Common Good

Working together for the common good in North Lexington.

Our Mission at Common Good exists to advance wholistic community development in North Lexington through leadership, education, recreation, and spiritual formation. Common Good's Vision is for our community to live up to its God-given potential evidenced by thriving children with strong families in flourishing neighborhoods. Our desire is that community members be reconciled to God and each other.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
— Nelson Mandela

2015 Summer Staff



Executive Director

Laura founded Common Good in 2011 with her husband, John. In 2014 John became the lead pastor at Embrace United Methodist Church, where Common Good is located. They have been doing Christian community development together in North Lexington for 9 years and moved into the neighborhood 8 years ago. Laura earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2010. Her professional experiences have included working at the Lexington Rescue Mission, Fayette County Schools and in community mental health. Laura is passionate about learning from people, reading, live music, friendships that cross racial and cultural barriers, seeing people achieve their potential, and living the fullest life possible with John.


Youth Program Director

Cameron is the Youth Program Director of Common Good. He is from Lexington, KY and actually grew up in the neighborhood of Common Good. After graduating high school, Cameron played basketball in Wyoming for a year before attending Asbury University where he also played collegiate basketball and received his degree in Sociology. Cameron also is the Youth Pastor of Embrace United Methodist Church. Cameron loves basketball, working out, laughing, coffee, and green tea. He has a handsome four year old son named Carson and will be marring Ashley Polson in April.


Elementary Program Director

Amanda joined the staff at Common Good in the fall of 2015. She is a graduate of Georgetown College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and has recently completed her endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language. After college Amanda spent three years living and teaching in Honduras where she fell in love with the people, the culture and the language. She relocated to Lexington in 2013 and spent two years teaching Spanish in a local elementary school. She is excited to be back in a ministry and non-profit setting and is looking forward to learning from and working with families in North Lexington.


Development Director

Karissa has lived in the Castlewood neighborhood since 2005, and her passion is to see this neighborhood and the families in it thrive! She is married to Jeremy and they have two kids, Grant and Athena. Karissa is so excited to join the Common Good family and use her skill set to help the organization keep doing the amazing work it has been doing. Before coming to Common Good, Karissa worked with refugee families here in Lexington for 12 years. She speaks French fluently and will gladly practice anytime with anyone who wants to! She loves to read, sing karaoke, and is known to have epic dance parties with her family. She is an active parent at Arlington Elementary school and is committed to see the common good of this neighborhood.


Assistant Elementary Program Director

Brenda joined Common Good's staff in the fall of 2016 and is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Psychology. Education is something Brenda worked hard to pursue in her own life and sharing this passion with others is one of her life missions. Throughout college she served as support staff for the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp at BCTC. Through these experiences, and her own educational journey, she found she had a passion for helping young people fulfill their potential. Brenda is from Mexico and came to the United States as a child in 2001. The second oldest of four children, she is very family oriented and one of her greatest joys is being a big sister. Her hope is that through working at Common Good she can help create opportunities for education and personal growth, just like she had growing up, for the next  generation of students.


BECCA HUGHES President| Assistant Design Manager, Gray Construction

RICHARD GRIER Vice President | Pastor, Centenary UMC

KATIE GRABAU Secretary | Law Clerk, U.S. District Court

CLINT LONG Treasurer | Vice President, Fifth Third

SETH BURNETT | Construction Manager, Congelton-Hacker

SARA SCHUER | Community Member

TERRY FOLEY | Retired Vice Principal, Winburn Middle School

AMANDA BURTON | Pharmacist, Ephraim McDowell

ESTHER ZUNKER | Freelance Writer and Editor

GEORGE DONKOR | Architectural Technician, Gray Construction

CAREY RUIZ | Adjunct Professor, Georgetown College

TOM EBLEN | Retired United Methodist Pastor

JOHN GALLAHER | Pastor, Embrace Church

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