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Our Staff

Aristófanes Cedeño, Executive Director and Academic Dean
Born and raised in Panama, Dr. Cedeño earned the degree of Attorney at Law at the University of Panama, where he taught political science before moving to the U.S. and obtaining his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Michigan State University. For fifteen years, he worked as a professor at the University of Louisville. He has published a book on Panamanian culture. His research interests include natural law, the nineteenth century, and the Romantic Movement. He has published and edited a book and several papers in these areas. Dr. Cedeño joined the GSP as faculty in 1992 and has served the Program as Campus Director (NKU 1995-2001), Academic Dean (1998-present), and Executive Director (2006-present). Dr. Cedeño serves on the Board of the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Conference of Governor's Schools. He has completed appointments as an American Counsel on Education (ACE) Fellow (2006-2007, University of Pittsburgh) and a Bingham Fellow (Louisville, 2012).  

Beth Carrier
Beth is originally from Sulphur, KY.  She graduated from Sullivan Junior College of Business in Louisville.  She retired from the Cabinet for Economic Development, Bluegrass State Skills Corporation in September 2012, where she served as the Executive Staff Advisor for the program.  She began working for the Governor’s Scholars Program as a part-time employee during the winter of 2013 and recently joined the staff full-time in August of 2014.  Beth currently lives in Frankfort with her husband, John. She has one son and two grandchildren.  She enjoys serving her church; spending time with family and friends; and traveling.

Rita Meeks
Rita began working for the Governor's Scholars Program in 1998. She is originally from Frankfort, where she still resides with her husband, Steve. Rita has two children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Rita loves exploring the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and serving her church.

Bonnie Mullin, Fiscal Officer
Bonnie started her work with the Program in 1998. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Kyle, and has three children - Christopher, Heather, and Taylor. Apart from working on GSP’s finances, she enjoys housing a menagerie of animals, gardening, and supporting Christian Academy of Louisville’s softball team.

Tina Nance, Associate Director of the GSP Foundation
Originally from Madisonville, KY, Tina attended Transylvania University in Lexington where she received her B.A. in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, she began working full-time with the Governor's Scholars Program in 2007. In 2008, while employed full-time with GSP, Tina began law school at the University Of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law. Tina continued her employment with the Program until August 2009, when she decided to focus her time on her studies. In 2011, Tina obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar as a licensed attorney. Tina rejoined the staff of the GSP in the fall of 2011. 

Harold (Hal) H. Smith, President of the GSP Foundation
Hal retired as President-Emeritus of Pikeville College and its School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009.  A native of northern Kentucky, he graduated from Centre College and has an MBA from American University in Washington, D.C.  He served for 20 years as an administrator and lecturer at Centre College, 14 years as a vice president at Muskingum College (OH), and 12 years as President of Pikeville.  He and his wife, Karen, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Madeline is originally from Loretto, Kentucky and was a Governors Scholar at Bellarmine in 2009. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with a focus in Culture & the Arts, from the University of Kentucky in 2014. Upon graduating she moved to Shenzhen, China and shortly afterwards Hong Kong. There, she led English workshops at a local business college, whilst working for a government sponsored project aimed to promote English literacy and cultural competency for Hong Kong students. She returned to the U.S. in 2016 where she continued her studies at Parsons, The New School in New York, obtaining a certificate in Graphic Design. After interning at several design studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn she returned to higher education as a Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Louisville in 2018. She began working for the Governors Scholars Program in 2019 and is thrilled to be back with the Program! In her free time Madeline enjoys playing badminton, listening to NPR podcasts and scrap-booking.

LeAnn is originally from Madisonville, KY and received her MA in English in 2011 from Eastern Kentucky University. As a graduate assistant, she was a writing consultant for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Postgrad, she worked there as an adjunct professor for the Department of English, Department of Women and Gender Studies, and Eastern's English Language Instruction Program.  She also taught for the Center for English Language Instruction at the University of Kentucky. LeAnn joined GSP in July of 2017 and is excited to be a part of the staff.