Our History

In 2005, Marianne Smith Edge and Martha Clark learned about a women’s giving circle that was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, called Impact100. They realized no other community in the state had a concept like Impact100, where 100 women donate $1,000 each and those combined donations became one transformational $100,000 grant. Despite Owensboro’s size, they believed women in their community would embrace the idea. They quickly formed their original Board and those women gave Impact100 Owensboro the foundation it needed to flourish. Since its inception, Impact100 Owensboro has empowered a diverse group of local women of all ages, stages in life, income levels and backgrounds to come together to fund transformational grants in the Greater Owensboro region. After awarding grants in 2020, Impact100 Owensboro will have given $3,350,000 in grant funds to deserving nonprofits.

For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.

 

 

 

The Impact100 Model

The Impact100 model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within our local community, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.

At Least 100 Women
Come Together

Each Woman
Donates $1,000 (full) or $500 (half)

$100,000
Donated to a Local Charity

Focus Areas

We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:

Arts & Culture

Education

Family

Health & Wellness

Environment & Recreation

How it Works

The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Owensboro members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations in our community. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grants can be awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, and Environment & Recreation. Grants are awarded based on a vote of the Impact100 Owensboro membership at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote. A member who donates $500 has half a vote.

Linda Wahl
President
Linda Wahl
President

Linda has been an Owensboro resident since 1984. In January 2020, she retired from her position as supervisor of the Building Stronger Families program. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Brescia University.

Linda is a founding member of Impact100 Owensboro and has remained a member since inception. She became an IMPACT100 board member in 2018. Linda has been involved in the community for many years including the Junior League of Owensboro and Daviess County Medical Alliance where she served as president. She has also served on the boards of Boulware, Girls Inc., United Way of the Ohio Valley, The Center, and Hospice. Linda enjoys working with women to create a brighter future for our community.

Linda enjoys reading, book clubs, gardening and her family. Linda is married to her husband, Gary, has two adult sons Alex and Adam.

Tracy Naylor
Vice President
Tracy Naylor
Vice President

Tracy is the Director of the Owensboro Health Foundation where the team of staff and volunteers develop and cultivate a spirit of philanthropy and engagement throughout Owensboro Health’s 19-county service area. Prior to her time at OHF, Tracy was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Brescia University. She spent six years with the American Cancer Society both in Owensboro, Northern Kentucky, and at the Cincinnati Hope Lodge. She also served as Resident Services Coordinator at Wellington Parc where she first crossed paths with Impact100 Owensboro co-founder, Marianne Smith Edge. Tracy credits much of her professional ambition and accomplishments to modeling herself after Marianne’s leadership.

Tracy has called Owensboro home for much of last 30+ years. A graduate of Daviess County High School, she attended Johnson Bible College where she obtained a degree in Bible and Counseling and then Brescia University where she earned her Master of Science in Management degree. Tracy serves on the CASA Ohio Valley Board of Directors. She has been a member of Impact100 since 2015 and has served on several focus groups both as a member and as a co-chair. This is Tracy’s second year on the Impact100 Owensboro Board of Directors.

Tracy is married to Jason Cox and loves being part of his daughters’, Chloe and Maggie, lives. Between volleyball games, choir concerts, plays, and academic team meets, they keep her busy. They also have a fur child, Bertie, an English Springer Spaniel. Tracy enjoys anything outside – gardening, camping, hiking, kayaking, or just a good book on the sun porch.

Hope Yager
Secretary
Hope Yager
Secretary

Hope is a graduate of Brescia University and the owner of River City Insurance. She is the President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Owensboro and is on the Board of the Daniel Pitino Shelter.

Hope enjoys reading, gardening, getting together with friends and family, traveling and boating at Lake Barkley.  She has been a member of Impact100 Owensboro for 11 years. During that time she has been active on the Membership Committee, currently as Co-chair and served on Focus Groups.

Hope is married to Pat Yager. She has two sons, Eric and Logan Garner and 3 stepchildren, Holly, John and Tony and 8 grandchildren. Being a member of Impact100 is truly rewarding.  Alone you can do so much, but with the empowering women of Impact100, you can do so much more!

