Our KSCA Board
Meet the Presidents
Sarah Akin, KSCA President
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.
Gina Crabtree, President-Elect
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.
Kyle Thomas, KSCA Past 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.
Vice-Presidents, Secretary & Treasurer
Heather Bushelman, 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.
Francine Kemper, Middle School Vice-President
I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as the middle school vice-president for the next three years. I have been in education for twenty-five years as a French teacher, humanities teacher, English Learner teacher, and counselor. I am currently one of two counselors at Camp Ernst Middle School in Boone County and love working with our students to help them understand self-regulation, how to reduce anxiety, staying goal oriented in their school tasks and in life, and managing daily struggles.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and taking walks as a form of self-care and hanging out with my son, Drew and daughter, Carman and my husband, Jon.
Kimberly Castle, Secondary Vice-President
Kim Castle is a school counselor and career and technical education counselor at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky. Kim has a Masters and Rank I in School Counseling. Along with her daily counseling activities, Kim has been very committed to several different programs which have enriched educational experiences for students. She serves as Career Counselor for Youth Career Connect, a grant that provides assistance with funding Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. As YCC Career Counselor she also helped develop the Achievement in Career Engagement (ACE) program, a process of developing work-based learning skills through an endorsement program based on levels of successful accomplishments, personalized by students, and confirmed through KEDC. Kim has provided services to students through the Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) program. One of Kim’s passions as school counselor is career and technical education along with student transition.
Dori Glance, Post-Secondary Vice-President
Dr. Dori Glance is an associate professor and school counseling program director at Northern
Kentucky University. She is a former middle school counselor.
Lindsey Wilson, Secretary
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.
Liaisons & Committee Chairs
Sherlyn Bratcher, Public Relations/Technology Coordinator
I am an SEL Specialist with Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. Previously, I was a school counselor at Butler County High School for three years and Butler County Middle School (3 years). I taught middle school Career and Technology classes (over 10 years). I received my Computer Information Systems degree from Western Kentucky University. I later went back for my 5-12 Business and Marketing Education certification. I have a Masters in Library Media Specialist and Rank I and School Counseling both from Western Kentucky University.
Heather Moore, Membership
Stacy Davis, KSCA Representation to KASA
Stacy Davis is the KASA Role group representative to the KSCA board. Stacy has been in education for 23 years, 13 years as the school counselor at Mercer County Elementary School in Mercer County and this past year accepted the position as School Counselor at Mercer County Senior High School. Stacy earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and completed her Masters and Rank I in School Counseling at Eastern Kentucky University. Stacy lives in Lawrenceburg with her husband Kevin and has 2 children, Brevin, who is a junior at The University of Kentucky and Marlie, who is a junior at Mercer County Senior High School. Stacy is also the Children's Director at her church and enjoys her work there. She also enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, walking, and vacationing.
Stacy looks forward to her new role with KSCA and can't wait to work with all the wonderful counselors throughout the state of Kentucky.
Professional Development Chair
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.