Interim Executive Director
Stephanie Aschmann Spires, owner of Stephanie Spires Strategies, LLC, and Fayette County Public Education School Board Chairwoman is serving as Interim Director of the Plantory. Stephanie specializes in working with organizations in transition and is facilitating the Plantory's strategic planning process. Stephanie is the mom of three spirited girls and has fostered many other children in the community. When she isn't working or advocating for children and families, she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing tennis.
AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director
Shawn is our AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director. He is a University of Kentucky graduate, with a background in Business Management and Family Consumer Science, he is also currently attending the University of Phoenix pursuing his masters in Family and Marriage Counseling. Shawn enjoys teaching his Project Management and Unconscious Bias Training Courses to the VISTA members.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
Born and raised in Lexington, KY Diaka is the Plantory's AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. She serves as a mentor for those who are part of the AmeriCorps VISTA cohort. Diaka served with AmeriCorps NCCC in the Southwest Region from 2020 - 2021 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in International Affairs and French. Diaka enjoys running, hiking, and riding her bike as a form of transportation!
AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Alex Morgan is an AmeriCorps Vista working at the Plantory. They are working with The Get On Board program. Alex is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky's Linguistics Department with a Minor from the Russian department. They are from Berea Kentucky where they grew up around the local nonprofits. Alex is excited for the opportunity to serve their community.