Regenia Sims
Treasurer
Regenia Sims
Treasurer

Regenia Sims is native of Owensboro. She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Management Degrees from Brescia University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1992.  Regenia worked for York, Neel and Company, CPAs for many years and left to manage an Internal Medicine Practice in Owensboro for 12 years.  Subsequent to that, she was the Manager of Financial Reporting for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, responsible for the company’s internal and external financial statements and all Security and Exchange public filings (NYSE: BWP), until her retirement in 2016. Regenia is a member of American Institute of CPAs and Kentucky Society of CPAs.  She is a graduate of Leadership Owensboro and has served on the Boards of Theatre Workshop of Owensboro and March of Dimes.

Regenia was married to the late Joseph Sims and has two children, Joshua and Beth, and three grandchildren. Since her retirement, Regenia has enjoyed spending more time with her family, volunteering in the community and travelling.

Candy Englebert
Legal Counsel
Candy Englebert
Legal Counsel

Candy was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Alabama, Birmingham, graduating with Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees. Candy then attended and graduated with a Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Candy moved to Owensboro, Kentucky in 1987. In 1993, she opened her law office, Candy Yarbray Englebert, P.S.C. Prior to that she worked for the law firm of Holbrook, Sullivan, Mountjoy and Miller and the firm of Bamberger and Abshier.

Candy has been on the Boards of Owensboro Dance Theatre, the Owensboro Country Club, Kentucky Legal Services and Impact100. She was Bar President of the Daviess County Bar Association in 2006. In 2010, she was honored by the Legal Services Coporation, one of ten and the only woman and solo practitioner, for providing Private Attorney Pro Bono services, a statewide award. Candy was recognized as Attorney of the Year in Daviess County and received the Pro-Bono Publico Award by the Daviess County Bar Association.

Candy has lectured at the Kentucky Bar Association and for the Daviess County Bar Association on Family Law issues. She served on the state-wide committee to re-write the Visitation Guidelines, having been selected by Hon. Sheila Nunley Farris, Henderson County Family Judge.

Candy is married to Rob Clayton and is the proud stepmom of Chase Clayton. Candy sometimes laughingly says she birthed a twelve (12) year old at her marriage to Rob. Her family, including her nephew and niece, Avery Yarbray and Lily Grace Yarbray, are her greatest joy. She loves cooking and gardening, her “therapy”. Candy also believes that helping others in her Practice is her greatest reward.

Carol Bothwell
Immediate Past President
Carol Bothwell
Immediate Past President

Carol Bothwell was born and raised in Hodgenville, KY.  She is a graduate of Transylvania University with a BA in Accounting.  Upon graduation she began her career at Liberty National bank in Louisville and subsequently transferred with Liberty National to Owensboro.  She began working at Old National Bank in 2000 as a Vice President and Commercial Lender and retired from ONB in 2020.

Carol has previously served on the boards of Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Junior League of Owensboro, Habitat for Humanity, the Owensboro Family YMCA and she volunteered for the United Way of the Ohio Valley as a financial reviewer for 8 years.  Currently Carol sits on the boards of the Marilyn and William Young Foundation, Behavioral Healthcare Services – a division of RiverValley, Owensboro Health Foundation and Past President and Founding Member of IMPACT 100 Owensboro.

Carol enjoys traveling, her volunteer work and her sweet fur babies; Lulu Pepper and Dottie Belle.

Joy Carroll
Board Member & NextGen Board Chair
Joy Carroll
Board Member & NextGen Board Chair

Joy is a founding member of IMPACT100 Owensboro. She has served on the IMPACT100 board for 10 out of 15 years of being a member, serving the organization as a focus group co-chair, communications chair (2 yrs), Vice President, President (2 yrs), immediate past President (2 yrs), and Impact100 Next Generation chair (3 yrs). Joy was also a founding board member of NextGen, which she enjoys leading with her daughters & NextGen Co-Chairs, Merrie Katherine & Julianna Allen.

Joy was born in Mobile, Alabama but raised mostly in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a business & math major. Her past work experience includes 15+ years in the natural gas industry, 10 of which as co-owner of a natural gas consulting firm.

Joy has also enjoyed volunteering for The Junior League of Owensboro (President & board member for 8 years as an active or sustaining member), Girls Inc board, The Women’s Guild (President), Sutton Elementary PTO Board (President), Site Based Decision Making Council for Owensboro Middle School, and OHS PSTO board.

She is married to Jonathan Carroll, a psychotherapist at The Clinic @ The Montgomery, and they have 4 girls together.

