Wednesday's Woman

  • North Hardin grad well-suited as agency co-founder

    When Jennifer Monarch was a senior at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, she was voted Best Dressed.

    “I have always loved clothes,” she said.

    That high school honor was a precursor of things to come.

  • Jo Ellen Thomas cares for creatures great and small

    Jo Ellen Thomas credits her farm heritage for a love of animals and her work ethic.

    An educator for almost 40 years, she has continued to work limited hours in the school system since retiring in 2008.

    “My passion seems to be children, dogs, pets and old people, not necessarily in that order,” Thomas said.

  • Preservation is key for museum chairwoman

    Starting out as a front desk volun­teer at the Hardin County History Museum, Judy Mattice didn’t quite plan to be where she is today: the organization’s latest chairwoman.

    “I backed into this job,” Mattice said.

    By the same token, it might not come as a surprise to those who know Mattice that she took on the role.

  • Music is central to this soldier, cyclist, personal trainer, Mom

    With a variety of interests in Lorene Fowler’s life, there’s one central chord that drove it all: music.

    Fowler retired from the U.S. Army in 2003. In her final posting at Fort Knox, she was a first sergeant in the 113th Army Band, the Dragoons. She played saxophone and traveled all over the world, spending some time in Germany and a tour in Korea.

  • Teacher-turned-librarian also reader-turned-writer

    Martha West has been reading children’s books to students for years, but recently, she read students a book she has more than a passing familiarity with: one she wrote.

  • Laura Lamb goes from fighting fires to financial aid

    Laura Lamb prefers to see life through the lens of her camera.

    A former firefighter, when she’s not help-ing students in the financial aid department at Elizabethtown Community and Tech-nical College, she often can be found taking photos of nature and for area non-profits.

    Originally from Louisville, she moved to Hardin County at age 10.

  • Historical West Point site is 20-year focus for volunteer

    Fort Duffield, a Civil War site in West Point, has many supporters and one of its longtime friends is Connie Morris.

    Morris, who is from southwestern Jefferson County, has been the secretary of the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee for 20 years.

    “I’m the paper side of Fort Duffield,” Morris said. “The paper side and the publicity.”

  • Lauren Kinser, teaching and learning in Romania

    Lauren Kinser is having the experience of a lifetime this summer.

    The 21-year-old Elizabethtown native is in Romania working with orphaned children through Home of Hope.

    A Bonner Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College, she always wanted to go to Romania but never made plans for it. About a month ago, she got a call and was asked if money wasn’t an issue how serious was she about going there.

    She said she would be on the next flight.

  • Artist immerses herself on stage, behind the scenes

    Claire Allen knows her way around a stage.

    Not only has Allen acted upon that stage for Hardin County Playhouse, she also has painted sets and worked in various roles behind the scenes.

    “I painted several sets before I started acting,” Allen said.

    Additionally, Allen is president of the HCP board of directors. She has been a member of the board since late 2008.

    Allen recalled that first role as part of an ensemble in an HCP production of “The Sound of Music.”

    “I was a nun,” Allen said.

  • Christy Pritchard sees the present through the lens of the past

    Christy Pritchard looks toward the future with knowledge from the past in her work as an archaeologist and while volunteering with the Elizabethtown Heritage Council.

    She is the archaeology project manager for the Kentucky office of Brockington and Associates and on the board of directors of the Heritage Council.