Our Team

Davette Swiney – President / CEO

Davette works with many community organizations to come together on community opportunities and initiatives. She began serving CKCF and the community as President/CEO in February 2014, after four years with the Foundation. Her vision is a community that grows stronger everyday through the power of philanthropy. She leads work in early childhood education, community development, philanthropy and nonprofit partnerships.

Davette has many years of nonprofit experience. Previously she worked with a community coalition to empower communities to make systemic changes to address youth risk factors and drug use. Through this, she gained valuable experience conducting community needs and resource assessments, strategic planning and agency collaboration. She has written, managed and peer reviewed state and federal grants.

She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has lived in Elizabethtown since 2008.

Currently, Davette serves on the Endow Kentucky Commission is a member of the Hardin County AM Rotary Club.

Jennifer Priddy – Executive Assistant & Scholarship Central Coordinator

Jennifer joined the CKCF team in January 2016 as Executive Assistant and Scholarship Central Coordinator. Jennifer maintains CKCF’s scholarship process along with Scholarship Central, the online application portal. Supporting the president and CEO, she also manages the daily office operations, assists donors, plans special events and works with community organizations to support donor’s charitable wishes. Jennifer grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, moving to Kentucky in 2000. She resides in Elizabethtown with her husband and four children. Jennifer has a heart for helping others and enjoys making a difference in our community through volunteer opportunities. She is also an active sports mom, who spends much of her time cheering on her children at various events and activities.    

Jennifer joined the CKCF team in 2016 as Executive Assistant and Scholarship Central Coordinator. Jennifer maintains CKCF’s scholarship process along with Scholarship Central, the online application portal. Supporting the president and CEO, she also manages the daily office operations, assists donors, plans special events and works with community organizations to support donor’s charitable wishes.

Jennifer grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, moving to Kentucky in 2000. She resides in Elizabethtown with her four children. Jennifer has a heart for helping others and enjoys making a difference in our community through volunteer opportunities. She is also an active sports mom, who spends much of her time cheering on her children at various events and activities.

Message from the President and CEO

“Explore all possibilities, create extraordinary relationships, and make every conversation count.”

– Marcia Wieder

Davette B. Swiney

Marcia Wieder’s quote really speaks to our work at CKCF. It is through a conversation that many of our ideas and initiatives evolve. It is how we discover what matters to you – your passions, your desires and dreams for people in our community.

The most frequent question I hear is, “What is a community foundation?” And there are so many answers to that question.

Obviously, we are a financial resource for the community. We work with donors to personalize their charitable giving through the variety of philanthropic services we offer. These donors make it possible for us to carry out their philanthropic desires, but to also serve as a greater resource to our community.

CKCF is more than a financial conduit from donor to organization or cause. We look at the whole of the community and how we can enhance areas critical to our community’s success. And we engage others to collective action. As a foundation, we are often looked to for the financial assets we can provide in the community. We often are able to look at other valuable community assets in tandem with financial assets to advance our community. 

One key asset that distinguishes a community is caring people. We have the privilege to work with many people who give of their time and their talents, in addition to their financial resources to benefit our community.

It is seeing this desire by others to make our community a better place and the willingness to invest in making it happen that truly makes this job special. Thank you!

“Let’s Do Some Good Today!”