program Director

Carrie Brunk conceived and manages Ridgeway including program design, facilitation, coaching, organizational development support, fundraising and all aspects of program coordination. Her work in Ridgeway builds on 15 years of organizational development, coalition- and network-building experience including ongoing independent contract work with organizations in Kentucky and throughout the U.S. She is a Kentuckian who grew up and went to school in state, left for about a decade and happily found her way back home, settling on Clear Creek in Rockcastle County in the Appalachian foothills.

As a facilitator, Carrie comes to Ridgeway as a co-learner with all of the participants and continues her own practices of personal and professional development concurrent with the program. In addition to personal experience, her professional and organizational development training has been guided primarily by the Social Transformation Project, Presence-Based Coaching, generative somatics, the former Social Justice Leadership (SJL) and through joint programming of SJL and the Rockwood Leadership Institute, all of which have had a strong influence on the genesis and curriculum of this program.

Participant Sponsors


Generous funding for Ridgeway | A Transformative Leadership Experience has been provided by:

Fiscal Sponsor

Fiscal sponsorship of Ridgeway is provided by the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). MACED partners with local people to build upon the strengths of Kentucky and Central Appalachia. They create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live.