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.
Kentucky College Coaches Program
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.
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.
Rachel Bevins is a Field Support Specialist for the Kentucky College Coaches program. She started her KCC work as a Kentucky College Coach program AmeriCorps member at her local high school where she served as a college and career mentor for students grades 9-12 and an Ambassador for other college and career coaches, providing leadership and support as needed. Since serving with our program she has also completed her first Bachelor’s Degree in Education, which has been a lifelong dream.
Prior to her service with AmeriCorps, she was a very successful retail manager with numerous sales & customer service awards & spotlights.
Susan has been a lifelong advocate for eradicating poverty, homelessness and mental illness. Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, she has volunteered for many worthy causes close to her heart in her local community. A graduate of University of Michigan she has dedicated many years to addressing the root causes of these and other societal maladies. She seeks to continually grow as a world citizen and servant leader. A mother of three, and Gigi (gran-gran) to five, her hobbies are reading, swimming and cooking.
Emily is a Program Training Coordinator supporting training and professional development efforts for KyCC members and staff. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and in Dramatic Art, as well as a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She joins the KyCC team after working in a variety of adult mental health settings including the Department of Veterans Affairs and substance abuse treatment; then spent several years traveling around the country and abroad as a stay-at-home parent & military spouse; and finally, serving with AmeriCorps as a Kentucky College Coach. She has a passion for facilitating engaging training & communication opportunities that promote personal and organizational growth.
Emily is a native of North Carolina living in Elizabethtown, KY with her spouse, 2 children, dog, and rabbit.
Carmon began her career in education in 2000 volunteering and working as a substitute aid at her sons’ elementary school. Throughout the last 23 years she has worked in many areas of education from daycare to GED/NCRC prep at a local detention center. She served as an AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coach for one year at North Bullitt High School and three years at her alma mater, Edmonson County High School.
Carmon is from Edmonson County, Kentucky. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University.
Hanna Gabbard, an eastern Kentucky native and alumna of Morehead State University, is one of the newest staff members at Kentucky Campus Compact. In her role, she will manage the KyCC VISTA Program and serve as the lead for outreach/recruitment in the eastern Kentucky region. As a previous VISTA member herself, Hanna is excited to be in this role and continue to grow the KyCC VISTA Program.
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.
Roberto Montfort is an alumni of the University of Houston where he majored in Advertising. Here, he became passionate about working with digital media as he discovered its potential to help others. He was born in Texas, but was raised in Mexico for a majority of his childhood. Roberto’s hobbies include researching politics and culture as well as creating art such as music and video. He enjoys sports including soccer and basketball, and is a strong advocate for living a healthy lifestyle in general.
Josh Mullins, a native of Hazard, Kentucky, is the Senior Director of Operations at Hindman Settlement School and Operations Support Specialist at the Kentucky Campus Compact supporting the Kentucky College Coaches program.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Advertising/Public Relations) and a Master of Arts in Education (Adult/Higher Education), both from Morehead State University and is pursuing a certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lily School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Additionally, he earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2017 and serves on the board of directors for the Appalachian Artisan Center and the UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center.
Outside of his work, Josh enjoys exploring new places, reading new books, and drinking cold brew. An item on his bucket list? To visit every Disney theme park around the globe.
Arnav Shah, a junior in the Computer Science program at Northern Kentucky University and a native of Nepal, is driven by a profound commitment to helping individuals achieve their aspirations. He has read over 50 non-fiction books, enjoys traveling, and stays active with workouts and sports like basketball, soccer, and tennis. Arnav is a well-rounded individual who seeks to make a positive impact on his academic community and society. He’s also an active member of the Kentucky Campus Compact team, assisting with recruiting and serving as a Salesforce administrator, demonstrating his dedication to personal and professional growth.
Kathleen Sullivan joined the Kentucky Campus Compact team in 2023 as a Senior Grant Administrator. In this role, she is responsible for financial oversight, management, and administration of grant funding, and works closely with internal teams to support budget development and the grant application process. Kathleen also works to identify new grant opportunities that align with the organization’s mission and goals. Kathleen is originally from Seattle, WA, and is an alumna of The Evergreen State College (B.A.), and Franklin University (M.H.A.).