Board Members

Dr. Justin "Jay" Miller, Chair


Dr. Justin "Jay" Miller is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Jay is dedicated to social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems, areas in which he has published a number o research papers and conducted national and international presentations. Jay is actively involved in a host of community endeavors and has served as the co-founder/past president of the Louisville Association of Social Workers, and the founder of the Jefferson County Foster Care Peer Support Program and the Kentucky Chapter of the Foster Care Alumni of America. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Paul Grannis Award, was recently recognized as an International Graduate Scholar by the Global Sustainability Conference of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, and is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University. Jay was a Cohort Two Doris Duke Fellow (Doris Duke Foundation and Chapin Hill at the University of Chicago) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster care alum!

Jay has been a board member since 2015 and represents Kentucky on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ).


Jacinda Lewis, Vice-Chair


Jacinda holds a MSW from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She currently works as the Associate Clinic Manager of Franklin, Woodford,  Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties of She also serves on the Franklin County Family Accountability, Intervention and Response (FAIR) team which connects children to services as an alternative to formal court involvement. Previously, Jacinda provided therapeutic services to youth populations through in Franklin County, and Seven Counties Services and Maryhurst in Jefferson County.

Jacinda has been a board member since 2015.


Emmaleigh Barnes, Youth Advocate


Emmaleigh is a MSW graduate of Asbury University. Emmaleigh is currently the SKY (Subcommitte of Kentucky Youth) chair, Outreach and Network Chair and Complaince Chair. Emmaleigh works for the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Previously, she worked with the Attorney General's Office and the Children Advocacy Centers to understand the impact of violence and trauma on youth in Kentucky. She is an advocate for helping children in violent situations and victims of human trafficking. Emmaleigh has been a board member since 2014.

Rachel Bingham, Administrative Office of the Courts

Rachel BinghamManager of the Department of Family & Juvenile Services
Kentucky Court of Justice, Administrative Office of the Courts

Rachel Bingham serves as the Executive Officer of the Department of Family & Juvenile Services for the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  Ms. Bingham holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration. 

Ms. Bingham oversees and supports the Citizen Foster Care Review Boards (CFCRBs) to expedite the permanent placement of Kentucky’s abused and neglected children.  She also administers programs which provide technical assistance, training, and support services to judges, court personnel, attorneys, social workers and community partners regarding family law and juvenile justice initiatives.

In addition, Ms. Bingham oversees the Court Designated Worker Program (CDW).  CDWs are responsible for placing children in alternative placements prior to arraignment, conducting preliminary investigations, and formulating, entering into, and supervising diversion agreements and performing such other functions as authorized by law or court order.  She manages the Truancy Diversion program to address truancy issues.  In closing, Ms. Bingham’s primary role is to continually enhance and develop court-community partnerships to improve the lives of the commonwealth’s children and families.


Mary Lou Cutter, Advocate
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Mary Lou has been a board member since 2011.


Ben Deaton, Youth Advocate

Benjamin Deaton is a Youth SAG member on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board in Kentucky. He is a Graduate of the University of Kentucky and currently resides in Lexington, KY. In May of 2009, Mr. Deaton was elected by the CJJ Council of SAGs to be the CJJ National Youth Chair and served until 2012.  In his role as National Youth Chair, Mr. Deaton co-facilitated a number of youth-focused initiatives, including the launch of a Youth SAG member listserve, a revival of the CJJ Youth Manual (released April 2010) and the development of a Youth SAG member leadership development curriculum. Mr. Deaton is a co-developer for the Youth Engagement curriculum. He previously served as CJJ's Southern Region Chair and continues to move juvenile justice work on both a state and national platform. Mr. Deaton has been a member of the Kentucky SAG since 2008.


Robert "Bob" Douglas, Advocate


 Bob Douglas is a 1967 graduate of Holmes High School, Covington Kentucky. After graduation Bob served four years in the United States Marine Corps, with one tour of duty in Vietnam. Bob attended Northern Kentucky University. Bob joined the Erlanger Police Department in November of 1972 and retired after twenty-five years of service with the rank of Lieutenant.

