Members of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council oversee the work of the agency. Council members are appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. The Council meets quarterly. Members serve entirely as volunteers. By statute, membership on the Council must represent four constituencies: businesses and industry, the environment, education and government.
Ms. Billie Hardin, Council ChairRepresenting the Environment
Billie Hardin, M.P.A., is the Sustainability Project Manager for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Billie directs and supports the 16 KCTCS Colleges and the KCTCS System Office in establishing sustainable development strategies and establishing the KCTCS Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education and Workforce Training. Billie’s work with sustainability and energy efficiency correlates with her role as a liaison to the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy for the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative of the Obama Administration to reduce energy consumption across the U.S. 20 percent by 2020. Currently, Billie serves as the Chair of the Council; past Chair of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education; Secretary of the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council Advocacy Committee; an appointed member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Advisory Council; and a liaison to the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education (KUPEE). Ms. Hardin was appointed to the Kentucky Environmental Education Council in 2015.
Mr. Marcus Norton, Council Vice Chair
Marc Norton is a Financial Planner with Gilliam, Mease and Associates in Louisville, KY. He has served on the Kentucky Environmental Council since 2008. Mr. Norton is a graduate of the University of Memphis, holds a master’s degree from Ohio University, and has done post-graduate work in finance and investments at the University of Louisville. He previously held several newspaper management positions and was news editor of The Courier Journal in 1988 when the staff received a Pulitzer Prize. He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor.
Mr. Horace Brown, Chair Emeritus
Representing the Environment
Horace Brown is the founder and owner of Brown & Associates, an engineering and surveying consulting firm in Shelbyville, KY. Mr. Brown has served on the Kentucky Environmental Education Council since 1995 and was its Chair from 1996-2017. He received his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Kentucky. An avid bird-watcher and nature enthusiast, Mr. Brown served on the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for 15 years beginning in 1980, and served as the Commission’s Chairman from 1981-1995. He served on the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board from 1994-2017, and was appointed to the Land Stewardship and Conservation Task Force by Governor Beshear in 2008. He is also a recipient of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Earth Day Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms. Lona BrewerRepresenting the Environment
Ms. Brewer is currently with the Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Energy Development and Independence. She has served as a Kentucky Environmental Education Council member since 2013. After 31 years with the cabinet’s Division for Air Quality, including overseeing the state’s plans to achieve and maintain national air quality standards, she began work with the state energy department in 2009. She oversees and coordinates energy efficiency grants and projects for that office, including programs to increase awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency in the local government and agricultural sectors.
Ms. Karin Ceralde
Karin Ceralde is a 2011 National Board Certified Teacher with over 14 years of high school science teaching experience with Shelby County Public Schools. She is a recipient of a 2014 Kentucky Environmental Education Award. She is an active participant and contributor to the Kentucky Science Teacher Leadership Network, and serves as a teacher-leader in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. Ms. Ceralde has also served as a mentor to new teachers through the Kentucky Teacher Internship Programs. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Kentucky Association of Environmental Educators, National Education Association, and Kentucky Education Association. Her students have won numerous awards for their essays in Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest, contributed to the Great Backyard Bird Count, and participated in wildlife habitat restoration on school grounds. Ms. Ceralde was appointed to the Kentucky Environmental Education Council in 2014, and she currently serves on the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Advisory Committee and the Kentucky Environmental Literacy Plan Implementation Advisory Team.
Mr. Gordon GarnerRepresenting Industry
Gordon Garner, PE; BCEE is the President of Kentucky Waterways Alliance. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Arizona and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) who represents the American Public Works Association(APWA) on the certification board. Gordon received both bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. Gordon is currently a vice president in the CH2M State and Local Government Business Group. He was formerly Executive Director of the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District. He is a passionate believer in educating our children about the natural world. He is an advocate for the watershed approach to protect and improve our streams, lakes and rivers in Kentucky. He believes that climate change and natural resource exploitation are the greatest threats we currently face to protect and preserve our water resources and that Kentucky suffers from not doing more to protect and improve the natural resources we are gifted with. He also believes that our abundant water resources provide the best opportunities for climate change mitigation and economic development. He is on the advisory board for the Louisville based Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.
Mr. Gregory HigdonRepresenting Industry
Fancy Farm, KY
Greg Higdon is currently the President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM). He has served on the Kentucky Environmental Education Council since 1998. Mr. Higdon graduated from Brescia College in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration, and began his career by working in and running his family's retail businesses in Western Kentucky. Mr. Higdon was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 1981 where he served for ten years and held several top posts including Majority Whip, Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Chair of the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee. After leaving the Senate, Mr. Higdon served as Deputy Secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet and Special Assistant in the Governor’s Office.
Ms. Karen ReagorRepresenting Education
Crestview Hills, KY
Karen Reagor is the State Director for the Kentucky NEED Project, the state affiliate of the National Energy Education Development Project. She has served on the Kentucky Environmental Education Council since 2010. Ms. Reagor earned an Elementary Education degree from the University of Tennessee and conducted post-graduate work at the University of Memphis. Prior to working for NEED, Ms. Reagor was an elementary school teacher in Tennessee, Iowa, and Georgia. She is a recipient of the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Luminary Award and the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission Public Service Award, as well as the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) Program Excellence in Environmental Education Award.