FEED Board of Directors

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Shannon Smith

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Shannon is the Kentucky State Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association (AHA) and is skilled in navigating the legislative process at the federal, state, and local levels. 


Shannon is responsible for promoting the legislative agenda, working on local policy priorities in communities across Kentucky, and coordinating with AHA volunteers.  

Shannon is active in her community, co-founder of Fayette Eating Education and Delivery, FEED, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Beaumont YMCA, a member of the Central KY YMCA Board, member of the Garden Springs Elementary Advisory Council and PTA, and a volunteer coach.

Shannon and her husband, Seth, have lived in Lexington with their two girls for over 10 years.  As a family, they enjoy time together, hiking, camping, playing sports, and having fun. 

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Mandy Otis

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Mandy Otis is co-founder and Vice-President of the FEED Board of Directors. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Georgetown College and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from The Patterson School at the University of Kentucky.


Mandy has a varied career in both the public and private sectors including non-profit work, Congressional office staff, state government employment, freelance writing, and grant research and writing for various organizations.


Mandy enjoys reading any chance she gets, snow skiing with great mediocrity, exercising with no discernable regularity, and watching her kids play soccer and baseball.


Halloween is her favorite holiday. She lives in Lexington with her husband, two sons, a hyper dog, a laid back cat, a large bearded dragon, and a fish with no name.


Sylvia Lovely

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Sylvia Lovely often describes herself as a lawyer by training, a CEO by experience and a media mogul … in her dreams!


She spent 25 plus years as CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities. She also wrote two books as well as opinion pieces for newspapers across the world and appeared regularly on WUKY radio with her observations on life and wisdom in Kentucky’s cities.

Upon retirement from KLC in 2009, Sylvia founded Sylvia Lovely & Associates to further pursue her various interests. Among them is the Azur Food Group, consisting of Azur Restaurant and Patio, Lexington Diner and Mane on Main Catering and Events. Along with Chef Jeremy Ashby, her business partner, she co-hosts Food News and Chews Radio on WVLK 590 AM and appears every Friday morning on the popular Jack Pattie Show talking up food on everything from recipes to wellness!


Other professional endeavors include writing for publications on HR issues and conducting workshops related to resiliency and leadership development. She has also published her third book, “Dodging Coconuts, How to Survive the Storm and Rebuild Your Life.” 

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Christy Morris


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My name is Christy Morris and I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my two young boys and my husband. 


I am a group fitness instructor at the YMCA, coach and full time mom. I am passionate about food and nutrition and my favorite time with my family is either on the hiking trail or around the dinner table.  


I have a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in Finance and a background in hospital finance along with several years of experience in financial analysis. 

I grew up in an impoverished area of Eastern Kentucky, and I am very aware of the differences in resources at our schools, not only across the region, but sometimes within a mile of each other. 


For years, I have concentrated my efforts on volunteering at underserved schools and have served as liaison to other organizations in order to reduce the gaps in resources at our public schools. 


I also work for Run the Bluegrass, a local half marathon, and serve as the Kids Race Director.  Run the Bluegrass supports a non-profit, LexEnomics, whose primary goal is to support start up charities that better our community as well as being a substantial financial partner of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates). 


I serve as Treasurer at FEED and do the majority of ordering and managing of inventory, developing menus, as well as logistical support for the preparation and delivery of food. 


I am passionate about kids and my goal is to bring community partners together and end childhood hunger in our schools.

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Sharon Bird


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Sharon Bird has spent 25 years in advocacy, fundraising, and economic development, working with elected officials from the local courthouse to the White House.


The most recent five years of her career have been invested in working with the federal government on issues as diverse as retaining federal funding for programs critical to clients, human rights and fairness issues, to assisting elected officials in creating affordable, safe housing opportunities for those suffering from addiction.


She specializes in gas-fired clean energy, New Markets Tax Credits, alternative healthcare, economic development, traditional and non-traditional fund raising and federal governmental relations.

Sharon provides professional, creative and ethical guidance for businesses and non-profits struggling to have their voices heard, their concerns recognized, and their suggested solutions given serious consideration by those in power, be it at the local, state or federal level.

She earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University in 1999.


Prior to co-founding Bird Consulting Group with Shannon Smith, Sharon was a stockbroker at Hilliard Lyons and Lexington Investment Company with a thirteen year career in money management.

When she isn’t working for clients, you can find her kayaking any available waterway, teaching and practicing Pilates, or curled up in a corner with a good book.

Sharon and her husband, Randy Bird, co-owner of SKY Global Partners, (www.skyglobalpartners.com) have three grown children, two sons-in-law, and four granddarlings.

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Jennifer McChord


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Jennifer McChord has been in marketing and business development in all sizes of business, from small/medium businesses to a Fortune 500 technology company, for over 20 years.  

For the past few years, Jennifer and her husband, Jay, have been building their leadership and communication company where they teach others how to connect with audiences, build relationships, and know the times we live in and how to adapt to be the most successful leader and communicator possible.  

Jennifer brings to FEED a skill of communicating the message and mission of FEED.  She is passionate about sharing the very real need of providing food on the weekends and holidays to Fayette County school children who might not otherwise have anything to eat. Her goal is to share this message with community and business leaders and encourage them to get involved to ensure that not one child goes hungry in Fayette County. 


Jennifer is married to Jay and together they are building a family which includes her 15-year old son and a 15-year old step daughter, both in high school at Lafayette High School in Lexington.


Her spare time includes cheering on her kids at soccer and volleyball along with taking long walks with her Chi-weenie dog, "Chewy".