Emma Brown

Emma Brown is the Director of Community Engagement for 55,000 Degrees. She brings strong outreach, communications and relationship-building skills developed in her professional career. Brown joins 55,000 Degrees after serving as Marketing Director at Strothman and Co., Executive Director of Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and as Regional Director at KY YMCA Youth Association. Brown received her Masters in Communication from Bellarmine University and has a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Brad Clark

Brad Clark currently directs the Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellows Program. Prior to becoming Director, Brad taught 4th & 5th grade Language Arts & Social Studies in the Fayette & Woodford County school systems, where he actively sought opportunities, such as IF Lexington & Mini-Maker Faire Louisville, for learners to explore the relationship between creativity & community leadership in Central Kentucky.

Miriam Eleazer

Miriam Eleazer is in her second year at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), where she is earning her Associates of Science degree. She has worked at JCTC as a peer mentor in the First Year Experience program and most recently spent Summer 2015 as a mentor in JCTC’s J(U)MP. With J(U)MP, Miriam helped prepare incoming freshmen who were at-risk of failing to complete enrollment. She currently works as a manager for a local consignment boutique. Before coming to JCTC, Miriam spent five years working for Chipotle, where she entered as a cashier and climbed to management positions. In her final years at Chipotle, she served as Restaurateur, overseeing multiple locations. She is considering bringing this management experience to her love of psychology studies, and possibly pursuing a career in I/O psychology.

Miriam has a number of pastimes beyond her studies and work. She is an avid reader and creative writer, makes a mean chicken pot pie, and enjoys outdoor adventuring in the state she’s called home for nearly all of her 26 years (Kentucky). She shares a home with her partner, Sebastian, and their cats.

Nicole Fielder

Nicole Fielder, originally from Jessamine County, Kentucky, is a freshman McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville, where she works as the Legislative Affairs Director for the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team and sits on the board for the Jefferson County Teacher's Association. After going through an extremely rigorous college admissions process herself, she hopes to help others overcome the tripwires to a successful college transition that she has researched and experienced.

Kris Kimel

Kris Kimel, Founder, IdeaFestival
Kris Kimel is President and a founder of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, an independent non-profit company with an international reputation for designing and implementing innovative and broad-scale initiatives in science, technology, talent development, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Kris is the founder of the international IdeaFestival and was a leader behind the vision and successful implementation of Kentucky Space.

Anthony Mires

Anthony joined KSTC in June 2011 as Director of Educational Services.  His current duties include management of Kentucky’s pre-AP Laying the Foundation training program, work with AdvanceKentucky to accelerate access to AP coursework in high school, and management of IF Origins, the introductory level of IdeaFestival® that serves middle school students. Before taking the position, Anthony taught AP Biology at Barren County High School where he helped develop the AP science program and sponsored a science club that won state honors in both Science Olympiad and BEST Robotics.  During his tenure Anthony was recognized by the National Math and Science Initiative as an All-American Teacher of the Year for AP Science in 2010.  He earned a BS in Biology, a BA in English, and a MA in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky.