Our KSCA Board
Meet the Presidents
Kyle Thomas, KSCA President
My name is Kyle Thomas and I am proud to serve as your President for the 2020-21 school year. I am currently a school counselor at Oldham County Middle School. I previously served as a high school counselor in Nelson County. I received my Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration and Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Louisville. I am excited to serve KSCA and help our school counselors serve our students in the most effective manner possible. I look forward to working together with you and our leadership team to create better lives for the students of Kentucky.
Sarah Akin, KSCA President-Elect
Sarah Akin was the 2018-2019 Sectary of KSCA. Sarah has been a school counselor for 10 years in Christian County, Kentucky and previously worked in community mental health for 5 years. Sarah obtained her undergraduate degree at Eastern Kentucky University and obtained her Graduate and Ed.S. degree from Murray State University. Sarah shared that she loves being a school counselor and everyday she is thankful to have the opportunity to work with her amazing students.
Sarah lives in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with her husband Doug, her dachshund, Daisy. In Sarah's free time she enjoys running, playing golf, traveling, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Reds, and Cincinnati Bengals.
Linda Tyree, KSCA Past-President
Linda Tyree was the 2018-19 President of KSCA. She has been an educator for over 30 years, recently retired from being the Intermediate School Counselor at Morgantown Elementary School in Butler County. She is passionate about connecting School Counselors to others in the profession by promoting the only organization in the state designed specifically for School Counselors. She has testified at both the national and state level on the importance of having a Certified Professional School Counselor in every building whose primary responsibility is the Social Emotional Learning and Support of all students.
Vice-Presidents, Secretary & Treasurer
Heather Busselman, Elementary Vice-President
This is my 18th year in education, serving 13 as an elementary school counselor. Originally from southern Kentucky, I am now in Boone County at Longbranch Elementary. My husband is an administrator and I have two kids, 13 and 10. I have been blessed to serve on the KDE Counselor's Advisory Council and Boone County's district SEL task force. My passion is constantly learning new strategies that are best for kids and families focusing on the whole child.
Middle School Vice-President
Kimberly Castle, Secondary Vice-President
Lacretia Dye, Post-Secondary Vice-PresidentDr. Dye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, Dr. Dye has served her local, regional and national community with heart, mind and body wellness for over 20 years. She is trained and certified in a variety of interventions that focus on the integration of counseling, neuroscience and trauma informed body based healing processes. She regularly gives workshops with parents, teachers, students and community professionals in the areas of ancestral healing, shamanic healing, yoga & drumming therapy, trauma releasing activities in counseling, urban school counseling and professional self –care. She has published and presented at national and international conferences on these topics. A sample of Dr. Dye’s published articles and monographs include: “A Social Constructivist approach to preparing school counselors to work in urban schools”; “Calm, Cool & Confident: Integrating mindful yoga into your school counseling program”, “Group counseling: African American adolescent females’ resiliency, self-efficacy and racial identity, and “Beyond social justice for the African American learner: A Contextual Humanistic perspective “. Dr. Dye identifies her most rewarding and influential work to be her authored curriculum A Mindful Curriculum. A Mindful Curriculum provides the framework and resources for teaching children and emerging adults how to: connect to self and others, focus and cope with life stressors, “prime the brain” strategies, and social/emotional learning. School districts across the country have implemented A Mindful Curriculum
Gina Crabtree, Secretary
Gina Crabtree served as KSCA’s Elementary Vice President. With 20 Years in education, this is her 12th year in School Counseling at McNeill Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. Author of the blog, Mrs. Crabtree’s Counseling Counselor, Gina is eager to support Elementary School Counselors in any capacity that she can, and encourages you to connect with her there, or through her Facebook Page which shares the same title. Gina was named Kentucky’s School Counselor of the Year in 2015 and was a semi-finalist in 2016 for ASCA’s National School Counselor of the Year. Her goal as Elementary VP is to help connect School Counselor’s from across Kentucky and build a community of support for all of us to learn and grow from one another.
Amy Beal, Treasurer
Amy serves the students and families at Cline Elementary school in Campbell County, proud to be part of a RAMP certified district. Amy is an adjunct supervisor at Xavier University and a member of the KDE Counselor Advisory Council.
Liaisons & Committee Chairs
KSCA Representation to KASA
Sherlyn Bratcher, Public Relations/Technology Coordinator
I am a school counselor at Butler County High School (starting my third year). I previously was the school counselor at Butler County Middle School (3 years), and I taught Career and Technology classes (over 10 years).
Mary Beth McCormick, Professional Development Chair
New this year, KSCA is offering 2 fall one day regional workshops and hopes to offer more next year. The PD Committee is also exploring ways to help schools achieve RAMP. If you have suggestions or would like to be a member of the Professional Development Committee contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Riley, KCSS Liaison
Amy Riley currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Center for School Safety. She is the school counselor at Mercer County Intermediate School in Harrodsburg and has nineteen years of educational experience having previously taught middle school language arts/social studies, high school English, speech, and drama before becoming a school counselor in 2007.
She was the 2018 KSCA Pamela Kaye Gabbard Emerging Leader award winner and a top three finalist for the 2003 Ashland Oil Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year. The highlight of her counseling career came in 2017 when a bill she co-authored with Rep. Kim King became Kentucky law. This bill mandates that school personnel be notified of DCBS custody changes and protects abused children.
In 2019 and 2020, Amy worked diligently alongside legislators to testify and advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 1, The School Safety & Resiliency Act. Her heart's desire is to see every school in the state meet the ASCA recommendation of one school counselor per every 250 students. In her own district, she has seen that ratio drop significantly and continues to share breakout sessions across the state on local advocacy, mindfulness strategies, and counselor utilization during poor economic times.
She lives in Harrodsburg with her husband, Mike and daughter, Addison, where she is also a worship leader at her local church.
Damien Sweeney, KDE Liaison
Hi! I am the Program Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling at the Kentucky Department of Education. I am also an adjunct professor at the University of the Cumberlands and Spalding. As far as previous work experiences, I was a school counselor at Seneca High School, an English teacher at Louisville Male High School and a special education teacher at Fairdale High School in Jefferson County Public Schools. I have a passion for the school counseling profession and creating equitable access to the children of Kentucky. I reside in Louisville with my beautiful wife, Abigail and three sons, Shawn, Smith and Parker. I love cycling in my free time and going to the pool with my family.
Sharon Todd, Advocacy Committee Chair
Sharon Todd is the Advocacy Chair for KSCA and has 14 years of experience in the education sector. She spent the first three years of her career as a special education teacher and the last ten as an elementary and middle school counselor. She spent time on the KSCA executive board as Elementary VP from 2016-2018. This year she is in a new role, serving the Danville Independent School District as their District School Wellness Counselor.
Sharon is passionate about advocating for Kentucky school counselors to ensure their time is utilized in the most effective way, as recommended by ASCA. She was in attendance at a key forum on school safety in Kentucky, along with other advocacy team members, where she spoke of the true role of school counselors in front of a panel of legislators and members from Kentucky Center for School Safety.
Sharon also has a desire to support current school counselors and educate future school counselors. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of the Cumberlands pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to being a Certified School Counselor, she is also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Lindsey Wilson, Awards/Recognition
Lindsey is the current Awards and Recognition Committee Chair. She has previously served on the KSCA board as Elementary VP from 2014-2016, and Secretary from 2016-2018. She is the school counselor at Ft. Wright Elementary in Kenton County.