With a long and rich history in youth and nonprofit services, Leila came to JAKY in 2007 with experience with Kentucky Special Olympics and Jefferson County Public Schools. She enjoys coordinating and attending JA special events.
Leila attended Eastern Kentucky University and now lives in Louisville. She has an adult daughter and enjoys doing anything outside, anything near water, and anything on the beach.
Prior to joining Junior Achievement in November 2015, Barbara played a significant role in the educational process through extensive volunteer commitments and her employment with Oldham County Schools as both a Substitute and Preschool Teacher. Barbara is excited to be a part of JA’s team and to join forces with educators, volunteers, parents and local businesses to educate children and prepare them for the bright future that lies ahead.
An Ohio native and Buckeye fan, Barbara earned a BS in Education from Kent State University prior to relocating to Louisville. In addition to spending time with her sons, Barbara enjoys traveling, exercising, live music and summers on the water.
Megan started her professional career as a high school English teacher. From there, she moved to work as an Outreach Educator for the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio where she taught chemistry and robotics and fell in love with working with volunteers. She moved on to the Kentucky Science Center where she worked more with volunteerism and taught a range of science topics.
Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University. She lives in Louisville with her husband and their two dogs, where she enjoys taking walks, learning to box, and coaching a local high school dance team.
Maralisa comes to Junior Achievement from Aerotech Staffing, where she served as an administrative assistant for several local companies. When she came to work for JAKY as a contract worker, we loved her so much we hired her on full time in early 2015. Maralisa finds the most exciting part of working with JAKY to be seeing how the programs, classroom learning, and learning labs impact the lives of students.
A native of Detroit, Maralisa lived in Southern Indiana for six years before moving to Louisville in 2013. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and son and Latin dancing with her significant other.
Executive Vice President Debbie Dalton oversees the development operations of Junior Achievement, a 5-Star winning area office, which has a $1.6 million budget for fiscal 2015. She and her staff of three are responsible for all fundraising, special events and marketing for Junior Achievement (“JAKY”) in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Debbie started with Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana as VP of Development in April of 2002.
During her tenure, JAKY raised $6.5 million to open the James W. Robinson Junior Achievement Center for Freedom of Enterprise which houses the Sam Swope JA BizTown® and the Chase JA Finance Park®.
Before coming to JAKY, Debbie worked in banking, marketing shopping centers, deputy press secretary for Louisville’s mayor, city special events, and a variety of local and national non-profits in development.
Debbie graduated from the University of Louisville (Go Cards!) in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She enjoys being with family and friends, yoga and walking, gardening and quilting.
Jennifer joined Junior Achievement in 2016 as the VP of Education. She and her staff of five are responsible for program implementation and growth.
Before coming to JA, Jennifer worked in Industry for Kodak , Akzo Nobel and Eaton Corp in logistics management. Later she worked in the non-profit sector for the YMCA in Tampa, FL in Human Resources. She moved to Indiana in 2007 and her children attended Floyd County High School. She is an active volunteer in the community, through her church and other avenues, with a focus on improving children’s lives.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in Business from the Pennsylvania State University. She grew up in Pennsylvania and has been a fan of Penn State football since she was in grade school. Go Lions!
Jennifer’s husband, Michael Harris, is a professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS). They have two children. Bradley graduated from Purdue and is living and working in Chicago. Kristin is a sophomore at IUS. Jennifer enjoys family and friends, reading, music and gardening.
Morgan joined JAKY in February 2014 after working in sales with WBKI CW and Colokial Boutique. As a program manager, she communicates with volunteers and enjoys working on JA in a Day projects.
Morgan earned a B.A. in Communications from Bellarmine University and likes to spend time with her husband and their dog. A fierce advocate of buying local, she admittedly cannot function without Quills Coffee, and she loves to try new local restaurants.
Debra joined JAKY in 2000 and has worked in non-profit leadership for an amazing 31 years. Before joining JAKY, she worked as Executive Director for the Louisville Ballet. She most enjoys working to ensure that every student in the region learns valuable economic skills through JAKY’s deepest-impact programs. Her passion and experience are evident in the rich culture of JAKY, and her leadership has helped to grow the programs into the invaluable interactive experiences they are today.
Debra holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and French with Honors from Indiana University at Bloomington and University of Strasbourg, France. She also earned an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University at Bloomington. Debra and her husband Allan have two daughters studying business at IU Bloomington. She also has two step-children and four grandchildren. Debra enjoys singing rock and roll, classical, and pop music, reading, and gardening.
Aubrey came to JAKY with eleven years of elementary teaching experience when she joined in 1988. Her long career with JAKY includes positions as Director of Marketing and public relations. Currently, Aubrey most enjoys working on the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame, a program that recognizes outstanding business leaders who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in our region.
Aubrey holds a B.A. in English and enjoys traveling to visit her daughter and son. Her daughter is a professional photographer living in Maui, Hawaii, and her son is a computer software designer living in Seattle, Washington.
Since joining Junior Achievement in 2014, Emily has enjoyed working with students and seeing them have fun while learning valuable life skills. She has also worked with various volunteers and observed firsthand the wide range of knowledge and expertise that they bring to the classroom.
Emily graduated from University of Louisville with a BA in Communications in 2014 and moved to Louisville from nearby Owensboro, Kentucky. She enjoys watching and making films with friends, photography, and reading. Additionally, Emily volunteers for many organizations in her free time.
Anna joined JAKY in 2007, bringing nearly a decade of experience in instructional coordinating, instruction management, and experiential learning management. During her time with JAKY, she has worked to incorporate more up-to-date technology into the JAKY learning labs.
Anna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville. She enjoys travelling with her family and has been a volunteer for Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana for many years.
Part Time Staff
Rachel Argabright, Instructional Coordinator
Sudha Kukkala, Instructional Manager
Kathleen Lang, Instructional Coordinator
Pam McDaniel, Instructional Coordinator
Donna Morris, Instructional Coordinator
Linda Moser, Instructional Manager
Paula Ryan, Instructional Coordinator
Sue Schulte, Instructional Manager
Laura Surles, Instructional Coordinator
Thomas B. Wilson, Volunteer Representative