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.
Together, we will make a sustainable impact in our community, one transformational grant at a time.
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.
We provide nonprofit organizations with grants in increments of at least $100,000 across five broad Focus Areas:
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.
Jodi Krahwinkel, O.D., has been an active member of Impact100 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!
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.
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.
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 Impact100 Owensboro since 2014.
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.
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 Impact100 Owensboro.
Carol enjoys traveling, her volunteer work and her sweet fur babies; Lulu Pepper and Dottie Belle.
Martha F. Clark
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 Impact100 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.
Marianne Smith Edge
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 Impact100 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).
Elizabeth Griffith, a native of Owensboro, is the Manager of Business Retention and Expansion and Workforce Development at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. She is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College where she obtained her degree in Communications, and Western Kentucky University where she completed her Masters in Public Administration. Elizabeth is currently enrolled in the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute where she is completing work toward becoming a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council. Prior to her time at the EDC, she served as the Executive Director of the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro.
Elizabeth is an active member of the Junior League of Owensboro, Impact 100 Owensboro, the Women’s Guild of Owensboro and Chamber Young Professionals. She is a founding board member of Impact 100 Next Generation, serves on the KET Friends Board, the Owensboro Sister Cities and Regions Board, the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Board and was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin in 2016 to the board of directors for the Kentucky Arts Council. Elizabeth was named a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 honoree in 2017, is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Owensboro and a 2021 graduate of Elevate Kentucky.
Jeanie Owen Miller
Jeanie Owen Miller was born and raised in Owensboro. She obtained her B.A., M.P.A., and Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Before entering law school, she worked in the Consumer Protection Division, Kentucky Attorney General’s office. After graduating from law school in 1984, she and her husband, Larry, returned to Owensboro, where they raised their two daughters.
Jeanie has served on numerous civic and professional organizations. She was the first co-chair of the Daviess County Ethics Commission, where she helped author the first local ethics ordinance. She has served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, as the President of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Daviess County Bar Association. Jeanie practiced law for 27 years in Owensboro before becoming an Administrative Law Judge for the Dept. of Labor in 2010. Jeanie was the first female recipient of the J.H.Daveiss Award – voted by the local Bar Association as excelling in community service. She has received the highest legal rating by Martindale- Hubbell for over 35 years. Jeanie Is a member of several national and local women’s rights organizations.
Jeanie was a founding member of Impact 100 Owensboro and served as the first Legal Counsel for the organization. After retiring in 2018, Jeanie has enjoyed the lights of her life (her 3 grandchildren), traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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 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 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 Impact100 member. Meghan has been an Impact100 Member since 2016.
Beth has lived in Owensboro since 2004 but originally grew up in Sturgis, KY. She graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Public Accountant. Beth is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Wendell Foster and has a passion for empowering individuals with disabilities. She has been a member of Impact100 Owensboro since 2015 and has served on focus groups each year. Beth is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Kentucky Society of CPAs.
Beth married her college sweetheart, Wil Shepherd, and has 2 sons, Parker and Wesley. She loves spending time with her family, especially watching her boys play soccer. She also enjoys time outdoors walking, running, hiking, and going to the beach.
Born and raised in Owensboro, Amy is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School. She earned a degree in Psychobiology from Centre College where she met her husband of 21 years and counting, Madison Silvert. She continued her education at the University of Louisville with a Master’s Degree from the Kent School of Social Work. After several years of working with communities around Owensboro, as well as Louisville, in drug and alcohol prevention, she spent 13 years focused on raising their three children Emma, Lilly, and John. In 2016, she accepted a part-time position as Executive Director of the Green River Area Community Foundation.
Amy has enjoyed volunteering her time with various boards, including Impact100 Owensboro, Junior League of Owensboro, Owensboro Dance Theatre, Owensboro Catholic Schools Education Council, Women’s Guild of Owensboro, Fleur de Lis Garden Club, and her church, St. Pius X.
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 traveling.
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!