New Executive Director Charliese Brown Lewis
Charliese Brown Lewis is an educator, author, editor, publicist, and podcaster who provides platforms for others to use their voices to be genuine, empowered, and courageous. During her career, she has worked diligently to encourage and coach individuals and organizations to develop their vision fully through intentional planning, aligned processes, and strategic partnerships.
Lewis has served as an adjunct professor of English, Journalism, College Reading and Writing, Professional Business Writing, Speech Communication, and Freshman Seminar. Over the years, she has taught at Kentucky State University, American National University, Georgetown College, Berea College, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Her 23-year career in education includes work in K-12 public schools, education policy, agricultural communications, external relations and development, and federal grant administration with emphasis in access, equity, and college and career readiness.
Lewis is president of Robert and Charliese Lewis Ministries Inc., home of The ‘After Church’ Experience blog and radio show, which she co-founded with her husband. In 2018, the company published its first book, From the Test to the Testimony: An Anthology of Women’s Faith Stories, and continues to assist clients in self-publishing their works. Additionally, she produces a podcast and YouTube channel called It’s About Time: Conversations with Charliese and Youlonda, which addresses topics that impact communities such as education, health and wellness, relationships, diversity and equity, and social justice.
Lewis earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education/English from Kentucky State University, a Master of Arts degree in Journalism with an emphasis in investigative reporting from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. She also works for Fayette County Public Schools where she advocates for all students and families to reach success.
Lewis is listed in the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, hosted by the University of Kentucky, for her contributions to the field of education and for being crowned the 1996 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen. She is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Lewis was named as one of the 2021’s Phenomenal Women in The Lextropolis Magazine HerStory Special Edition.