Brigitte Blom Ramsey

Brigitte Blom Ramsey is the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.  Prior to joining the Prichard Committee in May of 2014, Ms. Ramsey was the director of public policy for United Way of Greater Cincinnati with a special focus on early childhood policy. She served 6 years on the Kentucky Board of Education, from 2008-2014, and was elected vice-chair of the Board in her last year.  Ms. Ramsey also served for 10 years on the Pendleton County Board of Education. She holds undergraduate degrees from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree  in public policy from the University of Kentucky Martin School.

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Cory Curl

Cory Curl serves as Associate Executive Director at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Prior to joining the Prichard Committee staff, Cory was Senior Fellow for Assessment and Accountability at Achieve, where she was responsible for providing support and guidance to states on improving the quality and utility of assessments, accountability, and public reporting systems. She also led the organization’s initiatives on competency-based education. She has represented the U.S. Department of Education for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative in Memphis, Tennessee, where she focused on providing guidance on the City’s cradle-to-career education strategy. She served as director of the Education Delivery Unit at the Tennessee Department of Education, where she led the state’s performance management efforts to reach ambitious goals for student performance. As a senior policy advisor for EducationCounsel, she provided strategic counsel to states, districts, foundations, and other clients on an array of education policy and implementation issues. She led efforts to promote teacher effectiveness while serving in the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Policy in Tennessee, and coordinated school finance, accountability, data, teacher equity, and other issues as policy director for the Tennessee Department of Education. Cory received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a master’s degree in public administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. In 1994, she received a Kentucky Arts, Education, and Humanities Award for her student advocacy in support of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.

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Rachel Belin

Rachel Burg Belin is the founding director of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team an initiative that elevates the voices of Kentucky youth on the classroom impact of education policies and supports students as partners in improving Kentucky schools.  Among other accomplishments, the group introduced and advanced HB 236, legislation to change Kentucky state law to add a student to the superintendent screening committees; engaged students in a statewide campaign to restore school funding to pre-recessionary level; and led an investigation into some of the challenges making postsecondary transitions inequitable.

Rachel first came to the Prichard Committee in 2002 as the development director after serving as policy director for the Kentucky state treasurer.  She was drawn to the Prichard Committee by its national reputation for engaging citizens in education policy.

As a certified high school teacher, Rachel taught social studies and the Facing History and Ourselves civic-engagement curriculum which uses the Holocaust as the central case study in New York, Florida and Kentucky classrooms and has spent over three decades working with young people outside the schools to use the media to amplify their voices in public life.

Inspired first by her experience as a middle-school-aged reporter for the then nationally-syndicated Children’s Express news service, Rachel has since launched and led a series of student-voice-oriented initiatives in a variety of contexts.  She spearheaded Boston’s Youth Voice Collaborative, which trained teams of urban youth as political reporters for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions; Kid Company News, a Peabody-Award-Winning radio feature featuring youth journalists that aired for six years on WBZ-AM; and the Youth News Team, consisting of Central Kentucky teens and parents which produced two regional Emmy-Award-winning public radio series based on original education policy research.

Rachel received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A.T. from the University of Rochester.

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Perry Papka

Perry A. Papka of Lexington, former senior analyst and staff administrator for the legislature’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. In that role, Papka provided analysis, research and oversight for the appropriation of more than $1 billion in public funds to Kentucky’s public postsecondary institutions and financial aid programs.

Prior to joining the Legislative Research Commission in 2006, Papka was a research assistant at the Council on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kentucky, a research intern for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C., and director of research and development for Alaska Seafood International in Anchorage, AK.

He is a graduate of Centre College and holds a Masters of Public Administration from UK’s Martin School of Public Policy & Administration.

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Alana Morton

  • Title: Program Associate
  • Organization: Governor's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership
  • Email: amorton@prichardcommittee.org
  • Office: (859) 233-9849 ext 223

A native of Lexington, Alana joined the Prichard Committee in the fall of 2005 after spending 3 ½ years at the Mayor’s Training Center where she worked directly for the Executive Director, Arnold Gaither. As a program associate at the Prichard Committee, she is responsible for the materials production for all parent training programs and assists in all aspects of  conducting the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. She also provides technical support for GCIPL programming and assists with overall office functions at the Prichard Committee. Alana is a 2006 GCIPL Fellow.

Alana’s greatest strength is her technological savvy. She has been involved in supporting the youth program and is well versed in the Workforce Investment Act. Alana’s volunteer activities have focused on assisting with the Back to School Rally and the Urban Academic Challenge. She is a member, in good standing, of the Knowledge in the Hood Book Club and works in the Projection Ministry and Sunday school at her church. She is also actively in the PTA and has served as a PTA president. Alana is married with 3 children and loves to game and collect movies.

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Suzetta Yates

Suzetta is a 2006 GCIPL graduate. She earned her BA in education from the University of Kentucky. Suzetta is currently the Development Director for the Prichard Committee overseeing our fundraising efforts and she coordinates the Social Media for our office. Prior to working for the Prichard Committee she worked for nine years in the University of Kentucky Athletics Department and then was the Tournament Coordinator for the ATP Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington for seven years. Suzetta has three children that have excelled in our public schools here in Kentucky.

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