What or who are the major influences in your life and why?


My parents who worked hard to improve our community for all of their working lives and well into retirement. My father was well known for representing indigent litigants pro bono particularly in issues of equal housing and human rights. My mother, a social worker, worked full time while raising five children in an era not always kind to women’s issues. Both of my parents are honored in the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.