The Purple Star Advisory Board are volunteers from military agencies across the state. They are compassionate leaders and freely give of their time, talents, and treasures to serve as our motivators in meeting our mission. The Board of Directors meets quarterly on the second Thursday in the afternoon. The Advisory Board reviews the applications twice a year in March and in November and awardees receive special recognition to display at their school along with statewide recognition for their achievement.​

If you are interested in serving on the Purple Star Advisory Board, please contact Sarah Jemison at



Steve Bullard, Office of the Governor Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
Tracy Goff-Herman, Department of Education Office of Special Education and Early Learning


Ashley Bush, Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center
Bob Hendrickson, Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars
Brenda Weatherington, US Army Garrison Fort Knox
Cindy Culver, Kentucky National Guard Youth and Child Programs
Collette Starks, Communicare Inc.
Darren Bilberry, Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Donietta Hawkey, U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service
Dr. Tayranette Johnson-Williams, US Army Garrison Fort Campbell
Gina Crabtree, Kentucky School Counselors Association
Heather Wainscott, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Jennifer Miller, Kentucky National Guard
Jon Ackers, Kentucky Center for School Safety Eastern Kentucky University
Luke Evans, Focused Efficiency Coaching
Norma Andrade, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure & and Effectiveness 
Licensure & Quality Kentucky Department of Education
Steve Sparrow, Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center
Whitney Allen JR., Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Youth Representative – High School Sophomore