While with the Erlanger Police Department Bob was certified as a D.A.R.E. Instructor for the Elementary School, Middle School and High School levels. He was a certified Instructor for the Kentucky Office of Criminal Justice Training and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 1991 Bob started a loose knit group of police officers sharing resources and prevention information under the name “Northern Kentucky Prevention Information Network”. As word grew on the organization officers from other parts of the state began to attend meetings and request information. From that group developed the Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition.

In 1997 Bob was named the Kentucky D.A.R.E. Association D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. In 2000 he received the Mac Gray Award for Excellence in Crime Prevention from the National Crime Prevention Council. He was a member of the original National Sheriff’s Association Neighborhood Watch Advisory Committee. Bob served on the Crime Prevention Coalition of America Steering Committee (Washington, DC) and the Board of Directors for Youth Crime Watch of America (Miami). In 2006 he received the Betty Ann Good Award for lifetime achievement from Youth Crime Watch of America.

Since 1998 Bob has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Crime Prevention Coalition. From 2000 to 2013 he also served as a part time Law Enforcement Liaison for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

Glenda Edwards, Department of Public Advoacy

Glenda EdwardsGlenda Edwards received her B.A. from Campbellsville University and her J.D. from the University of Louisville.  She began her career with DPA as a staff attorney with the trial branch in the Columbia Field Office in 1999.  She served as Directing Attorney for the Columbia Office from 2003-2010, the Central Regional Manager for the Trial Division in 2010, and the Trial Division Director since 2011.






Preston Elrod, Advocate

Preston ElrodDr. Preston Elrod received his Ph.D. and M.A. (honors) in Sociology from Western Michigan University and his B.A. from Presbyterian College. He currently serves as Professor and Division Chair, Undergraduate Studies, in the School of Justice Studies. He has taught a variety of courses in the areas of criminological theory, policing, corrections, juvenile justice, school safety, and social justice. Among his published works are studies on citizens’ attitudes toward the death penalty, juvenile justice policy development, public attitudes toward electronic monitoring, the effectiveness of interventions for juvenile probationers, measures of school safety, students’ willingness to report weapons possession at school, and the experiences of adolescent jail inmates. He is the co-author of Juvenile Justice: A Social, Historical and Legal Perspective, fourth edition.  Dr. Elrod is the former site Director of a model school-based delinquency reduction program and he has worked in juvenile justice as a court intake officer and as the supervisor of a juvenile probation department. He has also served as a prison visitor, a Safe Schools Evaluator, co-director of a model Day Treatment Program, and was a co-founder and member of the Madison County Delinquency Prevention Council. His present research interests focus on social control and its impact on democratic decision-making and the role of peacemaking and strategic planning in nonviolent human struggle.


Chelsea Harl, Youth Advocate
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Chelsea has been a board members since 2012.


Michelle Kilgore, Department of Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities

Michelle KilgoreSince 2009, Michelle has worked as the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Administrator in the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Division of Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse Treatment Services Branch. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Additionally, Michelle holds a KY Certification for Alcohol and Drug Counselors.  Michelle was hired as a program administrator subsequent to KY ending the 2005 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) State Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Coordination (SAC) grant in KY.  Michelle provides training in several evidence based practices and other treatment oriented services.

From 2004 to 2009, Michelle served as the Project Coordinator/Director for Kentucky’s Reclaiming Futures System Change Initiative, funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.   In that role she oversaw the implementation of Reclaiming Futures across four southeastern counties in the Appalachian region of the state, and coordinated  efforts to promote systemic changes for youth with Substance abuse issues and who are involved in the juvenile justice system.  During this initiative and continuing in her current position she continues to work toward spreading system level improvements in Adolescent Substance Abuse and Mental Health statewide. Michelle works to assist with identification and/or strengthening multidisciplinary inter-agency partnerships and implementing specialized evidence based substance abuse and co-occurring interventions for providers both in juvenile justice and treatment services.
Michelle’s efforts to promote spreading system level improvements in adolescent services assisted in implementing a collaborative inter-agency screening and assessment process for youth with substance abuse and juvenile justice issues statewide. 

