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

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

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

Libby Joiner, Social Worker

Melissa Caudill, Community Activist

Jimmy Robinson, Centre College '18, Sociology Major

Joey Pusateri, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church

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


Team Grace

Rochelle Bayless, Founder / Executive Director

Will Cocanougher, Cafe Manager

Margaux Crider, Community Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Earle, Business Manager

Chris Farrell, Lead Cook/Assistant Kitchen Manager

Mason Kanapple, Cook / Kitchen Assistant

Chef Jill Schrank, Weekend Chef

Brett Weber, Dishwasher

Everette Worthington, Dishwasher

Monariea Wyatt, Head Cook / Kitchen Manager


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