Council Members

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. 
 
 






Sandra K. Dunahoo, Council Chair
Representing the Environment
Lexington, KY
 
Sandra's experience spans over 3 decades of working with federal, state and local governments from the executive, legislative and local levels to the private professional consulting arena. During her consulting tenure, Ms. Dunahoo has supported communities in securing public funding for critical community projects, earning a stellar reputation for compliance and integrity. Her experience encompasses a wide range of knowledge regarding community and business needs, as well as, developing the necessary infrastructure for robust economic development. Offering a broad understanding of Kentucky's rural economy, Ms. Dunahoo has developed a successful approach to strategic funding and is proficient in identifying and procuring federal, state and local funding for a variety of projects. Her demonstrated ability with public relations and familiarity with legislative issues allows her to effectively coordinate governmental and private agency resources to the advantage of communities throughout Kentucky.

Recognized for her thorough understanding of state and federal programs, Ms. Dunahoo was tapped to lead the Kentucky Department for Local Government from 2015 to 2019. As Commissioner of the Department, Ms. Dunahoo served in a senior staff/cabinet level capacity overseeing the investment of over $700,000,000. During her tenure, Ms. Dunahoo served as the Governor's representative on 18 boards and commissions, including the Governor's Alternate and Designee to the Delta Regional Authority, Alternate to the Appalachian Regional Commission and Chairman of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

As Commissioner of the Department for Local Government and State and Local Finance Officer, Ms. Dunahoo was responsible for the review of 118 Annual County Budgets. In her capacity as the State and Local Debt Officer, Ms. Dunahoo was responsible for the local government debt hearing process and providing oversight regarding compliance for the issuance of new debt. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Dunahoo served for 10 years as Projects Manager in the Office of Congressman Harold Rogers in Washington, DC and manager of a US Army Library at Edwards Kaserne in Frankfurt, Germany.

   
 
 
 
 
 
  
Brad Mitzelfelt, Vice Chair
Representing the Environment
Bloomfield, KY
 
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.
 


 
 
 
Ben Allen
Representing Industry
Lexington, KY
 
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. 
  









Sarah Cummins 
Representing Industry
Nicholasville, KY
 
Sarah Cummins is an educator, school leader and environmentalist. She has served as the Head of School of Redwood Cooperative School (Lexington, Kentucky) for the last four years.  Prior to becoming the Head of School, she served on the Redwood Board of Directors during the school's formative years, as well as teaching science to elementary school students.  Early in her career, Sarah worked as a primatologist completing research in Kenya, East Africa.  After returning to the states, Sarah spent more than a decade as a school administrator and science teacher at private schools within the states of California and Kentucky. Sarah received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Arizona.  She has an Executive Educational Leadership certificate, in addition to a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Kentucky.  Sarah is currently part of a PhD program in Education Sciences at the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on Educational Leadership. Sarah is a certified professional environmental educator and has trained teachers across the state in the subjects of environmental education and positive discipline. She has also served on the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Board of Directors.  Sarah has led many teams of students in fulfilling environmental stewardship goals for their schools and continues to enjoy leading environmental teams at Redwood. Sarah resides in central Kentucky with her husband and two sons. 









Ryan Green 
Representing Government
Richmond, KY
 
Ryan Green is the Executive Director of the Office of Budget and Financial Planning with Eastern Kentucky University.  Mr. Green is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  He has worked in public budgeting since 2002.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Green was the Executive Director of the Office of Budget and Administration in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, where he worked with the Kentucky Environmental Education Council on several unique projects, and before that he was a senior Analyst with the Office of State Budget Director managing a portfolio of numerous statewide assignments and where he also served as the Executive Cabinet proxy on the Kentucky Private Activity Bond Allocation Committee.  He lives in Clays Ferry with his wife, Keely, and their two sons. 


 
 
 
 
Dr. Hugh Henry
Representing Education
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.
 
 
 
 
 
John Hodgson
Representing the Environment
Fisherville, KY
 
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.
 
 


 
 
 
 
   
Chris Musgrave
Representing Education
Barbourville, KY
 
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
Representing Education
Cadiz, KY
 
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.​
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Council Members