Dreama Gentry provides leadership and vision as the executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College. Gentry is committed to shamelessly advocating for rural students living in poverty and tirelessly works to ensure that the national dialogue around educational success includes the voices of rural students. A first-generation college graduate from rural Appalachia, Gentry holds a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
As an associate executive director, Renee Hargrove serves as chief operating officer for Partners for Education. Prior to joining, she was the Director of Business Administration and CFO for the Cristo Rey Network in Cincinnati, OH. She brings to Berea more than 10 years of senior level experience within K-12 education and the non-profit sector. Hargrove holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and accounting from Hood College in Frederick, MD and a master’s degree in business administration.
As the a director of programs for Partners for Education, Jenny Ceesay provides leadership and direction to three CNCS programs and three TRIO programs. A first-generation graduate from Berea College and Upward Bound alumni, Jenny Ceesay has dedicated her career to empowering students and those who serve students.
As the director of Grant Services, Heather Dufour assists faculty and staff in seeking and managing federal programs. Before joining Partners for Education, she directed Union College’s Special Programs and has served as an adjunct professor teaching business and finance. Dufour holds a bachelor’s degree in business and mathematics, a master’s degree in business and is pursuing a Ph.D. in management with an emphasis in finance.
As director of Family Partnership, L. Rochelle Garrett, MSW, CSW, provides leadership and vision to a suite of family engagement programs. Garrett has over 25 years of experience in social work and education. A first-generation college graduate, she holds her bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s of social work from the University of Kentucky.
As director of Oversight and Assessment, Kevin Hall leads Partners for Education’s focus on enterprise risk management and compliance. He brings 15 years of experience in higher education and federal grant management to his position. Before joining Partners for Education, he served as the director of GEAR UP at Morehead State. A first-generation college graduate, Hall holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Morehead State University.
As a director of programs, Sherry Scott oversees the implementation of programs and services, cradle to career, within the Promise Zone. A first-generation graduate, Scott earned both her bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and her master’s degree in corrections and juvenile services from Eastern Kentucky University.
As a director of programs, Sara T. White provides leadership and oversight to three GEAR UP programs that serve students in 31 school districts. She has worked with college access programs at Berea for 15 years. A first-generation college graduate, White holds a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in student personnel services for higher education from Eastern Kentucky University.