Emerge Kentucky has two full-time staff members, Executive Director Blair Haydon and Executive Assistant Canessa Dickerson.

Executive Director

Blair Haydon

Blair Haydon is Executive Director of Emerge Kentucky serving in her role from November 2016 to May 2020 and resuming her role in January of 2022. A native of Springfield, KY, Blair’s background is in social work and special education. Her previous positions and experience include Buckhorn Children and Family Services where she ran a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Pregnant teens. She spent nine years serving in the public school system as the Director of 21st Century Community Learning Centers where she coordinated programs for students focusing on drug and violence prevention. Blair served in Governor Beshear’s Office of Early Childhood where she focused on implementing the Strengthening Families framework statewide. Before returning as the Executive Director of Emerge, she spent time as the Political Director for Amy McGrath’s Campaign for US Senate. She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband and their three children.

Executive Assistant

Canessa Dickerson

Canessa is a Kentucky native and the daughter of a veteran.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Berea College. She is a trained musician with twelve years of experience in various music ensembles, organizations, and educational settings. After graduating in 2019, she went on to work within the federal government and in healthcare. Canessa’s hobbies include reading, writing, and spending time with her family. Her values align with Emerge Kentucky in that she believes that everyone should have a seat at the table.