2021 Presenter Bios | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

2021 Presenter Bios

The following folks will be leading various elements of KFTC's 2021 Annual Meeting. Get to know more about them!

Lisa Abbott is an organizing Co-Director with KFTC. She coordinates KFTC’s work on Just Transition, sustainable energy, and climate change.

Joyce Adkins has been a member of KFTC since her retirement from public health in 2017. She has served on the Warren County Democracy Team as well as the state Economic Justice Committee for several years, and served as a Voter Empowerment organizer in 2018. She has participated in phone banking, text banking, and in person canvassing and is so happy the pandemic is easing up enough to allow some in person contacts again! Joyce is Tri-Chair of the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign. She is the proud mama of two progressive sons and five awesome grandchildren, as well as mama to Paco Bad Kitty and Jack the Dog.

Kathy Curtis has been an active member of the Big Sandy Chapter since 2006.  She’s served on the Economic Justice Committee, and participated in the KFTC Organizing Academy and the Just Transition Cohort. Last year Kathy served as Steering Committee Alternate, has participated in OCI, and continues to serve on KFTC’s Executive Leadership Transition Team. Kathy also has extensive experience in other community efforts. She was actively involved in Grow Appalachia, Community Farm Alliance, co-founded Appalachian Roots, and has hosted a radio show on WMMT telling the story of food and farming in the mountains. And, Kathy has recently been elected prioress of an ecumenical monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition, the first non-Catholic in that community to hold that position.

Kathy Curtis 

Annette Hines

Angela Rowe is originally from Middlesboro but considers herself a West Liberty native since she spent the majority of her childhood and teen years there. She and her children moved to Morehead where she attended Morehead State University and where she is currently the Educational Program Coordinator/Manager with the secondary teacher preparation program, MSUTeach. Angela is on the Economic Justice Committee, Leadership Development committee, and on the Steering Committee. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time exploring the world with her children (Tyler, 22, Taylia, 18, and Tanner, 12), advocating for matters dear to her heart, and being involved in her community.
Tamarra Wieder serves as the Kentucky State Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky, based in Louisville.  As the state director, Tamarra manages organizing, advocacy, and electoral efforts to promote, protect, and advance access to sexual health, education, and reproductive rights in Kentucky. Prior to joining the team at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in 2015, Tamarra worked for the ACLU.  Tamarra is extremely proud of the wins for comprehensive sex education in Kentucky and our electoral growth and power in Frankfort. She currently lives in Louisville with her husband and three cats.  Tamarra Wieder