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NKYP Announces 2019 Legend and Emerging Philanthropist Award Winners
Northern Kentucky Young Professionals group is pleased to announce two special awards that will be given during the Next Generation Leader Awards on July 18, 2019. 

Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) is pleased to announce two special awards that will be given during the Next Generation Leader Awards (NGLAs) on July 18. The winners of these awards are Carri Chandler, who will receive the 2019 Legend Award and Jamie Ritter, who will receive the 2019 Emerging Philanthropist Award.

The NKYP Legend Award is presented to an individual that was an active young professional leader in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region, and who has continued to inspire leadership and career success among YPs throughout their career.

Chandler is the vice president of the St. Elizabeth Foundation where she leads a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to inspire and connect the generous community with St. Elizabeth Healthcare programs and projects improving the health of the region. Additionally, she chaired the United Way Northern Kentucky Cabinet for the 100th anniversary campaign and currently serves on the Healthcare Campaign Cabinet.

Since 1999, Chandler has served on the board of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky a nonpartisan organization dedicated to generating interest in the voting process to increase turnout. Following seven years on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Ambassador Council and twice chair of the wildly popular “ZooLaLa” event, she now serves on the zoo’s foundation board.

“I’m honored and humbled by my selection to receive the NKYP Legend Award,” said Chandler of receiving the award. “I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve received both professionally and personally to serve our community.”

The Emerging Philanthropist Award, presented by the Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, recognizes a young philanthropic leader, 40 years or younger, who demonstrates a passionate desire to give back and make Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant, prosperous region. The recipient gives generously of his or her time, experience, and resources for the benefit of our community – and inspires others to do the same.

Ritter, director of marketing at Johnson Investment Counsel, leads the firm’s marketing efforts through strategic communications, and also client, professional, and community relations. With regards to community relations, Ritter truly embraces the philanthropic spirit at her firm. She helps coordinate donations that go out into the community from Johnson Investment Counsel. These funds are directed by the employees involved on community boards, and by the passions of the firm’s clients. In her role, she also serves as a resource for her colleagues, and helps connect them with community organizations where they can volunteer or serve on boards.

In addition to her professional philanthropic efforts, Ritter also serves on both the Board of Trustees for SPCA Cincinnati, as well as their Executive Committee as secretary. She also co-founded the young professional group of the SPCA called, Young Professionals Caring About Animals (YPCA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors at The Carnegie in Covington and serves on the Executive Committee as vice president.

“It is wonderful that NKYP has a program like this to recognize community efforts, and that Greater Cincinnati Foundation sponsors it. I am grateful to be selected for this award,” said Ritter of receiving the award. “I feel so fortunate to work for a company who understands the value and importance of community involvement. As someone who was new to this area ten years ago, volunteering was a great way to meet people while doing something worthwhile. What I didn’t realize then, was that it would also become the means by which I fell in love with the city I now call home.”

All award winners will be announced during the NGLAs celebration at Newport Aquarium (1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071) on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Tickets to the event, which runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., are $40 each, $35 for NKYP Passport Holders, and are available online at

For information regarding the NGLAs or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Amanda Johannemann at

The NKYP Title Sponsor is Duke Energy and the NKYP Presenting Sponsor is MCM CPAs & Advisors. Current sponsors of the 2019 NGLAs include Presenting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Silver Sponsors: CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, Newport on the Levee, Turner Construction, and VonLehman; Supporting Sponsor: First Financial Bank, and Venue Sponsor: Newport Aquarium.