Hannah Brewer
Communications Intern

Hannah Brewer is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University. She is a double major in Media Informatics (with a focus in animation) and Electronic Media and Broadcasting (with focuses in editing and cinematography). Hannah has a passion for filmmaking, both narrative and documentary styles, photography, drawing, and has the goal of becoming a film animator. Her roles at the Kentucky Campus Compact involve working those around her to keep both the website and newsletter up-to-date.

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Lauren Gabbard
InnerView Coordinator, TASK VISTA

Lauren Gabbard is an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Kentucky Campus Compact and InnerView. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Northern Kentucky University. While there, she pursued her passions by completing many independent research projects, working with local non-profits on a variety of justice issues, registering and empowering students to vote, and leading the Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS). As a student at NKU, Lauren was honored with the Outstanding Student Awards for both Political Science and Economics and graduated summa cum laude. As a recent graduate, she is excited to use her knowledge and skills to work with Kentucky Campus Compact and InnerView to encourage student civic engagement throughout the state.

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Kristen Hedgebeth
Director of AmeriCorps and Student Programs

Kristen joined the KyCC team in December 2013 after serving as the Assistant Director for Service Learning and previously as the Service Learning Coordinator for Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University in Athens, OH and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Kristen has experience in program implementation, team management, event planning, reflection and service learning curriculum, and professional development instruction. In her community, Kristen volunteers with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), helping taxpayers complete their tax return and understand special tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

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Gayle Hilleke
Executive Director, Kentucky Campus Compact

In January, 2006, Gayle became the founding executive director of the Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC). Prior to moving to Kentucky, Gayle spent eight years in Washington D.C. at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where she served as an AmeriCorps program officer for the Pacific Cluster and as a project manager for a national assessment initiative, the State Administrative Standards project. Prior to working at CNCS, she was the first program officer of the state service commission in Ohio (Governor’s Community Service Council) from 1994-1997.

Gayle has over thirty years of experience in strengthening communities through work in nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies. She has over eleven years of grant-making experience at both the state and federal levels. Now living in Northern Kentucky, Gayle has become involved a Small Group (a grassroots community change effort in the Cincinnati area led by Peter Block) and is a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.

Gayle was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Organization Development from American University in Washington, D.C.


Megan Morris
Kentucky Colleges Coaches Coordinator

Megan joined the KyCC team in August 2015. She previously served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally-Cincinnati for the class of 2013-2014. As an Ally, Megan was placed at the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio where she served as a Community Outreach Manager at over 17 schools in the Greater Cincinnati community. Megan was also a member of the Team Service Project group E.C.H.O. (Engaging Communities, Helping Others.) Team E.C.H.O. served in the Cincinnati community of Evanston. E.C.H.O. collaborated with community members and the Evanston Recreation Center to create the Evanston Youth Resource Center. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. She graduated as a member of the National Women’s Studies honor society- Iota Iota Iota, and was a member of the Bearcat Bands.


Darlene Ryan
Finance Specialist, Kentucky Service Corps

Darlene joined the Ky Campus Compact staff in May, 2011. She currently serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to working with the Compact, Darlene retired after an enjoyable 30 year career at Cincinnati Bell Telephone. There, she held positions in Comptrollers, Network & Engineering and Information Technology. Darlene is graduate of Northern Kentucky University and resides in Cold Spring, KY with her husband Roger. She loves spending time with her family and all things Disney!


Rhea Floyd
TASK VISTA Coordinator