15 Years of impact
In 2008, Gerry Roll founded the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky’s Journey
Former CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Since 2008, Gerry Roll has served as CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. Focused on building communities of people with the capacity to create solutions and the ability to leverage the resources needed, Gerry’s work in eastern Kentucky has been focused on engaging local people to create equity in housing, early childhood education, and health. She is recognized locally, regionally, statewide and nationally as an advocate for rural development and community philanthropy. Gerry lives on the north fork of the Kentucky River in Busy, Kentucky.
As of January 1st, 2024, Gerry has stepped down as CEO and now serves as the Founder-in-Residence until her official retirement on March 31st, 2025.
Looking to the future
Kristin Walker Collins
New CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Kristin joined the Foundation nine years ago, and has worked diligently as the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer to organize and grow the Foundation for the betterment of Appalachian Kentucky. Before starting her career in philanthropy, Kristin worked as an attorney specializing in Family and Municipal Law at the Hollon & Collins law firm. Kristin currently serves as Vice-President of the Hazard-Perry County Chamber of Commerce and as a Trustee of Philanthropy Southeast. She resides in Hazard, Kentucky with her husband, Jonathan, a local attorney, and their daughters, Palmer and Piper.