Our People

Ward Wilson, Executive Director  ward@kwalliance.org

Ward Wilson became Executive Director of Kentucky Waterways Alliance in February 2017. Ward previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and has been an active member of KWA for over 20 years. Ward is a Kentucky native, who grew  up in Shelbyville and earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states and Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Ward has always been fascinated with water and wildlife, enjoying waterways for recreation, serving on nonprofit boards such as the Soil & Water Conservation District, and as an engineer specializing in water quality improvement.

Judy Petersen, Executive Director Emeritus  judy@kwalliance.org


Judith Petersen served as executive director for Kentucky Waterways Alliance from 1997 to 2017 and is still an invaluable resource for the organization as a consultant. Judy is a national leader in clean water policy and respected voice for Kentucky waterways. She holds a B.S in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University


Lisa Anne Hale, Development Director Lisa@kwalliance.org

Lisa is the Director of Development at KWA and a native Kentuckian. Her education took her away from the bluegrass to Mississippi State University where she graduated with a major in photography. She later moved to Hammond, Louisiana where she served as the executive director of an arts program. With an eye for artistic expression, Lisa sees the waterways of our commonwealth as natural works of art that require curation and preservation. She is an avid sailor and, as the KWA Director of Development, she enjoys traveling and speaking with KWA members near and far.

Laura Gregory, Red River Watershed Coordinator laura@kwalliance.org

Laura Gregory joined the KWA team as the Red River Watershed Coordinator in May 2017. Born and raised in Denton, TX, Laura attended The University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.A. in Geography. Since then she has rock climbed, backpacked, biked, worked migrant farm jobs, and played music across the country. She moved to Kentucky in 2009 after falling in love with the people, the place, the music, and the perfect climate for gardening. Laura is also the Coordinator for the Wolfe County, KY Grow Appalachia Program- a non-profit, grant funded, science and education based organic gardening program.