Foundation Board

The Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. operates for the support and benefit of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. It is a separate not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, led by an independent Board of Directors. The Foundation, with utmost integrity and respect works to expand access to higher education and further regional workforce and economic development.



  • Jerry Kanney, Chair
  • Robert Shurtleff, Vice Chair
  • Phillip Elliott, Treasurer
  • Earl Thacker, Secretary 

Board Members

  • Janice Allen
  • Connie Bayes
  • Promod "Mots" Bishnoi
  • JR Blackburn
  • Jon Drage
  • Darren Gillespie
  • Dr. Mina Majmundar
  • Juile Paxton
  • Bertie Kaye Salyer
  • Dr. Chandra Varia 

Ex-Officio Members

  • Philip Elswick
    Chair, BSCTC Board of Directors
  • Dr. Sherry Zylka
    BSCTC President/CEO


Kelli Ayers
Manager of Advancement
Prestonsburg Campus, Johnson Building, Room 131B
(606) 886-7358