Each week during our 50th year we will focus on one of our 50 Faces of the Humanities. Tune in each Monday (beginning January 10th) to hear from citizens throughout the Commonwealth who support and promote the humanities in Kentucky. If you would like to be one of the 50 Faces and contribute a short video to this project, please contact Marianne Stoess at for details.

Penny Peavler

Cultural Tourism and Associates

Penny Peavler is the principle of Cultural Tourism and Consultants. She spent more than 30 years working in museums and leading cultural attractions in Kentucky and is currently a member of Kentucky Humanities' Board of Directors.

Dr. Andrew Rosa

Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University

Dr. Andrew Rosa is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor at Western Kentucky University. His teaching and research interests in African American intellectual and social movement history is grounded in the interdisciplinary fields African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, and American Studies. His related interests include racial foundations of academic thought, Black radicalism, comparative slavery, Black Atlantic history, and Pan Africanism. In addition, he thoroughly enjoys leading the Study Abroad opportunity to Trinidad and Tobago and being a part of a growing interdisciplinary and globally conscious department and program at WKU. 

Dr. Rosa is a graduate of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at the University of Masschusetts, Amherst, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for his research. In 2015, he was awarded the University College Faculty Award for Research and Creativity at Western Kentucky University.

Ashley Runyon

University Press of Kentucky Director

Ashley Runyon got her start in publishing as a work-study student at the University Press of Kentucky. She earned her bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communication and master's degree in communication from the University of Kentucky. After working in various positions in design, marketing, and production at the Lexington Herald-Leader and Blood Horse Publications, Runyon returned to UPK as a marketing manager and then senior acquisitions editor while also coordinating fundraising and development. She then moved on to work for Indiana University Press and Red Lightening Books. Runyon returned to Lexington in 2020 when she was named the director of the University Press of Kentucky.

Yolantha Harrison-Pace

Performing Arts Specialist

Yolantha Harrison-Pace is a performing arts specialist. For 30 years she has designed and facilitated academic programs in dance and the performing arts. She also conducts storytelling and poetry writing workshops, is the founder and facilitator of V.O.I.C.E. (Voices of Influence Creating Encouragement) and S.P.E.A.K.!!! (Stop, Please End Abuse to Kids!!!), and is the author of a book of poetry, Wing-Plucked Butterfly. Harrison-Pace has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2004 YOUnity Guild Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2004 Urban Spectrum Poetry Book of the Year Award. Yolantha has been a long-time storyteller for Prime Time Family Reading.

Ashleigh Adkins

University of Kentucky Student

Ashleigh Adkins is a student at the University of Kentucky majoring in both Linguistics and Modern and Classical Languages, Literature and Culture: Japan Studies. Currently they are attending Waseda University through the Education Abroad department offered by the University of Kentucky and hopes to pursue Japanese Linguistics in their post graduate degrees with a focus in Dialectology.

Eddie Price

Author & Educator

A lifelong Kentuckian, Eddie Price is the award-winning author of the historical fiction novels Widder's Landing and One Drop—A Slave!, and the illustrated children's books, Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! and Little Miss Grubby Toes Plays with Fire! He has also written a historical book titled The Unlikely Trio—The Winners of the 1913 Kentucky Derby.

A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Western Kentucky University, Price taught history for 36 years. He also taught part-time classes for 21 years at Owensboro Community & Technical College. In that time he received Ashland Oil’s Golden Apple Teaching Award, was included in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers, and won the Outstanding American History Teacher Award from Kentucky Association for the Teachers of History and Kentucky Council for the Social Studies. Murray State University named him Outstanding Kentucky High School Teacher in 2000. He also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Campbellsville University in 2012. His students voted him “Teacher of the Year” numerous times.

Price is a Kentucky Chautauqua® performer and a Speaker for the Kentucky Humanities. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club.

Dr. Cynthia Williams Resor

EKU Foundation Professor, College of Education Public Relations Director

Cynthia Williams Resor taught high school social studies and sixth grade before deciding to pursue her dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in history. She is currently a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Eastern Kentucky University and has taught undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses, social studies for teachers, medieval history, U.S. history survey courses, humanities, and led study abroad classes. She has also conducted a wide variety of professional development sessions, published several articles in various journals related to history and social studies education, and served as a consultant for a Teaching American History grant. 

Dr. Resor was selected as a 2019-2021 EKU Foundation Professor. Eastern Kentucky University established the Foundation Professor program in 1987 to recognize "creative self-motivated exemplars of the ideal college professor." The selection criteria for this prestigious award are based on EKU's standard for promotion, tenure, and merit in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and services.  

Dean Scott Davison

Interim Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Morehead State University 

Scott A. Davison is a Professor of Philosophy and Interim Dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Morehead State University. He is the author of God and Prayer (Cambridge, forthcoming 2022), Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation (Oxford, 2017), and On the Intrinsic Value of Everything (Continuum Press, 2011) and serves as the Associate Editor for Faith and Philosophy.

Before arriving at Morehead State, Prodessor Davison earned BA and MA degrees in philosophy before completing MA and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Notre Dame.

Elaine A. Wilson

Somerset Community College

Elaine A. Wilson is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Somerset Community College; a proud member of the Kentucky Humanities Board of Directors from 2013-2018; the 2014-2015 President of the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association Board; and is currently a member of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries Board, the Kentucky School Boards Association Board, the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education, and the Women United with the United Way of South-Central Kentucky.

