Our all-volunteer leaders:
Aaron Viles is a founder and chair of Progress Kentucky and a cohost of the #MoscowMitchMonday livestream. Aaron has worked in progressive advocacy for decades, including stints as an online organizer, leading multiple environmental groups, and field organizing for the Kentucky Democratic Party throughout Central Kentucky.
Denise Gray is a regular cohost of #MoscowMitchMonday, and a well-known political figure in Central Kentucky. Denise was the Democratic nominee in 2018 for the Kentucky State Senate (go, fighting 28th!), is a graduate of Emerge Kentucky, and pretty much knows everyone worth knowing (politically) in the Bluegrass.
Doug Price is a founder and the treasurer of Progress Kentucky and weekly contributor to #MoscowMitchMonday with his “Following Mitch’s Money” segment. Doug is an advocate of governmental change on the State/Federal level and has periodically worked on Democratic campaigns dating back to the 80s. He is based in Harrison County.
Nate Orshan is founding member of Progress Kentucky and a regular cohost of #MoscowMitchMonday. A lifelong progressive and latter-day activist, Nate moved to the Bluegrass in 2018 from Vermont with his spouse, Kit O’Connor, then volunteered and knocked on hundreds of doors for the Amy McGrath congressional campaign and most recently did the same to elect Andy Beshear. A musician, Nate likes to explore activism through music, and is the writer/performer of #MoscowMitchMonday’s theme music.
Kit O’Connor is a founding member of Progress Kentucky and drops 🔥🔥🔥 frequently with their “Mitch Never Lets Us Down…In Letting Us Down” essays on #MoscowMitchMonday. They live in Frankfort, KY with their spouse, Nate Orshan. Kit is a lifelong activist, advocate and educator with a focus on human rights, particularly refugee and migrant rights and LGBTQ+ rights.
Annabel Nagel is a founding member of Progress Kentucky and the group’s social media chair. She’s a senior at Woodford County High School, the president of the WCHS Young Democrats club, as well as the chair of the Kentucky High School Democrats. She first got involved in politics in the months leading up to the 2018 midterms, and since then she has worked on multiple campaigns in Kentucky and has found a passion in political and social activism.
Amber Adams is the Montgomery County Field Representative for Progress Kentucky and writes the newsletter for the group. Amber is a veteran volunteer and staff member for 20+ national and state campaigns, and during 8 years volunteering with Obama for America made over 100k calls to voters, giving her the record for the second most calls from any OFA volunteer in the nation.
Kelly Estes is is a lifelong Clark County resident and voter. It wasn’t till after the 2016 election that she took a more active role in politics. In the past two years she has volunteered for several campaigns and was a field staffer in 8 counties for The People’s Campaign distributing No More Mitch literature in high potential voter precincts throughout Central and Northern Kentucky. She has joined Progress Kentucky as the group’s Clark County Field Representative.