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Our Team

The Facilitation Center staff has more than 40 years of experience facilitating a diverse array of meetings, conducting occupational analysis, and designing and leading innovative training programs.

Karen M. Russell is the Facilitation Center Director of the Training Resource Center (TRC) at Eastern Kentucky University, where she has been working since 2000. She provides myriad facilitation services including pre-session design planning, meeting facilitation, and report writing for many internal and external agencies. Karen is a qualified trainer in Group Facilitation Methods and provides workshop training in Planning & Conducting Great Meetings, Group Facilitation Methods and Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) Occupational Analysis. Karen has been instrumental in developing and designing the Funneling Ideas into Action: Facilitation Certificate Program at Eastern Kentucky University. She recently served as a presenter at the National DACUM Invitational Seminar held in Las Vegas, Nevada and Educating at Risk Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Career and Technical Education, with an emphasis in Occupational Training and Development, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Karen Russell

1.859.622.5912 (office)
1.859.779.9448 (cell)
1.859.622.8652 (fax)


Sarah Gilbert has more than ten years of experience in facilitation services, having started with the Training Resource Center at Eastern Kentucky University as a training associate.  Because of her talents and expertise, she has progressively been promoted into her current role of Facilitation Specialist at the Facilitation Center, where she provides numerous services to the Center, University, and external clients.  She manages office communication; designs, develops and prepares print related materials; creates specialized publications; coordinates meetings and training events; and serves as fiscal officer for the Center.  She has been trained in Meeting Management & Facilitation Skills, as well as, Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) Occupational Analysis and is highly-regarded for her in-depth knowledge in both areas.  Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance & Risk Management, with a Minor in Business from Eastern Kentucky University.

Sarah Gilbert

Facilitation Specialist
1.859.622.8653 (office)
1.859.248.5017 (cell)
1.859.622.8652 (fax)

Stefanie Ashley is Program Administrator and has been a facilitating meetings for the Center since 2009.  She assists groups in creative problem-solving, funneling ideas into action, planning, occupational analysis, and conquering tough topics and challenges. Stefanie’s approach is collaborative, creative, and thoughtful.  She carefully listens to client needs to design customized plans to reach desired outcomes, while creating a professional and enjoyable meeting experience for clients.  Stefanie’s professional experience includes thirteen years in association management, where she facilitated meetings, developed content and curriculum for various fields of study and assisted with organizational, financial, program, product/service and governance development. Stefanie has traveled extensively, written for numerous publications, and co-authored and served as editor for mutiple publications.  Stefanie has a Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education, with an emphasis in Occupational Training and Development and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. 

Stefanie Ashley

Facilitation Specialist
1.859.622.8651 (office)
1.859.661.0757 (cell)
1.859.622.8652 (fax)

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