Board of Directors
The Empowerment Academy Board of Directors is a working board that strives to provide safe, long-term housing for teens who live and go to school anywhere in Daviess County, Kentucky.
If you have questions about the Empowerment Academy, please contact a Board member via email below.
David Danhauer, M.D. – Chair
Dr. David Danhauer was a practicing pediatrician and the managing partner of an eight physician group for 27 years prior to becoming the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)/ System VP at Owensboro Health. He gained valuable leadership skills as chairman of many physician committees and as an Owensboro Health hospital board member. His family roots in Owensboro and love of pediatrics affords him a great insight into the needs of local children including the adolescent homeless situation.
Heather McCarty – Vice Chair
Heather McCarty is an Owensboro native. She has a degree in social work from Western Kentucky University and has worked for Daviess County Public Schools with the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers for 12 years. Heather wants to make a difference in the lives of local children and help them become successful members of our community. She brings her knowledge and experience working with homeless students to help address the issue of homeless teens.
Vicki Quisenberry – Secretary
Vicki Quisenberry is one of the founding members of the Empowerment Academy and continues to drive the effort to end adolescent homelessness in Owensboro. She serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Daviess County Public Schools where she has collaborated with the local community to create several impactful programs including Kids on Campus, Exploration Station, First Generations Scholars, Focus Awards and others. She is an Elder, serves as Chair Elect of the Board and Chair of the Personnel Committee at First Christian Church.
Mike Ballard – Property Committee Co-Chair
Mike Ballard is a local builder and long-time advocate for the prevention of homelessness of all types. He brings a wealth of experience with site selection, building design, construction and maintenance to the Empowerment Academy.
David Boswell – Immediate Past Chair
David E. Boswell, Sr., is a retired legislator who served five years in the Kentucky House of Representatives, four years as Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner, and 20 years as a Kentucky State Senator. He is an active community volunteer and involved grandparent.
Beck Glenn – Marketing and Public Relations Committee Chair
Beck Glenn worked in media, marketing and public relations for more than 25 years before changing her career focus to assist teens in transitioning from high school to their next phase of life. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, she provides counseling on post-secondary enrollment options, career exploration, workplace readiness training, self-advocacy instruction and other services to qualified high school students.
Shelly Hammons – Program Committee Chair
Shelly Hammons has been and educator in the local community since 2003. Since 2014, she has served as the Federal Programs Coordinator for Daviess County Public Schools overseeing several federal grant programs including Title 1, Part A funds to advance the academic achievement of students in poverty.
Joseph A. Hancock, CPA, CGMA retired as Managing Shareholder/President of Riney Hancock CPAs, PSC, in 2015. He currently serves as a consultant with the firm providing a full range of business advisory services to a wide variety of clients ranging from large corporations to small proprietorships.
He has experience serving a wide variety of industries including banking, construction, governmental, healthcare, HUD, manufacturing, retirement plans, utility, and various non-profit organizations.
Officer Rick Latanzio of the Owensboro Police Department currently serves as the Resource Officer for Owensboro High School and faces the challenges to education associated with adolescent homelessness on a daily basis.
Scott Miller – Personnel Committee Chair
Scott Miller currently serves as Chief Operations Officer for 4C of Southern Indiana. Prior to joining 4C he worked in various executive management positions at other non-profit agencies, GRADD and with former U.S. Representative Ron Lewis. In addition to the Empowerment Academy board, Scott is also member of the Owensboro Civil Service Commission, Daviess County Rotary and a member of SWIRCA & More’s board of directors.
Scott holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Murray State University.
Mason Richardson – Resource Development Committee Chair
Mason Richardson was born and raised in Owensboro. After completing a degree in Finance at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, he worked in Chicago before returning to his hometown. He currently serves as Assistant Vice Preseident, Business Development Officer at Republic Bank. In addition to serving the Empowerment Academy, he sits on the board of the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club and actively seeks ways to improve the community.
Jay Velotta – Property Committee Co-Chair
Jay Velotta is a real estate professional with expertise in the areas of residential real estate sales and marketing, Commercial real estate development, property management and leasing services. Throughout his real estate career, Jay has also served the community as a local radio and television broadcaster and as an elected Commissioner for the City of Owensboro. He brings his knowledge of the community and his expertise in property development and management to assist the mission of the Empowerment Academy.