Prior to her current position, she worked for 17 years as a child and adolescent clinician in Kentucky’s Community Mental Health System providing treatment services in  outpatient, day treatment, substance abuse residential and school-based settings.

Michelle continues her involvement with Reclaiming Futures and serves as a liaison with the Kentucky Adolescent Substance Abuse Consortium and the Kentucky Partnership for families and children to provide coaching, consultation and trainings with regard to youth with co-occurring issues.


Marty Lanus, Youth Advocate


 Marty has been a board member since 2009.


Sam Marra, Youth Advocate


Sam Marra is currently the Transitional Housing Supervisor for Bluegrass Training and Training and Therapy Center, in Louisville KY.  Sam works with youth that have had contact with the juvenile justice system who are reintegrating into the community. Sam received residential  treatment and support from the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice from the age of 16 until he was 21 years old. Sam was given vocational training and work experience at the Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center while he was in the Department of Juvenile Justice’s care, and now works there as a full time employee. He also earned numerous trade certifications while he was in the Department’s care.  Sam considers himself blessed with the opportunity of having a second chance. 

Sam was appointed in 2015 by Governor Beshear as a member of the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.  He has participated in a youth panel in Seattle Washington for the Clinton Global Initiative and Casey Family Programs and Youth Advocates.  He has joined the former Department of Juvenile Justice’s Commissioner,  Mr. Hasan Davis, at the Clinton Global Initiative as a presenter.  He also works with his local Dare to Care, and participates in restorative justice projects and assists with substance abuse groups.

Sam developed many positive relationships and strong work connections during his time with the Department of Juvenile Justice and strives to foster these kinds of relationships with the at-risk youth that he now works with every day.  Sam’s journey through the Juvenile Justice System and his personal and civic growth speaks to the potential that all young people have when they enter the juvenile justice system.  His own life experience with the justice system gives him a unique perspective to share with the at-risk youth that he works with on a daily basis as well as with decision makers in the juvenile justice system. 


Beth Maze, Circuit Judge

Beth MazeBeth Lewis Maze graduated from Marshall County High School in 1981, where she served as president of the student council.  She attended the University of Kentucky where she majored in Political Science and Education and graduated with honors in 1985. While at the University of Kentucky she served as an intern for the Legislative Research Commission under Director Vic Hellard and performed student teaching at an American Embassy School in Quito, Ecuador.
Maze began law school at Salmon P. Chase College of Law in the fall of 1985.  While in law school she worked in the office of Northern Kentucky University’s in house counsel.  During summer months she worked in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Carroll Hubbard, the office of Commonwealth Attorney Bill Cunningham, and the office of Kentucky Attorney General, David Armstrong.

Upon graduating from law school in 1988, Maze worked as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Fred Cowan.  In the fall of 1989, Maze began working for North East Kentucky Legal Services, a non-profit organization, representing low-income individuals in civil matters in a 15 county area of Eastern Kentucky.  After working with legal services for only one year, she volunteered to become the first Pro-Bono Coordinator for the program, which involved connecting low-income individuals with private attorneys willing to perform pro-bono work in the 15 county service area. While acting as Pro-Bono Coordinator, Maze continued to carry her same caseload as a staff attorney.

In 1993, Maze left Legal Services to become Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Rowan counties, and prosecuted felony cases such as murder, rape and arson, but was primarily assigned sex crimes against children.  In 1995 she received The American Bar Association Child Advocacy National Certificate of Recognition “for important law related work on behalf of our county’s children”, and in 1997 she received the Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney’s Association Award “for Outstanding Service in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney. While working as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Maze also worked in the firm of Moore & Fogle where she handled such cases as Workers Compensation, Social Security, Personal Injury, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Adoption, Estates and School Law.  In 1998 Maze became a partner in the firm of Fogle and Maze and received recognition from the Kentucky Bar Association for many hours of donated legal services to the poor. In 1999 she started her own firm, Maze Law Office, P.S.C, and continued in the same areas of practice as well as continued as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.  In 2000 she received the Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society Certificate of Recognition “For efforts to make access to justice a reality by providing pro-bono legal services to those in need”.

