The Prichard Committee team believes that education is the path to a larger life for all Kentuckians. We work to help citizens become informed and engaged advocates for excellence in our state’s educational endeavors. Insight forged from our diverse experiences, our collaboration and commitment to education’s role in creating successful people and communities propel everything we do.

Brigitte Blom Ramsey

Brigitte Blom Ramsey

Executive Director

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Brigitte's Bio

Brigitte joined the staff in May 2014 as associate director and became executive director in January, 2016. Previously, she was director of public policy for United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Brigitte served on the Board of Education for Pendleton County, Kentucky, for 10 years and as a member of the Kentucky Board of Education for six years, completing her tenure as vice-chair. She holds undergraduate degrees from Northern Kentucky University and an MA in Public Policy for the University of Kentucky Martin School.

Rachel Belin

Rachel Belin

Student Voice Team Director

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Rachel's Bio

Rachel joined staff as director of development in 2004 and became founding director of the committee’s Student Voice Team in 2014. She has 30 years of experience as a high school teacher and youth development leader in Massachusetts, New York, Florida and Kentucky. In the course of this work, she has spearheaded a number of media ventures to amplify and elevate student voice on education issues, including initiatives that garnered Peabody and regional Emmy awards. Rachel is a graduate of Harvard College with an MAT from University of Rochester.

Cory Curl

Cory Curl

Senior Fellow

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Cory's Bio

Cory joined the staff in September 2015. Previously, she was Senior Fellow for Assessment and Accountability for Achieve, a national, non-partisan organization in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving educational outcomes. She has held positions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Planning and Policy and the Tennessee Department of Education. She completed undergraduate studies at Guilford College and holds a MPA from University of Kentucky’s Martin School. She is a recipient of the Kentucky Arts, Education and Humanities Service Award for her work on behalf of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

Suzetta Yates

Suzetta Yates

Development Director

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Suzetta's Bio

Suzetta joined the staff in November 2007 and became development director in 2014 and also leads the committee’s social media strategies. Prior to joining the committee, she worked t the University of Kentucky’s Athletics Department for nine years and served as Tournament Coordinator for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Championships in Lexington for seven years. She is a 2006 graduate of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and has a BA in Education from University of Kentucky.

Perry Papka

Perry Papka

Senior Policy Director

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Perry's Bio

Perry joined the staff in August 2015. Previously, he served as senior analyst and staff administrator on the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, where he provided oversight for more than $1 billion in appropriations. He has held research positions at the Council on Developmental Disabilities at University of Kentucky, Center for Science in the Public Interest and Alaska Seafood International. He is a graduate of Centre College and has an MA in Public Policy from University of Kentucky Martin School.

Melody Brooks

Melody Brooks

Grants, Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

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Melody's Bio

Melody Brooks, a lifelong Lexington resident and public school graduate, joined the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence staff in February 2000 as the Grants & Finance Coordinator. Melody’s volunteer activities focus on education and civic organizations. She has served in a variety of roles on several PTA boards and has also served numerous terms on a number of school-based decision making (SBDM) councils.  Melody is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Bluegrass Council. She attended Bluegrass Community and Technical College where she studied Accounting. Melody is the mother of four children, all whom have attended public school in Lexington, KY.

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