Board & Staff

Board Members
Lynn Rippey
Ashley Janicki
Ashley Williamson
Pamela Eklund
Jen Carver
Ayla Espinosa
Megan Metcalf
Colby Bentley
Rae Martin

Staff Members

Executive Director, John Blackwell

John Blackwell is Bellarmine University and University of Louisville Graduate. Receiving his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Sport Administration. John Blackwell has over 20 years of experience coaching and mentoring teens and young adults. As the new Executive Director, John has goals to expand the CSYA’s reach and deliver the CSYA mission. A direct quote from John is, “We look to bring those in who are both disengaged to re-engage them in education with housing and wraparound services and employment and for those who are engaged to provide an outlet for them to both peer mentor and have a voice at the table”. With a background in academics and sports, John has the determination to make sure no young adult is overlooked in the Louisville area.

Director of Development, Breanna Carter

Breanna Carter is a graduate of the University of South Florida mastering in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration on multiracial identity in America and a graduate of Western Kentucky University, “Go Tops!” with a Bachelor in Communication Studies with a double minor in Gender Studies and Citizenship and Social Justice. For years Breanna has dedicated her time to helping create safe spaces for youth to thrive. Throughout her career she has curated three self-confidence workshops for girls aged 12-18 years old to build healthy habits around self-image.  Breanna now focuses on marketing, event planning, and fundraising for the CSYA.

Director of Community Engagement, Cameron Galloway

Cameron Galloway received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University. He then received his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Over the years, Cameron has spent 7+ years devoting himself to youth development. This desire came from spending over 15+ years in the foster care system which led him to be an advocate for youth in the foster care system through Voices of the Commonwealth. Cameron has had multiple coaching positions working with youth teaching them how to better their lives and decision-making through sports. Cameron is currently in the Army National Guard and serves as a Medical Officer for the 2-138 FA HHB. Cameron lives by the quote “God gives you knowledge and wisdom not for your own understanding, but for the betterment of others.” This shows how Cameron truly dedicates his life to inspiring others that they can overcome anything with dedication and resilience.

Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Roger Scott Reynolds

Roger “Scott” Reynolds, a native Louisvillian and graduate of Kentucky State University, became a tech guru in the mobile technology industry. With a decade of experience learning innovative strategies to develop and expand consumer sales, he now joins CSYA to switch his professional career back to his passion, which is working closely to aid the members of his community. In his twenties, Scott worked for the non-profit called Community Action Council in Lexington, Ky, helping teach children ages 3-5 before they transitioned into kindergarten. Now, Scott is enthusiastic about making a difference supporting young adults in the age range of 16-24 for CSYA.

Community Engagement and Partnership Specialist, Kaliyah Trotter

Kaliyah Trotter is a native Louisvillian and recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a minor in Entrepreneurship. As a child, her focus namely centered around school, dance, and giving back to her community. Through the years she was able to experience teaching, mentoring, and coaching young people of various ages. This all helped her realize her career goal of working for an organization with similar passion for giving back to the community. Kaliyah is very excited to start working with young people ages 16-24 through her position at CSYA and hopes to further their work as positive change agents in the lives of youth and young adults.

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