Board of Directors

Board Officers

President– Norman Franklin

Norman serves the Lexington community as the Vice President and Chief Financial Office of the Urban League and the Manager of Development for the Fayette County Local Development Corporation.  Norman has been employed with the Urban League for thirty years and for twenty-five years with the Development Corporation.  Since 1992, he has worked with Community Housing Development Organization development funds and down payment assistance and has assisted 158 home buyers.  Norman has been an ordained minister with the Missionary Baptist since 2005, and is an avid reader of theology, philosophy, and history.  He enjoys writing social and political commentary. 

Vice President– Joan Whitman

Joan is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.  Joan is also a realtor with her own company.  She served twice as President of the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors and was active on both the state and national level.  She is co-founder and director of the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation which has the primary function of repairing homes of low-income elderly homeowners.  She also was a Commissioner on the LFUCG Planning Commission for eight years and chaired the LFUCG Housing and Support Services Committee for several years. 

Treasurer– Larry Forester

Larry Bee Forester is from Varnville, South Carolina.  Larry is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School class of 2000.  While attending high school he participated on the varsity baseball team for three years and the varsity football team for one year.  After high school Larry accepted an athletic scholarship to Pikeville College.  He was a member of the baseball team for one year, football team for five years (one of the elite nine), ACE mentor for two years, and a member of the yearbook committee.  Larry graduated from Pikeville College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. 

Immediately following graduation Larry started his career with Community Trust Bank through their management trainee program.  After completing the program he was able to secure a retail lending position at a branch in Lexington.  He was quickly promoted to Commercial Lender, assistant Vice President, and Vice President for the Central Kentucky Region at Community Trust Bank. Larry now serves as a Commercial Loan Officer and Senior Vice President at Cumberland Valley National Bank at their new Lexington location.

Secretary– Kenneth Demus

Kenneth Lee Demus Sr. is the fourth of eight children of Felix and Shirley Demus and a long-time resident of Davis Bottom.  Kenneth graduated from Lafayette High School in 1979.  He then attended Central Vocational School, majoring in Culinary Arts.  In 1981 he was appointed leader of the Southend Democratic Youth Organization by then Mayor Scotty Baesler.  In 1982 he accepted a position with Fayette County Public Schools as a school bus driver.  Kenneth, now a Certified Driver Trainer and Supervisor, conducts classes instructing people on how to become school bus drivers.  Kenneth’s greatest achievement and blessing has been becoming the proud father of three beautiful daughters and a son.  While Kenneth has struggled with the challenges of being a single parent, three of his four children have graduated from college, with the youngest currently enrolled at Transylvania University. Kenneth credits his children for the success in his own life. Kenneth is currently a CLT homeowner and serves as a 2016 Resident Ambassador for the Grounded Solutions Network, which represents permanently affordable housing across the country.

Board Members

Michelle Baker

Arthur Crosby

Kenneth Demus

Jake Gibbs

Connie Godfrey

Godfrey Morata

Shameka Duffin

Cassandra Moore

David Balondani

Carol Shanklin

Katie Thompson