Board

The Board of Town Branch Fund is a committed group of civic leaders and philanthropists who joined together to advance the vision of Town Branch Park.   Together, the Board and staff are securing financial support, as well as working with public space experts and community members to develop the design, programming plan and governance structure to transform the Manchester Parking Lot behind Rupp Arena into an inclusive, dynamic, and uncommonly beautiful green space that reflects the spirit of Lexington.  Currently held at Blue Grass Community Foundation, Town Branch Fund will evolve into a standalone nonprofit to operate the park.

 
 
 
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ANN BAKHAUS

Kentucky Eagle

 

 
 
 
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KIP CORNETT

Cornett

 

 
 
 
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DR. MARY LYNNE CAPILOUTO

University of Kentucky

 

 
 
 
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BILL FARISH

Lane’s End Farm

 
 
 
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GREG GOODMAN

Mt. Brilliant Farm

 
 
 
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STEVE GROSSMAN

Hilliard Lyons

 
 
 
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ORRIN INGRAM

Ingram Industries

 
 
 

 

Staff

 
 
 
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ALLISON PECK LANKFORD

Town Branch Fund Executive Director

Allison is working to transform a sea of parking directly behind the Lexington Convention Center into an inviting and unparalleled signature park for Lexington. Town Branch Park will provide a crucial link between Town Branch Trail (existing and new downtown portion) and the Legacy Trail, knitting together the urban core and truly bringing a piece of Lexington’s iconic countryside to its city center. In addition to raising the money necessary to build the Park, the Fund is responsible for the design, programming plan, revenue model and governance structure for the future Park.  Town Branch Park is currently being incubated through the Town Branch Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation, but will soon evolve into an independent nonprofit created to operate and maintain the Park.   Until her recent focus on the Town Branch Park, Allison led the Community Foundation’s advancement efforts for over a decade, serving as Sr. Vice-President and General Counsel.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Allison was an attorney at the Lexington firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville.  A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC with a degree in Sociology and Political Science, she received her law degree at the University of Kentucky School of Law.  

 
 
 
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Hannah O’Leary

Town Branch Fund Deputy Director

Hannah works on fundraising and planning efforts for Town Branch Park. Previously, she served as Project Analyst at Lexington Downtown Development Authority where she oversaw Town Branch Commons public space projects, grants evaluation, financial management, and operations. She has also worked as a Program Officer for a private family foundation in Washington, DC, as a Research Analyst at Research Triangle Park, and in development for Hospice and Volunteers of America. Hannah graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Economics degree from Centre College and holds a Masters in Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.