On July 21st, 2000 Maze was appointed by Governor Paul Patton as the first female Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, a four county General Jurisdiction Court with no Family Court.  Maze was then elected Circuit Judge in a contested race in November of 2000. After becoming judge, she started a pro-bono divorce clinic and started the Montgomery County Drug Court.

In September of 2003, Maze traveled to Egypt and Jordan with the American Counsel of Young Political Leaders, on a Political Mission.  This group is sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  While there she interacted with politicians, including King Abdullah II of Jordan, rotary members, college students, women’s groups and other groups to assist the people in these countries with understanding Americans and to bring good will on behalf of the United States. 

In 2006, Maze was elected to her second term as Circuit Judge.  She was not opposed in her election.  In the spring of 2008, Judge Maze was selected as one of 12 women in the United States, Asia and the Pacific, to attend a Women’s Leadership Conference entitled “Women and Conflict Transformation in Asia, the Pacific and the United States”.

In January of 2009, Maze became Chief Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit.  Maze and in 2104 she was elected to her third term as Circuit Judge.  Currently, Maze serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Juvenile Justice Task Force and serves as the 7 Supreme Court District’s representative to the Circuit Judge’s Executive Committee. 


Amy Hale Milliken, Warren County Attorney

Amy Hale MillikenAmy Hale Milliken serves as the Warren County Attorney.  She began her prosecutorial career immediately upon being admitted to the Bar in 1996 as an Assistant County Attorney. Ms Milliken was the first female to be elected as Warren County Attorney in Warren County, KY history. She has held the office since 2004.

Ms. Milliken works closely with the Warren County Judge Executive in all legal matters, and serves as advisor in other areas of government. She attends all meetings of Fiscal Court, serves as counsel for the Fiscal Court, and as needed, she institutes, defends, and conducts all County civil actions before all state courts, and has been sworn in to present cases before the US Supreme Court. She also serves as the County’s Chief Prosecutor, overseeing prosecution of violators of criminal law within the jurisdiction of the District Court. 

Ms. Milliken was the first Warren County Family Court prosecutor in Warren County. Ms. Milliken represented the best interest of the children in cases where abuse or neglect had been alleged. 

In her capacity, Ms. Milliken worked with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to develop a Victim Impact Panel, allowing victims of drunk-driving accidents to show the Defendants convicted of DUI, the true impact that this type of offense has on the victims. In Warren County, now every person convicted of DUI attends this panel discussion.

Ms. Milliken was recognized as Kentucky’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2003. She was named County Attorney of the Year for Kentucky in 2009.

Ms. Milliken has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being recognized for her distinguished service in child support collection by the Commonwealth in 2012. Later she was inducted into the Warren County Public Schools first Hall of Distinguished Alumni, which inducted twelve members to the initial group in 2013. She was the recipient of the William H. Natcher Award in 2013 by the Barren River Area Development District, presented with The Athena Award in 2008, and winner of The Gwyneth Davis Award in 2014 by the Warren County Bar Association.

She is a member of the Executive Boards of Directors of the Western Kentucky University Alumni Association, and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a Director of the Citizens First Bank.  Her community involvement has focused on children and their safety. She has previously served on the board for Hope Harbor, Family Enrichment Center, Barren River Child Advocacy and CASA (serving as President in 2004).

Ms. Milliken currently serves at the Vice-President of the Kentucky County Attorneys’ Association, and was recently elected President for 2015-2016 by the Ky. County Attorneys.

Ms. Milliken is a life-long Warren County resident. She attended Warren East High School and Western Kentucky University. Ms. Milliken is a life-long Warren County resident.


