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Kentucky academy of eye physicians and surgeons

ADVOCACY is a critical component in promoting and defending the art and science of ophthalmology in the state of Kentucky.  


Legislative Chair Dr. Ashima Gupta and the KAEPS Board of Directors set the legislative strategy for the organization.

The involvement of KAEPS members is integral to the success of the organization's legislative initiatives. 

All members are encouraged to be a part of the discussion about legislative priorities and in meeting with our state and federal legislators.

To learn more about how to get involved or who to contact in your legislative district, reach out to Miranda Van Winkle at


Commonwealth Alliances is a comprehensive governmental advocacy and consulting firm based in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The team includes partners Patrick Jennings and Karen Thomas Lentz, as well as Senior Associate Kate Wood.

Patrick Jennings has 16 years of experience in Kentucky politics having worked on campaigns, congressional staff, and as an association and contract lobbyist. He served two years as a legislative aide to Senator Mitch McConnell before returning home to become chief lobbyist for the Kentucky Farm Bureau.  

Karen Thomas Lentz has 30 years of political experience having worked in both the legislative and executive branch.  She worked for former Speaker of the House Don Blandford and former Governor Brereton Jones as well as serving as legislative liaison and Chief of Staff to former Public Health Commissioner Rice Leach.  

Kate Wood joined the Commonwealth in 2014 after serving in the administration of Governor Steve Beshear as Legislative Liaison and Director of Legislative Services.  Kate began her political career in 2003 working on state and federal campaigns. 

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