Blair Thomas Hess


Blair Thomas Hess is the co-author of four Kentucky travel guides including My Old Kentucky Road Trip and The State of Bourbon and a forthcoming fifth book about the history and culture of the Bluegrass State. A born and bred Kentuckian, Blair is a communications professional and travels the state as an ambassador of its tourism and traditions.

She lives in Frankfort with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Aris Cedeño

Governor's Scholars Program Executive Director

Aristófanes Cedeño, born and raised in Panama, earned the degree of Attorney at Law at the University of Panama and obtained his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Michigan State University. For 15 years, he worked as a Professor at the University of Louisville. His research interests include natural law, the nineteenth century, and the Romantic Movement. He has published and edited two books and several papers in these areas.

Dr. Cedeño joined Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program as faculty in 1992 and has served the program as Campus Director (NKU 1995-2001), Academic Dean (1998-present), and Executive Director (2006-present).

Dr. Cedeño serves on the Board of the National Conference of Governors' Schools. He served on the Kentucky Humanities Board of Directors from 2007-2020. He has also completed appointments as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow (2006-07, University of Pittsburgh) and a Bingham Fellow (Louisville, 2012).

Jayne Moore Waldrop


Jayne Moore Waldrop is a Kentucky writer and attorney. She knows her home state from end to end, having grown up in far western Kentucky in a family of displaced Appalachians who returned home often to visit eastern Kentucky. She’s also lived and practiced law in Louisville, and she’s been an enthusiastic member of Lexington’s writing community since moving to central Kentucky.

She is the author of Retracing My Steps, a finalist in the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series, and Pandemic Lent: A Season in Poems, both published by Finishing Line Press. Her linked story collection, Drowned Town, was published in 2021 by University Press of Kentucky through its Fireside Industries imprint, a partnership with Hindman Settlement School.

Amanda Driscoll

Children's Book Author

Amanda Driscoll was born, raised, and still resides in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author and illustrator of four picture books: Little Grump Truck (2021), Klondike Do Not Eat Those Cupcakes! (2018), Wally Does Not Want a Haircut (2016), and Duncan the Story Dragon (2015), all published by Knopf.

For more information about Amanda and her books, visit her website at

President William T. Luckey Jr.

President of Lindsey Wilson College

Dr. William T. Luckey Jr. became the eighth president of Lindsey Wilson College on July 1, 1998. Luckey began working in the admissions office at Lindsey Wilson in 1983 and worked his way up to Director of Admissions, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vice President for Development, and then Vice President for Administration and Finance.

President Luckey holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Wabash (Ind.) College; a master's degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management; and a doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt's prestigious Peabody College. He has been published and lectured widely on the subject of the "scholar-ship of teaching."

Luckey is married to the former Elise Hendrickson of Oldham County, Ky. Elise was a member of the Kentucky Humanities Board of Directors from 2013-2018.

Dr. Ann C. Hall

Professor of Comparative Humanities, University of Louisville

Dr. Ann C. Hall is a Professor of Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville. She currently teaches drama, film, and comparative humanities.

Her publications include "A Kind of Alaska: Women in the Plays of O’Neill, Pinter, and Shepard" and "Phantom Variations: The Adaptations of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera."

Linda Gorton

Mayor of Lexington

Linda Gorton, the longest continuously serving member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, is serving her first term as Lexington Mayor. Mayor Gorton was elected on November 6, 2018.

A native of Ohio, Mayor Gorton has lived in Lexington most of her adult life. In addition to her 16 years on the Council, including four years as Vice Mayor, Mayor Gorton has been a dedicated volunteer in our community.

Charles W. Boteler

Retired Judge

Charles W. Boteler was a Kentucky trial judge for nearly 30 years in Hopkins County.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Kentucky Humanities since 2017 and is currently Board Chair.

He and his wife, Jonelle, now live in Middletown.

Cammie Jo Bolin

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Albany 

Cammie Jo Bolin is a Ph.D. candidate in American government at Georgetown University and recently joined the University of Albany faculty as an assistant professor of political science.

Her research explores questions of identity, representation, and participation in political and religious contexts in the United States. With Dr. Benjamin Knoll, she’s coauthored "She Preached the Word: Women’s Ordination in Modern America."

Before graduate school, she worked at Kentucky Humanities. This opportunity demonstrated the value of public scholarship, something she works to incorporate into her own research.

Mike Berry

Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet

Michael E. Berry was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to serve as Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet on December 10, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Berry served as the longest serving President and CEO in the history of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Berry holds a BA in American Studies and Political Science from Georgetown College and is a graduate of Waggener High School in Louisville.

President Tori McClure

President of Spalding University

Tori Murden McClure was named Spalding University's President in 2010, having served previously as a vice president and trustee. Taking lessons learned as an adventurer and explorer in Antarctica, Kenya and the Atlantic, as well as working for the Mayor of Louisville and Muhammad Ali, President McClure leads through collaborative leadership that brings diverse voices and experiences together.

She holds a bachelor’s from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, a law degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Fine Arts in writing degree from Spalding. She is author of the memoir, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, which details her journey to become the first American to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

President McClure is sought after as a speaker and presenter on a variety of topics, including religion and theology, leadership, higher education, adventure, and athleticism.

Dr. Aaron Thompson

President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Dr. Aaron Thompson is the President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Prior to taking the helm at CPE, Thompson served as Interim President of Kentucky State University; CPE Executive Vice President and Provost; and faculty member and administrator at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored numerous books and peer-reviewed publications on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention, and student success, among other topics. In 2019, he was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in industrial sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.