Leadership & Staff

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is the backbone organization to the Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Children. The Foundation Chairs the Coalition and provides staff support through the Coalition Coordinator. The Foundation has partnered with Kentucky Voices for Health in the work of advancing improvements to children’s health through this coalition work.

Ben Chandler

KCHC Chair

Named President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2016, Ben Chandler leads the Foundation he helped bring about. As Kentucky Attorney General, Ben won a $45 million settlement from one of Kentucky’s largest insurance companies; that funding was used to create the Foundation in 2001.

Ben practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003).

In February 2004, Ben was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He was Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council from 2013 to 2016.

An eighth-generation Woodford Countian, Ben earned a B.A. in history, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the British Parliament.

Amalia Mendoza

KCHC Coalition Coordinator

Amalia Mendoza joined the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2013, where she is Senior Program Officer. Throughout her career, Amalia has worked in government and international organizations to improve services to children and youth at risk. For over a decade she served as Program Specialist and Interim Director of the Children’s Mental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She was Technical Assistance Coordinator for the National Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health in contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She also worked for the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP). Amalia has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the Catholic University of Peru.

Emily Beauregard

Executive Director - Kentucky Voices for Health

Emily Beauregard became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Ms. Beauregard served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association, where she worked on practice improvement, community development, policy advocacy, and communications with members and policy-makers. She previously served for five years at the Family Health Centers in Louisville as the Health Planner and Refugee Health Coordinator. Ms. Beauregard holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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