Martha F. Clark
Board Member
Martha F. Clark
Board Member

Martha Clark, a native Kentuckian, received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in Education from Western Kentucky University. After passing her CPA exam, Martha practiced accounting for 28 years – 20 years of which she established her own firm. She administered the John B. and Brownie Young Scholarship Fund for 15 years. Now retired, Martha was a 2005 Leadership Kentucky graduate.

She has long been involved in community services and is Co-founder and Founding President of IMPACT 100 Owensboro. She serves on the boards of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra as well as its Foundation, and River Park Center. Her honors include the Junior League White Rose Award, the 2005 Athena Award, the 2006 Owensboro Board of Realtors Heritage Award and the 2009 Steel Magnolia Award. Martha has a daughter, Julie, and three grandsons, Julian, Marcus and Clark.

Beth Clements
Board Member
Beth Clements
Board Member

Beth grew up in nearby Henderson, Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Louisville. Graduating with a degree in sociology, Beth first worked in social services in Louisville with the homeless population.  She continued working in social services at the Louisville Deaf Oral School, where she was Director of Development, helping to raise $5 million dollars for a new school to be built for deaf and hard of hearing children in the tri-state area. After a career change for her husband John meant a move to Owensboro, Beth decided to stay home with their young children Samuel, Caroline and Elliot.

Beth has served on the board at the First Presbyterian Children’s Day Out and the parish council of St. Pius Tenth Catholic Church.  She also served as a member of the Owensboro Catholic Diversified Learning committee. She is a member of the Junior League of Owensboro and served as the corporate sponsor chair for Charity Ball. She served 3 years as the co-chair for the annual OCS fundraising gala.  Beth is currently a board member of CASA of Ohio Valley and Impact100, where she has been a member since 2010.

Beth enjoys gardening, her book club, yoga and spending time with friends and family at Lake Barkley.  Her family also includes their golden doodle, Bella.

Katie Drab
Board Member
Katie Drab
Board Member

Katie was born and raised in Hopkinsville, KY and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, Katie consulted for Precision Agricultural Services, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology firm in Lexington, where Katie and her husband Brian resided before relocating to Owensboro for Brian’s Career with Stryker Orthopedics. After moving to Owensboro, Katie made a career move to The Hershey Company as a Regional Sales Consultant. Much of their free time is spent with their sweet and energetic English Springer Spaniel, Millie.

Katie has previously served as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass and Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Katie is most proud of her advocacy work with The International Rett Syndrome Foundation, as her niece was diagnosed with the disease at an early age. Additionally, Katie has been an active member of IMPACT 100 Owensboro since 2014.

Marianne Smith Edge
Board Member
Marianne Smith Edge
Board Member

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND is Founder and Principal of The AgriNutrition Edge, a consultancy committed to assisting food, health and agriculture organizations in communications and strategic positioning. In addition, she is a senior associate with The Context Network, a global agribusiness consulting firm and is on the Board of Advisors for FLM/Harvest, a food and agriculture public relations and marketing agency.

Prior to founding The AgriNutrition Edge, Marianne served as Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety Communications for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC. Before joining IFIC, she was the owner of MSE and Associates, LLC providing strategic nutrition consulting services for the food and healthcare industry.

Marianne is a former president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and a member of the Board of Editors for Nutrition Today. Statewide, she serves on the Kentucky Hunger Task Force and was elected to the Foundation for Healthy Kentucky Board in January 2019.

Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky where she was a former member of the Board of Trustees and a past president of the National Alumni Association. She has a master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University and earned a certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Marianne is a past president, co-founder and life time board member of IMPACT 100 Owensboro. She has also served as chair of the Healthy Horizons Steering Committee and the Citizens Committee on Education in Owensboro. Other former volunteer board memberships include the Owensboro Symphony and Foundation, Wendell Foster Campus, Hospice, Owensboro-Daviess Co Chamber of Commerce and the Owensboro Community & Technical College Foundation. She is a 2005 Leadership Kentucky graduate. Marianne is married to John R Edge, retired regional president of First Security Bank (German American Bank).

Mary Embry
Board Member
Mary Embry
Board Member

Mary Embry has been an Impact100 Owensboro member since 2006 and a member of the board since 2015.  She has served as focus group chair, Grants Chair and is currently a member of the Grants committee.

Mary, a veteran financial advisor with Edward Jones, is a Certified Financial Planner and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist.  At Edward Jones she has served on the Leadership Team, as a Financial Advisor Mentor, Field Trainer and Level Leader Coach.  Mary was selected for the Edward Jones Top Women’s Conference for the last three years.

