom Poskin
Meridian Wealth Management
Don Robinson
Winter Quarter Farm; Board Chair
Ken Silvestri
Silvestri Real Estate
Anthony Wright
Harshaw Trane

Sustainers

Helen C. Alexander
Middlebrook Farm
The Antonacci Family Foundation
Ann Bakhaus
Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Godolphin
Cammie and Jay Brunker
The Lightner Sams Foundation of Wyoming
Fayette County. Farm Bureau
Alex G. Campbell, Jr.
Bill Farish, Jr.
Lane’s End Farm
Fasig-Tipton
Greg & Becky Goodman
Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation
Terry Green
Jackpot Farm
Larry & Marsha Hester
Hilaur Farm
Orrin Ingram
Ingram Industries Inc.
Bill Justice
Justice Real Estate
Keeneland Association
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders
Robin Lightner
The Lightner Sams Foundation of Wyoming
Lisa Lourie
Spy Coast Farm
Deirdre Lyons
Alltech Inc.
Richard & Sue Ann Masson
Green Lantern Farm
Debbie Roark-Sutherland
Don M. Robinson
Winter Quarter Farm
Jamison Sutherland
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Sutherland II