Hospice of Western KY hires new CEO

November 20, 2020 | 12:16 am

Updated November 20, 2020 | 12:23 am

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Brenda Knollenberg has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer at Hospice of Western Kentucky. The announcement comes four months after Belinda Blair voluntarily resigned as CEO after she was indefinitely suspended when racially insensitive posts were discovered on her personal Facebook page.

Knollenberg currently serves Hospice as their development manager and will begin her official duties as CEO on Monday.

According to Hospice Board Chairman Tom Maddox, Knollenberg has several years of experience serving at nonprofit organizations.  


“Brenda has served as the executive director for other nonprofits in both Illinois and Iowa,” he said. “She brings a lot of experience to the position, including the experience she’s gained here at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky in her role as development manager.”

Maddox said the team is excited that Knollenberg will be able to transition from her current role into the role of CEO.

“She’s gotten to know the community through her development work, and knows the organization and staff,” he said. “She will be able to hit the ground running.” 

Knollenberg was born and raised in central Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Mass Communications. She and her family moved to Owensboro in 2017, and she began with Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky shortly after the move. 

“This is a wonderful organization – providing a much-needed and extremely valuable service to the patients and families under our care,” Knollenberg said. “I have loved working in the development department, and I am excited to begin working as CEO with the incredible staff here. We have a great team and a great legacy of care and commitment to the community. I am truly honored and humbled to serve in this capacity.”

November 20, 2020 | 12:16 am

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