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.
Ashleigh McGuire Dunsmoor
Director of External Affairs
Ashleigh McGuire Dunsmoor was raised in Winchester but calls Lexington home. She is a Communications professional who has worked in non-profit public affairs for over six years, specializing in community engagement, advocacy, and public policy. She has served as a member of the Leadership Lexington Youth Program Steering Committee and on the board of Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center. She currently serves on the LFUCG Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 where she found her passion for connecting people to advocacy through strategic communications. Prior to joining Fayette Alliance, Ashleigh served as the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood in Florida and in New York for three years, and prior to that, she worked on environmental and Presidential electoral campaigns. Ashleigh loves living in Lexington with her partner Hannah and their three dogs.
Development and Outreach 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.
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.
Aaron joins the Fayette Alliance team with a background in photography, journalism, and storytelling. He studied at Ball State University and has completed a wide range of professional projects, from print journalism to documentary films. 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.