KPFC STAFF

Carol W. Cecil

Carol W. Cecil, Executive Director

Carol W. Cecil has a master’s degree in special education from Eastern Kentucky University and taught in a variety of settings for thirteen years. Over the past twenty-one years, she has become an advocate for families that have children with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenges. Carol and her husband are the proud parents of four children; their two older children were “handpicked” in 1990 from the Special Needs Adoption Program and her two younger were home-grown. Carol feels honored to work at KPFC and is passionate about helping other families that have children with behavioral health diagnoses.

E-mail: cwcecil@kypartnership.org

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Barbara Greene

Barbara Greene, Associate Director (Kentucky Family & Youth Movement)

Barbara Greene has three generations of children with behavioral health challenges and speaks from first hand knowledge of receiving services as well as providing them. She comes from a Social Justice background and has spent the last 40 years working with families to address issues they are facing. She currently coordinates the statewide family and youth movement and 3 KPFC peer support centers across the state. Her two most favorite sayings are, “If you ain’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem” and “sometimes you just have to behave your way into thinking.”

E-mail: barbara@kypartnership.org

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Brittany Roberts, Program Coordinator

Brittany Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix, she also is a family peer support specialist, youth peer support specialist and adult peer support specialist. She is the adoptive mother of a sibling group of 2. Brittany has been in and around the system most of her life and has learned how to navigate those systems. Brittany feels privileged to have this chance to be a part of KPFC and is passionate about helping others who have behavioral health diagnosis.

E-mail: brittany@kypartnership.org

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Carmilla Ratliff

Carmilla Ratliff, Program/Office Coordinator

Carmilla Ratliff, is from North Eastern KY. She is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Kentucky Peer Support Specialist, and Advocate for Youth.  Carmilla started her journey as a youth advocate in 1999, using her lived experience with mental health to help other young people. In 2004 she was hired at KPFC and began working to empower young people and advocate for them. She has participated on panels, presented at conferences and trained young people across the state to become KY Youth Peer Support Specialist. Carmilla was the recipient of the Patricia Ratliff Youth Leadership Award in 2002 and the Molly Clouse Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

E-mail: carmilla@kypartnership.org

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Kate Tilton

Kate Tilton, Project Director, TAYLRD

Kate Tilton has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and is currently the State Level TAYLRD 2.0 Project Director with KPFC. Kate has worked at KPFC since 2009 and has been working with TAYLRD since 2015. Her focus has been on increasing access to behavioral health services and supports for transition age youth across the state of Kentucky. During her time at KPFC, Kate has worked with the Kentucky Youth MOVE Council, Regional Youth Councils, and Kentucky’s System of Care initiatives. Kate strongly believes that transition age youth have a right to not only guide their own treatment, but to also guide professionals and providers on how to better serve them and to build programs that are effective.

E-mail: ktilton@kypartnership.org

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Amanda Metcalf, Family Leadership Coordinator

Amanda is the Family Leadership Coordinator for Kentucky’s System of Care FIVE grant. She is a certified Family and Adult Peer Support Specialist and has worked with her local community mental health center for eight years. In that position, she collaborated with many System of Care partners: behavioral health which includes mental health and substance use disabilities, juvenile justice, child welfare, and others. She supports families in navigating these multiple service agencies and empowers them to advocate for the needs of their children and themselves. Amanda is passionate about supporting and encouraging families in the state of Kentucky to recover and live the life they want to live.

E-mail: ametcalf@kypartnership.org

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Melissa Elliott, Training Coordinator

Melissa is the Training Coordinator for Kentucky’s System of Care FIVE grant. She was born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky and  grew up in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Melissa moved to Lexington, Kentucky  after graduating from West Carter High School.  She attended Central Kentucky State Vocational School and received a Certificate in Dental Assisting.  Melissa started to work at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and continued working there for twenty-seven years. After leaving UK, She became full-time caretaker for both of my parents. In November 2019, Melissa became certified as a Family Peer Support Specialist. She now lives in Winchester, Kentucky and is working as the Training Coordinator for Kentucky Partnership for Families  and Children, Inc.

E-mail: melissa@kypartnership.org

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Jesse Dillow, State Level Youth Coordinator, TAYLRD

Jesse is from Ashland Kentucky and relocated to Frankfort where he could use his lived experiences. Jesse is the State Level Youth Coordinator for the TAYLRD 2.0 Grant and plans on using his voice to make a change for how transition aged youth receive services. Jesse hopes that one day Mental Health is no longer perceived negatively for struggling individuals and that people become more educated about Mental Health. Jesse has worked in an Elementary school and Middle/High school the last two years working with exceptional child students and also worked at Fairview Elementary as a Math Interventionist. Jesse is very excited to start this new journey in life while using his voice and lived experiences.

E-mail: jesse@kypartnership.org

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Dyzz Cooper,  Youth Leadership Coordinator

Dyzz is the Youth Leadership Coordinator for Kentucky’s System of Care FIVE. Dyzz grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Columbus, Ohio where he spent some time in the foster care system. He moved to Richmond, KY to attend Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Dyzz has worked with youth in  Kentucky through Vitalized Healthcare as a Community Support Associate and as a Youth Care Worker at the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home. Dyzz will bring the knowledge and skills he has gained through lived and learned experience to this role to encourage and coach youth across Kentucky served by the child welfare system.

E-mail: dyzz@kypartnership.org

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