Our KyCC 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.
Shellie Baker serves as an AmeriCorps Program Manager, Program Development and Assessment. Previously, she served as the KY Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at NKCES. In this role, she connected with local high school students to area healthcare employers for hands-on experience, creating a talent pipeline for tomorrow’s workforce. Previously, she served as the Director of Lincoln Grant Scholar House with NKCAC and led campus operations in conjunction with the academic pathway and goal plan for all applicants in pre-residential and those in residential and post-residential services at Lincoln Grant Scholar House. Prior positions were at Gateway and the State of KY, where she engaged with single parents who were in college and seeking self-sufficiency. Her passion is to collaborate, connect, and energize our region by developing meaningful college and career pathways for our future leaders.
Karen Mann is a Northern Kentucky native, an alumnus of Boone County Schools & Northern Kentucky University. Karen earned bachelor’s degrees in Education & Geography from NKU and a master’s degree in Education and post-graduate certificate in Counseling from Capella University. She has dedicated her life’s work to college & career readiness and student success in her various roles as a K-12 Classroom Teacher, Human Services & IT post-secondary instructor, Public Health Educator, Pre-Employment Transition Services Specialists for students with disabilities, as well as a college Professional Advisor for a variety of post-secondary programs. She feels strongly about KyCC’s mission to elevate college access for all and facilitate student success through relationships, content, and experiential learning. Karen has joined KyCC as a Program Manager for Member Support & Strategic Partnerships and will focus her work in the Western KY region. In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, following current events, and attending outdoor live concert events.
Mindy Wilson serves as an AmeriCorps Program Manager and has a passion for education, student success, and social justice. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, most recently working with high-impact practices and career development in the Center for Career & Professional Development at Centre College. She has also volunteered her time as a governing board member for several non-profits, including CASA of the Bluegrass, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center, and the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). She will serve as the governing board chair for SHECP beginning in August 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Spanish at Point Loma Nazarene University and her Master of Arts in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. A native of California, she loves sunshine, being outdoors, and spending time near the water. She also likes to read, cook, and travel in her spare time.
In her previous positions, Hanna has worked in the non-profit sector, managing strategic communications, event planning, and community engagement. She has a passion for the people and communities in Kentucky and hopes to use the KyCC AmeriCorps programs to increase opportunities for those that need them the most.
Hanna currently resides in Johnson County, KY with her husband Jonathan and their dog Charlie.
Our Newest Team Member in the office, Carson Mann. He just graduated from Ryle in May. He collaborates closely with Amanda, our new Communications Intern, to maintain social media and ensure that everything is uploaded and sent on schedule. He is working on getting his real estate license right now an hopes to pass in the near future
Arnav Shah is a freshman majoring in Computer Science at NKU. He was born in Nepal and raised in both Nepal and Canada. He has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. Arnav’s hobbies include reading non-fiction books and traveling. Beside work, he is also into fitness and plays sports like basketball, soccer and long tennis.
Lisa is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry and with nonprofits. She has managed paid and volunteer work force. Lisa is also technically skilled in Salesforce, QuickBooks and all Microsoft applications on Intel and OS operating systems. Bilingual in Spanish.