Board Members


Tom Richards

Board member

 Tom Richards, professional forester with a
bachelor’s degree in forestry from
The Ohio State University and a
master’s degree in forestry
from the University of Kentucky.
 Worked over 5 years as a land manager
in southern Kentucky overseeing 10,000 acres.
 Worked 24 years as Procurement Manager
and Head Veneer Log Buyer for
The Freeman Corporation in Winchester, Kentucky.
Now retired.


Laura Freeman

Board member

 Laura Freeman is a farm entrepreneur from
east central Kentucky.
She founded The Laura’s Lean Beef Company
in 1985 and was the President and CEO for 23 years.
She has been farming since the autumn of 1981.
 In 2016, she started Laura’s Mercantile,
Wildcat Willy’s Distillery and The Moonshine Trail,
and expects these three start-ups, plus the farm,
to keep her busy until she drops.
 Her passion, however, is the preservation of Dry Ridge.
The community’s history is fascinating in its detail,
and more broadly reflective of the history of
an African American Community
in a border state during the Civil War and its aftermath.


D.E. Garrett

Board member

 D.E. Garrett is one of the
descendants of Moses Robinson by way
of the Haggard Heirs branch of the family tree.
Ms. Garrett was born in Mt. Sterling, KY.
During the 80's she lived in Louisville, KY.
  After attending Morehead State University
she moved to the California.
Her son, Garrett Large, was born in
Los Angeles, CA in 2002.
 She is a freelance photographer
and videographer who has creative roots
in Louisville, New York, and Amsterdam.

Roberta Newell

Board member

 Roberta Newell is native Kentuckian who has lived and
breathed history and genealogy literally her whole life.
She is a 1976 graduate of UK
with a degree in Elementary Education.
She is married to her first grade love
and has three children and two grandchildren.
She has worked on family genealogy,
local Clark County history and
old cemeteries since childhood.
She is excited to bring her knowledge to the
Friends of Dry Ridge.


Harry Enoch

Board member

Harry Enoch, a native of Mt. Sterling, KY, trained
as a research biochemist
(PhD, 1975, University of Kentucky). Served in the
101st Airborne Division in Vietnam (1969-70).
Held various research and administrative positions
with the
Kentucky Energy Cabinet, East Kentucky Power
and UK, specializing in areas of environmental health.
After retiring in 2004 has focused on
historic preservation, local history research and writing.
Author of Women of Fort Boonesborough,
Pioneer Voices, Capt.
Billy Bush and the Bush Settlement and others.

With the death of beloved Mary Margaret Taul,
we have a board member position open.

Researchers and Advisors

Dr. Thanayi Jackson


Professor of History at Berea College

Dr. Andrew Baskin


Head of the Department of African American
history at Berea College

Hon. Alex Rowady


Hon. Michael Rowady


Dr. Broughton Anderson


Berea College, Professor of Historical Archaeology.

Norvetta Whitson

Research Assistant

Graduate of Morehead State University,
University of Kentucky and Bellarmine University.

Fifth generation of Moses and Millie Robinson.
Born in Mt. Sterling Ky, moved to Louisville in 1979.
Married with one daughter and one grandson
Practiced nursing 40 plus years in varied
nursing arenas and has taught nursing at
various schools of nursing since 1992.
Educated and collaborated with community
nursing students to develop and present
various community health programs
including Vienna Austria. 

We invite all heirs to Dry Ridge to become members of Friends of Dry Ridge. In June, we will be having a farm-to-table banquet in your honor. Please contact, Tom at, or Dr. Jackson at