Board Member Bios
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Helen Siewers - Executive Director
Helen Siewers joined the Friends of Mammoth Cave as Executive Director in January, 2015. Helen worked previously as campus landscape architect at Western Kentucky University, and greenways coordinator for Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky. Her first favorite park was Percy Warner Park in Nashville, TN, where she grew up.
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Larry Cox - Chair
Larry Cox has been a Kentucky resident for forty years and retired in late 2010 after over twenty-five years as State Director for Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the United States Senate. Prior to that served as Secretary for Environmental Policy and Deputy Secretary of the Community Development Department for Jefferson County Government. Earlier work history included employment as Deputy Director of a regional planning agency and lead planner for a number of small and medium size cities and counties.
Cox has a Bachelor of Arts from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Joanie Cox and they have two adult children who reside in Kentucky.
Dr. Thomas Carney - Vice-Chair
Ts Professor of Aviation Technology and former head of the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University, where he has taught since 1972. Dr. Carney has over 48years of experience as a pilot, with more than 11,000 flight hours, and holds the FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with multiengine, Mitsubishi Diamond, and Beechjet type ratings, in addition to the Certified Flight Instructor certificate with airplane single- and multiengine, and instrument airplane ratings. In addition to his flight background, Dr. Carney holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science. His primary research areas include aviation meteorology and the impact of weather on aviation operations, synoptic-scale dynamics and energetics and the interactions between synoptic- and mesoscale motion fields, the use of aircraft for airborne research applications in earth-atmosphere data sampling, and pilots’ use of weather technology in the cockpit.
Dr. Carney has been deeply interested in Mammoth Cave, the Park, and especially the caves of Flint Ridge since childhood and his first visit to Floyd Collins Crystal Cave in 1959.