EducateNKY announces governing board 

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EducateNKY has launched its vision to address systemic change in education throughout Northern Kentucky. 

Created by the OneNKY Alliance and led by recently hired President/CEO Tim Hanner, the start-up nonprofit has established an infrastructure to move forward, including the announcement of its Governing Board: 

  • Greg Fischer, Chairman, Fischer Homes: Board Chair                       
  • Jim Votruba, President Emeritus, Northern Kentucky University: Vice Chair
  • Jack Kenkel, Retired President, Victory Bank: Treasurer                 
  • Lynn Schaber, community volunteer: Secretary  
  • Matt Smith, Attorney-at-Law, Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C.: Legal Counsel    
  • Catrena Bowman, Executive Director, NKY Community Action Commission
  • Garren Colvin, President & CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Normand Desmarais, Co-Founder, Tier 1 Performance Solutions
  • Karen Finan, President & CEO, OneNKY Alliance
  • Tim Fogarty, Chief Executive Officer, WCM Holdings, Inc.
  • Robert Heil, Chief Executive Officer, KLH Engineers, Inc.
  • Brian Neal, Chief Executive Officer, Accelerate Great Schools
  • Chuck Session, Executive in Residence, Northern Kentucky United Way
  • Alaria Long, doctorate student representative, UC Irvine (a recent Covington Holmes graduate and non-voting board member.)
  • Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education (special advisor to the board.)

In addition to finalizing its governing board, EducateNKY has taken these additional steps:

  • Staffing: Hired Nancy Costello as part-time logistics and communications lead to provide strategic, operational support. Costello brings experience in the education/NKY non-profit arena, including work with the NKY Education Council, Vision 2015/Skyward, NKU Institute for Health Innovation, and NKY Area Development District’s GROW NKY workforce initiative.
  • Landscape assessment:Contracted with a national firm to complete a thorough landscape assessment and asset mapping beginning Aug. 1.
  • Advisory Council: Created an advisory council of regional leaders willing to share their expertise, skills, and knowledge with the EducateNKY Governing Board to advance its initiatives.  
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