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FIF welcomes three new directors to our board

Forward in the Fifth welcomes our newest board members for 2013 through 2015, representing Adair, Lee and Pike counties.

Amy Thompson-Wells is the Director of Civic Engagement and Student Leadership and Co-Director of the Bonner Scholar Program at Lindsey Wilson College.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lindsey Wilson and a Master of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University.  Amy has 10+ years experience in higher education, including admissions, evening college and civic engagement.

Teresa Lockhart is Director of P-20 Initiatives and Academic Outreach for the University of Pikeville.  She has 20+ years of educational experience as a classroom teacher and Instructional Supervisor giving her a background in education from preschool to post-secondary.  Teresa has been a partner of Forward in the Fifth, working with the Champion Scholars mentoring program at the University of Pikeville.  She also serves as a member of the Big Sandy and Kentucky River P-16 Councils.

James Evans, Jr has been an instructional assistant, teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal before landing his currnet role as Superintendent of Lee County Schools.  James holds a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Administration P-12.  As superintendent he pledges to be an advocate for his district and support the growth of his students and staff.

Our organization is pleased to announce Dr. Dessie Bowling will be returning to the board for an additional term, serving as our Board Chair in 2013.  Dr. Bowling is Associate Director at the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard.  She is responsible for providing professional development and technical assistance in areas such as school safety, school based decision making councils and managing  KVEC’s U.S. Department of Education i-3 grant devoted to college and career readiness.


While we are excited to have these individuals joining our Board, we want to express our great appreciation and gratitude for those board members who guided Forward in the Fifth with vision and success.  Without each of their dedication to our mission of improving educational attainment for our region, we would not exist.

Mr. Johnny Chaplin, Monticello Independent Schools

Dr. John Chowning, Campbellsville University

Ms. Susan Herald, Jackson Independent Schools

Mr. Michael Hughes, Floyd County Schools






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