Staff

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Allison Peck Lankford

Town Branch Park Executive Director

Allison oversees the Town Branch Park project. In addition to raising the money necessary to build the park, Allison leads the planning related to design, programming, revenue model and governance structure for the future 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. 

 
 
 
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Ben Shaffar

Capital Campaign Director

Ben spearheads the $32.5 million capital campaign for the construction and sustainability of Town Branch Park. Most recently, Ben served as Director of Development at Midway University where he oversaw the $1 million capital campaign to build the institution's first-ever baseball complex and co-directed the $4 million capital campaign to build Midway's new athletics field house. Previously, Ben served as Business Development Director for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Marketing where he assisted in administering Kentucky Proud, the Commonwealth's official agricultural marketing program. He also played eight seasons of professional baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies. Ben has a Corporate Communications degree and minor in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.