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Prichard Boosts Engagement, Pre-k Capacity

Three new staff members joined the Prichard Committee in June, filling positions created to address priorities of the group’s strategic plan adopted late in 2017.

From left, Kim Drummond, Brison Harvey and Sheryl Means

Kim Drummond is the Director of Engagement, overseeing wider efforts to build community engagement and align organizational messaging. Goals in the strategic plan that define the new position envision expanding the capacity and willingness to support public education in local communities. The plan also seeks to ensure that excellence in education is the top priority for Kentucky.
Drummond worked for the Council on Postsecondary Education since 2012 and served as director of strategic initiatives overseeing communication, outreach and marketing for the GEAR UP Kentucky program as well as facilitating a college outreach network. She has also worked in marketing for Omni Architects in Lexington and in the president’s office at the University of Kentucky. She is a UK graduate.
Brison Harvey is the Prichard Committee’s new Communications and Engagement Manager, developing and managing social media engagement and external communications.
Harvey was recently a fellow in the Hope Street Group, a teacher leadership network, while working as a social studies teacher at Lafayette High School in Lexington. He served last year as chief of staff for Hope Street’s program in Kentucky, and has expanded outreach and networking efforts on education and teaching issues throughout his time as a teacher. He holds degrees from Asbury College and Georgetown College and is a Google Certified Educator.
Sheryl Means is a policy associate in early learning, maintaining the Prichard Committee’s focus on school readiness and early childhood development. High-quality early learning experience are a major goal in the group’s strategic plan.
Means recently completed doctoral studies at UK in education policy and evaluation, where she also served in teaching roles and as an ambassador for international scholars and student services. She was active in graduate leadership groups at UK and was involved in volunteer efforts throughout her college experiences. She is also a graduate of Spelman College and speaks Spanish and Portugese.