Jean Cecil enjoyed a childhood in south central Kentucky on a farm of forest, fields and creeks. Her father introduced her to Mary Wharton’s books, Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky and A Guide to the Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky, when she was in high school. These books were a constant reference when walking the farm and while hiking, camping, and canoeing. She continues to use these original publications today. Past board membership includes the Birmingham YMCA Mountain Brook and Association Boards and the Alabama Folk School. Currently, she is a board member for Trees Lexington!. She volunteered for STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) in Birmingham, an early intervention program for second grade students. She has volunteered in various capacities for the Louisville Zoo and for the Birmingham Zoo. Jean received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and practiced in New York, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and Birmingham and is currently licensed in Kentucky. She returned to Lexington in 2019 and is enjoying connecting with family, and old and new friends. Playing the mandolin, guitar and cello are favorite activities as well as singing with the Lexington Singers. She continues to hike and camp around Kentucky and the USA.