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 Kentucky and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Ward has always been fascinated with water and wildlife at work and play.

Judy Petersen, Executive Director Emeritus


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.


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 was previously the Coordinator for the Wolfe County, KY Grow Appalachia Program- a non-profit, grant funded, science and education based organic gardening program.


Charlotte Caldwell, Director of Donor & Community Relations charlotte@kwalliance.org

Charlotte Caldwell is originally from Bolton Landing, New York, on the shores of Lake George in the Adirondack State Park. Her lifelong passion for fresh water and knowledge of limnology has brought her to KWA. Charlotte received her B.S. in conservation biology from St. Lawrence University. She spent several summers conducting freshwater ecology research on Lake George at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s satellite laboratory: the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. Charlotte has worked with several local nonprofits since moving to Louisville in 2017. She is currently pursuing a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.