Barbara Bellissimo, CEO

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Barbara Bellissimo joined The Fund in 2013, after serving as Chief Operations Officer for the San Francisco School Alliance. She brings with her to Kentucky over twenty years of marketing, fundraising and entrepreneurship experience. Barbara has held founding executive director positions at two community foundations (Palo Alto, CA and Martha’s Vineyard, MA), and led development teams at several organizations focused on education and high school engagement. Barbara has also consulted with many nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning, and with individuals in the areas of women’s leadership and life/career transition. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Barbara led marketing teams at Apple and several Internet service providers. She also co-founded Privada, a global Internet privacy services company that created patented technology to allow individuals to control the dissemination of their personal information over the Internet. Barbara holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed coursework in Counseling Psychology at Capella University. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Michael.

Carrie Fiorella Rogers, Marketing Communications Manager

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Carrie Fiorella Rogers brings a wealth of marketing and communications experience to The Fund from her most recent role with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. There, she spent four years assisting in the development of innovative communications strategies to engage the business community in relevant legislative issues. Prior to her communications role at the Chamber, Carrie spent several years as an event planner and also worked in Washington, D.C. as a strategic communications specialist for the federal government. As a native of the Owensboro Public Schools system and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, she has a keen interest in the past, present and future of education in the Commonwealth. Carrie currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Byron and their very busy toddler, Liam.


Amanda Riley, Operations Manager

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Amanda Riley joined the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky in January 2015. She has a strong background in the customer service industry and most recently worked for the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, during which time that office was awarded the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant. Amanda applies her excellent administrative skills to support the staff at The Fund. As a graduate of the public school system in Fayette County, Amanda is understanding of and passionate about the need for growth and change in Kentucky’s education system. Amanda has a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington with her husband, Ben, who is a Kindergarten teacher at Eminence Independent Schools.


Kate Mayfield, Initiative Manager

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Kate Mayfield is excited to be working at The Fund as the Initiative Manager. Kate taught English Language Arts for 7 years in Kentucky, first in Fayette, then in Trigg County. While in Lexington, she was a team leader and school representative for district work with the Literacy Design Collaborative. In this role, Kate worked closely with school and district leaders to seamlessly integrate LDC into the implementation of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. Kate then moved to Western Kentucky, teaching middle school Reading and English in Trigg County, a District of Innovation. She served on school and district innovation teams to develop the framework for integrating problem-based and blended learning to ensure that graduates of Trigg County have the 21st century skills necessary for College and Career Readiness. Kate is originally from Louisiana, earning her BA in English Literature from Louisiana State University, and moved to Kentucky after Hurricane Katrina. She holds a MA in Teaching English Language Arts from Eastern Kentucky University and graduates from Murray State in May 2015 with a MA Ed in School Administration. Kate lives in Princeton, Kentucky.