KASCAC & KYACAC AWARD RECIPIENTS

Carolyn Quire Service Award

Recognizes an outstanding high school guidance counselor for his/her demonstrated service and contributions to the profession of counseling students in transition.


Carolyn Quire, our friend, our mentor and our counselor died in October 2005. Carolyn was a gift, a priceless and timeless gift who always kept on giving. Carolyn was a tremendous high school guidance counselor. She worked many years at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville. She left PRP to go with her dear friend Sandy Allen to be a high school counselor at Ballard High School. After only one year at Ballard Dr. W. D. Bruce moved Carolyn to the Jefferson County Board of Education.  She became the new Director of Guidance Services for the entire school district. Carolyn was an active member of her professional organizations, at the local, state and national levels. She served as a member and a leader of all her professional organizations. The name Carolyn Quire means something special to everyone who knew her.

1998       Gail Brown, Jeffersontown High School, Louisville

1999       Joan Giancola, Butler High School, Louisville

2000       Prudie Campbell, West Jessamine High School, Lexington

2001       Dian Graham, Ballard High School, Louisville

2002       Sue Ruddy, Tates Creek High School, Lexington

2003       Diane Crouch, Tates Creek High School, Lexington

2004       John Rogers, Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington

2005       Elaine Salvo, Assumption High School, Louisville

2006       Michael Meredith, Grayson County High School, Leitchfield

2007       Linda Ilnick & Mary Ann Pieper, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville

2008       Jennifer Martin, Trinity High School, Louisville

2009       Susan Williams, Calloway County High School, Murray

2010       Ron Padgett, Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville

2011       Barbara Sue Longacre, Fairdale High School, Louisville

2012       Jim Brown, Retired

2013       Dianne Meredith, Jefferson High School, Louisville

2014       Danny Easley, Kentucky Country Day School

2015       Chris Reeves, Beechwood High School

2016       Tiffani Williams, Pleasure Ridge Park High School

2017 Leigh Jackson, Assumption High School


James Leslie “Les” Grigsby Service Award

Recognizes an outstanding college admission professional for his/her demonstrated service and contributions to the profession of counseling students in transition.


Les Grigsby received his bachelor and master degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.  He began working in admissions there in 1974 and served as Director of Admissions for 26 years. During Les’s career at EKU he was heavily involved with the Kentucky Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) serving as an officer and chairing numerous committees. Les became involved with a newly formed organization in the early 80’s called KACAC – the Kentucky Association of College and Admission Counselors that was later changed to KASCAC then to KYACAC.  The Les Grigsby Award is to recognize a college or university counselor who has been outstanding in helping students and their parents in the transition from high school to college while making contributions to the KYACAC organization. Upon retiring from EKU Les and his wife Cherilyn moved to South Carolina and he began working at Clemson University as the International Admissions Coordinator. He held this position until his death in 2009.

1999       Paul Radke, Murray State University

2000       Kelly Sullivan Holland, University of Kentucky

2001       Doris Clark Parham, Murray State University

2002       Brad Goan, University of Kentucky

2003       Donna Robbins, University of Louisville

2004       Sarah Coen, Transylvania University

2005       Rebecca Groh, Transylvania University

2006       Bob Nesmith, Centre College

2007       Jason Headrick, University of Kentucky

2008       Sara Yount, Bellarmine University

2009       Deana Ison, Transylvania University

2010       Johnnie Johnson, Georgetown College

2011       Scott Gordon, Western Kentucky University

2012       William Sarge, Thomas More College

2013       Roslyn White, Murray State University

2014        Kim Schroader, Transylvania University

2015        Kim Merritt, Eastern Kentucky University

2016        Jennifer Young, Murray State University

2017  Joe Fries, Sallie Mae


Lifetime Membership Award

There are some awards that KYACAC holds for special circumstances. The next award has only been presented a handful of times in the history of KYACAC. The Lifetime membership award is given to a member who has provided leadership, support, encouragement and much more through many years of service within KYACAC.

1999       Carolyn Quire, Jefferson County Public Schools

                Ray Stines, University of Louisville

2000       Leonard Brown, Jefferson County Public Schools

                Jack Geary, Louisville Collegiate School

2001       Gail Brown, Jefferson County Public Schools

2004       Prudie Campbell, West Jessamine High School

2008       Dian Graham, Jefferson County Public Schools

                Paul Radke, Murray State University

2016       Michael Meredith, Edmonson County High School


Ray Stines Founder’s Award

Recognizes a member who has made a lasting and significant impact on the organization. 


Ray Stines retired in 2007 after 38 years at University of Louisville. He began his U of L career as Director of Admissions and finished as Director of Student Services. Prior to moving to Louisville, Ray was Dean of the College and Physics professor at Sue Bennett College in London, KY. Ray coached basketball at Ferguson High School and coached basketball, baseball and taught mathematics at Somerset High School. He earned his B.S. degree in mathematics at Bethel University (TN) while leading their basketball team in scoring. With a strong commitment to his professional associations, Ray served as President of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO), as President of the Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO), as President of the Kentucky Association of College Admission Counselors (now KYACAC) and obtained the charter for founding the initial organization KACAC. Other professional activities included three years as a member of the National Merit Scholarship Selection Committee, member of the Governor’s Scholar Selection Committee, and member of the NCAA Round Table Discussion for Student-Athlete eligibility issues. Ray’s most recent honor from his collegiate days and professional career was his induction into the Bethel University Hall of Fame in 2010.

2007       Paul Radke, Murray State University

2008       Prudie Campbell, Retired – West Jessamine High School

2009       Gary Martin, Henry Clay High School

2010       Carolyn Quire, Retired – Jefferson County Public Schools

2011       Buck Rogers

2013       Donna Robbins, University of Louisville

2014        Michael Meredith, Edmonson County High School


KYACAC Supervisor Award

Recognizes a professional in a senior leadership role (high school principal, central office professional, Director of Admissions, Chief Enrollment Officer, etc.) who has demonstrated support for KYACAC through promoting awareness, encouraging participation and professional growth of its members, and by showing appreciation for the organization and its mission.

2010       Dr. Carol Montgomery, Jefferson County Public Schools

2011       Rob Akers, Woodford County Schools

2013       David Johnson, Pleasure Ridge Park

2014       Brad Goan, Transylvania University

2015       Melissa Gorbandt, Northern Kentucky University

2016       Susan Hopkins, KHEAA


Rising Star Award

Recognizes an outstanding new college admissions or secondary counseling professional (in the profession for fewer than five years) for his/her demonstrated service and contributions to the profession of counseling students in transition.

2011       Jordan Smith, Murray State University

2012       Betsey Barchart, Transylvania University

2013       Anna Taul, University of Kentucky

2014       Tiffani Williams, Pleasure Ridge Park High School

2015       Allie Kerns Stich, Western Kentucky University

2016       Alison Lonneman, Beechwood High School

2017 Meredith Norman, Western Kentucky University


Human Relations Award

1999       Jack Geary, Louisville Collegiate School

2000       Grant Talbott, Owensboro Community College

2001       Rhonda Webb, Northern Kentucky University

2004       Doris Clark Parham, Murray State University

2005       Paul Radke, Murray State University

2008       Roslyn White, Murray State University

2009       Michael Meredith, Grayson County High School

2010       Richard “Dick” McLaughlin, Metropolitan College


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