Board of Directors

Sam Collier
Sam Collier
Faculty Representative
Sam Collier is an automotive technology instructor and dean of Transportation Technologies. He has served at Gateway for 13 years in transportation technologies. Mr. Collier is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified Technician, worked for 17 years in the automotive field and won the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Faculty Excellence Award. He was a member of the 2007 Gateway Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Class and enjoys volunteering at his church. Mr. Collier earned an associate degree in automotive business from Cincinnati State College, a bachelors degree in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University and is currently working on a masters degree in educational leadership at Morehead State University. His current term will expire July 31, 2019.
Joseph Creaghead
Joesph H. Creaghead
Global Shelter Systems
Joseph Creaghead is a resident of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and an executive with Global Shelter Systems, a defense contractor based in Ft. Thomas, Ky. A graduate of Beechwood High School, Mr. Creaghead holds a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and a masters degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the board of directors of Welcome House. Mr. Creaghead was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2017.
Chad Day
Chad L. Day
Cincinnati Building Trades
Chad Day is a resident of Covington, Ky., and executive secretary of Cincinnati Building Trades, which seeks to coordinate and harmonize the activities, functions and interests of the Affiliated International Unions in the Building and Construction Industry. A graduate of Paris High School, Mr. Day completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and is a member of IBEW. He was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2018.
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Jeffery Groob
November Strategies
Jeffrey Groob is a resident of Covington, Ky., and is a management consultant and principal of November Strategies, LLC, and Groob Turnaround & Growth Partners. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and the University of Phoenix. A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Groob holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He developed his consulting businesses following a successful career as an entrepreneur and marketer with TechneGrowth, Inc., and Zonic Corporation. Early in his career, as an engineer at GE Aircraft Engine Group, he provided airline support to KLM, Air France and Lufthansa. Mr. Groob serves on the board of advisors of Remtec Engineering/MBS Associates and the steering committee of ConnectKentucky. He is active in engineering professional associations and honor societies. He was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear in 2009 to fill an unexpired term, and he was reappointed in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2019.
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Viviane Johnson
Student Representative
Viviane Johnson is a currently sophomore at Gateway Community & Technical College. Ms. Johnson, whose father had a 24-year military career, was born in Germany. Four years ago, her family moved to Northern Kentucky, and she is a graduate of Ryle High School. At Gateway, Ms. Johnson has maintained a 3.9 GPA, is involved in Project ASPIRE with Gateway's Student Support Services and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She will graduate from Gateway in the Spring of 2018 and continue her education at Northern Kentucky University to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology. After NKU, she hopes to become a counselor in mental health therapy, working with Veterans, families and students. When she is not studying or in class, she spends her time reading interesting novels, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. 
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Kenneth Paul
Retired, Cincinnati Bell
Kenneth R. Paul is a resident of Ft. Thomas, Ky., and a communications consultant and retired executive of Cincinnati Bell. Mr. Paul's 41-year career with the telephone company included management and non-management positions in sales and sales support and involved the direction of eight to 160 employees. Mr. Paul served as Campbell County Judge Executive (1986-1998), Campbell County Commissioner (1982-1986), Councilman and Mayor of the city of Southgate (1972-1982) and was a Southgate police officer from 1969 to 1972. He is past chair of the boards for the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, Northern Kentucky Health Development and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. He served four terms as president of the Campbell County Council of Governments. Mr. Paul is quite active in community activities. He was appointed to Gateways founding board by Governor Paul Patton in 2001, was reappointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2007 and was reappointed by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2019.
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Daniel Ridley
Staff Representative
Daniel Ridley is the Edgewood Admissions Counselor/VA Certifying Official for Gateway and serves as the staff representative to the Gateway board of directors. He earned a bachelors degree at Tennessee Technological University, is a graduate Gateways Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) class of 2014-2015 and began his Masters Public Administration at the Northern Kentucky University in fall 2016. Mr. Ridley previously served in human resources at Petermann, LTD and as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, with two deployments to the Middle East. He is active with local nonprofit organizations by raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research and raising awareness for veterans issues. Mr. Ridley is also a musician. His current term will expire in July 31, 2019.
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Julie Ann Smith-Morrow
Vice Chair
Julie Ann Smith-Morrow is a resident of Newport, Ky. She is a graduate of Brookfield (Wisconsin) Central High School and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she earned a bachelor of science degree and a Ph.D. in agronomy. Dr. Smith-Morrow is a member of the Hamilton County Human Services Chamber board of directors, vice chair of the Newport Independent School System board of education, and a member of the inaugural class of Emerge Kentucky. She was appointed to the Gateway board by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2019.
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Iversy Velez
Iversy Velez is a resident of Florence, Ky., and a practicing attorney. She is a graduate of the Commercial Institute of Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico where she received a bachelor of arts degree, and the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where she earned a Juris Doctor degree. Ms. Velez is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Puerto Rico Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers and the National Immigration Project. She was appointed to the Gateway board by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2018.
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Paul Whalen
Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy
Paul Lewellin Whalen is a resident of Ft. Thomas, Ky., and a contracts attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Whalen is a graduate of Tates Creek High School in Lexington and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelors degree in history and Latin American studies. He has a masters degree in history from Ft. Hays State University, a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College and a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law. Mr. Whalen is a member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Bar Associations, and chair of the Commission on Archives and History for the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served 12 years on the Ft Thomas board of education and four years on the Kentucky State Board of Education. He and his wife Teena have three children. He was appointed to Gateways board by Governor Steve Beshear in May 2014 for a term expiring November 15, 2017.