Category: Friends of Limestone

Meet a Friend of Limestone: Irma Kocer

Meet a Friend of Limestone: Irma Kocer

This month’s profile of a Kentuckian you should get to know takes us to Lexington!

Meet Irma!

 

What’s your name?

Irma Kocer

Where are you from?

Croatia/Bosnia but also Woodford County.

Where do you live currently?

Tiny yellow cottage, Lexington, KY.

What is your profession?

Public Health graduate student and Student Coordinator for UK’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

Why are you a friend of limestone?

Limestone is (literally) the foundation of Kentucky. FOL is creating a multifaceted approach to educating the great citizens of Kentucky about our foundation while simultaneously creating spaces for advocacy and community engagement. I truly believe FOL is creating a grassroots effort to bring Kentucky’s prioritizes where they need to be in terms of conservation and environment. I am thrilled to be a part of it!

What is your favorite thing about Kentucky?

Autumn in Kentucky is truly magical. No matter where I have lived or traveled, the Bluegrass in that time of year is one of the best sights I’ve ever seen. Oh, and the food.

What makes Kentucky special?

Kentucky has a vast refugee and immigrant population. My past work in refugee resettlement as well as the fact that my family was resettled through Kentucky Refugee Ministries makes this an aspect of Kentucky that I hold dear. The Bosnian population in Bowling Green, the Congolese population in Lexington, the Somalian and Cuban population in Louisville, the Burmese population in northern Kentucky, and everyone in between truly speaks to the rich and colorful culture of our great state.

If you could name a Kentucky Derby horse, what would you name it?

Cheesy Grits

What is your vision for Kentucky?

My vision is a Kentucky without health and wealth disparities. It is a Kentucky where every individual, no matter their background or immigration status, has equal access to the tools they need to create the best life for themselves.

What is your favorite bourbon?

Woodford, of course! With a splash of Ale81.

What is your favorite place in Kentucky?

It’s a toss up: the backroads of Woodford County or the Old San Juan Cuban restaurant in Lexington.

What is one thing you would change about Kentucky?

We as Kentuckians often see ourselves divided into Louisville, Lexington, and everyone else. This leads to losing sight of the united commonwealth due to the variety of backgrounds and socio-economic differences. So I would change how divided we are. If we were able to come together, especially from a political perspective, we could create policies that would work for every Kentuckian instead of just those that have been representing us at the national level for years.

For you, what does it mean to be a friend of limestone?

It means supporting FOL in every way that I can. That may be in big ways such as advocacy and reducing my own carbon footprint. It may be in small everyday things like wearing my FOL t-shirt and happily explaining the mission to inquiring minds. Or a combination of both!

 

Thanks to Irma for participating!

Know someone we should talk to next? Email us at Communications@FriendsOfLimestone.com!

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