Prior to joining Junior Achievement in November 2015, Barbara played a significant role in the educational process through extensive volunteer commitments and her employment with Oldham County Schools as both a Substitute and Preschool Teacher. Barbara is excited to be a part of JA’s team and to join forces with educators, volunteers, parents and local businesses to educate children and prepare them for the bright future that lies ahead.
An Ohio native and Buckeye fan, Barbara earned a BS in Education from Kent State University prior to relocating to Louisville. In addition to spending time with her sons, Barbara enjoys traveling, exercising, live music and summers on the water.
Jillian Cantu joined the JA team in 2018, as Director of Development, to help increase donations to JA to help serve even more students in Kentuckiana. She is thrilled to have been promoted to Vice President of Development and continue the work of those before her. A passion for education, Jillian has held executive positions with Greater Clark County Schools Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College Foundation and has more than 15 years’ experience in non-profit development and donor relations.
We are excited to have her back at JA, where she started her non-profit career as an intern from Indiana University Southeast graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business and holding a Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University.
Rhonda joined JAKY as the Administrative Assistant in 2018 and was recently promoted to Development Coordinator. Before coming to JA, She enjoyed teaching, inspiring and encouraging youth for their future. She has been able to accomplish this through her nieces & nephews, volunteering in church youth groups and most recently as a JA Intern, presenting programs in the classroom.
Rhonda and her husband, Russ have been married for 40 years. Rhonda enjoys spending time with family and her dogs, drinking coffee, camping and traveling.
Bailey Hanks is our newest JA team member and is bringing her event expertise to help elevate our special events. Bailey is a born and raised Louisvillian – graduating from the University Louisville College of Business in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration. She most recently, spent the past four years at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kentucky/West Virginia Chapter where she worked in fundraising and operational event support. In her free time, she loves cooking and traveling! Over the past year, she has visited Charleston, Lake Tahoe, Chicago, the Smoky Mountains, Seattle, Destin, and more!
Jennifer joined Junior Achievement in December of 2021 after working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana as the President & CEO. Throughout her professional career of over 25 years, Jennifer has devoted herself to serving children and families in our community.
Jennifer has a Master’s of Science in Social Work Degree from the University of Louisville and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is married to her husband, Dr. Rodney Helgeson, and has three wonderful children.
Ashley Mack joins Junior Achievement Kentuckiana as the new Senior Director of Education. Before coming to JA, Ashley served as Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Professor within Sullivan University’s General Education Department, Natural Sciences and Mathematics division. For the past seven years, Ashley has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Medical Microbiology courses. Ashley is a subject-matter expert and has wrote multiple courses for the university.
Ashley earned her B.S. in Biology from Kentucky State University. She also has earned two M.S. degrees from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, one in Anatomical Science and Neurobiology and the other in Physiology and Biophysics.
Outside of the workforce, Ashley has an extensive background in the non-profit sector and has served on the board of various organizations. Ashley is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., as well as an active member in several other community organizations.
The proud mother of one son, Clevon Pickett Jr., Ashley is dedicated to her family, creating lifelong learners, and helping others become the best version of themselves.
Part Time Staff
Rick Dant, Instructional Coordinator
Gale Jones, Instructional Coordinator
Willia Jordan, Instructional Manager
Barrie Price-Kerr, Instructional Coordinator
Sudha Kukkala, Instructional Manager
Denise Mitchell, Instructional Manager
Talia Mitchell, Administrative Assistant
Monique Brock, Instructional Coordinator
Jeannette Stratton, Instructional Coordinator
Erica Whitlock, Instructional Manager