Carol Bradford began as the Tutoring Coordinator in September 2011. Prior to working at the Carnegie Center, Carol was an environmental educator with Bluegrass PRIDE. She is a certified teacher and taught kindergarten for three years before working at PRIDE. Her favorite hobbies include reading and traveling. She is also learning to sew and taking Spanish classes. Carol has a bachelor‘s degree from Rhodes College and a graduate degree from University of Tennessee in Social Work.
Originally from Indiana, Rachael Castetter graduated from Asbury University in May 2012 and started a summer AmeriCorps VISTA position as the Camp Carnegie Coordinator in early June. As her VISTA term was ending, the Carnegie Center was looking for a part- time Tutoring Associate, and she jumped at the chance to apply and continue working at one of her favorite places in the world. Rachael is thrilled to be working at the Carnegie Center gaining valuable professional experience while helping kids and having a blast at the same time! She is passionate about education, helping people, and all things literary, so she feels right at home at the Carnegie Center.
Neil Chethik is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. He was the former Writer-In-Residence at the Carnegie Center for six years where he mentored writers of all levels and teaches writing workshops. His personal writing focuses on men’s lives and family issues. He is the author of two acclaimed books: VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About Their Marriages, Their Wives, Sex, Housework and Commitment (Simon & Schuster), and FatherLoss: How Sons of All Ages Come To Terms With the Deaths of Their Dads (Hyperion Books). The latter book was recently made into a half-hour PBS Special. Neil began his career as a staff reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Later, he joined the San Jose Mercury News, and wrote “VoiceMale,” the first syndicated column on men’s personal lives. His writings have appeared in hundreds of print and web publications. His website is www.NeilChethik.com.
For eight years, Jennifer Mattox has been the Carnegie Center’s Development Director, and like other staff working at this small nonprofit, she is directly involved with program planning and administration. In addition to teaching workshops, Mattox is the coordinator of the Kentucky Great Writers series and is involved with other literary events and programs at the center. Her development work brings her into direct communication with donors and prospects, including Kentucky authors and others in the literary community.
Mattox’s publication experience includes seven years of newspaper reporting for The Bourbon Times in Paris, KY and she is currently writing a novel. She is a two-time Kentucky Foundation for Women artist enrichment grantee.
Raised somewhere between the tobacco fields and horse farms of Woodford County, Kentucky, Jude McPherson has been bending and stretching syllables as long as he can remember. A member of the Affrilachian Poets, his first full length collection of poetry ‘on my mind’ is a reflection of his eclectic personality. He has published two previous collections of poetry through blacoetry press; loves taxicab blues revisited (1998) and the book of jude(2000).
Jessica Faye Mohler served as a volunteer at the Carnegie Center before being hired as the Marketing and Communications Director in March of 2010. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005 with a dual degree in journalism and cultural anthropology. After graduating she joined Nougat Magazine, an arts and lifestyle publication in Lexington, as the Managing Editor & Advertising Director. She was the Communications Manager and Editor at the American Saddlebred Horse Association, before coming to the Carnegie Center. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for the Northside Neighborhood Association and on the Mayor’s Commission on Youth Development & Public Safety. She is member of Lexington Young Professionals Association, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, UK Alumni Association, Lexington Advertising Club and is a certified Bluegrass Tourism Ambassador. In addition to teaching a Cause Marketing Class she has also been a Carnegie Academic Tutor since 2010.
Meredith Swim first fell in love with the Carnegie Center at age eleven, when she participated in a middle school writing project. It’s a love that continued to grow throughout her adolescence as she took part in the diverse classes offered at Carnegie, including creative writing, French, and even a book & film club! She attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in International Studies and minoring in English. During her time as a Wildcat, she volunteered at Carnegie with the elementary reading and creative writing groups and tutored in those subjects. Joining the staff as the Youth Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator under the AmeriCorps VISTA program, she is absolutely thrilled to work at a place she has always held dear to her heart.
Luisa Trujillo is the Art Director and Office Manager. A native of Colombia, she moved to Lexington in 2006 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in August 2010 with a major in Communications and a minor in Industrial Design. She started working at the Carnegie Center in September of 2010. Since then, she has helped with various graphic design projects, including brochures, flyers, posters, book layouts and other print projects. Luisa also serves as an English-Spanish translator and provides a much-needed communication bridge for the Tutoring Program and the parents of the Hispanic community. Luisa participates actively in art events in the community with Gallery Hop, the Lexington Art League and the Fashion Collaborative.
Laura Whitaker is the Carnegie Center Program Director & VISTA Project Supervisor. A native of Lexington and a graduate of Centre College in Danville, KY, she came to the Center as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in June 2007. After her term of service ended in 2008, she joined our full-time staff. Now, she gets to wear two hats in her position. As the VISTA Supervisor, she supervises recruitment and management efforts for a network of AmeriCorps*VISTA members at 6 nonprofit organizations in Lexington. As the Program Director, she coordinates the Carnegie Center’s lineup of youth, family, and adult programs and workshops. She’d love to talk to you about your ideas for new workshops and classes! Outside of the Carnegie Center, Laura is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from the Martin School at the University of Kentucky and teaches yoga at Barefoot Works Yoga Studio (and a new Friday morning yoga class at the Carnegie Center!)