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Ernesto Scorsone, President

Ernesto ScorsoneErnesto Scorsone is a Fayette Circuit Court Judge. Prior to being a judge, Ernesto practiced law as well as served in the state legislature for 24 years (12 in the House and 12 in the Senate). As an attorney he led the legal team in Wasson v. Commonwealth resulting in Kentucky's 4th degree sodomy law being declared unconstitutional and in Ireland v. Commonwealth which guarantees domestic violence protection to LGBTQ couples. As a legislator, in addition to his work on education and health care, Ernesto championed the fair treatment of LGBTQ Kentuckians. He helped enact a hate crime provision that applies to LGBTQ discrimination, fought for inclusion of LGBTQ Kentuckians in our state's Civil Rights law, and helped draft the Executive order currently in place for LGBTQ employees in state government. In 2010, Ernesto was inducted in Kentucky's Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Brandl Skirvin, Vice President

Brandyl SkirvinBrandl, who owns State Beauty Supply, has served on numerous community boards and donated his time and resources to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, AIDS Volunteers of Lexington, the American Cancer Society and JustFundKY, to name a few. Through his passion to help people identify their dreams and develop the skills to make them come true, he has assisted thousands of salon professionals in the past 22 years.

Brandl also owns The Salon and Spa Idea Group, which specializes in design, and he recently partnered with several beauty industry leaders who together own KRS Sales Development, the country's largest beauty distribution consulting company.

Marsha Charles, Treasurer

Marsha CharlesBorn and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Pikeville, Marsha has lived in Lexington since 1982. She runs a small business and pastors a brand new United Church of Christ congregation that is "open and affirming."

In the past few years, Marsha has become increasingly involved with JustFundKY. In 2009 she captained four tables at the Kentucky Horse Park event, and in 2011 she co-chaired the baseball-themed celebration at what was then Applebee's Park. She's back at the helm because she is drawn to JFKY's mission of targeting rural Kentucky for LGBTQ educational efforts that promote fairness and equality. Marsha understands firsthand how hard it is to grow up gay in that environment, and she is passionate about making a difference in local communities.

David Lafferty, Secretary

David LaffertyDavid is a serial entrepreneur and investor who currently serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of an international industrial construction and staffing company. He previously started, operated and sold successful businesses ranging from insurance to computer equipment and consulting to a restaurant. David is a graduate of Transylvania University and a long-time supporter and volunteer for many charitable organizations. His history as a JustFundKY volunteer dates nearly back to its very beginning.

Cliff Todd

Cliff ToddCliff Todd from Louisville, Ky retired from a very successful business career in the prison industry. He is a physical fitness guru and champion of equal rights. Cliff has been a generous philanthropist with a number of educational and health concerns, including his alma mater, Western Kentucky University. In 2006, wanting to make a lasting contribution to equal rights for LGBTQ Kentuckians he made a $500,000 match pledge to JustFundKY to create an endowment. Cliff wanted to be create a Kentucky funding stream for work to end LGBTQ discrimination in the Commonwealth. After a successful four year fundraising campaign the endowment is up and running with the first grants awarded in 2011.

Bernadette Barton

Bernadette BartonDr. Bernadette Barton is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University. She is the author of Stripped: More Stories from Exotic Dancers (2017) and Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays (2014). Barton writes and lectures on contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, religion, culture, and the sex industry. Dr. Barton’s new projects examine the impact of raunch culture in the lives of young people and marriage equality mobilization in Kentucky.

Mary Ellen Hart

Dennis Stutsman

John Davis