MEET THE TEAM
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 is the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Before joining the Prichard Committee, Brigitte was director of public policy for United Way of Greater Cincinnati focusing on state policy in Kentucky related to early childhood education. Ms. Ramsey spent a decade as an elected member of the Board of Education in rural Pendleton County, Kentucky and served as a governor-appointed member of the Kentucky Board of Education for six years. Ms. Ramsey has worked in policy, research, and advocacy on issues related to education, poverty, and state taxes and budgets – including work for universities in Ohio and Kentucky and for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She holds undergraduate degrees in economics and international studies and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Kentucky Martin School.
Student Voice Team Director
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 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 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.
Senior Policy Director
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.
Grants, Finance and Human Resources Coordinator
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.
Sheryl F. Means, Ph.D.
Policy Associate, Early Childhood/K-12
Sheryl joined the staff in June 2018. She is a graduate of Spelman College and has a PhD in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from University of Kentucky College of Education. Previously, she conducted research with the Evaluation Center, served on the International Hospitality Board, and interned with the International Scholar, all at University of Kentucky. Currently, Sheryl volunteers at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and assists in developing learning materials for Magic MakeHers, a learning tool for young girls.
Communications and Engagement Manager
Brison joined the staff in June 2018. Prior to joining the committee, he taught high school social studies for six years at Lexington’s Lafayette Senior High School. He also served as a Hope Street Group State Teacher Fellow from 2016-2018, where he spearheaded various legislative engagement projects. As a part of that work, he served as a member of the Career and College Readiness Workgroup on behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education. Brison completed undergraduate studies at Asbury University, with a MA in Teacher Leadership from Georgetown College.
Director of Engagement
Brooke joined the staff in April 2019. Previously, she served as the Social and Emotional Consultant for the Division of Maternal and Child Health where she was responsible for designing, leading and implementing statewide family engagement and parent education programs. She is the primary author and developer of Connect the Dots: Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Young Children and was instrumental in the launching and statewide expansion of Kentucky Strengthening Families. Brooke is a graduate of Murray State University and holds a MPA from Northern Kentucky University with a certificate in Non-Profit Management.