Board Members and Officers
Position: President, Board Member
Amanda lives in Lexington, KY with her husband, Brad Connell and two daughters, Natalie and Audrey. She earned her BA in Fine Art/ Philosophy from the University of Louisville, and also studied Fine Art and Architecture in Paris, France in 1989. She has been awarded 18+ professional grants for her work representing women and nature. Her work is in many notable permanent collections & museums, including the Singletary Center for the Arts, Aviation Museum of KY, and City of Mainz, Germany among many others. She is the CEO of Prometheus Bronze Foundry, LLC, a WBE, DBE & SBE Certified company whose clients include: Universities, Municipalities, Corporations, Architects, Engineers, and the US Federal Government including the US Department of Defense, US Army, & US Navy. She focuses on public art, monuments, portraiture, art as a form of activism, and nature-inspired historic and mythical figures.
Position: Vice President, Board Member
Debbie was born in Glasgow, KY and resides in Mt. Washington, KY. She is devoted to changing the education system for children with intellectual/physical challenges. Debbie's passion for this was sparked when her daughter, Annie, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Because of Debbie's undying dedication, Annie was able to be educated in a fully inclusive environment, which laid the path forward to an enriched adult life. Debbie is a consultant for KYSPIN (Kentucky Special Parent Involvment Network) and the KY Deafblind Project. She spoke in 2007 to the Legislature in Frankfort, KY about the need to update the Adult Services Regulations for persons with disabilities. Because of this interaction, she was asked to participate in the development of regulations of the Waiver Programs in the state of KY. Debbie is a committee member of the HRC-BIC (Human Rights Committee-Behavior Intervention Committee), and would be proud to leave behind a legacy of bringing acceptance, equality, and empowerment to persons with special needs.
Position: Treasurer, Board Member
Roger is the owner of R. Chambliss Design, located in Lexington, KY, and is a professional jeweler and hand engraver. He is Japanese American. His mother was made to live in an internment camp for years as a teenager in the US, which has helped shape Roger's understanding of minority voices throughout modern history. Roger's art work has been presented to or commissioned by such notables as Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and Kurt Vonnegut. Additionally, the Headley-Whitney Museum has a piece of his silver in their permanent Kentucky silver smiths collection. He wishes to pass on the creative meditative experience of producing beautiful items of the spirit through teaching. He apprenticed at Mithril Ltd, and learned all aspects of the bench jewelers trade. During this time he came to admire the beauty of hand engraving. Roger enrolled at Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, PA and graduated in 1988 from their hand engraving program. He worked for several jewelry stores, while also teaching himself the art of the silver smith. In 2001, he started R. Chambliss Design.
Position: Board Member
Heather began her involvement in the arts as the General Manger of a Woman-Owned metal fabrication and manufacturing plant, Techne Engineering, that helped design and build some of the support structures for Amanda Matthews' large scale artwork. After thirteen years in the manufacturing industry, Heather decided to change fields and become a nurse practitioner specializing in infectious diseases. She has a love of education and has earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Humanities with a concentration in Ancient Cultures, a Master’s in Business, an Associates of Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Nursing, and has most recently received another Master's degree to become a nurse practitioner. In her spare time she enjoys supporting the arts, is an advocate for animal rights and an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations.
Position: Board Member
Natalie is a Senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She currently serves as a research intern at the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute. She also works part-time for Prometheus Art Foundry, LLC and Old School Coffee. She earned the Presidential Scholarship and the Raymond Scholarship at the University of Kentucky. Natalie is a member of the Scholars in Engineering and Management Honors pathway. Additionally, she serves as a founding officer of EngiQueers, a STEM-focused, LGBTQ+ student group. Natalie plans to earn her Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, then pursue a PhD in Mathematics. Eventually, she plans to be a Professor of Mathematics. She is an avid supporter of equal rights, gender equality, and animal rights.
Position: Board Member
Brenda has been married to James A. Matthews III for over 50 years and currently resides in Mount Washington, Kentucky. She is a mother of four, a grandmother of nine, and a great-grandmother of two. Brenda is a retired realtor and a semi-retired independent builder and developer. She is an avid antiques collector and former antiques dealer. She grew up in an era where gender inequality was quite evident, and is serious about seeing progress toward gender equality during her lifetime for her five granddaughters and three daughters.
Position: Board Member
Jane is married and has an adult son and daughter. She resides in Mount Washington, Kentucky. She worked in property maintenance for a number of years. For the last few years, she has designed, built, and decorated homes. She has also remodeled several homes, specializing in efficient kitchen layout design and appearance. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and raising flowers of all types.
Position: Secretary, Website Developer
Audrey is a Freshman at the University of Kentucky. She is double majoring in Political Science and Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a specialization in French and Francophone studies. She is minoring in Gender and Women's studies. She is employed at Prometheus Art Foundry, LLC in addition to working for the Transformative Learning Department at UK. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Audrey plans to earn a Masters degree in Political Science, possibly a PhD or JD, and work in politics. Audrey graduated from high school as a SCAPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) Visual Arts Major, and was in the Pre-Engineering Program. She incorporates symbolism of feminism and equality in her artwork to represent her beliefs. As the secretary, Audrey is responsible for documenting and approving Meeting Minutes.