Dr. Bryan Hains - Director

Dr. Hains is the Director and Co-Founder of the Community Innovation Lab. He is an Associate Professor of Community & Agricultural Education in the Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on the intersection of human emotion and cognition and its impact on human learning.

 
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Dr. Kristina Hains

Dr. Hains is a lab Co-Founder, Cooperative Extension Specialist and Associate Professor of Leadership Development in the Department of Community & Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on developing leadership in domestic and international communities.

 

 

Dr. Dan Kahl

Dr. Kahl is a Cooperative Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. He is a trained facilitator for strategic planning, public forums, team building and community coaching.  His interests include community engagement strategies, and the development and maintenance of shared leadership in communities.

 
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Dr. John Nash

John Nash is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and the founding director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, or dLab. John is a specialist in the application of human centered design in education. He teaches a range of courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype innovations in education.

 
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Dr. Beth Rous

Beth Rous is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and Research and Policy Associate at Human Development Institute (HDI), at University of Kentucky.   Dr. Rous’ research expertise focuses on the intersection between policy and leadership to support local and state program development, specifically in the areas of accountability, cross-sector collaboration, inclusion, professional development and transition/school readiness. Since 1990, she has secured over $97 million in federal and state grants/contracts.

 

Janela Salazar - Graduate Research Assistant

Miss Salazar is a graduate of Universidad de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico with a B.S. in Communication and Information Sciences. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Proud of her origins, she wishes to focus her research on the sense of community, way of living and preservation of culture and identity within the Hispanic Community that resides in Lexington, KY.