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.
Marcus Norton, Council 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.
A native of Cave City, Kentucky, Ben Allen is an attorney with Gess Mattingly & Atchison, PSC in Lexington, Kentucky. With deep roots in the Mammoth Cave area, he has long had an interest in environmental policy and education. After graduating in 2002 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Mr. Allen’s legal career included practicing environmental law before both state and federal courts as well as state agencies. He currently lives in Lexington with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons.
Sandra K. Dunahoo
Representing the Environment
Brett C. Gaspard
Dr. Hugh Henry
Ryland Heights, KY
Dr. Henry earned a BS in physics from Duke University and a PhD in physics from the University of Virginia. He serves as a part time lecturer in physics and radiation physics at Northern Kentucky University. He retired after a 31-year career in as a physicist in the private sector: first in control systems, then in radiation physics for cancer therapy. He lives with his wife in Northern Kentucky. Dr. Henry strongly believes that valid science must be emphasized in environmental education, and that junk science and political hyperbole be rejected. He has lectured about the physics of global warming/climate change and about America’s energy situation. He has also studied EPA’s clean water regulations and wrote a peer-reviewed technical paper analyzing EPA’s latest disinfection rules and their impact on Northern Kentucky.
Representing the Environment
With a background in Engineering, John Hodgson has 30+ years of personal study and experimentation with gardening, farm conservation practices, raising livestock sustainably, design and management of ponds, and forest & wildlife stewardship. In addition, John designed and built his passive solar home with super insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, 5KW of solar electric panels, and onsite decomposition of household biowaste.
Representing the Environment
Brad Mitzelfelt is a retired county official with more than 30 years of professional experience in federal, state, local, and nonprofit management. He currently provides public affairs consulting services to the U.S. Department of Energy’s management of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant cleanup. In this capacity, he has worked with the University of Kentucky on environmental-educational outreach. Mr. Mitzelfelt is a former Delegate and Member of the Public Lands Steering Committee to the National Association of Counties, and a Member of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert District Advisory Council. He is also a past Chairman of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District Governing Board, and a former California State Seismic Safety Commissioner. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands, CA. A Marine Corps veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he relocated from San Bernardino County, California, to Nelson County, Kentucky, in 2013 with his wife and two children.
Chris is an attorney from Knox County. He has a strong background in education and environmental policy having served as the Director of Government Relations for former Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis. He currently serves on the Southeast KY Community College Board of Directors nominating committee, as well as other statewide boards. Chris worked as the Eastern Kentucky Field Representative, and designated in-state staff, handling constituent issues and legislative recommendations regarding energy and environmental issues for Sen. Rand Paul. As former Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel for the Department for Local Government, Chris has extensive knowledge of the interplay between environmental concerns, economic development, and the needs for sustainable growth in Kentucky. Chris also has experience in agriculture and farming. Chris is also avid outdoorsman and strong believer in conservation and leaving our environment in a better condition than we inherited.
Richard Nelson is the founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. He currently serves on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Hopkinsville Community College Board, Kentucky Council on Environmental Education, and Pennyrile Christian Community Board. He served on the Trigg County Fiscal Court as magistrate from 2011-2014. Previous employment includes: Field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Jamestown, ND; Research assistant in the Wisconsin State Capitol; Policy analyst for Family Research Institute of Wisconsin; Field rep./policy analyst with the Family Foundation. He graduated with a BS in triple majors in biology, wildlife management and resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1992 and earned a Master of Arts in public policy from Regent University in 1995. He is certified by the Wildlife Society as a wildlife biologist and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a secondary education teacher in environmental science. Richard is an outdoors enthusiast and formerly ran an award-winning taxidermy studio in Cadiz, KY. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family at Land between the Lakes. Father of three girls and a boy, he resides in Cadiz on Honeysuckle Cave Farm farm.