Joseph A. Clabes
Joe became President of KPI in 2013, having served as its representative-at-large since 2010. A graduate of American University in Washington, DC, he served as press secretary and senior legislative assistant to Congressman Ken Lucas. During his time on Capitol Hill, he was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the John C. Stennis Senior Congressional Fellow Emerging Leaders Program. Returning to Kentucky in 2004, he worked as director of Industry Relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Since 2006, he has assisted a variety of clients as an independent consultant in the areas of government affairs, public policy, media relations and business development. Joe was born in Henderson, spent his formative years in Northern Kentucky and now lives in Lexington with his wife Chris and their two children.
Kyle M. Lake
Prosper Media Group, Inc.- Video Production Partner
A Kentucky native, Kyle earned a B.A. in Communications, Television and Theater Production from The College of New Jersey and an MBA with an emphasis on marketing and management from the University of Kentucky Gatton School. As Founder, Executive Producer and CEO of Prosper Media Group, he has worked with a variety of clients from the US Navy Seals to Horse Racing Television to Kraft Foods. In 2008, he launched Done In Sixty Seconds, LLC, an on-line technology allowing organizations anywhere in the world to quickly and inexpensively create custom videos featuring live actors. He co-produced the documentary film, Fall Out: Bluegrass Army Depot, as well as the syndicated television series, Biblion: Bible Mysteries Revealed. In 2010, he debuted kNOwMORE, now with over 10 episodes, this educational television series looks at community work and nonprofit awareness throughout Kentucky. Kyle is active on many boards and within his community and has been recognized numerous times for his civic engagement, including receiving the 2006 Lexington Young Professionals Association Rising Star Award and the 2013 Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Award.
Chris S. Clabes
Chris Clabes has worked with Kentucky Philanthropy Iniative since its inception as the Summit Director and Early Childhood Education liaison. She has extensive experience working with national, state and local nonprofits on fund development, strategic planning, board development, communication plans, brand campaigns, and local environmental issues. Chris worked with Bluegrass Greensource as their Development and Public Relations Coordinator and Governor Beshear’s Commission on Philanthropy. She was KY 4-H Foundation’s first full-time executive director and served as the Director of Finance for the National Association of Home Builders’ Political Action Committee in Washington, DC. She received her BA at the University of Kentucky and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Joe, and their two kids.