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Lexington Habitat Names Elaine Luhr As Acting CEO

LEXINGTON (December 1, 2021) – The Lexington Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors has announced that Elaine Luhr will serve as the organization’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, effective January 5, 2022. She will assume leadership of the organization while a search to replace LHFH CEO Rachel Smith Childress, who is retiring after 15 years of service, is completed.

“The board has great confidence in Elaine and the rest of the staff.” said Parashar Joshi, Chair of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. “We are grateful to her for stepping into this role and making sure the great things happening at Lexington Habitat continue through this time of transition.”

Luhr has served as Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s Director of Finance & Administration since 2011. Equipped with more than 20 years of leadership experience and an MBA from Wake Forest University, she has helped Lexington Habitat take great strides in the areas of technology, human resources, strategic planning and finance. She is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Kentucky.

Luhr says, “I am honored to be entrusted with this position and to be part of such an incredible mission.”

Over the last 33 years, Lexington Habitat has helped nearly 600 households in Fayette County secure quality, affordable housing through home construction, home repair and other housing services. To learn more or get involved, visit

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