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Chantel Batton-Utley is a Nashville, Tennessee native by way of Oakland California. The youngest of eleven siblings, Chantel values community, education, equity, and justice. Chantel enthusiastically brings a growth mindset to Teach Kentucky as the new Recruiting Coordinator.
Chantel is a Western Kentucky University alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences. As a student leader, she became a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Sorority and was an advocate for the Bowling Green community earning over 200+ service hours.
After the Hilltop, Chantel began her professional journey in Denton, Texas at the University of North Texas. She then recruited and coached over 300 student employees within Residence Life at Blinn College-Brenham and St. Edward’s University (SEU), in Austin Texas.
In 2020 she earned her Master of Science in Leadership and Change paired with certifications in Post Crisis Leadership and Citizenship & Social Responsibility. In her spare time, Chantel is rediscovering her love of sewing, and reading books on transformational leadership.
Will is the Accounting Manager for ATI Technologies, having served in this position since September 2019. Prior to that, he was the Accounting Supervisor for Lloyd & McDaniel, PLC, for 10 years. Will has served on the board of the Notre Dame Club of Greater Louisville in various positions since 2014, including Club President from 2016 through 2017. In this role, he increased dues paying members, and led new initiatives for increased member outreach and for selecting a local teacher(s) to attend the annual Excellence in Teaching Conference at Notre Dame. Born into a family of public-school teachers and having married a TKY alum, Will is a strong believer in the value of public education. He is a new member of the Teach Kentucky Board.
David is a retired principal, counselor and teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools. He has served the last 6 years as an Adjunct Faculty member with the Bellarmine College of Education. He has also served as a Kentucky Teacher Internship Program mentor with the University of Louisville School of Education. David works as an interventionist with JCPS. This is David’s second year as a RTA with Teach Kentucky. This will be David’s first year on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors.
Sandra is an attorney, an engineer and a community volunteer. A champion of student learning, her commitment to improving the quality of public education began as an involved parent in Louisville public schools. Hinojosa Hubbard is a fellow of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, served on the Site-Based Decision-Making Council at duPont Manual High School, and has been a member of the Kentucky Department of Education AdvancED Diagnostic Review teams evaluating schools identified as persistently low achieving. Before becoming involved in public education, Hinojosa Hubbard supported drilling operations in the oil industry, worked in the F-16 flight test program, and practiced law. She has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for six years.
John is the Senior Corporate Attorney at LG&E and KU Energy LLC. His areas of practice include corporate law, natural resources and securities. He has been active with the Cherokee Triangle Neighborhood Association and the Dartmouth Club of Kentucky and became associated with Teach Kentucky in its early years. His wife is a pre-school teacher and their children have JCPS backgrounds. He has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for 11 years.
Kim is a partner for Nonprofit Solutions Group, PLLC. She has a master’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University. Over her career, she has worked for MCM CPAs & Advisors, Bellarmine University, Crowne Horwath LLC, the University of Louisville and Stone Carlie. In her current role, she helps nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based institutions create innovative solutions to build their capacity, sustain programs and services, and plan for the future. She has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for one year.
Katherine is the Director of Instruction at Southern High School in Louisville, KY. A veteran educator with over a decade of classroom experience, Grindon specializes in secondary education, curriculum development, teacher training, critical literacy, leadership/coaching, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). She holds National Board Certification in the field of Early Adolescent English/Language Arts, is nationally certified as both a Literacy Design Collaborative Expert Coach and Cognitive Coach, and is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Louisville, teaching courses in English/Language Arts methods, disciplinary literacy, and coaching. She was a member of the 2003 Teach Kentucky cohort. She is a new member of the Teach Kentucky Board.
Alex is the Director of Strategy and Brand Analytics for the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands at Brown-Forman Corporation. Previously, he led the Corporate Development team at Brown-Forman and he has over 12 years of investment banking and financial advisory experience executing mergers, acquisitions, and strategic advisory assignments for public and private companies. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, he worked at Morgan Stanley and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for two years.
John retired from Jefferson County Public Schools after serving as a teacher in several schools and later principal at Lowe Elementary. Upon retirement he worked in a part time position for JCPS implanting leadership programs for new and aspiring principals. He served as an adjunct instructor for the Ed.S program in the School of Education at Bellarmine University. Additionally, for two years John was a member of a Kentucky Department of Education Scholastic Audit/Leadership Assessment team. He chairs the critically important Professional Development Committee that works to train and support our new teachers. He has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for eight years.
Bryan is the Vice President of Education and Community Arts at Kentucky Performing Arts. He works with programs including ArtsReach, ArtsThrive, ArtsRise & Governor’s School for the Arts to further the organizations impact and build valuable educational arts opportunities across the state. He previously served as Director of the Office for Globalization at Louisville Metro Government, bringing together government, business and civic leaders to welcome new international residents for economic and community growth. Prior to his role with the city, he served as Executive Director of Asia Institute-Crane House, and as an Associate Curator of Education at The Speed Art Museum. He has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for one year.
Carl is president/CEO of PSST, LLC, Seamless Data Solutions. Carl also served as COO and Client Success Director for PSST, LLC. Prior to his career at PSST, he served as human resources administrator for Jefferson County Public Schools. At present, he also serves as board chairman of Volunteers of America Mid States, one of the region’s oldest, largest, and most diverse not-for-profit businesses. He has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for one year.
Rowan is a serial social entrepreneur, having founded two long-term highly successful nonprofits in the Louisville community. The first program was Bulldogs in the Bluegrass, which has operated for 20 years, recruiting Yale University undergraduates for ten-week, paid summer internships in Louisville. Bulldogs hosts 30 plus Yalies annually and over 600 have spent the “summer of their living and working” in Louisville. Sixty former Bulldogs have moved to Louisville immediately after graduation. Rowan leveraged his experience leading Bulldogs to create Teach Kentucky. Over the past 17 years, 343 participants have been recruited to teach in the greater Louisville area and 190 are still teaching in Kentucky. The program has demonstrated a higher-than-average retention rate and is creating high impacts in education and economic development. Rowan’s track record supports that he is tenacious, committed to the mission of Teach Kentucky and expects to be relentless in achieving its goal. Rowan received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received the prestigious Yale Medal in 2005.
Mariah is the Teacher Induction and Support Coordinator. In that role, she leads coaching and in-school support for first- and second-year teachers, as well as professional development activities for the entire Teach Kentucky educator community and is the manager of our AmeriCorps grant. She is responsible for planning Teach Kentucky’s seven-week teacher preparation program, the Summer Institute, and provides recruitment support as needed. Prior to her move to Louisville, Mariah was a high school Spanish teacher in North Carolina. She has her bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies Education from East Carolina University and her master’s in Applied Spanish Linguistics from New York University. She is an alum of the prestigious North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
Nancy is the Emerita Senior Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity and Emerita Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Louisville. She held biochemistry faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School and the University of Louisville focusing on research and graduate education. She has served on many local, state and national committees, most with a focus on STEM research and education. She has a particular interest in encouraging young women to pursue careers in science and engineering. She has served on the Teach Kentucky Board of Directors for seven years.