KYCEC Executive Board



Kathy Maciel

Past President: Kathy Maciel
806 Old Fort Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Special Education Consultant, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative

I began my involvement with CEC as a college student.  Working with other professionals who are passionate about the ever-changing educational environment is reenergizing.  The networking and learning experience is invaluable for our work and advocacy responsibility in special education.  Our students deserve access to an education enriched with minimal barriers, current practices and high expectations.


Jenny Miller-Horn

President Jenny Miller-Horn
1055 Eaton Drive
Ft. Wright, KY 41017

Assistant Director of Special Education, Kenton County Schools

CEC is the premier organization working to improve education and transition for students with exceptional needs.  My membership provides me with trusted resources that assist me in providing research-based programs and supports to my students.    Being part of an organization that is advocating on behalf of children with exceptionalities is important to me.  The Smart Briefs I receive as a member draw my attention to public policy impacting students with exceptional needs. It’s exciting to be part of such a strong organization that has a long history of success in impacting services for our exceptional learners.

Debbie Samples

President Elect: Debbie Samples
149 Overby Drive
Mayfield, KY 42066

Special Education Teacher, Graves County Schools

I joined KY CEC as a student member. Membership in this organization allows me to network with other special education professionals, parents, and students from across the state of Kentucky.  The CEC journals provide up-to-date research based information related to special education. I have referenced many articles when looking for teaching strategies to meet diverse student needs.


Erica Cutright

CAN Coordinator:  Erica Cutright
338 Hunterwood Way
Bowling Green, KY 42103 

Instructor of Special Education
Behavior Consultant
Western Kentucky University

I became a member of KYCEC to gain knowledge and to help students with exceptionalities. I gain so much from being a member both professionally and personally. Professionally, I am able to stay up to date on legislation, policies, and best practices to help students. Personally, I am able expand my network of fellow educators and gain from their experiences. As a mother of a child with special needs, CEC has been a great asset.

Dr. Carrie Bearden

Conference Coordinator: Carrie Bearden
657 S. Hurstbourne Pky. Ste.229
Louisville, KY 40222

I am a member of CEC and several divisions so I can keep up with our ever-changing field!  I believe it’s important to continue to network, learn, and grow so that we can support students, educators, and families in understanding and working with our special populations!


Wayne Sizemore

Member at Large: Wayne Sizemore
697 Snowden Branch Road
Jackson, KY 41339  

I have been a member of CEC for over 10 years.  CEC is a wonderful advocate for our field of special education.  CECs work and voice is so vital for our students with special needs and the support staff who serve them.  I am honored to be part of such a strong organization.  


3. Member at Large:  Christy Nofsinger
806 West Whitmer Street
Central City, KY 42330
Mobile: 270-775-5665


Katelyn Harvey


Student Board Member: Katelyn Harvey
Morehead State University

I'm the President for Kentucky SCEC and a student at Morehead State University pursuing a teaching career in Moderate to Severe disabilities grades K through 12. I am the president of a non- profit organization called Special Needs Camp of Ky, Inc. This organization provides a week long summer day camp for any individuals with intellectual disabilities. I am also the coach for the Gateway Eagles Special Olympics cheerleading team. I have an amazing 26 year old sister named Jessica who was born with Down Syndrome. I spend most of my free time doing whatever I can to make her life the best it can be. We go to the movies, out to eat, or just spend time swinging on our front porch. I am very passionate about people with disabilities and try to eliminate the stigma associated with them. I also participate in the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky Buddy Walk every year. I'm so excited about this year serving as Kentucky's SCEC president. CEC  makes a great impact on people's lives and I hope to do the same.  


Member at Large: Laura Clarke 
Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services
5516 East Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY  41076
(W) 859-442-8600


Pam Matlock
Executive Secretary: Pam Matlock
890 Steamboat Road
Gilbertsville, KY 42044

Being an involved member of CEC and KYCEC is important to me both professionally and personally.  I am passionate about my chosen profession in special education, and I love networking with thousands of others who share this passion.  KYCEC allows me to take my advocacy from the personal and local level to the state, national, and international level.  My membership gives me vision, voice, and pride in my profession. 


Rhonda Simpson

Treasurer  Dr. Rhonda Simpson
2709 Coral Hill Halfway Road  
Glasgow, KY  42141

Director of Special Education, Green County Schools

I joined KYCEC twenty-two years ago in order to take advantage of the networking opportunities, ongoing support, and published materials such as Teaching Exceptional Children. In addition to KYCEC, I joined the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) division when I became a director thirteen years ago.


Dr. Merissa Waddey

Vice-President:  Dr. Merissa Waddey
720 Buckshire Glen
Florence, KY 41042

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Indiana Wesleyan University

I am a member of CEC so that I have a voice in advocating for special education students and staff. I also appreciate CEC's constant communication and updates on legislation, new research, and opportunities for special educators and students.

Calvin avey

Membership Chair: Cain Alvey
11205 Pebble Trace
Louisville, Kentucky 40229


Cindy Green

Secretary: Cindy Green,
Special Education Teacher Consultant, Green County Schools
401 E. Hodgenville Ave.
Greensburg, KY  42743

I have been a member of CEC since I began teaching in 2005.  CEC advocates for individuals with exceptionalities and provides a multitude of resources and professional development for special educators.  I joined to gain knowledge and understanding of the ever changing world of special education. In addition, it has provided me with the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field to enhance our profession and improve the outcomes for our diverse populations of children. 


Pam Whitney

Parliamentarian: Patty Whitney
7512 Cedar Creek Road
Louisville, KY 40291

I’ve been involved in CEC for over 20 years, and during that time my professional relationships have helped me to help teachers to expand their knowledge of evidence-based practices for students with disabilities and differences. The benefits of being involved in CEC are numerous. First and foremost, CEC members have an extraordinary energy and commitment for educating ALL students. Next, I enjoy the conferences, magazines, and emails because they energize me with ideas for supporting students and staff and knowledge of evidence-based practices. Lastly, the networking potential is limitless, I find that CEC members are exceptional, they love to share, and they have similar professional attributes: involvement, engagement, and commitment.  


Dr. Sara Hawkings-Lear

KYSCEC Advisor: Dr. Sarah Hawkins-Lear
237 H Taylor Education Building
Lexington, KY 40506

I believe that the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) guides the practice of special education. Without being a member of CEC, I would not know all of the up to date special education practices, research, policies, etc., that are being practiced across the United States. I am also fortunate to be the student CEC faculty advisor at Morehead State University as well as for Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children. It is exciting to see college students involved in CEC at both the state and national level while at the same time expanding their knowledge within the field. I am currently a member of the Division of Early Childhood, and the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.


Arden Goodman

Conference Treasurer: Arden Goodman
116 Green Lane
Georgetown, KY 40324

Director of Special Education, Montgomery County Schools
I have been a member of CEC since college, and feel that professional membership is critical to remain up-to-date on special education issues.  CEC and the divisions I have joined provide exceptional resources to ensure that I am aware of changes and the latest research in the field.  It provides PD at a National level that goes above and beyond the local information we can access.  Joining CEC also allows me to network with other CEC members in KY through board membership, the state conference, and newsletters.

Dr. Steve Crites

Member at Large & Mini-Grant Chair: Dr. Steve Crites

Associate Professor, Northern Kentucky University
915 Alhambra Ct.
Park Hills, KY 41011