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Who We Are

The division provides administrative support, technical assistance and training to local school-based Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC). The primary goal of these centers is to remove non-academic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.

Each center offers a unique blend of programs and services determined by the needs of the population being served, available resources, location and other local characteristics.

FRYSCs have established a record of success based on improved student performance in class work, homework and peer relations as reported by teachers. Parents, too, report they experience greater satisfaction and involvement with the schools as a result of assistance through their local FRYSCs.

Mission Statement

To enhance students’ ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote:

  • Early learning and successful transition to school;
  • Academic achievement and well-being; and 
  • Graduation and transition into adult life.

FRYSC Vision

The Kentucky Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall establish the national standard of excellence in the provision of school-based family support.


Division Staff

Melissa Goins, Director
Mary Jennings, Assistant Director
Mysti White, Administrative Assistant
Tonya Cookendorfer, Data Administrator
Doug Holt, Budget and Contracts Administrator
Melissa Newton, Project and Training Manager
Greg Gunn, Training Specialist
Katie Morris, Program Planner
Heather Musinski, FRYSC Corps AmeriCorps Program Director
April Hess, FRYSC Corps AmeriCorps Program Director

Regional Program Managers

Teresa Dixon, Region 1
Heather McCarty, Region 2
Naela Imanyara, Region 3A
Andrea Pike-Goff, Region 3B
Betty Pennington, Region 4
Paul Cookendorfer, Region 5
Barbara Pettus,  Region 6
Doug Jones, Region 7
Teresa Combs, Region 8
Russell Jones,  Region 9
Lisa Gay, Region 10
Sherrie Baughn Martin, Region 11

Agency News

​Harry J. Cowherd Center of Excellence Applications Now Being Accepted.

All required information - nomination form, narrative questions and letter(s) - must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be eligible for consideration.
These awards honor a center that has excelled in all areas of operation.
Self-nominations are accepted.
Only electronic submissions will be accepted this year.
Please be prepared to upload letters of support in this application form.
Please direct questions to Melissa Newton at or 502-564-4986.

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