Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Two Members

The Berea College Board of Trustees has elected Megan Torres of Alexandria, Va., and Cassie Helen Chambers Armstrong of Louisville, Ky., to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees.

Morgan Torres

Berea College Trustee Morgan Torres

After graduating from Berea College in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration, Torres returned to her home state of Virginia, where she worked at the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While there, she focused on a variety of projects, including contracting system administration, policy, training/certification management and performing market research for micro purchases.

Torres completed her master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington while working at NRCS. She now works as auditor with the Army Audit Agency at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and she enjoys helping soldiers in honor of her Papi, who served in the military.

Torres will serve a six-year term as an Alumni Trustee, replacing Celeste Armstrong, whose term is ending.

Cassie Armstrong

Berea College Trustee Cassie Armstrong

Cassie Armstrong grew up in Berea. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Public Health, the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. She is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a member of the Louisville Metro Council.

Armstrong is the daughter of two Berea Alums, Orlando Chambers ’86, and Wilma Chambers ’91, a former director of the College’s Child Development Lab.

Her book, Hill Women, was published by Ballantine Books—a division of Random House—in 2020 and focused on the role of education in creating transformative change in Appalachia.

Previously, Armstrong was a Skadden Fellow at a Kentucky nonprofit, where she formulated and implemented impact litigation strategies. She also spent time working in private practice at Kaplan Johnson Abate and Bird.

Armstrong and her husband, Bryan, live in Louisville with their two sons. She will serve a six-year term as a Trustee.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.