​Kayla Maddox -2018 Product Specialist, Tater Farm and Ranch Equipment.  Enjoys horseback riding, farming and the outdoors.

Frances Carter, CEO and Founder of LNC - Frances started wildlife rehabilitation and working with high school students in Casey County, KY in the 1980's. Then in 1993 moved the program to Southwestern High School in Somerset, KY.  Upon her retirement from teaching, the Center moved to 28 acres on Bridge Hollow Road in Somerset, KY.

 Along with the staff, Liberty Nature Center is run by the following (wonderful) Board of Directors:

​Molly Merrick-Hardy - Board Attorney, Graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law.  While in high school at SWHS, she was a member of SWHS Raptor Center that later became LNRC

​Erin Lowery, Wildlife Education Manager

​Jamie Bastin West -

2016 - present, Environmental Scientist II KY Transportation Cabinet

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Patrick Gaskin -

2015 - present, Associate Professor of Biology SCC

Ben Gonzales -

2013 - present,

Vice-President and Treasurer

Rita Curry -

Served 2013 - present, Secretary for Board 2014 - present

​Taylor Richardson Avina-2018 BB&T Bank

 The Liberty Nature Center currently has three full and part-time staff members:​​

​Jennifer Ford, Facilities Manager

Luann Tarter -

2013-present, Executive Vice President of Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment.

Meet Allegiant! 
Allegiant came to the Liberty Nature Center in July 2014. She is now a part of our education collection. To read Allegiant's full story,
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"With Liberty and Wildlife for All!" 

Whitnie Wolsey-2018, Behavior Specialist