June 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Stu Silberman, Executive Director
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Veteran Prichard Committee leader retires; oversaw development of parent leadership institute
LEXINGTON, KY – Veteran Prichard Committee leader and parent advocate Bev Raimondo has announced her retirement after 22 years with the statewide citizens’ education advocacy organization.
Raimondo, serving as a committee consultant at the time of her retirement, is former director of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership where she was responsible for the committee’s community and parent engagement initiatives. She recently spearheaded a move to broaden the parent leadership effort by moving it under the auspices of the governor, making it the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.
A Lexington, Ky. native and University of Kentucky graduate, Raimondo joined the Prichard Committee staff in 1991 after a career at IBM that included management training, employee development and library administration.
One of her early initiatives at the committee focused on creating and managing a network of professional staff to organize more than 60 Community Committees for Education in more than 90 school districts. She also developed a dialogue process, Parents and Teachers Talking Together, which has reached more than 12,000 participants since 1994.
“The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership is the flagship program in the nation,” said Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. “It equips its graduates to design and carry out projects with a lasting impact, then go on to become leaders who give back over years to come. No other state has such a program, but many are working on it and following Kentucky’s example.”
The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership received the NCCJ of the Bluegrass Humanitarian Award in 2000, and Raimondo received the Governor Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award that year. Her other awards include the YMCA of Central Kentucky National Family Week Advocacy Award.
Raimondo was recognized for her many contributions during the spring meeting of the Prichard Committee at General Butler State Resort Park. Stu Silberman shared, “I just cannot say enough about the wonderful legacy that Bev has established. Our parent leadership programs are some of the best in the nation. We are happy that Bev will continue to work with us in a consulting role and wish her the very best in her retirement.”