SARC Board of Directors

Jim Ellis, President

Jim has been a Shelby County farmer for over 50 years and would like to see farming continue in Shelby County. Plain and simple, farming has to have farmland to farm. Farming is too important to Shelby County’s quality of life and economy to just let it slip away.

Paetra Hennigar

Paetra is a recent transplant to Kentucky as of summer 2019 with over 20 years of experience in the Equine Industry. Her love of horses has led her to a position here in Shelby County where she has fallen in love with the area because of the strong presence of equestrian facilities and farmland. She has a passion for animals, gardening, hiking, and anything else the rural setting has to offer. This is why preserving farmland in Shelby County is important to her, as her dream of owning a small farm to raise a family amongst animals and farmland would not be possible if farmland ceases to exist here.

Roger Smith, Treasurer

Roger is a lifelong resident of Shelby County who does not want to see the loss of rural land and farmland because its loss decreases the quality of life. He is also concerned that the increase in land development has caused prices to increase and this results in a barrier for young farmers just getting started. 

Lance Minnis

Lance is an investment and nonprofit professional. His interest in sustainable rural development is longstanding, as is his love of the agricultural landscape. Lance joined SARC to use his passion in keeping Shelby County a vibrant rural and agricultural community