Coordinating Board

Coordinating Board Duties

The Coalition Coordinating Board will meet quarterly to provide overall strategic direction and coordination of efforts for the Coalition to meet its mission of strengthening college and career readiness outreach practices in Kentucky. The duties of the Coordinating Board include:

  • Elect a Board Chair, Vice-Chair, and Workgroup Chairs through transparent selection processes
  • Adopt a strategic plan based on input from Coalition members, including annual priorities & work plan
  • Guide the development of Coalition meeting agendas
  • Monitor the performance of Coalition’s work plan against a set of approved metrics.
  • Establish the overall principles and direction for the governing, administrative, and advisory bodies of the Board and any additional Board structures (e.g. workgroups, focus groups)
  • Establish and oversee the strategy for expansion and sustainability of the Coalition, including identifying potential funding resources to support Coalition efforts.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the governance model, including amending the composition of the Board, creating or terminating structures, and adjusting governance processes and policies as necessary.
  • Provide a platform for all stakeholder voices to be heard and mobilize resources to promote the value, affordability, readiness and completion of postsecondary education.

Coordinating Board Members

Dan Connell, Board Chair
Kentucky Association of Educational Program Personnel representative (TRIO Kentucky) and Assistant Vice President for Adult Education and College Access, Morehead State University

Dreama Gentry, Board Vice Chair
Executive Director, Office of Education Partners, Berea College, (859) 582-3454,

Kim Dolan
Director of Outreach Services, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

Lee Nimocks
Vice President for Policy, Planning & Operations, Council on Postsecondary Education

Reecie Stagnolia
Vice President, Kentucky Adult Education

Leslie Slaughter
Executive Director, Kentucky Board of Education,

Mildred Bailey
Program Director, Governor’s Minority Scholar College Preparation Program, Uni¬versity of Kentucky

Jessica Fletcher
Executive Director of Communications, Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet

Melissa Goins
Director, Division of Family Resource & Youth Service Centers, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Shauna King-Simms
System Director of College and Career Transitions, Chancellor’s Office, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Polly Marquette
Director, Kentucky Scholars Initiative and RoadMap To Success Project

Mason Dyer
Vice President for External Relations and Information, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities