ACLU of Kentucky

2017 Board of Directors Elections

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2017 ACLU of KY Board of Directors

Voting is now available online here.

You will need your Member ID to vote.  You can find it on the label of the postcard that was mailed to you about this election.

Can’t find your Member ID or want to request a paper ballot?  Email Africa [at] aclu-ky.org

Candidate Information

Jenny Heitkemper

Jenny is Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions at Yum Brands, and has held numerous financial/accounting positions at Yum Brands and Humana over the past 15 years. Jenny has both an MBA and a Music Performance Degree, and has served as a board member and volunteer for local non-profit organizations, such as the Louisville Youth Orchestra and Jewish Family and Career Services. A 2012 graduate of Ignite Louisville, Jenny looks forward to serving the community as an ACLU-KY Board Member.

Michael Noyola-Izquierdo

Besides active involvement in LGBTQ advocacy and immigration rights, I have volunteered for community development and social justice groups, including Common Ground in New Orleans after Katrina, God’s Love We Deliver (bringing meals to home bound people with HIV), New York Cares, Read to a Child (lunchtime program with school kids), St. Xavier Welfare Rights Projects, and Habitat for Humanity (I led a group from my church help a woman build her first home for herself and her daughter). And I’ve been an ACLU member for years, of course!

As a gay man and son of an immigrant, I bring a uniquely personal perspective to our work defending civil liberties. I don’t have to imagine what it’s like to be without basic human rights – I’ve lived it!

Curtis Stauffer

I’m a resident of Louisville, who serves as the Assistant Director of Louisville Metro Government’s Develop Louisville Office of Housing & Community Development. Before starting this position in November 2016, I was Executive Director of the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky in Frankfort. I led the non-profit’s advocacy and development efforts and oversaw its supportive housing voucher and AmeriCorps programs. I came to Louisville from Jackson, Wyoming, where I served as the AmeriCorps*VISTA Development Associate for Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area, Beverage Manager for the Granary at Spring Creek Ranch, and as Research Coordinator/ Operations Manager for PRES Associates, an educational program evaluation firm.

I earned my MA in from Temple University and I have a BA from Macalester College. While at Macalester, I spent the spring semester of 1996 conducting research in Durban, South Africa. I grew up in Yarmouth, ME. My local community involvement includes over 5 years of service on St. John Center for Homeless Men board of directors and as membership in the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) Jefferson County chapter Economic Justice Committee.

Patti Piatt

I live in Northern Kentucky and am currently employed as the Director of Food Services at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In my work I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with a diverse workforce who allowed me to reach out and learn about their cultures and values. I am committed to keeping Kentucky and the nation a haven of diversity.

A lifelong activist, I have a passion for women’s rights. I have been a member of NOW, NARAL and have supported reproductive rights as a clinic escort and vocal supporter of a woman’s right to choose. I have protested in Frankfort, Lexington and Northern Kentucky in support of reproductive rights and healthcare. I have supported Black Lives Matters of Cincinnati as a marshal. I serve on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Greater Cincinnati. My areas of focus are prevention, particularly in the LGBTQ community.

We are faced with possibly the greatest threat to our civil rights in my lifetime. I am excited at the prospect of working with the ACLU to protect those rights in Kentucky and the nation. I hope to nurture the next generation of activists, working to keep the energy and enthusiasm we have seen in the past months. I feel that this opportunity to work with the ACLU will allow me the greatest opportunity to heed the voice of the people by continually reimagining the tactics and methods necessary to protect the civil liberties of all individuals throughout this great state, during one of the most consequential moments in our history.

Jeff Johnson

Dr. Jeff Johnson is in private practice in Danville, Kentucky.  Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Centre College and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.  He completed a residency in Pediatric Dentistry in 2003.  He also has a Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.  Before starting his practice, Dr. Johnson served as an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.  He has four internationally adopted children (3 from Guatemala and 1 from South Korea).  Dr. Johnson is actively involved in his community where he works to help better the lives of those around him.  Whether it is through his practice as a pediatric dentist, his involvement in the Back Pack Kids programs, or his work in and for the local schools, Jeff is committed to those around him. Working to help find solutions for food insecurity, housing instability, and/or healthcare disparities, he has used his practice and position in the community to demonstrate servant leadership.  Despite having grown up in a very rural Southeastern Kentucky town, his parents taught him that, regardless of our differences, we are all created equal.  Dr. Johnson works hard to instill those same principles and values in his own kids.  In fact, it is for his own kids and countless others like them that he wants to serve on the ACLU-KY board.  He, his partner Ken, and their family live in Danville.