Operation Pride director steps down

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Operation PRIDE, the local beautification and enhancement organization, is losing executive director Angie Alexieff.

Alex Ray Lackey has agreed to step in while the board searches for a permanent replacement, according to a release from Operation Pride.

Since Alexieff’s December 2013 start, the organization has added two new areas of maintenance, planted 53 trees at the I-65 Exit 22 interchange, launched its signature Clean the Green! community-wide cleanup, replanted 40% of the Cemetery Road median beds, and has set in motion Beautifi-65, the landscaping of Interstate 65 interchanges at exits 20, 22, 26, 28 and 30.

“There is no organization more committed to doing what it takes to make this community cleaner and more beautiful on behalf of everyone living here,” Alexieff said. “I am so proud to have been a part of this team.”

Alexieff said it’s time for new leadership, and she’s ready to get back to painting in her Pushing Building studio.

“Angie is the longest serving executive director and has put everything she has into it. She was ready for a change and we are happy for her,” Operation PRIDE founder and current Board Co-Chair Johnny Webb said.

Alex Ray Lackey, executive director from 2008 to 2012, agreed to step out of retirement briefly while the board completes the search for a permanent replacement.