Barbara Bellissimo, CEO

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Barbara Bellissimo joined TEK 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, Director of Marketing & Communications

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Carrie Fiorella Rogers brings a wealth of marketing and communications experience to TEK 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 two very busy children.


Kate Mayfield, Initiative Director

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Prior to joining TEK, Kate Mayfield 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 a MA Ed in School Administration from Murray State University. Kate lives in Princeton, Kentucky.