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    Forty-four community leaders were selected to participate in the Bingham Fellows Class of 2012. They will use their skills, broad knowledge base and range of experience to explore how to maximize the family’s role in each child’s academic life and what role the community can play.  As the community rallies around the goal of 55,000 Degrees and creating a college-going culture, the 2012 Bingham Fellows will continue the program’s over 20-year legacy of tackling the most timely and impactful challenges of our region. 

    The program year begins with the Opening Retreat January 19-20 featuring the Jefferson County Public Schools’ perspective on parent engagement from Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.  They will get an overview of the 55,000 Degrees initiative by Mary Gwen Wheeler and explore national and statewide family engagement initiatives with Bonnie Lash Freeman from the National Center for Family Literacy and Stu Silberman from the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence. 

    Members of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2012 include: (Click here for webpage with photos)

    Daniel Arbough, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; John Asher, Churchill Downs; Julie Brown, Family Scholar House;Diane M. Calhoun-French, Ph.D., Jefferson Community & Technical College; Larry Caruso, GE Home and Business Solutions; Aristofanes Cedeño, Ph.D., Governor's Scholars Program, Inc.; John Cullen, LockUpLead;Peter Cummins, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Craig Dilger, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Kevin Fields, Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc.; Daniel P. Fox, Family & Children's Place; Shawn Gardner, 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families, Inc.;

    Shelley Gast, Norton Healthcare; Joe Gilbert, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Rev. Kathy Goodwin, United Methodist Church; Michelle Griffin, Ph.D., Humana Military Healthcare Services Inc.; Michael F. Hall, Citi; Debra Hoffer, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc.; Jim Hogan, U.S. Voice & Data; Andrea Houston, U.S. Department of Commerce; Jennifer Hughes, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff; Dana C. Jackson, Network Center for Community Change; Brian Jones, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Beverly J. Keepers, Ph.D., Spalding University;

    Rick King, Eaton Corporation; Glenn Kosse, Bellarmine University; Vitalis Lanshima, Jefferson County Board of Education; Doris Mann, A Hen’s Green House, LLC; Dodie L. McKenzie, James Graham Brown Foundation;John Megibben, Messer Construction Co.; Jamie Meyers, Humana Inc.; Robin Miller, Louisville Science Center; Mark Mueller, The Oliver Group; Karen Napier, Metro United Way; Jim Parobek, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare / Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital; Tony Peyton, Louisville Metro Government;

    Cecelia Price, Archdiocese of Louisville; Robert J. Rodosky, Ph.D., Jefferson County Public Schools; Jenny Sawyer, University of Louisville; Jan Scholtz, CRS, ABR, Jan Scholtz Realtors; David W. Seewer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Steve Tarver, YMCA of Greater Louisville; Nancy Warfield, Brown-Forman Corporation; and Anthony Zipple, Ph.D., Seven Counties Services, Inc.


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