We are Kentucky’s independent voice for kids


Making Kentucky the best place in America to be a kid

As the lobbyist for kids, we work with legislators, the governor, and other elected officials to change and enact policies to benefit kids and families
Help families through our case advocacy program. We serve as their guide when they don’t know where to turn
Conduct research and education that informs and recommends solutions to help kids succeed
Mobilize advocates to take action on behalf of kids and families through rallies, advocacy training, partnerships, and action alerts
Present the “state of kids” to communities to help people know how children are faring and how to address problems
Engage youth by training the next generation of leaders to advocate for themselves and their communities


Debbie Abreu, Strategic Initiatives Associate, x133

Tina Agonva, Administrative Coordinator, x123

Terry Brooks, Executive Director, x113

Karena Cash, Policy and Advocacy Analyst

Melissa Collins, Engagement Coordinator

Paul Colwell, Senior Data Analyst, x129

Kelsey Dimar, Chief Process Officer, x110

Tammy Donoho, Administrative Coordinator, x117

Cortney Downs, Policy and Advocacy Director, x130

Valerie Frost, Strategic Initiatives Associate

Tara Grieshop-Goodwin, Chief Impact Officer, x118

Mahak Kalra, Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer, x114

Shannon Moody, Chief Officer of Strategic Initiatives, x126

Amy Muth, Chief Financial Officer, x119

Clarissa Mobley, Communications Associate, x134

Carli Mosby-Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives, x138

Mara Powell, Chief External Affairs Officer, x122

Zak Roussel, Operations and Technology Director, x116

Cynthia Schepers, Peer Coach Coordinator

Linda Stettenbenz, Staff Accountant

Patricia Tennen, Chief Operating Officer, x120

Nikki Thornton, True Up Executive Director, x131

Sarah Vanover, Policy & Research Director

Alicia Whatley, Policy and Advocacy Director, x137

Crystal Willis, Policy and Advocacy Analyst

Brittani Carlton, Intern

Shontelle Davis, Intern

Moyo Olayemi, Intern

Jordan Ojile, Intern

Sadie Sand, Intern

Daviess County

Rosemary Conder

Keith Sanders, Emeritus

Fayette County

Bill Stewart

Franklin County

Tom Emberton

Gallatin County

Dr. Dorothy Perkins

Hardin County

Pastor Edward Palmer

Jefferson County

Charlie Baker, Emeritus

Yvette Livers

Andy Parker, Chair Elect

Nancy Peterson, Emeritus

Lynn Rippy, Board Chair

Marita Willis, Emeritus

Madison County

Angie Boggs

Oldham County

Dr. Gregg T. Cobb, Treasurer

Union County

Dr. Laura Hancock Jones

Warren County

Dale Brown

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External Affairs Associate

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for an External Affairs Associate to join our External Affairs Team, which leads the organization’s communications and engagement efforts. This person will help guide our content strategy, develop compelling content across our many platforms to support and grow our initiatives, and help plan and execute events. To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be detail-oriented, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, a collaborator, and a strategic and creative thinker who loves to create and lead the development and execution of content strategies.

This position allows remote work with regular in-person meeting expectations and minimal in-state travel. The External Affairs Associate will report to the Chief External Affairs Officer.

Deadline to apply: August 12, 2022

Learn more about the job posting and submit your resume, cover letter, and any samples of your work via this application form.