Mary enjoys her community involvement, having volunteered with United Way and has served on the boards at Goodfellows and Theatre Workshop.  She has been a long time member of the Greater Owensboro Daviess County Area Chamber of Commerce.  She was a nominee for the Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year award and was a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Owensboro.

Mary enjoys traveling, oil painting, reading and gardening and has earned the Master Gardener designation.  She and her husband, Rick, have two grown children, Katie and John.  Their granddaughter, Jane, is their absolute delight, along with their dog, Ollie, and cat, Gizmo.

Debbie Fillman
Board Member
Debbie Fillman
Board Member

In her role as Public Health Director IV, Debbie Fillman exhibits her leadership ability and management skills as the appointing authority for all public health functions of the Green River District Health Department, with a staff of almost 200 across the seven counties of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster.   She has been with the Green River District Health Department over 30 years serving initially with the WIC Program, moving on to the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Breastfeeding Promotion, Nutrition Services and Community Education.  The Green River District Health Department was awarded PHAB Accreditation under her leadership in 2014.

As Past President of AADE, Deb provided dynamic leadership to a multidisciplinary professional association of more than 13,000 members. Deb served a similar role as the Chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group, leading one of the largest and most active Practice Groups of the Academy.  A graduate of Western KY University, Deb keeps active in her field of Nutrition and Diabetes as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.

She has actively engaged in the community since moving to Owensboro in 1982. A member of Impact100 since its inception, Debbie has served on the board the past 2 years.

Karon May Greenwell
Board Member
Karon May Greenwell
Board Member

Karon May Greenwell, L.C.S.W., L.C.A.D.C., is a psychotherapist and counselor in private practice.  A psychotherapist for over 30 years, Karon also provides clinical supervision to Certified Social Workers who are working toward their license as Licensed Clinical Social Worker through the Kentucky Board of Social Work. She has been an adjunct faculty at Western Kentucky University in the Masters of Social Work program and in the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Brescia University.

She serves on the National Association of Social Workers, KY Chapter, Ethics Committee, was NASW-KY Western Branch Chair in the past and awarded the title of “Kentucky Social Worker of the Year” in 2002. She has been a member of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team and is a Critical Incident Response Specialist. She holds a BA degree in Sociology and Psychology from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and a MSW degree from St. Louis University. She has had a license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in MO, TX, NC, TN and KY and she is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in KY. Karon is married to Patrick and they have a son, Charles Patrick Greenwell, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sarah Howard
Board Member & NextGen Board Member
Sarah Howard
Board Member & NextGen Board Member

Sarah was born and raised in Owensboro and is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and Centre College.  She lived in Washington, DC and Louisville, KY after college before moving back to Owensboro in 2016 to work as the CFO for First Security Bank.  She now serves as the SVP Finance for German American Bank.  Her parents and siblings all reside in Owensboro, and she spends much of her free time with them and her five nieces and nephews.  She also enjoys travel, reading, cooking and entertaining.

Sarah has been a member of Impact100 since 2016, and joined the Board in 2020.  She is a founding member of Impact100 Next Generation, and continues to serve on that Board as the Grant Chair.  She also serves on the boards for CASA of Ohio Valley, Care for Children, and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Women’s Guild.

Jodi Krahwinkel
Board Member
Jodi Krahwinkel
Board Member

Jodi Krahwinkel, O.D., has been an active member of IMPACT 100 Owensboro since 2015 and is serving her second year as the Membership Co-Chair. Her favorite parts are visiting the non-profits who apply for the grants and making wonderful new friendships with the generous women who participate. She is also happy to share this experience with her Mom and her daughter who joined NEXTGEN in high school.

A native of Hartford, KY, Dr. Krahwinkel began her education at Kentucky Wesleyan College and graduated from Southern College of Optometry. She has been practicing optometry in Owensboro for over 20 years.

Jodi and her husband, Ed, spend most of their free time with family activities.  Their children, Owen and Avery, keep the schedule packed with competitive swim meets and marching band competitions, but Jodi has recently learned the game of bridge and welcomes all challengers!

Stacy Nunley
Board Member
Stacy Nunley
Board Member

Stacy is an Owensboro native and graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School in 1989. She works for Dr. Abigail Edds as a dental assistant. Stacy has been an active member of Impact for eight years and has served as a chair and co-chair of a focus group. She is currently co-chair of hospitality.

Stacy is married to her husband Bryan and they have three grown children. She enjoys being part of a strong group of women making our nonprofits stronger for our community.

