Forward Kentucky Contributors

Forward Kentucky is built on the work of many people, and among the most important are our contributing writers. We value their insights, their varied experiences, and their willingness to share their expertise and their writing with others. The best way you can thank them is to read their stories and engage them in the comment sections — but a nice Thank You left in the feedback form is good too!

Aaron SmithAaron Smith has been drawing for as long as he could hold a pencil. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky before attending the University of Kentucky, where dozens of his editorial cartoons were published by the Kentucky Kernal, UK’s award-winning student run newspaper. His interests include social justice, bourbon and Saturday mornings, sometimes all at once. He currently lives in Louisville with his wife and two ferocious house cats.

GregLeichtyGreg Leichty is a professor of Communication at the University of Louisville.  His teaching and research interests are in the areas of conflict management and social movements.  He has been involved in several social justice organizations in the Louisville area over the last decade, and he ran for office in 2014.


SarahLynnCunninghamSarah Lynn Cunningham, PE is the director of the Louisville Climate Action Network. She is a licensed, professional environmental engineer, and holds two interdisciplinary degrees from the University of Louisville: a bachelor’s in environmental engineering and a master’s in environmental education and environmental history. She has been an environmental activist for over four decades.  (She got started young, and is older than she looks!)

After retiring from civil service, Sarah Lynn began applying her practical experience in implementing energy-efficiency projects and policies to a part-time private engineering practice, and to educating others about the many benefits of reducing their carbon footprints.

In 2007, after being invited to join the international Climate Reality Project and licensed by Al Gore to give her own version of An Inconvenient Truth, she co-founded the Louisville Climate Action Network.

Besides teaching for Louisville CAN, she has taught UofL’s “Green Engineering and Sustainable Design” graduate and “Introduction to Environmental Engineering” undergraduate courses.

NealTurpinNeal Turpin is a PhD candidate at the University of Louisville’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, where he is focusing of public policy and participation, democratic structures, and efficiency. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, working out at the Southeast YMCA, where the two of them met, and teaching Sunday school at Buechel Park Baptist Church. Neal also has an appreciation for trivia, movie scores, and the Muppets.


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