Rochelle Bayless, Founder & Executive Director
An eighth generation Kentuckian, Rochelle is an artist, graphic designer, and nonprofit communications/fundraising professional with more than 25 years of experience serving the arts, museum, historic preservation, and human services fields. During her tenure in the nonprofit sector, Rochelle gained valuable experience including: strategic planning, fund development best practices, board development and governance, event planning, and community outreach.

In addition, Rochelle is a non-demoninational interfaith chaplain and for many years served the spiritual needs of incarcerated women at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT. Her master's thesis, A Theology of Food: Seeing Food as Acts of Grace (Hartford Seminary 2013) is the basis and inspiration for Grace Café. Rochelle holds a MA from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT and a BFA from Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, CT.

Board of Directors

Daniel Kirchner, Ph.D., Board President, Professor of Philosophy, Centre College

Joanie Lukins, Board Treasurer, Living Waters for the World Ministry

Heather G. Pennington, Esq. Board Secretary, DelCotto Law Group, PLLC

Melissa Caudill, Community Activist

Merry Cooper, Librarian, Garrard County Public Library

Julie Nelson, Owner, Maple Tree Gallery & Heart of Danville Board Member

Sidney Ratliff, CEO Mozybeau Farms

Team Grace

Rochelle Bayless, Executive Director

Jennifer Earle, Business Manager

Stephanie Mardis Weber, Cafe Manager

Monariea Wyatt, Kitchen Manager/Head Cook

Will Cocanougher, Cook/Kitchen Assistant

Everette Worthington, Dishwasher

Mason Kanapple, Dishwasher/Kitchen Assistant