Fellowship Student Spotlight: Amber Skeans and Pamela Hereford

Fellowship student Amber Skeans received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2014. She is currently receiving her Masters of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education from the University of the Cumberlands, but she will be starting the Master’s Program in Speech Language Pathology through Western Kentucky University this fall.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Developmental Disabilities graduate certificate program at UK as it will be very beneficial to me as a future Speech Language Pathologist. This program has already gave me so much insight and information that I hope I can help share with my community in Eastern Kentucky.

Our other fellowship student, Pamela H. Hereford, provides direction and leadership as the Mental Health Manager for Big Sandy Head Start, a federally funded preschool program that serves low income children in a 5 county service delivery area of Eastern Kentucky. For nineteen years, she has ensured the provisions and accessibility of required mental health services in accordance with federal and state mandates. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s Degree and Minor in Child Development. Pamela is currently a Diversity Fellowship Student working toward her Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate at the University of Kentucky.

Pamela’s research interests include social issues in Eastern Kentucky, specifically generational poverty, drugs, illiteracy; the synergistic effects of social issues on toddlers and pre-schoolers; and countering the effects of social issues through Early Intervention.

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