Eastern Kentucky PRIDE announced today that Maggy Monhollen has joined its Board of Directors. She will volunteer her time and expertise to lead PRIDE, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental rehabilitation and education and economic development through tourism in 42 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.
“Maggy will be an asset to the PRIDE Board of Directors given her leadership in tourism-driven economic development and her education and experience in parks and recreation,” said Tammie Nazario, President and Chief Executive Officer of PRIDE. “Maggy has been so supportive of PRIDE’s environmental cleanup projects and tourism initiatives in her position at Corbin Tourism that we know she will shine as a board member.”
Monhollen is Executive Director of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission and she is Downtown Corbin Manager. In these positions, she promotes and develops the city as a vacation destination to boost the city’s economy and improve the quality of life for citizens and guests alike. She is also committed to promoting the region as a whole to potential guests.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Monhollen earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in recreation and parks administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She has worked for agencies such as the US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and State Parks, as well as in local government and nonprofit organizations. She is a 2019 graduate of the BRIGHT Leadership program through Leadership KY and a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Tri-County program. She recently married Johnny Monhollen, a native of Corbin, and she’s always had a heart for Appalachia and for the region’s perseverance.
“Our region is in the outdoor adventure mecca of Kentucky, and it’s important to preserve these areas so they can be enjoyed for future generations,” said Monhollen. “Supporting a non-profit organization that advocates that we take care of things like tackling litter is important to the Corbin Tourism Commission as it has a positive impact on our guests and increases the quality of life it offers citizens in our communities .”
Regarding tourism, Monhollen said: “Building the tourism industry and attracting visitors to the region is crucial for economic stimulus and economic growth. Tourism is the third-largest industry in the state of Kentucky, and in 2019 the industry had over $15 billion in economic impact.”
“Our region is so rich in history, attractions and outdoor recreation, not to mention that we offer outstanding and unforgettable experiences! It’s important to us to continue telling the story through the tourism industry so that we create destinations, create jobs and create a better quality of life for the people who work, live and play in our communities,” added Monhollen.
The PRIDE Board of Directors meets every two months to set policy for PRIDE programs and approve the organization’s budget. Ten board members are volunteers who contribute specific expertise to fulfilling the PRIDE mission. One employee, the President/Chief Executive Officer, also serves on the Board.
PRIDE was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and the late James Bickford, Kentucky Secretary of Natural Resources and Conservation to promote “personal responsibility in a desirable environment.” PRIDE’s mission is to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, eliminating solid waste problems and advancing environmental education to improve the living conditions of its residents while expanding the growth potential of the tourism industry increase the area.
“The annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup is underway, so this is a great time for everyone in our region to make sure our incredible landscape is looking its best,” Nazario said. “You can do your part by picking up trash near your home, church, business, or favorite spot. If you need trash bags, gloves, or safety vests for your project, call our toll-free number.”
The toll-free number for PRIDE is 888-577-4339. The PRIDE website is www.kypride.org.