Ward Wilson became Executive Director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance in February 2017 after serving on the Board of Directors. He has been an active member of KWA for over 25 years. Ward is a Kentucky native who grew up in Shelbyville and earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Ward has always been fascinated with water and wildlife at work and play. He has found his dream job at KWA.
Executive Director Emerita
Judith Petersen served as executive director for Kentucky Waterways Alliance from 1997 to 2017 and is still an invaluable resource for the organization as a consultant. Judy is a national leader in clean water policy and respected voice for Kentucky waterways. She holds a B.S in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Red River Watershed Coordinator
Laura Gregory joined the KWA team as the Red River Watershed Coordinator in May 2017. Born and raised in Denton, TX, Laura attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in Geography. Since then she has rock climbed, backpacked, biked, worked migrant farm jobs, and played music across the country. She moved to Kentucky in 2009 after falling in love with the people, the place, the music, and the perfect climate for gardening. Laura was previously the Coordinator for the Wolfe County, KY Grow Appalachia Program- a non-profit, grant funded, science and education based organic gardening program.
Director of Donor & Community Relations
Charlotte Caldwell is originally from Bolton Landing, New York, on the shores of Lake George in the Adirondack State Park. Her lifelong passion for fresh water and knowledge of limnology has brought her to KWA. Charlotte received her B.S. in conservation biology from St. Lawrence University. She spent several summers conducting freshwater ecology research on Lake George at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s satellite laboratory: the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. Charlotte has worked with several local nonprofits since moving to Louisville in 2017. Charlotte graduated in 2021 with a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.
Madeline Scarbrough is a Louisville, KY native who grew up exploring Kentucky’s
waterways and natural areas. Her love of the region and continuing curiosity
about ecology led her to earn her B.S. in Aquatic Biology from Eastern Kentucky
University. Madeline is excited to be working with KWA and its partners in the
interest of conservation and to be connecting with others who care for the
Community Engagement Intern: Summer 2021
Lauren Neal was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she received her B.A. in Political Science from Bellarmine University in 2019. She is currently going into her second year of law school at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.
Clean Waterways Coordinator
Harper became the Clean Waterways Coordinator in July of 2021 after being a volunteer with KWA. Harper is a Louisville native and has lived in Lexington for 6 years. She attended Transylvania University where she studied biology, sociology, and environmental studies in hopes of pursuing a position that would allow her to do more for environmental conservation and protection. Harper is ecstatic to be apart of the KWA team, look out for Harper at our upcoming volunteer events!