Board of Directors

Lexington Community Land Trust is a Community-Led Membership Organization. Every resident in an LCLT home, whether renter or homeowner, is automatically a voting member of LCLT. Additionally, One Third of LCLT’s Board of Directors must be residents in LCLT homes.

Board Officers

Past 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. 

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. 

Vice President– 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.

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 served as a Commercial Loan Officer and Senior Vice President at Cumberland Valley National Bank. Larry currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Officer for Forcht Bank.

Secretary– Phil Logsdon

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Board Members

Board MemberMichele Baker

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Board Member– Arthur Crosby

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Board Member– Connie Godfrey

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Board Member– Godfrey Morata

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Board Member– Shameka Duffin

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Board Member– Cassandra Moore

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Board Member– David Balondani

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Board Member– Carol Shanklin

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Board Member– Katie Thompson

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Meet the Staff

Russ Barclay

Executive Director

Every one of us has a housing story.  Our housing experiences have tremendous impact on our well-being, our development, and our capacity to function in the everyday and towards our aspirations.  Simply stated, the homes in which we have lived have the propensity to either dampen or AMPLIFY our sense of self-worth and self-reliance, as well as our sense of place and neighborhood.

Our family’s housing journey has been deeply impacted by the land trust model.  At a point in time in which our young family was discouraged by the home buying process, the City of Lakes Community Land Trust partnered with our family in the purchase of our first home.  This is the home where our children learned to ride their bikes, where we participated in a multi-cultural community garden, and where we experienced firsthand the resiliency and richness of a community that was often overlooked and stigmatized by others.

The relationships we formed with our neighbors have inspired and compelled me to dedicate my life towards innovative community development that celebrates, develops, and builds upon an individual’s and a community’s dignity, assets, and aspirations.

Our Land Trust home will always be our first home.  Our Land Trust home will always be the place that AMPLIFIED our young family’s well-being and aspirations.  For this and so much more, the Barclay’s are forever grateful!

Russ can be reached at

Justin Kirchner

Director of Homeownership

Justin started with Lexington Community Land Trust in January of 2017. He graduated with a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Murray State University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership. He wrote his Masters Thesis on the causes of property abandonment in Lexington, and the disparate outcomes related to vacant and abandoned homes.

Justin is proud to continue serving his hometown through the creation of permanently affordable homeownership opportunities and community-controlled land stewardship. Justin previously worked for Habitat for Humanity in Indianapolis, IN and Richmond, KY- and is happy to bring his passion for community development back to Lexington. When not in the office, you can find Justin in his garden eating tomatoes off the vine with his small flock of backyard chickens, bees, and pups keeping him busy.

Justin can be reached at