Ward Wilson became Executive Director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance in February 2017. Ward previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and has been an active member of KWA for over 20 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.
Executive Director Emeritus
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. She is currently pursuing a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.
Environmental Education Leadership Corps Member
Abigail Stewart has joined KWA through AmeriCorps Environmental Education Leadership Corps. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Sustainability at the University of Louisville. Born and raised in Louisville KY, she has always been very passionate about ways to make our city more sustainable along with our waterways cleaner. Abigail likes to spend her time volunteering, as well as being a part of committees that embrace the importance of sustainable choices. KWA’s partnership with the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education will allow her to educate individuals on current KWA events as well as coordinating with Project WET.