Gateway Foundation adds two board members

Jamie Parsons, left, and Anthony Kelly

FLORENCE, Ky. — The Gateway Foundation, the philanthropy arm of Gateway Community and Technical College, has added Jamie Parsons and Anthony Kelly to its Board of Trustees.

Parsons is senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, where he is responsible for all human resource, organizational development and employee health functions for a five hospital, 9,000 employee healthcare system. He joined St. Elizabeth Healthcare in 2018. He is past president of both the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and served on the Northeast State Community College Board.

“I believe community colleges serve a very important role in our communities,” Parsons said. “Their dedication to building a workforce that not only grows but sustains itself is something our community colleges around the country do, and do it very well.”

Kelly is CEO of GorillaMaker 3D Printers, which he has grown from a garage-based startup to a company now staged to launch nationally into the education market as both a printer provider and a knowledge base provider. He has also helped create a knowledge portal called GorillaMaker University that provides continuing education to educators, certification to students, class curriculum to teachers and project ideas for students. Kelly has served as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University and Florida Gulf Coast University, and served as a member of AmCham in Cambodia, where he sat on both the IT and education committees. He was the 2004 “dealmaker of the year” in Cincinnati and a finalist for “entrepreneur of the year” in 1997, 2000 and 2002. He has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Business Leader, winner of The Emerging companies in Northern Kentucky in 2001 and was appointed to Kentucky Governors Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher to the Post-Secondary Education Nominating Committee 2000-2006.

“I have a passion for Education and facilitating the growth of subsequent generations that has fueled an ongoing determination to work with high schools, universities and community colleges across the United States and Southeast Asia in order to promote the growth of programs centered around the STEM areas of learning and entrepreneurship,” Kelly said. “My goal is to assist the next generation in preparing to compete in a global workforce. This passion guides my activities in both my personal and professional endeavors.”

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