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Nancy Grayson is President & CEO of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky’s own community foundation. As President, Nancy is responsible for implementing the vision and strategic direction of Horizon Community Funds, working collaboratively with other leaders to serve the community’s needs.

A recognized leader, Nancy has served on numerous boards of organizations dedicated to improving education, promoting healthy family relationships, and preserving the natural resources and history of Kentucky. She currently serves on the Metropolitan Club Board of Governors (Chair), the Endow Kentucky Commission, and the LINK Media Board of Directors.

Nancy has received various awards, including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Award (2021), Cincin Magaine Power 100 (2020, 2021), the 2019 Venue Magazine Woman of Influence Award, the 2018 Northern Kentucky Tribune Newsmaker Award, and the 2011 Northern Kentucky Champion for Education Award. She is an alumna of Leadership Northern Kentucky (Class of 2009). Nancy graduated summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

She currently resides in Boone County with her husband, Trey; their two daughters, Alex and Kate; and their miniature dachshund, Oliver.


A Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), Laura Menge helps generous individuals, families, and companies achieve their charitable goals through lifetime giving and estate plans. She leads GCF’s Northern Kentucky Fund and a suite of endowments designated for the permanent support of nonprofits in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties. Previously, Laura worked for a family foundation in Washington, DC, and in Development at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.®

Laura has served on the Boards of the Metropolitan Club, Renaissance Covington and Historic Licking Riverside Civic Association, as well as on the Planned Giving Committees for the St. Elizabeth Foundation and Redwood. She is a member of Impact 100, the women’s collective giving program for which she led the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program. She was Chair of the Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK) Class of 2020 and received the Ruth A. Eger Leader of Distinction Award from LNK in 2022. Laura competed in the 2019 Dancing with the CLC Stars to benefit the Children’s Law Center and took home the trophy for fundraising (not talent!) In 2020, she received an Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky award. Laura grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from Stanford University, and moved to Cincinnati in 2012. She now happily lives in Covington.


Jennifer Leonard focuses her areas of practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, small business, and non-profits and is licensed in Kentucky and Ohio. She works with clients of all generations and backgrounds to make sure their wishes are honored and their families are provided for – both on a personal and financial level.

She is involved in our community as Co-Chair of the Estate and Trust Section of the NKBA, involved with Redwood School and its Foundation, sits on the Foundation Advisory Network for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, past Board Member of the Children’s Law Center, and Past President of the Northern Kentucky Estate Planning Council.  Jennifer is a Super Lawyer and graduated from the evening program at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2007 where she was an Associate Editor of the Law Review.  In 2001, she graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.