Foundation Board

Ralph Coldiron

A native of Whitesburg, KY, Ralph Coldiron has been instrumental in building and developing major commercial projects in downtown Lexington and around the country while working for Wilkinson Enterprises, Gray Construction, Centex Engineering & Construction and The Webb Companies. His professional background also includes serving in the Carter/Mondale White House, and administrative positions for numerous Kentucky governors, as well as Chief of Staff for Mayor Scottie Baesler.

Just as Ralph has been recognized as a business leader, he is equally well-known for his hard work on behalf of numerous charitable organizations throughout Central Kentucky and the Commonwealth.

In 2006, Ralph was asked by then Head Football Coach, Rich Brooks, to be part of the Rich Brooks Foundation, which held an annual fundraiser called Coaches for the Kids. Coaches for the Kids Foundation, with current Head Football Coach Mark Stoops and chaired by Ralph, continues the tradition of fundraising for University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the children of Kentucky.

Ralph is married to his wife Susan, and has three children Christopher, Lorrie, and Catie.

Tim Francis

Tim Francis

With 25 years’ experience as a sports marketing professional, Tim Francis specializes in collegiate, high school and horse racing agreements.

A 1992 Morehead State University graduate, Tim began his professional career at HOST Communications, Inc. in Lexington. In 1998, he became the general manager for a newly-created high school division under the HOST umbrella.

In 2005, Tim joined Landmark Communications, Inc. In addition to his role with Landmark Communications, he is also the co-owner of Big Blue Insider, LLC, a nightly sports radio call in show hosted by Dick Gabriel. He assists Tom Leach with client development for The Leach Report radio show, and also handles endorsements for Thoroughbred trainer Dale Romans, the 2013 Eclipse Award recipient.

Tim is a committee member for God’s Pantry Food Bank Golf Fore the Hungry event.

John Davis

Raised in Ashland, KY, John now lives with his wife, Kristin and their three children (Connor, Anna, and Eric) in Lexington, KY. He moved to Lexington in 1990 to attend the University of KY. There, he obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.
He has been working in the financial industry since 1995. John has obtained his Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning. He also holds several licenses, certifications and degrees.
John is the founder and Managing Partner of Legacy Wealth Management. He specializes in helping successful families across the country plan for and navigate their way to a more successful and stress-free financial future. His 20+ years in the wealth management industry has focused on how to provide financial confidence and a life enhancing experience for his clients.
In addition to the above, John has owned and operated several successful businesses. He also participates in a variety of civic and charitable organizations in the Lexington community. He has served on several non-profit boards including (but not limited to) Coaches for the Kids Foundation, Cardinal Hill Hospital, KY Mansions and Preservation Foundation and he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Development Council for University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Todd Harris

Todd Harris

Born and raised in Kentucky, Todd has always had a passion for all things Kentucky. After growing up in Louisville and attending the University of Kentucky, he knew Lexington was a great place for his family to grow. In June of 2002, he married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they began their lives together in Lexington. Todd has three beautiful children, Leighton (12), Whitley (10), and Connor (8). He has also been blessed with the opportunity to grow in his faith at First United Methodist Church. As parents, he and Jennifer have tried to teach their children the need for kindness and philanthropy in their lives as it is important for them to act as true ambassadors of the Commonwealth. As a result, they understand the need to serve. In addition to working for Janssen Biotech for the last 14+ years, Todd also has enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the board at The Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass, Coaches for the Kids, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Corp. In his spare time, you will find him in the stands or coaching his kids’ activities, traveling, and of course cheering on the Wildcats.

Susie Merida

With more than 30 years of experience in advertising and broadcast sales, Susie founded Brand Advertising Group in 2003 to have a platform to help her clients achieve more than they ever thought possible. Susie brings a vast amount of experience in creative production and sales to each client and each unique project.

Susie holds a degree in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. A graduate of Leadership Kentucky and Leadership Lexington, she serves on several boards including University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Hindman Settlement School, John Michael Montgomery Foundation and Coaches for the Kid’s Foundation.

Susie Merida
Tim Couch

Tim Couch

Tim Couch played college football for the University of Kentucky and earned All-American honors along with being a Heisman Trophy finalist and SEC Player of the Year during his 1998 season. He was selected first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 NFL Draft and is still the all-time leader in pass completion percentage. He played five seasons in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns as their quarterback.

Tim currently works as an analyst. He and his wife Heather live in Lexington with two sons, Chase and Brady.

