Our Team

Staff

 

 

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Moshe Ohayon
Founder & Executive Director

After years of operating a successful tutoring and test preparation company Moshe Ohayon became disillusioned with the fact that a tremendous educational advantage is all too often only available to those from financially privileged backgrounds. He founded Educational Justice to help level the educational playing field for underserved students.

Moshe holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University and a M.A. from the University of Louisville, where he studied linguistics and taught undergraduate courses in Hebrew language. Moshe is also the author of the award-winning strategy guide, The ACT for Bad Test Takers.

041Sarah Schaffer
Program Director

Before joining Educational Justice, Sarah Schaffer served as an English teacher for the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. She later held several positions in the education sector, including as a senior tutor for the Louisville Tutoring Agency, which she is now director of operations and a co-owner.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Indiana University Southeast and is pursuing a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville.

017Katherine Six
Director of Program Management

A Teach for America member, Katherine taught high school chemistry in Fort Worth, Texas, where she worked to mitigate the educational disparities in the school system. She joined the Educational Justice team, motivated by her experience in the classroom to ensure that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have the opportunity to further their educations.

Katherine is a certified teacher. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee.

024Hannah Lewis
Director of Program Management

Before joining Educational Justice, Hannah was a Social Studies teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Kenyon College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University. Hannah is a staunch advocate for social justice, particularly in the field of education.

Aaron Goodman
Achiever Coordinator

Aaron attended the University of Kentucky where he studied biology and history, gaining a B.A. in History with an emphasis on industrializing economics. Prior to graduation, Aaron was a heartfelt sauté-cook and baker. His love of history has inspired him to help young people to pursue their own academic interests. He continues to be interested in nutrition and educational parity.

Bronte Murrell
Achiever Coordinator

Bronte graduated as an Honors Scholar from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Anthropology. During her time at NKU, she conducted ethnographic research and worked as a museum assistant. Having previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Louisville Free Public Library, Bronte is passionate about alleviating educational inequity in Louisville.

Sandra Martinez
Achiever Coordinator

Sandra graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Geography, focusing on Geographic Information Systems. While still a student, she was part of the Geography department’s Mapshop initiative which aimed to make spatial data tools accessible for the use of the community and to raise the critical mapping capacities of UK. She used her skills to create wholistic visual representations of socioeconomic issues that the Lexington community faces. Her drive to help others lead her to Educational Justice.

Alex Umana
Outreach & Development Coordinator

Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While at UNC Charlotte, Alex worked with the Latino Student Student Services office to support, guide, and empower students of color to build community and promote holistic social and academic success. Now, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, Alex spends his time working with our staff to advance the efforts of ending educational inequity here in Louisville.

Lauren Jones
Activist Coordinator

Lauren earned her B.A. in Foreign Language International Studies from Bellarmine University. She then went on to obtain her certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the International TEFL Academy in Chicago. Before Lauren came to Educational Justice, she used her passion for education and cultural relations to help students travel and study abroad through the Study Abroad Office at Bellarmine. As a result, she gained deep appreciation for the importance of cross cultural communication and intersectional identities. She has since used that knowledge and experience to help drive her in bridging the gap for underserved students at Educational Justice.

 

Board of Directors

 

 

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Kara Damon
Chair

Kara is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She earned a degree in Nutrition Science from Cornell University and completed her professional training through the University of Louisville’s Level I trauma hospital. Her interest in nutrition as a preventative tool led to her work in the health and wellness sector. Kara currently works as the manager of the employee wellbeing program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Kara believes everyone should have access to a quality education and she is proud to be a member of the Educational Justice board of directors.

 

Robert Blair

Robert Blair

For over 35 years, Robert has enriched education in Louisville as a teacher, coach, and administrator, including as headmaster at Kentucky Country Day School. Robert is also the founder of West End School, a boarding school for at-risk 6th through 8th grade boys. Robert is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an advanced degree from Columbia University.

 

Joan Byer

Judge Joan Byer

Judge Byer has served as a Circuit Court Judge in the family division since 1996 and was named Louisville Bar Association Judge of the Year in 2002. Her professional awards and recognitions include Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendents Distinguished Service Award, Presentation Academy Tower Award for Women Leaders, and the Kentucky Law Related Education Award presented by the Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Byer was instrumental in the development of the Homeless Not Helpless Conference and she assisted in the creation of the First Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium: Faces of Childhood Trauma. She previously served as the president of the National Truancy Prevention Association and held a position on the board of directors for the National Council of Family Juvenile Court Judges as well as YMCA Safe Place.

Judge Byer received her juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1982 and the Kentucky Bar in 1983.

 

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Sam Corbett

Sam Corbett is the retired former CEO of Sam Meyers Inc. Sam served on the Jefferson County School Board for eight years in the 1990s. In 2013, Sam became director of community engagement for the University of Louisville College of Education and Human Development. Today, Corbett is executive director of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation.
 

 

Sharon Goodman

Sharon Goodman

Sharon is a retired CPA who previously worked at Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff for 15 years. She subsequently held the position of Office Manager for an independent investment advisor for three years. Her previous volunteer work includes serving as treasurer of the former Eliahu Academy, past president of the Youth Board and past member of the Board of Directors of Keneseth Israel Synagogue. She now serves on the board of the Louisville Hebrew School. She holds undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the University of Louisville.

 

Lora Haynes

Dr. Lora Haynes

Dr. Lora Haynes is a professor and Departmental Director of Internships and Service Learning and Departmental Director of Distance Education in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Previously, she was a professor in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Northern Colorado. She is the director of the Resilient Families Project at the Wayside Christian Mission’s Hotel Louisville and the director of the Compassionate Louisville Trackers Team. She also works with the Center for Women and Families’ Children Exposed to Violence Collective Impact Initiative. She is on the steering committee Mayor Fischer’s Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville “Coordinating Circle” and of the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation Certificate Program at the University of Louisville. Along with Educational Justice, Dr. Haynes serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Louisville and Prospect Latin School. Dr. Haynes holds a B.A. in Honors Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville.