Blair Haydon, Executive Director of Emerge Ky since November 2016, is a native of Springfield, KY. Blair’s background is in social work and special education. She worked for Buckhorn Children and Family Services (formerly Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency) running a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Pregnant teens before spending 9 years serving in the school system as the director of 21st Century Community Learning Centers where she coordinated after school programs for students focusing on drug and violence prevention. Blair then served in Governor Steve Beshear’s Office of Early Childhood where she focused on implementing the Strengthening Families framework statewide.
Raised in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, Molly is a graduate of Transylvania University (B.A. 2013) and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (M.A. 2016); both degrees within the fields of communication, politics, and technology. Molly has been with Emerge KY since last April. During this time, she has migrated the organization to a new website, enhanced alumnae documentation, and broadened the Emerge network.
Molly’s relationship with politics began with a college summer internship for Congressman Ben Chandler. After graduating from Transylvania, she became Elisabeth Jensen’s personal assistant—a 2011 Emerge KY graduate—in her Congressional campaign to take back the 6th district seat. Molly then moved to Washington to pursue her M.A. and further explore her interests within the political realm. Throughout her D.C. tenure she interned for the BBC as well as Picture Motion—a digital strategy firm for grassroots films—and canvassed for Hillary Clinton. She also wrote a distinguished master’s thesis on technology’s disruption of the journalism industry, which sent her to the Data & Society Research Institute in NYC, to discuss what happened in the 2016 Presidential election with other communication scholars.
Grateful for the time she spent in Washington, Molly eventually moved back home, knowing that what sent her there was the same energy calling her back. For almost a year she worked as Communications Coordinator for Kentucky Voices for Health before joining the Emerge team.