Our Staff

To best reach a KNN team member, the preferred contact method is email because we can best respond to your inquires with the inclusion of hyperlinks and attachments. General inquiries should email us, so we can best direct you to the appropriate resource or section of the website.

Danielle Clore | Executive Director/CEO


Danielle Tharp Clore is the executive director/CEO of Kentucky Nonprofit Network. Prior to founding KNN in 2002, Danielle held leadership positions at the Commonwealth Fund for KET, Eastern Kentucky University, Special Olympics Kentucky and Christian Care Communities. She was recognized in 2017 by Women Leading Kentucky with the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award and was a 2015 finalist for the Excellence in Advocacy Award by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, Washington DC.  She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Kentucky.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Transylvania University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Administration. Danielle's current community service work includes public policy committee member, National Council of Nonprofits; advisory council member, Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies program; and finance committee member, St. Michael's Episcopal Church.  Previous community service includes chair of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass board of directors; United Way of the Bluegrass Get on Board Advisory Council; Family Counseling Service board of directors; and the Kentucky Commission on Women Foundation board of directors. She is a native of Bardstown, grew up in Pineville and now resides in Lexington with her husband and two children. Email Danielle.

Laura Whitaker | Associate Director

Laura Whitaker is KNN's associate director, leading KNN's educational programming, regional outreach and special initiatives. She is a native of Lexington and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from Centre College in Danville and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Administration. Prior to joining the KNN team, Laura was the program director at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She previously served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, and she completed the High Impact Leadership Project in 2018. When she’s not working to strengthen Kentucky's nonprofit sector, you can find her on her yoga mat, getting lost in a book or taking walks around Lexington. Email Laura.


Renee Gallagher | Director of Member Engagement

Renee Gallagher is KNN's Director of Member Engagement, leading KNN's membership program, providing support for KNN events and special initiatives and the "go to" for KNN's resources and benefits.  She is a native of New Jersey and became a Kentuckian in 2005.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kentucky and received her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design. Renee has volunteer experience with The Lion’s Club, Project Read and most recently, CASA of Lexington.  Email Renee.