Welcome to NKCAC!
717 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011
Follow Us On Social!



Catrena Bowman-Thomas

Executive Director

Catrena Bowman-Thomas became NKCAC’s executive director in July of 2018.  Previously she has spent 18 years with Community Action Council in Lexington, Kentucky where she was responsible for the Agency’s community centers, youth programming and workforce development initiatives.

She holds a B.A. in Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Kentucky. She is a certified community action professional (CCAP) and a national ROMA certified trainer. A mother of three, she loves gospel music and is a self-professed fashionista.

Bob Williams

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Bob Williams, our Vice President of Finance and Administration, has been at NKCAC in 2009.  Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree from NKU and is a CPA. He has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit accounting in the areas of health care, higher education and community services.  Bob was named small non-profit CFO of the year by the Cincinnati Business Courier in 2012.

Mary Stowers

Human Resources Director

Mary Stowers graduated from NKU, where she was a cheerleader, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Studies, a minor in Economics, and a Concentration in Spanish.  She worked at American Airlines Central Regional Call Center Office where she worked her way to Manager of Human Resources.  She left there after 30 years when the office closed and she chose not to relocate to another state.  She achieved her professional certification in Human Resources and began her current career at NKCAC over 5 years ago as Director of Human Resources.

Favorite television show: Drop-Dead Diva

Favorite restaurant: Virgils

Laurie Wolsing

Vice President for Children’s Services

Laurie Wolsing is the Vice President of Children’s Services at Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. In this capacity, she oversees the agency’s Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care, and Community Collaboration for Children (an in-home child abuse prevention program) services. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with her BA in  Mental Health/Human Service With a concentration in Early Childhood in 2007. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family.

Favorite Hobby: Gardening

Favorite Restaurant: Stephenson’s Mill

Dawn Fogarty

Vice President for Family Services

Dawn Fogarty grew up in Kansas but transplanted with her family to the Greater Cincinnati area at the age of 21, completing her BS in Human Services at NKU.  She began working as a case manager for homeless women and children at Welcome House of NKY in 1995, where she progressively took on more management roles. In 2010, she left Welcome House to pursue her graduate degree. Dawn graduated from Thomas More College with her MBA and was initially hired at NKCAC in 2013 as Program Director for our Healthcare Enrollment services. Since then she has received two promotions and currently serves as Vice President of Family Services, with responsibilities for six different program components. She is married, and the proud mother of Megan and Cole.

Favorite Television Show: House of Cards and The Walking Dead

Favorite Restaurant: Bakersfield OTR

Rhonda Chisenhall

Vice President for Community Development

Rhonda Chisenhall, NKCAC’s Vice President for Community Development, graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts degree in communication. She spent 23 years working for the American Cancer Society, holding various fundraising and leadership positions for the organization. Rhonda was hired at NKCAC in February 2016 to manage the agency’s senior programming.  She is passionate about working with seniors to keep them active and engaged in the community.
In her free time, Rhonda is an avid runner. She resides in Erlanger with her teenage son, Jeremy, and their pet dog, Kate.

Favorite TV Show: Last Man Standing

Favorite Sports Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Kentucky Wildcats

Kristin Schmiade

Early Head Start Director

Kristin Thomas is the Early Head Start Coordinator. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She started at NKCAC in 2013 as a Head Start Teacher, worked her way up to a Head Start Site Manager, and then became the Early Head Start coordinator.  In her spare time, Kristin enjoys being surrounded by her family and friends.

Favorite Television Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse

Lindsey Lilly

Community Collaboration for Children Supervisor

After earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2005, Lindsey Lilly worked as a Master Case Facilitator at Brighton Center for five years. In 2010, Lindsey joined NKCAC as the Community Collaboration for Children Director.

Favorite Hobby: spending time with her little guy, Coen.

Favorite Restaurant: Proof on Main

Kurt Krahn

Housing and Weatherization Director

Kurt Krahn, recently joined NKCAC in July of 2016 as the Director of Housing and Weatherization. He previously served as Executive Director at Lakeside Community Development Corporation, a HUD-approved housing counseling organization in Rogers Park on Chicago’s Far North Side.  Kurt has also worked for Heartland Alliance in Chicago in both housing and asset development.  He joined Heartland after attending University of Cincinnati to study for his Masters in Urban Planning and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua where he focused on environmental education and business development.

Favorite Hobbies: Managing family’s rental and commercial properties in Chicago’s West Suburbs and Running

Brandon Releford

Senior Community Service Employment Program Director

Brandon Releford, Director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Brandon completed his Master of Arts in Human Services and Counseling in 2014, prior to that he completed his Master of Education degree.

Brandon enjoys preparing individuals for the workforce through resume building, career counseling,  and other job readiness activities.   Prior to his position here at NKCAC, he worked as the Coordinator of Career Services for Gateway Community and Technical College,  Career and Placement Specialist for the Health Professions Opportunity Grant,  and a Job Readiness Instructor for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.

Favorite Restaurant:  Raffertys

Favorite Hobby:  Spending time with my family

Lorraine O’Moore

YouthBuild Director

Lorraine O’Moore was born in Ireland and lived there until late 2011, when she moved to Cincinnati, OH. She has over 20 years’ experience managing community-based programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of young people, their families and the wider community.  Since moving to the U.S., Lorraine has worked as an Employment Services Consultant with Ohio Means Jobs, and commenced employment as the YouthBuild Program Director with NKCAC in June 2016.  She holds a BSc  (Social Sciences), and is happiest spending time with loved ones.
Favorite Movie: Grease 1
Favorite Pastime: Browsing Antique Malls

Michelle Baker

Lincoln Grant Scholar House Director

Shellie Baker is the Lincoln Grant Scholar House Campus Coordinator with the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. Shellie started her career with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as a case worker and gradually worked her way to case manager. As case manager, Shellie worked with the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program (TANF), also known as KTAP.  She then joined Gateway Community and Technical College in October of 2006 as the Ready to Work Coordinator and worked mostly with single parents KTAP benefits.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education at Morehead State University.


with self-reliant, capable, and
supported people and families