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 recent graduate of the University of Kentucky. She has a degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She 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 was 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. She is an avid supporter of equal rights, gender equality, and animal rights.
Position: Secretary, Website Developer
Audrey is earning degrees from the University of Kentucky in Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science with a minor in French and Francophone Studies. She currently interns for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in Washington, DC working to reform cannabis laws. They organized and moderated the Kentucky Town Hall on Gun Violence in May of 2019 to offer Kentuckians an opportunity to engage about the gun violence epidemic with political figures and social advocacy groups. Audrey studied visual art for nine years in a magnet program, and still creates every day despite not continuing academic art studies.
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.