New Fund Honors 50 School Coordinators

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FRANKFORT, Ky., Nov. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky (FRYSCKy) announces the first-ever recipients of a scholarship fund for Family Resource and Youth Services coordinators (FRYSCs). Named the FRYSCKy Hero Fund, the scholarship was made possible by an unprecedented endowment of $25,000 by the managed care health plan CareSource.

The first 50 recipients will receive financial support for vital professional development. FRYSCs serve the children and families of the Kentucky schools as they work to remove nonacademic barriers to education, such as lack of health coverage, shoes, or child care.

According to FRYSCKy President Brian Akers, a FRYSC’s No. 1 priority is keeping the children of the Commonwealth in school.

“Our coordinators become so focused on meeting the needs of children and their families, when it comes time to allocate funds, their own professional development often takes a backseat,” Akers said. “Now, thanks to CareSource, these FRYSCs won’t have to choose between resources for their students or attending training.”

Community partners are vital to the work of the FRYSC, which connects children and their families with resources like health insurance, dental care, and counseling, among many other services. Akers noted that CareSource coined the scholarship’s name FRYSCKy Hero Fund, a testament to the managed care company’s deep respect for the FRYSC.

“We’re honored to support and invest in the powerful work that the FRYSCs do for Kentucky’s families,” said Scott Streator, CareSource senior vice president. “They truly are heroes—they personify CareSource’s mission to make a lasting difference in the lives of others by improving their health and well-being.”

The first recipients of the FRYSCKy Hero Fund come from across the state. The coalition expects to award several more FRYSCs funds in the coming year.

Scholarship Recipients by Region

District; Last Name First Name; Center

Western, KY (11 recipients)

Hopkins; Byrum, Dana; STORM YSC

Hopkins; Cotton, Tonya; Hanson FRC

Hopkins; Duvall, Debrina; Pride FRC

Hopkins; Lam, Linda; South Hopkins YSC

Hopkins; Nichols, Janet; James Larmouth FRC

Hopkins; Simms, Tonja; Grapevine FRC

Murray Ind; Turner, Janeann; The Den YSC

Calloway; Wilson, Jan; Little Lakers FRC

Hopkins; Campbell, Randall; MNHHS M-Brace Ctr.

Warren; Manley, Karen; Wm. H. Natcher FRC

Daviess; Lanham, Kristi; College View MS YSC

Louisville (3 recipients)

Jefferson; Ladd, Amber; Mill Creek FRC

Jefferson; Campisano, Krista; Indian Trail FRC

Jefferson; Claypool, Lauren; Cane Run FRC

N. KY (2 recipients)

Kenton; Munich, Amanda; Taylor Mill FRC

Kenton; O’Brien, Amber; Summit View FRYSC

Lexington/Fayette (5 recipients)

Jessamine; Dodgen, Jessica; WESCARE

Anderson; Johnson, Beckey; Anderson Co. YSC

Scott; Taul, Breona; Ninth Grade YSC

Fayette; Littleton, Ebonee; Picadome FRC

Fayette; Carver, Kita; Leestown MS YSC

Central KY (9 recipients)

Boyle; Gardner, Liz; Woodlawn FRC

Pulaski; Rowlands Beth Northern FRC

Clinton; Craig, Kim; Clinton Co. MS YSC

Clinton; Pharis, Sandra; Clinton Co. FRC

McCreary; Sumner, Marlo; McCreary Central HS YSC

West Point Ind; Rains, Jessica; The Family Point

Edmonson; Sanders, Lisa; Edmonson Co. FRC

Meade; Garcia, Pat; KERAlot I

Hardin; Mason, Janelle; Lincoln Trail FRC

Eastern, KY (20 recipients)

Fleming; Bacon, Johna; Family Focus Resource Ctr.

Fleming; High, Mendy; Fleming Co. YSC

Powell; Hall, Joyce; Stanton FRC

Breathitt; O’Neill, Jackie; Marie Roberts-Caney FRC

Knott; Richardson, Pamela; Emmalena FRC

Hazard Ind; Williams, Helen; Hazard HS YSC

Leslie; Horton, Lesley; Leslie Co. HS YSC

Estill; Flynn, Michael; Estill Co. MS YSC

Estill; Stringfield, Sar;a West Irvine FRC

Knott; Smith, Shana; Hindman FRC

Leslie; Morgan, Anthony; Stinnett FRYSC

Powell; Shepherd, Mary Davis; Powell Co. MS YSC

Jackson; Bellamy, Brooke Sand Gap FRC

Bell; Fuson, Sheila; Lone Jack FRYSC

Bell; Partin, Linda; Frakes FRYSC

Whitley; Paul, Sherry; Whitley Co. North FRC

Williamsburg Ind; Stephens, Tammy; WISD FRYSC

Bell; Haley, Rosetta; Rightfork FRYSC

Jackson; Neeley, Heather; McKee FRC

Pike; Mercer, Jan; Feds Creek FRYSC

About CareSource

CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Managed Medicaid plans. A member-centric, nonprofit health plan headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with a 26-year history, CareSource serves more than 1.4 million consumers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. CareSource is living its mission to make a difference in our members’ lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.


The Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky (FRYSCKy) is a non-profit organization of professionals (including educators and human services providers) who come together to provide legislative advocacy, training and support for Family Resource and Youth Services Centers Coordinators and their staff in Kentucky. The goal of the Coalition is to promote a network that strives to remove barriers to success in school through learning from each other, sharing resources and collaborating more effectively on behalf of children, youth and families.

Media Contact: Claire ZoisMedia Relations SpecialistDirect: 937-531-2412



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