Yancy Ackerman (1990), Lexington, KY
Certified Public Accountant
Yancy has served on BRCC’s Executive Board for over 20 years. She has been a private practice CPA for nearly thirty years. She previously served on the board of The Women’s Neighborly Organization.
Chad Aull (2013), Lexington, KY
Executive Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor
Chad has been deeply involved in public service in various roles with the Kentucky Democratic Party and Kentucky State Government. Chad currently serves as Executive Assistant to Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, Jerry Abramson. Chad also serves on Western KY University’s alumni board, the Starting Gate Advisory Board, and the Catholic Action Center.
Ashley Cochrane (2013), Berea, KY
Director, Berea College CELTS (Center for Excellence in Learning through Service)
Ashley first became involved with the work of the BRCC almost twenty years ago, volunteering as a crisis counselor. She currently serves as the Director of Berea College’s CELTS (Center for Excellence in Learning through Service), where she provides leadership for Berea College’s community service and academic service-learning programs.
John Paul Coyle (2016), Lexington, KY
Assistant Controller, Transylvania
John Paul is a 2010 graduate of Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He resides in Lexington, KY but is originally from Versailles, KY. Before working at Transylvania University, John Paul worked in public accounting for four years as a Senior Accountant in the audit department of Blue & Co., LLC. He worked on the audit engagement of BRCC all four years and is familiar with our financial reporting. After leaving public accounting, he was asked to join the Board and is currently serving as Treasurer.
Kristen Czarnecki (2016), Georgetown, KY
Associate Professor of English, Georgetown College
Kristin teaches a variety of literature and composition courses. She has been the faculty advisor for Georgetown’s Student Women and Gender Society and helps plan various events at the College surrounding sexual assault awareness and prevention, including Take Back the Night. She is also President of the International Virginia Woolf Society.
Theo Godlaski (2013), Winchester, KY
Associate Professor, UK College of Social Work
Mr. Godlaski has a long and accomplished career in substance misuse treatment program development and direction in both the public and the private sector. As a professor in UK’s College of Social Work, his current research and publications focus on treatment outcome, professional ethics, and the relationship between intimate victimization and substance misuse. Mr. Godlaski also serves on the board of Shepherd’s House and the CADC Certification Board.
John Hayne (2015), Lexington, KY
Prosecutor, Fayette County Attorney’s Office
As a prosecutor at the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, John has prosecuted a wide range of cases including domestic violence and sexual assault. As a member of the BRCC Board, John enjoys focusing on the Board’s fundraising efforts. John is also a board member of the First Tee of Lexington and the Transylvania Alumni Board.
Jane Hughes (2011), Treasurer Lexington, KY
Jane owns a private accounting practice in Lexington and recently returned to College at Midway College to earn her B.A. in accounting. She has served on the Jessamine County SAVE Center (animal shelter) board and the Phoenix House (halfway house for women) board. She has served as treasurer for the past three years.
Janet Humphrey (2014), Nicholasville, KY
Attorney, Humphrey Law Office
Janet is a 2009 University of Kentucky College of Law graduate and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in October 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Kentucky in Agricultural Economics and a minor in business. She earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women and gender studies. She owns and operates Humphrey Law Office in Nicholasville, where she resides with her husband, Jason Cole of Liberty. Janet serves on the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair. She is a former member and officer of the Nicholasville Lions Club and volunteers for several local organizations and schools in and around central Kentucky.
Chris Jordan (2014), Lexington, KY
Christina received a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology in 2006 and was previously involved in research and program evaluation related to addressing educational and service needs of underserved populations. Her interest in clinical work drew her to the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She is currently a psychology intern at the Louisville VA and at the end of her training to obtain licensure to practice. She is a strong advocate for education and awareness of issues tied to sexual assault, as well as ensuring that survivors receive the services they need to repair their lives. Additionally, she is involved in multiple community and service efforts in Fayette County and is involved in developing an initiative aimed at improving access to mental health services for African American community. Most importantly, she has a loving husband and two children that are the light of her life.
Donna Mattox (2014), Carlisle, KY
Jessica Miller (2016)
Training Manager & Attorney, Kentucky League of Cities
Jessica Miller is the Training Manager and an Attorney for Member Legal Services with Kentucky League of Cities. Jessica attended Georgetown College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual degree in History and American Studies. In 2011, Jessica received her Juris Doctorate from the Brandeis School of Law and became a licensed member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Prior to joining KLC, Jessica worked as a Community Advocate with Bluegrass Prevention Center and then as a Staff Attorney for Family Court in the 14th Circuit. She lives in Lexington with her husband Payton and their two dogs, Liberty and Derby.
Will Nash (2016)
Director, Office of the Chairman, Education Advisory Board
Will currently serves as a Director within the Office of the Chairman at the Education Advisory Board–a DC-based higher-education research and consulting company. Previously, Will was the Founder and Executive Director of Teach For America – Appalachia. He and his wife Katti, both UK graduates, live in Lexington and enjoy attending UK sporting events, traveling, and getting to know Lexington’s newest and best dining establishments.
Bethany Overfield, M.S.
Research Geologist, Kentucky Geological Survey
Her research includes using geologic maps to impact societal issues. Her current work is focused on the intersection of human health and geology. Specifically, using geologic data as a predictive tool for radon potential and also mapping environmental factors that might contribute to cancer risks. Bethany does volunteer work for the Kentucky River Watershed Watch and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and is also the Volunteer Coordinator, Media Liaison, and emcee for the National Paddling Film Festival. She’s an avid outdoor adventurer and spends much of her free time backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and gardening.
Courtney Straw, Louisville, KY
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Jefferson County
Ms. Straw currently is assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit. Since 2014, she has collaborated with the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center’s Jennifer Johnson to create and implement training for law enforcement. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, she maintains strong ties with the central Kentucky region. She is honored to serve BRCC in this capacity and give back to such a wonderful organization!