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 Diana Hutch

Diana Hutch

Administrative Specialist

Diana joined the Governor's Office of Early Childhood in October 2015 as a professional administrative support to the Executive Director and GOEC staff. She formerly served in the office of the Ohio Attorney General. Diana is married to Pastor David Hutch and has served children in various capacities working with faith-based child care programs, as well as private Christian schools. Through the years in ministry, Diana has seen the value of reaching children at an early age in order to propel them into well-rounded, well-educated, productive adults. Diana and David have one daughter (Briana), who is an educator and resides with her husband in Texas.

 Amy Jett

Amy Jett

Professional Learning Coordinator

Amy joined the GOEC in April 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Amy has worked in a variety of capacities with young children over the past 8 years, including providing mental health services, providing classroom behavioral supports and advocating for wraparound services for children and families. Most recently, Amy was the manager for Success By 6, an early childhood initiative through United Way of Greater Cincinnati, in Boone County. She holds a Kentucky Early Care & Education Trainer’s Credential and has provided high quality trainings for early care professionals on a wide variety of topics across the state. She lives in Lexington with her two young daughters.

 Kayla Jones

Kayla Jones

Leadership Development Coordinator

Kayla joined the Governor's Office of Early Childhood in June 2016. A graduate of Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, this former 6th grade Language Arts and Reading teacher decided she wanted to improve education for Kentucky’s students. In 2009, Kayla received a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky and interned with Cindy Heine at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. After working with the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky and later with Alice Lloyd College, Kayla developed a diverse skill set which she brings to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood as Leadership Development Coordinator. Kayla will be working with the School Readiness Summit, the Superintendent School Readiness Toolbox and the Early Learning Academies. Kayla is excited to better education for Kentucky’s children.

 Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Director, Head Start Collaboration Office

Jennifer facilitates collaboration between Kentucky’s 32 Head Start grantees and State and local partners. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Morehead State University and her Master’s degree in Education from Georgetown College. Most recently, Jennifer was the Regional Program Manager for the Office of Employment & Training. Previously, she worked for seven years with the Department of Education where she was the State Future Educator’s Association coordinator. A former kindergarten teacher and principal of a private Christian school for seven years, Jennifer is passionate about building relationships with community partners and advocating for children. Jennifer is a native to Franklin County and resides with her husband Chad and her two children Brayden(15) and Braxten (​8).

 Amanda Riley

Amanda Riley

RTT-ELC Project Manager

Amanda joined the Governor's Office of Early Childhood as Project Manager of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant in November 2016. Her professional career, in state government and the non profit sector, has focused on improving the education system to ensure all students can be successful. She previously worked with the Governor's Office of Early Childhood from 2012-2014 as Administrative Assistant and then Data Analyst for the RTT-ELC Grant. Amanda graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology. She lives in Lexington with her husband Ben and son Isaac.

 Ashlee Whisman

Ashlee Whisman

Administrative Specialist

Ashlee joined our team on May of 2014. She graduated from college in May of 2012 with a degree in Science. Before joining the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, Ashlee spent her time in the medical field providing administrative and professional assistance to local physicians. Her role with our office is providing professional assistance to the Executive Director and the staff. Ashlee enjoys her new role and sees the importance for Kentucky’s children to have a good start to their education and agrees that children taught at an early age benefit and excel academically and socially at a higher level than children who have not had the opportunity for early childhood education.