Ray of Hope Executive Director Gina Johnson was recently appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve as a member of the State Council for Community Education.
The council advises the commissioner of education and the Kentucky Department of Education on issues relating to community education programs and makes recommendations for the funding of local community education programs.
Comprised of 15 members, the council includes representatives from civic organizations, community-based organizations, community education organizations, local government, local school district administrators, parent organizations, postsecondary education, school boards and teachers.
“I am elated to have been appointed to such an outstanding and significant council.,” said Johnson. “I believe the role of Community Education is vital to the local community and must address needs, seek solutions, and for identifying and enhancing services. For that reason, Community Education embraces the expanded utilization of school facilities, offering learn-and serve opportunities, offering lifelong learning opportunities and believes that we must collaborate with schools and community organizations.”
Johnson is a native of Harlan County, where she worked several years for the Harlan County Public Schools. Prior to accepting her current position at Ray of Hope, she was the Community Education director for Bell County Schools and then served as a grant writer for the district.
Johnson is the representative for Region 8 which includes Bell, Clay. Harlan, Jackson, McCreary, Owsley, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Wayne counties.
She was a recent recipient of the STAR Region Eight Award.
Johnson has has received numerous honors, including awards for various special events and community engagement activities.
Johnson has been recognized for her accomplishments from organizations such as the Kentucky School Boards Association, Women’s Professional Group, STAR Awards and was recognized as one the First Ladies leading her county in promoting education and community partnerships.