Jacob Tamme

A devout Christian, Jacob is a former football tight end who played for the University of Kentucky and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL Draft. He also played for both the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. Known for his contributions back to the community, in 2006, he was named to the National Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association, the SEC Community Service Team by the SEC Office, and to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics. Jacob currently resides on his cattle farm in Boyle County, spending time with his wife and high school sweetheart, Allison, and three children. He and his wife are also founders of the Swings for Soldiers Classic, a charitable golf event that supports veterans.

Preston worley

Preston Worley was appointed by Mayor Jim Gray as LFUCG Urban County Councilmember for the 7th District of Lexington. He received his bachelors in history (B.A. 2007) and his law degree (J.D. 2010) from UK and has been hard at work since then as an attorney at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland PLLC; as a tireless fundraiser for families and children who are dealing with specific healthcare needs, particularly pediatric oncology; and more recently, as LFUCG Urban County Councilmember. He was one of the early leaders of the University of Kentucky’s DanceBlue, an annual, year-long fundraiser that culminates in a 24-hour dance marathon. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Golden Matrix Fund, which represents donor intent for the money raised through the DanceBlue event to support the children of University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, as well as research done at the Markey Cancer Center. Preston works to alleviate the emotional and financial difficulties for families treating at University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Preston not only serves the people of Lexington’s 7th District as Councilmember, he is a member of University of Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital Executive Development Council, as well as General Counsel for the Lexington History Museum.

Troy Mulligan

After graduating with BBA in Accounting from EKU, Troy Mulligan began his career with Radwan, Brown & Company, PSC, in 1991. His career at Radwan Brown & Company has continued to the present, and includes areas of concentration: Tax services, management advisory services, equine, construction and real estate.

Troy services on the Board of Directors of Traditional Bancorporation and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Troy is also a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, and is proud to serve on University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital Executive Development Council.

Troy Mulligan
craig welch

Craig Welch

Craig Welch founded Welch Printing Co. in 1985. Starting with eight employees, WPC currently has 45 employees. A major supplier of printed products to many local, national and international companies, including the University of Kentucky, WPC was recognized with a Best of Show at the Printing Industries of the South for UK’s See Blue book in 2016

Over the years, Craig has found time to give back to the community in his work over the years with numerous organizations, including the Printing Industries Association of the South, Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers, FL (where his son was born), American Advertising Federation-Louisville, Lydon Recreation Board, Southland Christian Church and the K-Fund.

Craig has been working with the Coaches for the Kids event for many years, and is proud of this organization’s contribution to raising funds for the UK Children’s Hospital.

Married for 31 years, Craig and his wife Kelley are the parents of two sons, Evan and Marcos.

Jeremy Jarmon

Jeremy was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and raised in Memphis, TN. He was recruited back home by former Head UK Football Coach Rich Brooks where he excelled as an All-SEC Defensive End. Jeremy was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2009, then was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2011. After retiring in 2012, Jeremy returned to Lexington where he served as Assistant Director of Football of before transitioning into the medical device industry. His medical career began with Biomet before starting a medical device distributorship, Jarmon Medical, which have been providing hospitals in Central Kentucky with implants since 2015. Jeremy’s passion for healthcare was instrumental in his decision to return to school. He graduated from Bellarmine University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and also works as an orthopedic, med-surg RN. Jeremy joined UK Sports Network as a sports analyst in 2018 on the UK Football Gameday Countdown to Kickoff Show and other media projects. He serves on several charitable boards including Kroger Community Fields, Youth Crossing Bridges, and Coaches for the Kids Foundation.

Josh Pruitt

  • Currently in his seventh season on the UK coaching staff, his first as a director of player personnel
  • Spent the 2018 season as quality control for defense
  • Served five years as the director of player development before moving to quality control
  • Prior to player development, he was as a graduate assistant for the Wildcats’ offense
  • Came to Kentucky from Kilgore Junior College where he was the assistant head coach
  • Under Pruitt’s tutelage, Kilgore went 8-3 in 2012 and earned an invitation to the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
  • Played for two seasons at Garden City (Kan.) Community College before transferring to Troy
  • Was a member of the 2006 Sun Belt championship and the 2006 New Orleans Bowl championship team
  • After his playing days, served as a graduate assistant at Troy for three seasons, helping the Trojans win three straight Sun Belt Conference championship titles (2007, 2008 and 2009)
  • Also had coaching stints at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba, Miss.
  • Received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal law, both from Troy
  • Also earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Kentucky
  • Originally from Ellsworth, Kan.
  • Married to the former Allison Farrington of Andalusia, Alabama

Abby Stover

Bio coming Soon.