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FIRE Foundation Northern Kentucky

Board Members


Missy Hail

Board President

My husband, Luke, and I have been married for 25 years.  God has blessed us with 4 wonderful children.  We are members of St. Agnes Church in Ft Wright, KY.  By training, I am a Physical Therapist but have had the joy and privilege of being able to stay home with my children for the last 16 years.  In those years, I have advocated for my daughter with Down syndrome in many different ways.  My daughter proudly graduates from St Henry District High School this year. The FIRE Foundation of NKY will allow me to continue to advocate for Inclusive Education in our Catholic schools.  Everyone benefits.

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Jeannett Albers Hasselbeck

Vice President

My husband, Mike, and I   have been married for 13 years. God has blessed us with 4 beautiful children. We are members of St. Agnes Church in Ft. Wright, KY. I have 20+ years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and creative communications. I continually challenge myself to achieve more, live better, and make a difference in the world.

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Mary Kay Laird


My husband Jim and I are the proud parents of 3 adult children.  I grew up in Northern Kentucky and am a lifelong parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish, graduate of Notre Dame Academy and Xavier University.  When our oldest son was born with Down Syndrome, I took a career break to be with him. Two daughters followed and when our youngest was five, I re-entered the work force. Currently I am the Chief Operating Officer at an Investment Consulting firm.  Our son is now twenty-five and is gainfully employed at a local restaurant, coaches high school football and baseball, and is very active in Special Olympics.  He is why I am so passionate about the FIRE Foundation and the work we do to make Catholic education accessible to people of all abilities.  Our children were not able to attend the same schools which was difficult for us as parents and as a family.  If children of all abilities are able to attend our Catholic schools and share their gifts and talents with others, our Diocese will more fully reflect the Body of Christ.   


Dr. Jen Ericson

 Board Member

Jen is an experienced educator with a doctorate in Special Education. She supports and embraces the charism, mission, and spirituality of the Sisters of Notre Dame, which led her to become an SND Associate. Jen advocates for inclusion in the Catholic Schools and has established a program supporting students who face learning challenges. She enjoys spending her free time volunteering, participating in races, travelling, and visiting her adult twin sons.

Janie Zembrodt

Board Member

My name is Janie Zembrodt.  My husband and I are parishioners at St. Joseph Parish in Crescent Springs.  I have served on various School Boards, and besides family, my main passions in life are my Catholic faith and teaching kids how to learn!  I have been a private tutor for over ten years, was a homeschool teacher, and am currently teaching 8th grade Religion.  Along with my husband and our children, we have many learning challenges that have kept us from discovering our full God-given potential.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, I am determined to ignite the fire in all teachers, administration, parishes, parents, and especially our students to receive whatever help they need to succeed and utilize their God-given gifts to set the world on fire!

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Mary Kaye McDaniel

Board Member

My husband Mickey and I have been married for 24 years. God blessed us with 7 children. My children are my greatest joy! They are each uniquely made in God's image with beautiful abilities and challenges. We are parishioners at All Saints in Walton. Professionally, I have intermittently provided direct care for adults with intellectual disabilities for 25 years. 

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