Staff

Staff

Barbara Byrd

Director of Programs
bbyrd@jaky.org
502- 569-9215

Jillian Cantu

Vice President of Development
jcantu@jaky.org
(502) 569-9202

Rhonda Cook

Development Coordinator
rcook@jaky.org
(502) 561- 5437

Jennifer Harris

Vice President of Education
jharris@jaky.org
502-569-9217

Morgan Harper

Senior Special Events Manager
mharper@jaky.org
502-569-9213

Sharon Kitchin

Director of Education
skitchin@jaky.org
502-569-9203

Sharon Peacock

Senior VP of Operations
sepeacock@jaky.org
502-569-9214

Anna Sawyer

Director of Experiential Learning
asawyer@jaky.org
502-569-9205

Barbara Byrd

Director of Programs
bbyrd@jaky.org
502- 569-9215

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

Vice President of Development
jcantu@jaky.org
(502) 569-9202

 

 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 Cook

Development Coordinator
rcook@jaky.org
(502) 561- 5437

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.

Jennifer Harris

Vice President of Education
jharris@jaky.org
502-569-9217

Jennifer joined our team in 2016 as the VP of Education.  She and her staff team are responsible for program implementation and growth.

Before coming to Junior Achievement, Jennifer worked in industry for Eastman Kodak, Akzo Nobel and Eaton Corp as a Purchasing Manager. Later she worked in the non-profit sector for the YMCA in Tampa, FL in Human Resources.  She moved to Indiana in 2007 and her children attended Floyd Central High School.  She is an active volunteer in the community, through her church and other avenues, with a focus on improving children’s lives.

Jennifer earned a B.S. in Business from the Pennsylvania State University, and is an avid Penn State fan.  Go Lions!  Jennifer’s husband, Michael Harris, is a professor at Indiana University Southeast and they have 2 adult children.

Morgan Harper

Senior Special Events Manager
mharper@jaky.org
502-569-9213

Morgan joined JAKY in February 2014 after working in sales with WBKI CW and Colokial Boutique.  She was promoted to Senior Special Events Manager in spring of 2021.

Morgan earned a B.A. in Communications from Bellarmine University and likes to spend time with her family and friends. A fierce advocate of buying local, she loves to try new Kentuckiana restaurants.  Morgan enjoys learning on the job and working with the JA Young Professionals Board.

Debra Hoffer

President
dhoffer@jaky.org
502-569-9210

Debra joined JAKY in 2000 and has worked in non-profit leadership for an amazing 31 years. Before joining JAKY, she worked as Executive Director for the Louisville Ballet. She most enjoys working to ensure that every student in the region learns valuable economic skills through JAKY’s deepest-impact programs. Her passion and experience are evident in the rich culture of JAKY, and her leadership has helped to grow the programs into the invaluable interactive experiences they are today.

Debra holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and French with Honors from Indiana University at Bloomington and University of Strasbourg, France. She also earned an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University at Bloomington. Debra and her husband Allan have two daughters studying business at IU Bloomington. She also has two step-children and four grandchildren. Debra enjoys singing rock and roll, classical, and pop music, reading, and gardening.

Sharon Kitchin

Director of Education
skitchin@jaky.org
502-569-9203

Before joining JAKY in 2011, Sharon worked in property management before taking a hiatus from the workforce to raise her two children. She most enjoys visiting classrooms and working with students and volunteers to enrich the lives of children.

Sharon holds a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from University of North Carolina – Greensboro and enjoys traveling with her family and watching her children participate in swim meets.

Sharon Peacock

Senior VP of Operations
sepeacock@jaky.org
502-569-9214

Sharon has enjoyed a long tenure contributing to the success of Junior Achievement and was promoted to Senior VP of Operations in 2015.

Anna Sawyer

Director of Experiential Learning
asawyer@jaky.org
502-569-9205

Anna joined JAKY in 2007, bringing nearly a decade of experience in instructional coordinating, instruction management, and experiential learning management. During her time with JAKY, she has worked to incorporate more up-to-date technology into the JAKY learning labs.

Anna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville. She enjoys travelling with her family and has been a volunteer for Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana for many years.

Part Time Staff

Rachel Argabright, Instructional Coordinator
Sudha Kukkala, Instructional Manager
Laura Surles, Instructional Coordinator

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