The Board

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Mary Pat Regan, Chair

Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet

Prior to her appointment, Mary Pat Regan has held several key executive positions in addition to her responsibility as National VP Regulatory for AT&T and Kentucky State President of AT&T Communications. Previous to AT&T, she had senior executive experience with MCI Telecommunications Corporation.

Mary Pat has also participated in and provided Chair leadership for a number of Louisville based community and civic programs during the last ten years including Greater Louisville Inc., Kentucky Chamber, Business Leaders for Education, and United Way. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Kentucky Educational Television, The Louisville Science Center, the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, and the Louisville Collegiate School.

Mary Pat attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a life-long interest and participation in sports and competitive athletic activities to include cycling, running, and swimming. She has earned participation completion medals in seven Ironman National Competitions.

Originally from Minneapolis, Mary Pat has resided in the Commonwealth for over ten years and currently resides in St. Matthews.

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Dr. Jason E. Glass

Commissioner for Kentucky Department of Education

Jason Glass, a native of Brandenburg and a third-generation Kentucky educator, has been commissioner of education since September 2020. Before that, he had been superintendent and chief learner of Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado since 2017. A 1990 graduate of Meade County High School, Glass received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history in 1994, a master’s in political science in 1996 and a master’s in education in 2007 from the University of Kentucky (UK).

Glass began his teaching career at Hazard Independent Schools, working as a high school social studies teacher from 1996 to 1998. While still a graduate student, he already was serving as an instructor at UK and at Georgetown College. Glass received his doctorate in education leadership in 2011 from Seton Hall University. He holds a certificate in advanced education leadership from Harvard University, received in 2019.

From 2001 to 2006 he held progressively senior positions with the Colorado Department of Education, then worked as vice president of quality ratings for Qualistar Early Learning. He served briefly as senior director of human capital strategy for Ohio-based Battelle for Kids before Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad appointed him state Director of Education. Glass served as Iowa’s chief state school officer from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2017 Glass was superintendent of Eagle County Public Schools in Colorado.

In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Glass to the National Board for Education Sciences.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two elementary-aged children who attend Kentucky public schools.

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Dr. Aaron Thompson

President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He recently served as Interim President of Kentucky State University. Dr. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Sociology in areas of Organizational Behavior and Race and Gender Relations.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

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Diana Barber

Interim Executive Director and CEO for the
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

Diana currently is serving as Interim Executive Director and CEO for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and its sister organization the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), the Asset Resolution Corporation (ARC) and Kentucky’s Affordable Prepaid Tuition (KAPT). Diana Barber has been General Counsel for KHEAA/KHESLC since 2008.

Prior to her current position, Diana served as Assistant General Counsel for KHEAA/KHESLC from 1993 to 2008. Before coming to KHEAA/KHESLC, Diana worked for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. Diana received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky and a B.A in Economics from Indiana University.

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Eric Friedlander

Secretary for Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Eric Friedlander was the Chief of Resilience and Community Services for Louisville Metro Government. In April 2017, Mayor Greg Fischer appointed Eric Friedlander as Louisville Metro’s first Chief Resilience Officer. Friedlander led the city’s efforts to help prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from chronic stresses and acute shocks. He also led the agency responsible for anti-poverty programs for Metro Louisville like Neighborhood Place, Meals on Wheels and other collaborative programs with partners ranging from Metro Untied Way to the Coalition on the Homeless.

Prior to his work in Louisville Metro Government, Friedlander served for over 30 years in Kentucky State Government most recently as the Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. During his tenure with the Cabinet, Friedlander served in a wide variety of roles, both acting and appointed. These roles ranged from leading the Commission for Children with Special Health Care needs, to Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Office of the Inspector General and several others.

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