Edward Palmer, Youth Advocate

Edward PalmerPastor Edward L. Palmer, Sr. is the Visionary, Senior Pastor and Co-Pastor with his wife Elizabeth (Angie) Palmer, for The Sign Of The Dove Ministries International, located in Radcliff, KY.  Married for over 33 years, they are the gracious parents of two children, and six grandchildren. Since arriving in Radcliff, Kentucky he has extended the arm of God in the local area, by igniting various social programs to restore the broken and disenfranchised. While his efforts are many, they all center on educating, establishing and empowering those God has placed in his sphere of influence. Pastor Palmer chairs or serves on many boards and state committees, inspiring all those he comes into contact with through his revolutionary approach. He has most recently received the honor of serving the citizens of his city for a third term as a Radcliff City Councilman. He has most recently been appointed as member of the Executive Board and Chair for the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee both appointments for the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ). He is Chair for the Kentucky Subcommittee on Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY), as well as a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) where he works to eliminate disproportionate minority contact with the Juvenile Justice system. His ability to do so results from his insightful knowledge of God’s practical applications and purposes. Having served in ministry for over 26 years and in the pastorate for 18 years;  Pastor Palmer deems it essential that he invest a great deal of his energy developing and disseminating information that promotes service to humanity. He travels internationally to such places as Eastern Africa to share his wealth of knowledge. He operates with undeniable vision and unyielding passion for the purposeful course on which God has set him, running his race with patience, diligence, vigilance and effectiveness. He is a resounding voice both nationally and internationally as he travels the globe speaking a message of hope.

Nancy Pfaadt, Youth Advocate

Nancy PfaadtNancy K. Pfaadt holds a masters degree from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in clinical psychology.  She began working as an out patient therapist in substance abuse treatment and worked as a court designated worker in the juvenile justice system.  She developed and implemented the Early Intervention Substance Abuse Program, a juvenile court diversion project for substance abusing offenders and their parents in Louisville.  She has served on the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (KY JJAB), from 1998 until 2014. Nancy K. Pfaadt holds a masters degree from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN in clinical psychology.  She began working as an out patient therapist in substance abuse treatment and worked as a court designated worker in the juvenile justice system.  She developed and implemented the Early Intervention Substance Abuse Program, a juvenile court diversion project for substance abusing offenders and their parents in Louisville.  She has served on the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (KY JJAB), from 1998 until  2014, serving as board chair and vice chair and as the grants sub-committee chair.  She worked as a contract compliance monitor for the Department of Juvenile Justice ensuring compliance with the four core requirements of the JJDP Act.  She completed the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) two year fellowship program working with the KY State Prevention Office on various statewide Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug prevention projects.  She recently served as the Project Director for a statewide federal grant to enhance the substance abuse prevention infrastructure in Kentucky.  She is currently working as the Coordinator of the Kentucky Prevention Network, a network of substance abuse prevention provides as well as being the business manager for the Kentucky Certification Board for Prevention Professionals, a certification that she currently holds.


Jan'a Gill Prater, Youth Advocate

Jan’a Gill Prater earned her B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown College in 2012, and was awarded The Most Honored Scholars in Psychology. In 2015, Jan’a graduated with her MSW (honors) from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Previously, Jan’a worked in close collaboration with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, The Kentucky Children’s Justice Act Task Force, Project SAFE: Structural Development and Sustainability Committee, and other multidisciplinary teams and advisory councils. Within this capacity, Jan’a and her team of experts visualized and implemented The CITY Project: Collaborations Impacting Traumatized Youth, a comprehensive educational training that enhanced services provided to children and families impacted by traumatization.  Jan’a has also engaged in strategic planning to assist at-risk youth in successfully achieving optimal independence, as well as provided day–to-day support, case management, and mentorship to maximize potential in youth aging out of foster care. Jan’a further advocated for legislative policies that impacted populations susceptible to abuse and discrimination.

Her present research interests focus on societal ills regarding socio-economic justice and its influence on culturally diverse groups. She is also currently co-authoring a research project titled, Empowered Communication: Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Spirituality.  

In addition to her role on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Jan’a is affiliated with the North American Christians in Social Work (NACSW) and the Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work (KSCSW).

Jan’a is motivationally driven to empower, advocate, and seek the advancement, health and well-being of marginalized populations. Jan’a believes that social justice in its broadest form requires both individual and collective action that will ultimately increase universal security and safety for the common good.

Jan'a has been a board member since 2015.


Hon. Kimberly Winkenhofer Shumate, District Judge, 9th Judicial District


Judge Kim Shumate is a District Court Judge in Hardin County, Kentucky.  She is married to Bryce Shumate, a retired Police Officer.  Bryce and Kim have one daughter, Meighan Shumate Cable, of Tampa, FL and one son, Daniel, a senior at North Hardin Christian School.

Kim was born in 1963, the daughter of Col. (Ret.) Alan and JoAnn Winkenhofer.  Kim came to Hardin County in 1977 and is a graduate of Fort Knox High School, going on to Western Kentucky University where she graduated as a President’s Scholar and received her BA in Government and Writing in 1984.

Kim graduated from Vanderbilt Law School as the Cheatham Scholar for the Class of 1987. Kim entered practice with the Louisville firm of Brown, Todd & Heyburn concentrating in civil litigation.  She then came to Hardin County in 1988 with the firm of Skeeters & Bennett, later becoming Skeeters, Bennett, Shumate & Wilson, until 1997 when Kim was appointed to be one of Hardin County’s two district judges.

As District Judge, Judge Shumate handles juvenile court, probate matters and all traffic and misdemeanor citations. Judge Shumate is a regular presenter at judicial education colleges, serving on the Judicial Education Committee, and on law-related topics in the community. Judge Shumate has been instrumental in establishing Teen Court and Drug Court in Hardin County.  She works with the state-wide high school mock trial tournaments each spring and traveled with the Kentucky team to the National Competition 2000. She coaches a middle school mock trial team at NHCS. Judge Shumate has been a member of the Governor's Judicial Advisory Council on Domestic Violence.  She is the Co-Chairman of Bridges - the Hardin County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council and she has received honors as being one of two judges in the state commended by the Department of Juvenile Justice for her work in juvenile delinquency prevention and the 2002 recipient of the State Foster Care Review Board outstanding Judge Award. She was honored as the 2005 Youth Leader by the Knight’s Templar of Kentucky and was awarded a 2006 Destiny Award from the Kentucky Child NOW Project for her work with youth in Kentucky. Judge Shumate was presented the NAACP Humanitarian Award in 2008. In 2011, the Work Restitution Initiative was instituted by the BRIDGES Council and Judge Shumate’s leadership. A grant to make a comprehensive review of Disproportionate Minority Contact for juveniles is spearheaded by BRIDGES and Judge Shumate for Hardin County at this time.

Judge Shumate currently serves by appointment of the Chief Justice on the Kentucky Compensation Commission and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and the State Guardianship Review Task Force. She is piloting a Rural Veterans Court and Veterans Docket Project for the state of Kentucky. Judge Shumate is active in the community having served on such boards as the Kentucky Food Bank, Hardin County Literacy Council and the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce. Judge Shumate received the 2006 Community Volunteer of the Year Award from the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce.  Judge Shumate is a member of Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown and is active in Women's ministry, the NHCS PTO, a member of the Emmaus Community and the Order of the Eastern Star, and serves as the Asst. Mother Advisor of the local Rainbow for Girls and an adult leader with the DeMolay for Boys, Christian service organizations.

Judge Shumate has been a board members since 2015.

 Kaye Jones Templin, Youth Advocate

Kaye Jones TemplinKaye Jones-Templin’s professional life has been dedicated entirely to children in her efforts of advocacy, justice, safety, basic needs and education.

