Central Kentucky Community Foundation welcomes new board members

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Central Kentucky Community Foundation, the philanthropic focal point serving Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors.


Cliff Fowler, Tehmina Haider and Matthew Hess were installed as members at CKCF’s latest board meeting.

CKCF Board Chairman Jeff Richardson said the three newest members were selected because they are community leaders and champions who elevate philanthropy in the region.

“Our board of directors plays an integral role in the business of the Foundation by influencing the focus and direction of our work,” he said. “We seek board members who are creative and visionary and who have a heart for philanthropy. This describes perfectly our newest board members and we are so pleased that they will be joining us.”

Fowler, of Munfordville, is a CPA with Fowler Durham CPAs and Advisors in Munfordville. He also serves on boards for Career and Technical Education – Kentucky Department of Education Business Pathways, Campbellsville University and the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Southeast Christian Church’s mission team.

Fowler knows the important work CKCF does for the community and wants to focus on further expanding influence in its service area.

“I think it can be more of a regional effect,” he said. “Smaller counties don’t have the resources Hardin County does and we are just scratching the surface in other counties.”

Haider is a physician assistant with DermSpecialists of Elizabethtown. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Southern Indiana, she moved to Elizabethtown in 1997. Her past and present board memberships include serving on the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation and having served on boards for CKCF and the Elizabethtown Education Foundation.

“I think it’s all about giving back to the community,” she said. “This community has given my family and me so much. I feel it’s my obligation to give back. I am very proud and happy to be back on the board and be able give back to the community.”

Hess is a graduate from the University of Kentucky Law School and is a partner with Bell, Hess and VanZant, PLC in Elizabethtown. His community involvement includes serving as a board member for America’s Second Harvest of Kentucky’s Heartland and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation. He also is a deacon at Severns Valley Baptist Church.

“I have been blessed in my profession to see the estates of generous individuals contribute to and through Central Kentucky Community Foundation,” he said. “These donors have made a lasting and significant impact through that generosity, while utilizing the expertise and sound judgment of the foundation to make sure their gifts are given the greatest impact. I see the foundation as filling a great role in our community by connecting charitably minded individuals with needs in our community and assisting those individuals in making the most of their generous contributions.”

Central Kentucky Community Foundation Board of Directors is an all-volunteer board. Members are champions for CKCF’s mission and are respected leaders in their communities. Each new director serves a three-year term.