Sarah Price
Board Member
Sarah Price
Board Member

Sarah B. Price is originally from Russellville, Kentucky.  As a graduate of Stephens College, she participated in programs at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She also earned her M. B. A. from the University of Kentucky.  She has been the Vice President of Business Affairs at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky since 1999.  Prior to coming to Owensboro, she worked as an analyst at Western Kentucky University, first with Administrative Affairs and then with Academic Affairs.

She served on the Community College Constituent Committee with the Southern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers from June 2006 to May 2008 and is currently serving another term. For the last twelve years, it has been her honor to serve as a Peer Reviewer on accreditation visits with the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Colleges.

Sarah has been a member of Impact100 Owensboro since 2016 and has been on the Membership Committee and several Focus Groups.  This is her first year on the Impact100 Owensboro Board of Directors.  She volunteered with the American Diabetes Association Walk in Lexington, Kentucky for two years. Locally, she served as a board member for the American Red Cross – Big Rivers Chapter from 2007 to 2012.  She has volunteered with Cinderella’s Closet in Owensboro for the past three years.  One of her passions is playing the mountain dulcimer with God’s Troubadours from Settle Memorial Methodist Church.  She enjoys travel with family and friends, viewing art and learning about history and antiques, preferably on a cruise!  Sarah loves being a foodie, if someone else is cooking!

Meghan Rykwalder
Board Member
Meghan Rykwalder
Board Member

Meghan is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Masters in Corporate and Organizational Communication. She has lead small sales teams and worked in corporate culture consulting. Meghan left the traditional workforce to raise her two daughters. She is a consultant for Rodan + Fields and her husband owns an accounting firm where she often consults. Meghan enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and being with her family.

As a woman raising daughters, it is important to show them by example how to be leaders, how to contribute, and how to care for others in our community. This, plus the friendships and the personal growth, are some of her favorite parts of being and IMPACT member. Meghan has been an IMPACT Member since 2016.

Jeannette Ward
Board Member
Jeannette Ward
Board Member

Jeannette Ward is a Graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College with a BS degree in Mathematics and Chemistry.  She received her master’s degree in Mathematics Education in 1972 from Indiana University. Throughout her fifty-year career in Education she has taught in middle school, high school and both Community College and University level.  She started her career in Owensboro at Eastern Jr. High School, moved to Louisville Ky and taught at Southern High School then relocated to Binford Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana.

In 1973 she and her husband Dr. Andrew Ward returned to Owensboro to establish an Optometric Practice currently known as Advantage Eye Care. Throughout the years she taught as a math instructor at St. Stephens Cathedral, Owensboro Catholic High School and Blessed Mother. During part of this time she served as principal of St. Stephens Elementary School. It was during this time period that the Owensboro Community College was established in Owensboro.  A friend of hers who had lost her husband at a very early age was trying to take a class in Algebra at the college.  They could not offer the class because they had no teacher so she called Jeannette and recruited her to teach the class – thus starting a 25-year Community College Associate Professor career. In addition to teaching at OCTC she served as adjunct faculty for WKU-O in Math Education.

Over the years, Jeannette has been very active in community service. Professionally she served as the KCTCS faculty representative to the UK University Studies Curriculum board. The purpose of this board was to ensure that community college classes would be accepted with credit for students transferring to UK. She served on Owensboro Sister Cities and Regions Board of Directors for over twenty years. In this capacity she submitted city and county budget request each year and oversaw a very large and active Summer Study Abroad program for local college students. She served on the Kentucky VOSH (Visiting Optometrist Serving Humanity) board of directors and she and her family participated and help direct over 15 VOSH missions to Jamaica, Central and South America. Currently she is co-chairman of the Owensboro Diocese-Mandeville Diocese Project in which our diocese assists Mandeville with aid and supplies for schools, nursing homes and with the day to day needs of adult members of the diocese. Jeannette was the faculty representative for the OCTC foundation board and has remained on that board as a community member.

Jeannette and her husband have four grown children and 5 grandchildren. Their children and their spouses are: Andrea Nicole Walker (Dr. John Walker); Dr. Patricia Adams (Dr. Murray Adams); Gregory Ward (Cate Noble Ward); and Brenton Ward. Grandchildren include Sydney, Andy, Lila, and Ollie Adams and Libby Ward. In their spare time she and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time on their 128 acres family farm in West Louisville, Kentucky.