Kaye has been a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board since its inception in 1996. She has served as Chair of the Board and also serves as Kentucky’s representative to the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ). Her service on the Government Relations Committee of CJJ provides insight and access to federal issues and policies.
She obtained her BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) at Morehead State University and her MSW (Master of Social Work) at the University of Kentucky, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She designed and implemented a program which combined her love of athletics and her skills as a social worker when, as a non-traditional student and undergraduate herself, she became the first Academic Advisor to the men’s basketball team at Morehead State.

She returned to Morehead State University, in the role of adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate classes in The History of Social Welfare as well as Policy. She has served as a mentor to both undergraduates and graduate students from many different colleges and universities.

Kaye began her career as Residential Director at Kentucky’s foremost Alternative to Detention program –a national model - Gateway Juvenile Diversion Project, Inc. The program today is known as Gateway Children’s Services.
She served as Executive Director/CEO there 1989-2011 where she oversaw the agency’s growth from an 8-bed facility providing shelter, education and basic needs to Status and non-violent public offenders with an annual budget of $132,000. To its current position as a nationally accredited agency in a beautifully restored new location featuring a state-of-the art 28 bed facility with an innovative treatment program that contracts with the Department for Community Based Services, the Department for Juvenile Justice and serves the entire state of Kentucky with a budget of $1,350,000.

Kaye was named President Emeritus in 2011 and continues to serve in a position she has held since 1990 as a Registered Legislative Agent with the Kentucky General Assembly. This has provided opportunity for her to testify before subcommittees and lobby issues relating to Juvenile Justice and Gateway.

Kaye is a Leadership Kentucky graduate class of 1995, Blue Ridge Institute member since 1999, Kentucky Children’s Alliance, United Way of the Bluegrass, BB/BS of the Bluegrass, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force, Governor’s Education Equity Task Force, Champions Against Drugs, 4-H leader, Trustee and Sunday School teacher of First Christian Church, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) as well as many other groups and agencies involved with children.

Kaye and her husband Matt live in Owingsville. Travel, sports, history, politics, spending time with their 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren are keep life interesting.


Christina Weeter, Director, Division of Studnet Success, Kentucky Department of Education


Christina works in KDE’s Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts as the Director of the Division of Student Success, which oversees alternative education, school safety, and dropout prevention and reengagement.  Prior to joining KDE she worked at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on school turnaround and grants for high schools, with a special interest in dropout prevention and recovery, rural education, and wrap-around supports to prepare students to graduate high school with clear pathways to college and career.  Prior to joining ED, Christina worked in the non-government sector on education policy and finance, program evaluation, and professional development curriculum.  She began her career providing direct service to Kentucky youth with severe emotional and behavior disorders, many of whom had experienced abuse and neglect.  A Kentucky native, Christina has also worked, studied, and volunteered in seven different countries in Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean. She enjoys volunteering with Atlas Corps and its cadre of international Fellows.  Christina earned a M.Ed. in Education Administration and a M.S.W. with a focus on program planning, evaluation, policy, and community organizing from Boston University.  She earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.

Christina has been a board members since 2015.


Gerina Whethers, Youth Advocate


Gerina Whethers currently serves as Executive Director in the Office of Victims Advocacy at the Office of the Attorney General.  This Office provides appellate and referral resources and services for thousands of victims and their families for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Gerina serves as chair by proxy of the Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitations Prevention Board and works on the annual Victims Assistance Conference and other trainings throughout the Commonwealth for over hundreds of attendees.  This Office also provided the Commonwealth’s first Domestic Violence Fatality Data Summation along with new programs and trainings for victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement and first responders across the Commonwealth.

Prior to the Attorney General’s Office, Gerina has 10 years of service working on Criminal Cases in Jefferson County, Kentucky.  She worked as Assistant County Attorney in the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Unit for Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, prosecuting cases of child sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. 
Previously, Gerina served as a Staff Attorney in Jefferson County Circuit Court performing extensive legal research and wrote hundreds of opinions covering a wide range of criminal and civil legal cases. Gerina also served as Trial Commissioner for the Jefferson District Court.

Before her legal career, Gerina was Assistant Dean of Admissions at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has one daughter, a college student.

Gerina has been a board member since 2015.