HELPING FAMILIES ACHIEVE SELF-RELIANCE
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.
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.
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
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
Vice President for Family Services
Angie Kean-Christian, NKCAC’s Vice President for Family Services, has a background which includes over 15 years of experience in the Community Action Network.
She has worked with Head Start, CSBG programs, Financial Fitness and Economic Development programs and most recently as the Compliance Manager at Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Inc.
Favorite Restaurant: Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
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.
Favorite TV Show: Last Man Standing
Favorite Sports Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Kentucky Wildcats
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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