We are pleased to announce the leadership position of Executive Director has been accepted by Edmonson County native, Jamie Sizemore.
Jamie will officially take the helm of the organization on January 2, 2019. Gary Miles has been with FAKH since 1998, 18 years as Executive Director, and recently announced his retirement from the position.
Jamie brings more than 30 years of management experience to the organization. Prior to accepting this position, she was the publisher of Standard Communications, which includes The Kentucky Standard newspaper and PLG TV-13 local origination cable station and cable insertion business, in Bardstown, along with other regional management responsibilities. She began her newspaper career in 1986 with Landmark Community Newspapers serving in various leadership roles in Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee before coming back to Kentucky in 1992 as Advertising Manager at The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown. Jamie also held the positions of New Ventures Manager and Circulation Manager during her 16 years with The News-Enterprise.
“Jamie is a talented and proven leader,” said Tim Hagan, FAKH Board Chairman. “There is no other person more qualified for this role and no other could be as dedicated in our mission to feed the hungry.”
In her new role, she will oversee the daily operations of FAKH as we serve over 225 partner agencies in 42 central, south central, and western counties in Kentucky. We distribute over 12.5 million meals per year, acquired through donated food, grocery items, and government commodities. She will also serve as a member of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks statewide board.
“I am honored to be working with the dedicated FAKH’s staff, passionate volunteers, financial supporters, and our community partner agencies, as we continue our mission of advocating and providing for those in need so no one goes to bed hungry in our service area,” Sizemore said of her new position.
Jamie has been very active in the communities where she has worked and lived over the past three decades, serving in leadership roles in volunteer and civic organizations, such as United Way, Relay for Life, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, American Heart Association, numerous educational foundations, and several university journalism advisory boards in both Kentucky and Tennessee.
Most recently, she has contributed her time to numerous boards including Tri-County Kentucky United Way, Bardstown Rotary Club, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Since 2015, she served on the FAKH Board and served as chair of the FAKH Marketing Committee. She actively served as a board member and past president of the Kentucky Press Association, and was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award for Nelson County in 2017.
She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, lives in Elizabethtown with her husband, Toney, and has two adult sons, Grayson and Corbin.