Board Members and Officers
Below you will find information about our Board Members and Officers. For more information, please email us on our Contact Us page.
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 & 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 Dept 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. Her ongoing decade-long body of work of dryads, the female spirit of the trees, is called "Messengers".
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 medatative 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 critical care registered nurse. She also 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 and is now 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 Sophomore at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Biosystems Engineering and Mathematics, with minors in Spanish Language and Culture, as well as Vocal Performance. She is employed at Prometheus Art Foundry, LLC. She was accepted for a Marine Biology Intesive Program the summer before her sophomore high school year in Sarasota, FL through Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program). Additionally, she recently scored a 35 on her ACT (College Entrance Exam) and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship and the Lester Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Engineering. Natalie participated in the University of Kentucky's "Women in Engineering" intensives in the fields of mining, biosystems, chemical/material, electrical/computer, computer science, and civil engineering. 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. 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.
"The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it."
- Chief Joseph
Position: Board Member
Jane is married and has an adult son and daughter. She resides in Mt. Washington, KY. 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.
" Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."
- Francis of Assisi
Position: Secretary, Website Developer
Audrey is a Junior at Lafayette High School. She is a SCAPA (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) Visual Arts Major, and is in the Pre-Engineering Program. She is employed at Prometheus Art Foundry, LLC. Audrey's honors and awards include, LLYP Leadership Lexington Participant, Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program), 13 KMEA Solo and Ensemble Band Medals, 4.0 GPA, sculptor of the Children's Choice Award for the Keeneland Concours (benefitting the Kentucky Children's Hospital), recipient of the Medical Society Scientific Award of 2017, and she is the Broadcast Announcing Champion of the 2015 KHSSL State Tournament (Kentucky High School Speech League). 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.