Our KyCC Staff

Administrative Staff

In January, 2006, Gayle became the founding executive director of Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC), the 31st state affiliate chapter of Campus Compact, a national coalition of over 1200 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. At KyCC, Gayle loves to brainstorm with faculty, students, and community partners to form creative partnerships that benefit the whole network. As an example, she worked with the University of Kentucky and other partners to create the annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue. She also partnered with Berea College and Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to create the Kentucky College Coaches AmeriCorps program.
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 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 Ohio state commission (Governor’s Community Service Council) from 1994-1997.
Gayle has over twenty-five years of experience in strengthening communities through work in nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies. Her focus is on using strength-based strategies in promoting community change and personal growth.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gayle has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Organization Development from American University in Washington, D.C. She loves being outdoors hiking, canoeing and biking and is currently enrolled in a cooking class.

AmeriCorps Staff

Wilson was born in the Dominican Republic and raised between Santo Domingo and New York City. Since completing his bachelor’s degree in History and Latin American Studies from City University of New York’s Lehman College, he has dedicated his efforts to helping eradicate educational inequities that disproportionally affect our communities of color. He began his professional career as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, and in 2015, he joined Teach for America and moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where he used his Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training to develop leadership skills and become a community advocate. As a graduate student in our Community & Social Change Master’s program, Wilson was part of a cohort that learned to combine theory with reflective practice to promote well-being among multicultural communities. His interest in the role that social identity plays in everyday interactions led him to work as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Institutional Culture, where he played a crucial part in the development and implementation of the first intergroup dialogue course at the university.

Wilson joined the Kentucky Campus Compact as Director of Community Impact in July of 2019. In this current role, Wilson oversees the KyCC VISTA program and collaborates with community organizations and stakeholders to collectively strengthen communities across the Commonwealth.

Wilson has confessed to be addicted to bowling, and in his spare time he enjoys being part of the local bowling league. In addition to bowling, Wilson loves to spend time with family and friends.

Kyle is a native of Northern Kentucky and grew up 5 minutes down the road from Northern Kentucky University. He went to Eastern Kentucky University for his Bachelor of Arts in French. He then received his Master’s in Public Administration from NKU in 2017. He has studied abroad twice: once to Paris and once to Austria. He has worked part time at the Skyline Chili in Highland Heights for over 10 years. He has previously worked as an EKU Guru, as a Floor Supervisor at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and as a Patron Services Representative at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Before becoming the Recruiter/Member Coordinator for Kentucky Campus Compact he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the office where he worked on STEM+ programming and a conference on service learning. In his current role as Recruiter/Member Coordinator he works with about 150 AmeriCorps members across three programs. In his free time he enjoys going to a weekly bar trivia, travelling, and going to the movies.

Lexie Stepro is the AmeriCorps Student Success VISTA at the Compact, working with programs such as Norse Skolars and Kentucky College Coaches. Lexie graduated from Northern Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In her free time she enjoys writing, concerts, learning new things, and meeting new people.

Specialists

Kyle is a native of Northern Kentucky and grew up 5 minutes down the road from Northern Kentucky University. He went to Eastern Kentucky University for his Bachelor of Arts in French. He then received his Master’s in Public Administration from NKU in 2017. He has studied abroad twice: once to Paris and once to Austria. He has worked part time at the Skyline Chili in Highland Heights for over 10 years. He has previously worked as an EKU Guru, as a Floor Supervisor at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and as a Patron Services Representative at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Before becoming the Recruiter/Member Coordinator for Kentucky Campus Compact he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the office where he worked on STEM+ programming and a conference on service learning. In his current role as Recruiter/Member Coordinator he works with about 150 AmeriCorps members across three programs. In his free time he enjoys going to a weekly bar trivia, travelling, and going to the movies.

Nick Bliven is one of the Communications Coordinators with the Compact. He graduated from NKU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Nick is currently enrolled in NKU’s Master of Public Administration program. Prior to working for the Compact, he served at NKU as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Office of Student Engagement for two years. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time outdoors, reading books, and catching up with loved ones.

My name is Katelynn Dinius and I am the Communications Coordinator at Kentucky Campus Compact! I am a fourth year student at Northern Kentucky University with a major in Public Relations and minors in Marketing, Management, and Honors. This is my third internship with a nonprofit, so I’m able to bring a lot of skills and expertise from both inside and outside the classroom to this experience.

My primary roles as Communications Coordinator are to create monthly e-newsletters, update the KyCC website, manage our social media platforms, etc. When I’m not in class or doing my internship I am very involved with NKU and my community. Some things I love to do include working out, hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, growing in my relationship with God and spending time with friends! I’m excited to be serving at Kentucky Campus Compact! Should you need to contact me, feel free to send me an email.