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Updated Farmington follow: Amplifications and clarifications on Sullivan/Historic Homes relationship

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Farmington is the green space on the right, with Sullivan University on the left.

(Editor’s note: This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. on January 31 with additional information about Guthrie Zaring’s role as a lobbyist for for-profit education groups.)

Readers have brought to Insider’s attention discrepancies revealed by a story Insider Louisville broke yesterday: “Sullivan University moving forward with plan to use five acres at Farmington for parking lot.”

In that post, we documented ties between Historic Homes Foundation and Sullivan University.

1) Readers asked us to provide evidence that the president of Historic Homes Foundation, Inc., Guthrie Zaring, is married to Lisa Sullivan Zaring Sullivan, board member of University Systems Inc.

We have supporting sources including Guthrie Zaring’s Facebook profile, at right.

Zaring’s ties to Sullivan University appear to extend beyond his marriage. He was a registered lobbyist for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), and Kentucky Assn. of Career Colleges & Schools (KACCS) from January 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.
In that same period, though, he was also a pro-bono lobbyist for Preservation Kentucky, Inc.
“He came to us and offered to do it, said Rachel Kennedy, executive director of Preservation Kentucky, Inc. “Since he was already one of our members, and he was willing to work for free, it seemed like a natural fit.”

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2) Insider reported that Herb Shulhafer is a board member of Historic Homes Foundation, Inc. because he was listed on the last 990 tax return to which we have access (period ending August 31, 2011).

While he is not listed on the latest Kentucky Secretary of State’s business registration filing, that is not reliable indicator of his board membership, as he appears to have never been listed in prior Secretary of State filings.

3) When Historic Homes Foundation, Inc. filed their 990 tax return for period ending August 31, 2011, there were 13 board members listed.

On a filing with the Kentucky Secretary of State six months later, only five board members are listed.

Two of those five are relatively new to the board.

Neither Butch Shaw, who was the treasurer in the February Secretary of State filing but now represents himself as president, nor Andy Stubblefield, were listed on the 990 for the period ending August 31, 2010.

 

The eight board members who have left since August 31, 2011, according to the Secretary of State filing, include: Barbara Baker Brown, Lindsey Ciechanowski, Amanda McWane, Dean Wilkinson, Chris Hartley, Anne Juckett, David Ramage, and Herb Shulhafer.

As of this time, Insider’s not been able to reach board members.

The turnover at Historic Homes Foundation, Inc.’s board is illustrated by the number of names crossed off in the latest two annual Secretary of State filings at right.

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