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Board of Directors

Barb Beaney

Barb joined the DBCHS Board of Directors in December 2001 and a year later became the board treasurer. 

“I have had the privilege to work with so many talented and dedicated board members, volunteers and supportive community members over the past twenty years,” Barb said. “It has been exciting to witness the upgrades and expansions to the facility and the addition of many outstanding programs, all with the goal of providing compassionate care to animals in Boyle County.” 

Barb is retired as farm manager at Sugar Knoll Farm. She enjoys spending time on the golf course, reading and keeping her dogs, Lucy & Jazzie entertained.

Laura Coleman Pritchard

A native of Calhoun, Kentucky, and a graduate of Centre College who just stuck around Danville, Laura joined the DBCHS board of directors in 2019. Her favorite part of working with the Humane Society is volunteering with Dogs Playing for Life--i.e., doggy playgroups. In her professional life, Laura works as a director of major gifts at Saint Mary's College. She lives in Danville with her husband, Mike, and her labs, Ozzie and Cooper. 

Fizzy Ramsey

Fizzy joined the DBCHS board of directors in 2013 and served as president from

2016 - 2021. She served dual chair/ED roles following the passing of Executive Director, Kathy Nelsen, and helped to complete the finishing touches of the Katherine E Nelsen Adoption Center in her memory. She has been a driving force for adopting best practices in animal sheltering, shelter statistics transparency, and expanding spay/neuter opportunities for community cats, all in efforts to increase the life-saving capacity of DBCHS. In addition to board service, she enjoys fostering orphaned kittens until they're of adoptable age. She is a practicing Physician Assistant for Danville Internal Medicine, where she has practiced since 2012. 

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Alethea Bruzek 

Alethea Bruzek, Boyle County Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, has worked for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service since January 2013. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Studies and a Master’s in Public Health. Alethea has served on several boards previously such as the Art Center of the Bluegrass, Arts Commission, Centro Latino, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She currently serves on Danville Boyle County Senior Citizen’s, Hudson Ellis, Boyle County Public Library, and Danville Boyle County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Aside from loving her job and enjoying working with the public doing life skills education, Alethea enjoys spending time with friends and family and especially her many pets. She and her husband Scott have a house/yard full of fur babies including 4 cats (2 indoor, 2 outdoor), 4 chickens, 1 80lb lap dog, and 1 24-year-old red eared slider turtle. Ask anyone who knows her--she loves animals.

George Coomer

Danielle Dampier

Danielle joined the board in 2015 and took over the responsibilities of recording secretary for several years. Currently, she enjoys the role of corresponding secretary. Her favorite thing about being a part of DBCHS is how her knowledge of the shelter, as well as its practices and programs, has increased ten-fold. 

Danielle is a former school administrator who entered the world of small business a few years back.  She is the owner/operator of Danielle’s Drive-Away Cafe, which provides delicious treats and meals to the Boyle County area. The Drive-Away Cafe is located on Lebanon Road. Danielle lives in her favorite little town, Danville, with her spoiled dog, Boomer, who runs the house. She, along with her two cats Nelson and Rockefella, feel privileged to share the house with him.

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Born and raised in Danville, George is a full-time realtor and auctioneer at Coldwell Banker & VIP Auction Company. His previous career was as a Project Manager in the telecom industry.  He resides in Danville with his wife Valarie and three four-legged family members:  their cat, Kitty Boy; a Border Collie/Aussie mix named Ginger (pictured); and a Catahoula rescue named Nellie. George says that sweet Ginger is the best dog that he has ever had, and probably will always be. They adopted Nellie after she completed the Ohio Prison Dog Program. Their pets are and have always been important parts of their lives. They have always supported the important mission of the DBCHS and look forward to continuing in the future.


In addition to being on the board of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, George is active in the community as a Board member of The Constitution Square Birthplace of Kentucky Committee, Chairman of The Boyle Landmark Trust, and is on the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors Executive Committee.


Kay Drake

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Johnny Durham

Kay joined the DBCHS board of directors in 2017. She previously worked with the PetSmart program and enjoys helping with fundraising events. In her professional life, Kay works as a vice president for human resources at Centre College. She lives in Danville with her husband, John, and her two dogs, Maggie (pictured) and Myles. They have one daughter, Ashley, who resides in Weatherford, Texas with her husband, Lance, and the “grand” dog, Blue. 

Johnny Durham, a graduate of Danville High School and Centre College is a lifelong resident of Boyle County. As well as retiring as a Captain from the United States Naval Reserve and serving our country in Vietnam, Johnny has maintained a career in Real Estate for over 45 years as a licensed Broker and Auctioneer. During Johnny’s career, he has served as the President / Chairman of the following groups: The Danville Kiwanis Club, The Danville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, The Danville Jaycees, The Central Kentucky Red Cross, and The Danville Board of Realtors. Johnny and his wife Cubby currently reside on their 35 acre Perryville Road farm with their 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses, and a donkey. Johnny and Cubby have long been ardent supporters of The Danville Boyle County Humane Society through both adoptions and financial donations.

Executive Director

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Kari Kuh

Kari Kuh fell for her first rescued dog in the second grade - a collie-shepherd mix named Happy. In the many (!) years since then, she’s rescued, fostered, and adopted more cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs than she can count. Kari graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Communications and embarked on a radio career. After years in promotions, marketing, and sales, she left the corporate world. For more than a decade, she’s served in various roles helping nonprofit organizations with community engagement, public relations, and fundraising. By far her favorite role is with DBCHS, and she’s thrilled to be a part of the movement to help care for animals beyond shelter walls with Home To Home™ and the Community Cat Program. Kari likes to cook - and eat! - listen to music, and hang out with her family: three dogs, Buckaroo, Trixie, and Tucker; two cats, Alf and Yui, and one very patient human, William. 

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