Lew Acampora
Senior Content Director - Science, AdvanceKentucky
Cell: 502.263.3626 
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Lewis "Lew" joined KSTC in February 2008. After 21 years of teaching secondary school chemistry, physics, and mathematics at independent schools in North Carolina, California, and Kentucky, Lew joins KSTC as Science Director for the AdvanceKentucky initiative. During his tenure as a classroom teacher, nearly all of Lew's students consistently earned qualifying scores on Advanced Placement examinations in chemistry, physics, and calculus. He has acted as a reader, table leader, and question leader for the AP Chemistry program, and is a College Board consultant in chemistry. Lew has also developed curricular materials for chemistry education, helping to develop commercial molecular modeling software and integrating the laboratory component of science courses into the content. He is currently a member of the PRAXIS test development committee in middle school physical science and has presented workshops at regional and national conferences. His expertise in successfully teaching science at the secondary level will support the efforts of the AP Science teachers in the schools selected to participate in the AdvanceKentucky Initiative.

Danielle Adkins
Senior Accounting Assistant
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Danielle joined KSTC in May 2010 as an Accounting Assistant. Previously, Danielle worked at Daugherty Petroleum Inc. (DPI) for two years in their accounting department. Prior to DPI, Danielle worked for Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. for eight years as an Accounting Assistant.

Chris Baker
Chief Information Officer 
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Chris joined KSTC in August 2007 as the IT Manager and currently serves as Director, Information Technology. He is responsible for the systems development and alignment of technology needs across the multiple on-going and new projects at KSTC. Chris began his career as a Computer Technician at Alltech, Inc. while attending Sullivan University. In his 7-years at Alltech, he grew both personally and professionally leaving as the North American IT Manager. Prior to coming to KSTC, he served two years as a Collaboration Software Project Manager with Department of Defense Contractor L-3 Communications. Chris brings over 10-years of technical knowledge and 5-years of IT Management to the position, with the goal of continually aligning business and IT in the form of business value.


Nancy Brown
Senior Counselor, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC)
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Nancy joined KSTC in December 2016. She moved to Lexington, KY from Amman, Jordan 15 years ago. From the internship she landed at Queen Rania's Office, Nancy became passionate about creating change in her community. Before devoting her work to KSTC, Nancy served as a Program Manager for the Going Places Network, an opportunity development and self-sufficiency initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation, in collaboration with Dress for Success Lexington. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Kentucky and proceeded to work with fast, multifaceted iconic brands including UK HealthCare and Valvoline Headquarters. Nancy's communication and marketing background spans across day-to-day operations and execution of complex campaigns for new products, brand awareness campaigns and programs that maintain consumer loyalty.


Kenzie Dickens
Administrative Assistant, Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds and KYPTAC
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Kenzie joined KSTC in March of 2016 supporting the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds; Rounds 1-33. Previously she worked as a Patient Access Associate for the University of Kentucky Outpatient Healthcare Clinics and prior to that a Revenue Program Officer in the Individual Income Tax Compliance section with The Kentucky Department of Revenue. She received her B.S. from Campbellsville University and her M.A from the University of Kentucky.



Darrall Henderson
State Director, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC)
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Darrall joined KSTC in October 2016. He has years of experience in leadership and business ranging from the boardrooms to operations throughout the world and is passionate about helping Kentucky businesses grow. Prior to taking over as the State Director for the Kentucky PTAC, Darrall worked with a consulting firm that provided strategic planning, enterprise resource planning and change management advice to small and medium sized companies. Darrall was a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers with years of experience as an engineer, analyst and strategic planner.  After leaving active duty, he worked for a large aerospace company as a Business Development Executive, Program Manager, and Country Manager for activities in Afghanistan. Prior to being appointed as Country Manager in Afghanistan, Darrall worked for another large defense contractor as the Program Manager for the Afghan Education Project, responsible for a team of professionals selected to create and implement the professional development and education system for the Afghan National Army. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.  Darrall also holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech.


