Staff Biographies
 
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Doug Burnham retired from Eastern Kentucky University after thirty years of teaching social work. Retirement didn’t last long. He came to the TRC in 2003 and is now directing the Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children Training Project. With a lot of help from other people, he hopes to have an array of education/support groups operating throughout Kentucky.

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Lisa Casebier RNC, MSN joined the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center in 2013 and currently coordinates the Medically Fragile Foster Care Program. Prior to joining the TRC she worked as the Director of NICU/NBN at Frankfort Regional Medical Center and spent 16 years as a bedside RN in the NICU at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She received a BA in Biology & Psychology from Transylvania University in 1991, a BSN from Eastern Kentucky University in 1994, and her MSN from the University of Kentucky in 2008. Lisa is a huge Wildcats’ Fan!

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Ashley Carr Cruickshank has been with the TRC since 2003. As Budget Director she oversees program budgets and the administrative functions of the TRC. Ashley has completed a BS in Business and Economics, a BS in Accounting, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree.

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Jeff Damron brings to his position here at the TRC an academic background in business and theology. After earning his BA in Church Ministries at Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, FL, Jeff went on to seminary at Anderson Theological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. Jeff spent seventeen years in church ministry as Minister of Youth and Families in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. Jeff has served as Co-Director of the Resource Parent Mentor Program since 2000, and thoroughly enjoys being “dad” to his three children.

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Cherryl Davenport joined the TRC in April 2006. She provides support to all TRC programs. Cherryl retired from the federal government in 2003 with 35 years of service. She and her husband live in Lexington along with their children and grandchildren. She enjoys attending grandchildren's sporting and school events, cooking, gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends and fan of all UK sports. They are members of Broadway Christian Church where they do volunteer work for God's pantry and the Hope Center.

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Tamikia Dumas, MS, LSW, joined the Training Resource Center in 2002. She currently works with the Resource Parent Mentor program. She is responsible for coordinating mentor matches for newly approved resource parents in the western regions. She received her MS in Human Services and BS in Social Work from Murray State University. She enjoys working with mentors and helping them provide support to newly approved resource parents.

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Jessica Fletcher joined the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center in 2006 as a Program Coordinator for the Comprehensive Family Services program. In 2010, she began serving as TRC Associate Director. In this role she oversees programs related to support and training for foster and adoptive parents. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

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Christina Hoglen joined the Training Resource Center in March of 2012 as a staff support associate for the Director’s Office. She has a BA in Mass Communication from Fayetteville State University. Christina and Josh thoroughly enjoy raising their son, Aiden, in Lexington.

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George Humlong is the current Director of the Resource Parent Training program at the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center. Among other responsibilities, George coordinates statewide training conferences, co- trains PS-MAPP and Enhancing Safety and Permanency, and edits the FAST Track magazine. George and his wife Janyl have been foster parents since 1992. In 2000, they became adoptive parents. George and Janyl live in Lexington Kentucky with their three children Ryan, Sam and Sarah.

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Blake L. Jones, MSW, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator for Kentucky's Citizen Review Panels and consults nationally on CRPs. He is a singer-songwriter, husband, and father of two young sons.

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Shonda Lucas joined the Training Resource Center as the Program Coordinator for the Adoption Support for Kentucky Program in April 2012. Shonda develops and maintains resource parent trainings to be delivered by the ASK Liaisons throughout the state of Kentucky. She was a foster parent for five years before closing her home in 2011, two years after the adoption of her son Adam. Her son Adam is a special needs child, which has motivated Shonda’s involvement in Special Needs Awareness and Advocacy. In addition to advocating for her son Adam and other children, she enjoys local and American History, especially the Civil War Era. She also loves the performing and dramatic art.

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Jennifer Lyons joined the Training Resource Center in September of 2006 as an administrative support associate for both EKU and CHFS programs. She has a BA in art history from Illinois State University and has completed graduate coursework in art history at UK. When she is not at work, she enjoys running, reading, and taking her dogs to Lexington’s dog parks.

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Jessica Morris, MSW/CSW joined the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center in 2009, where she serves as the MATCH Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the TRC, she has worked in substance abuse research with incarcerated populations and research involving drug endangered children. She holds a Baccalaureate Degree and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Away from work, she enjoys watching UK sports with her husband, reading and baking.

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Christine Sauer, MSW/CSW, joined the Training Resource Center as the Program Director of the Adoption Support for Kentucky Program in May 2012. A Florida native, Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and moved to Kentucky in 2008 to pursue her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Kentucky. Christine has worked with foster and adopted children, troubled teens, served as a Supervisor at a Psychiatric Hospital and has provided case management and support to individuals and families. Christine’s favorite time of year is UK basketball season and in her spare time Christine enjoys photography, being outside, traveling, and spending time with her family and dog Heath.

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Missy Segress became the director of the University of Kentucky Training Resource Center in June 2007. Before joining the TRC, Missy spent more than 9 years working with transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work groups whose goal it was to solve complex social and health-related issues. Missy holds a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health degree.

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Erin Short joined the Training Resource Center in 2012, where she serves as the Conference Coordinator. She helps to arrange events and trainings for all the programs at the TRC. Erin holds a BA in Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In her time away from work, she enjoys reading and yoga, and is an active member of the Junior League of Lexington.

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Carrie Taylor joined the TRC in January of 2011. She is a graduate of the UK College of Agriculture with a BS degree in Animal Sciences. Carrie provides administrative support for the ASK, Resource Parent Mentor and Resource Parent Training programs. Away from work, Carrie helps out with her family’s auction business and farm. More than anything, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, Emma, Campbell and Evan.

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Pam Weeks , JD, MSW, is Director of Child Welfare Education Programs and Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. Her focus areas are child welfare, law and social work, and educational outreach. As Director and Principal Investigator of the Credit for Learning Program, Pam collaborates with multiple university and child welfare partners in developing and implementing this state-wide professional development program for public child welfare workers. Before coming to UK, Pam was in practice for over 20 years as a social worker, attorney, and mediator in child welfare, mental health, education, and legal settings.