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 11 out of 16 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 (4 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.

Vicki Ellis
NextGen Board Member
Vicki Ellis
NextGen Board Member

Vicki is the Director of Communications and Development for the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center. Since 1996 she has dedicated her career to ensuring the availability of blood products and components for our community as well as five others in western Kentucky. Her primary responsibilities include donor recruitment, special event planning, donor recognition, marketing/public relations and fundraising. 

Vicki calls #OBKY home. A 1989 graduate of Daviess County High School, she attended Eastern Kentucky University where she obtained a BA in Speech Communications in 1994. Twenty years later, she attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a Master of Public Administration Degree and Certificate of Nonprofit Management in 2014. 

Vicki currently serves on the New Beginnings Board of Directors. She served on the CASA of the Ohio Valley Board and chaired the board from 2010-2014. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Owensboro and a member of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.  This is Vicki’s first year with Impact100 and she will join the NextGen Board in their efforts to engage the young women of Owensboro in transforming lives through passionate philanthropy. 

Vicki has three amazing children – Bayli Stone (Ethan) 25, Jack (16), Annah (14). She was blessed with the 2020 arrival of her one and only Grandson, Raylan James (8 months). She is happiest when her home is full of family and friends, which is always.

Elizabeth Griffith
NextGen Board Member
Elizabeth Griffith
NextGen Board Member

Elizabeth Griffith, native of Owensboro, is the Manager of Business Retention and Expansion 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 in 2016. 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 a founding board member of Impact100 Next Generation and has been involved as a member of Impact100 Owensboro for the past five years. She is an active member of the Junior League of Owensboro, the Women’s Guild of Owensboro and Chamber Young Professionals. She is a board member of the KET Friends Board, the Owensboro Sister Cities and Regions 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 and is a graduate of the Leadership Owensboro Class of 2019.

Elizabeth enjoys working with the Ladies of NextGen and hopes to instill in them the importance of being philanthropic and giving back to one’s community.

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.

Emmy Woosley
NextGen Board Member
Emmy Woosley
NextGen Board Member

Emily (Emmy) Woosley is a proud graduate of Owensboro Senior High and Western Kentucky University. Emmy has been an active member of Impact 100 since 2017 and is a founding board member for Impact100 Next Generation, where she focusses on the grant evaluation process. Working with other women to inspire the next generation of philanthropist is a truly rewarding endeavor.

Recently, Emmy joined the board of directors for the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center and currently volunteers as PR co-chair for the Women’s Guild of Owensboro. In the past, Emmy has served on the boards for Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, The Junior League of Owensboro and East Bridge Art Festival.

Emmy strives to remind everyone to Keep Smiling because each day there are reasons to be grateful.

NextGen Recruiting Committee

Owensboro Catholic:
Cassidy Carrico      Abby Bahnick
Claire Augenstein    Rachel Traylor
Elizabeth Hayden     Sophia Hayden

Daviess County:
Maggie Bacon       Avery Krahwinkel
Hallie Mayfield      Ellah Foster
Annalee Yager      Hadley Bacon
Charley Hicks

Owensboro High School:
Merrie Katherine Allen
Jules Allen      Cece Hemingway
Ellie Watson     Hadley Jenkins

Apollo High School:
Caroline Ashby     Cassie Troutman