Richard Johnson
Vice President
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Rick Johnson joined KSTC in 2011 following a long career in the turnaround and growth specialist world, running mid-cap, privately held companies. His career started as a design engineer and progressed into engineering management, sales management and then general management. Prior to beginning KSTC Advisory Services, Rick served as the State Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network, increasing organizational productivity and working with hundreds of early stage companies. Rick has experience in the telecommunications, petrochemical, security, transportation, components, electronic sensing and capital equipment markets. Rick holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from U.C Berkley, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA. Rick has been awarded four U.S. patents and serves on the Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Maria Labreveux
Executive Director, Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation
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Maria Labreveux joined KSTC in February 2007 and is the Program Director R&D and Commercialization for the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF). Maria manages the KSEF R&D and the Kentucky Commercialization Fund (KCF) programs, for which KSTC receives funding from the Commonwealth of Kentucky through a contract with the Council on Post-Secondary Education. Maria brings research and grants management experiences from the Delaware State University (DSU) where she worked as an Assistant Professor before moving to Kentucky. Maria secured over $2 million in two and half year period at DSU for her research and teaching from federal and state agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture, National Recourses Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS), the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (CSREES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and University of Delaware. Dr. Labreveux is an active member of the Early Career Professional Division of the Agronomy and Crop Science Societies of America and a contributor to the society's monthly newsletter. Maria received her PhD in Agronomy-Plant Science from The Pennsylvania State University, and her MS and Ag. Engineering degrees in Argentina.

Elizabeth LaVigne
Senior Executive Assistant, AdvanceKentucky
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Liz joined KSTC in February 2006 in a shared position supporting the Kentucky Enterprise Fund staff and the Executive Vice President. Currently, she is dedicated full-time to support the Executive Vice President. Previously, Liz worked as the International Procurement Manager for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, and was assigned to job sites in West Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, and Egypt. Prior to Great Lakes, Liz was the Medical Student Education Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Surgery


Anthony Mires
Executive Director, AdvanceKentucky and LTF State Director
Cell: 859-230-6383
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Anthony joined KSTC in June 2011. He currently serves as Executive Director of AdvanceKentucky, a statewide initiative accelerating access to and success in advanced    K-12 STEM coursework. During his tenure, AdvanceKentucky has trained and/or supported more than 5,000 teachers, impacting over 80,000 students. Prior to AdvanceKentucky, Anthony taught AP Biology at Barren County High School in Glasgow, KY. During his tenure he was recognized by the National Math and Science Initiative as an All-American Teacher of the Year for Science in 2010. He holds Bachelor's Degrees in Biology and English and a MA in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky.


Jon Olsen 
Senior Counselor, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC)
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John joined KSTC in December 2016. Prior to joining KSTC, Jon was the Procurement Operations Manager for the Corporate Services Office of the Western Area Power Administration. Jon has a total of 30 years experience in Federal contracting and financial assistance award placement and administration. Within the Department of Energy, he held positions as a Contract Specialist, Grants and Agreements Specialist and Contracting Officer for the Western Area Power Administration and Golden Field Office. He also was a civil Contracting Intern with the US Army and a Contract Negotiator with the US Air Force. Jon earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska -- Anchorage and an MBA from the University of Colorado - Denver.


Steve Pelphrey
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Steve joined KSTC in April of 2017 as Controller and is responsible for all internal/external financial analysis and reporting, contract compliance/revenue recognition across diverse federal, state and private funding sources, cash management/banking relationships, coordination of annual independent audit process and other periodic governmental audits and regulatory compliance. A Kentucky native, Steve has extensive financial leadership experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations including YMCA of Central Kentucky, ATMA Investments, Keeneland Association, Lexmark International and Kentucky Housing Corporation. Steve holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and an MBA in Finance from Xavier University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.


Kelby Price
Executive Director, Venture Finance
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Kelby joined KSTC in November 2014 as KEF Fund Director and has provided valuable expertise in making strategic investments in several innovative start-ups as well as timely assistance on business funding issues to KEF's diverse and growing portfolio of clients.


Monique Rice
Senior Content Director - Computer Science and Mathematics, AdvanceKentucky
Cell: 859-230-0530
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Monique joined KSTC in September 2008 as the Math Content Director for AdvanceKentucky. Before relocating, Monique taught high school mathematics in Washington, DC public school for over 20 years. During that time, nearly all of her AP Calculus AB and BC students took the advanced Placement examination and the majority of those students earned qualifying scores of 3 or above. Monique has served on several communities and writing teams, including the AP Calculus Test Development Committee and the SAT Mathematics Test Development Committee. Shei s a College Board consultant for AP and Pre-AP mathematics and has been a reader, table leader, and question leader for the AP Calculus reading. Monique earned a BS in mathematics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and completed graduate courses in mathematics and education at several Washing, DC area institutions.


