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4 Added to Gateway Foundation Board

Four new members have joined the Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome these talented community leaders to the board,” said Jim Parsons, chair of the Foundation Board. “We look forward to working with them to further the mission of the college.”

Blevins Bowlin, Dr. Kathlyn Burkhardt, Patrick Henshaw, and Sharmili Reddy are the new members of the board.

In 1997, Bowlin founded the Bowlin Group, a specialty contractor in the power line, telecommunications, and wireless construction industry. He has over 30 years experience in the field. He has served on the Gateway Consortium, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce boards, as well as with numerous charities.

“I strongly support the trade industries and am passionate about providing the best education and learning environment for students and trade groups,” Bowlin said.

Dr. Burkhardt has served the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District superintendent since 2009. She was assistant superintendent prior to that. She has served as a teacher, curriculum consultant, and principal. She earned her doctorate from the University of Kentucky, master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and bachelor’s degree from Berea College.

“I look forward to serving on the board so I may assist in providing opportunities through the college that will advance individual students’ goals and provide an educated workforce,” said Dr. Burkhardt.

Henshaw is the director of development for Cintrifuse, a $57 million venture capital fund that facilitates innovation, investment, and new technologies, from startups to large enterprises. He also serves on the board and as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Aviatra Accelerators, a female-focused venture based in Covington.

“In our community, we must develop talent pipelines to create, innovate, and execute. I believe in the mission of the Gateway Foundation because at the core, that is what the foundation does,” said Henshaw.

Reddy has been city administrator in Ft. Mitchell since May 2015. She oversees the daily operations of the city and works extensively with the mayor and council to set a strategic direction and vision for the city. With a background in community planning and development, she focuses on implementing various economic development projects through collaboration with business owners and in partnership with other organizations.

“The demand for a talented and educated workforce is more important now than ever. Gateway is a critical player and I am excited to serve on the Foundation board to help further this cause and support our community,” said Reddy.

Bowlin, Burkhardt, Henshaw, and Reddy begin their service on the board at the Aug. 3 board meeting. Over 20 community leaders serve on the Gateway Foundation board representing a broad array of industries and organizations that partner with Gateway.

-Staff report

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Kathy Burkhardt