Tina Rose
Senior Content Director - English, AdvanceKentucky
Cell: 502.548-6315 
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Tina joined KSTC in January 2008 as English Director for AdvanceKentucky. She comes from a multi-faceted background which spans 12 years in education. Tina taught high school English including AP Language and Literature and most recently worked at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) organizing, developing and delivering presentations for state and international conferences. During her work with KDE, Tina conducted extensive analysis of the ACT test, coordinated the analysis of the test with other consultants, designed and delivered presentations on dialects in Kentucky and their effects on reading and worked with curriculum development. She earned a BA in Teaching Secondary English from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Louisville. Students taking Ms. Rose's AP English classes showed great success in acquiring qualifying scores on national AP exams. Tina brings to AdvanceKentucky schools her expertise in successfully teaching AP English classes, data analysis, and research.

Terry Samuel
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Terry Samuel became President of KSTC effective February 2018. He joined KSTC as Executive Vice President and COO in early 2017. HIs experience with KSTC began as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Samuel will also serve as Executive Director of Kentucky Space LLC (non-profit) and the Exomedicine Institute (non-profit affiliate). He serves as KSTC's representative on the Space Tango, Inc.'s Board (for-profit affiliate). Through Samuel's 30+ year career at Lexmark and IBM, he brings to KSTC a broad cross section of leadership roles including general management, international and domestic sales, finance and strategy, supply chain and manufacturing operations, product development and service operations. Samuel holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Xavier University. He has served on the boards of the Urban League of Lexington, Kentucky Science Center, Opportunity for Work & Living, the Good Shepherd Day School and the Co-op Education Foundation, as well as holding various leadership roles within the Boy Scouts and his church.

Jessica Sanford
Senior Executive Assistant and Data Specialist, AdvanceKentucky
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Jessica joined KSTC in July 2010 as support for AdvanceKentucky. Previously, she worked for Toyota Boshoku America, Inc. as a Production Engineering Analyst supporting the installation of new production lines in the United States, Mexico and Japan. Prior to Production Engineering, Jessica worked in the Quality Control Division of Trim Masters, Inc.

Debra Talbott
Accounting and Human Resource Specialist
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Debra joined KSTC in May 1998 supporting the Accounting Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for purchase orders, the invoicing process and accounts receivable. Prior to joining KSTC, Debra was employed for ten years as Office Manager of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a national non-profit organization.

Aaron Timmons
Mathematics Content Director, AdvanceKentucky
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Aaron joined KSTC in August 2016 as the Math Content Manager for AdvanceKentucky. Before taking the position, Aaron taught mathematics, including AP Calculus AB and BC, at Bryan Station High School in Fayette County for 10 years. During that time, he served for 7 years on the school's Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM). In addition, Aaron has been part of several school and district committees involving curriculum, assessment, and grading. He is also endorsed by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) as a mathematics trainer for Laying the Foundation. Aaron earned a BS in mathematical economics from the University of Kentucky and completed master's programs at UK and Eastern Kentucky University.


Carrie Willett
Counselor, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC)
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Carrie Willett joined KSTC on November 1, 2017 as a KYPTAC Procurement Counselor (PC). Carrie not only brings public procurement experience in both the government and private sectors but also the perspective of an active participant in local PTAC and SBDC programs, she has counseled both government officials and corporate clients on best practices in public procurement, corporate formation, contracting opportunities, successfully finding and responding to government solicitations, and risk mitigation during contract disputes and/or performance disputes and/or performance issues. Carrie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and her Juris Doctor from K's College of Law. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. She also obtained the Department of Defense's Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance in order to work with highly sensitive Special Access Programs. 

Annette Williams

Education Program Manager
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Annette joined KSTC in August 2017, but she has been involved in AdvanceKentucky since 2009, serving as an AP English Lead Teacher, Content Coordinator, mentor Teacher and Regional Advisor. She is also a National Math and Science Institute AP Consultant and Laying the Foundation Trainer (certified for grades K-12 ELA). Prior to joining the KSTC team, Annette spent 31 years at Scott County High School as a Teacher, Department Chair, SBDM Member, Cheer Coach, Early College Coordinator, Academic Dean and Assistant Principal. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kentucky and both her Masters in English and her second Masters in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.