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Educational Talent Search Staff

BCTC Talent Search Program
164 Opportunity Way, N-117
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 246-6574
Fax: (859) 246-4656

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Staff Bios

My name is Anessia Nutter and I am a first-generation college student from a low-income family.  I have been an Educational Advisor for 5 years. Prior to being an Educational Advisor I was a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and worked with youth. I worked in the financial aid office for 4 years at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. I received my Associates of Arts and Science from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. I received a Bachelor of Arts of Human Service and Counseling and a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College. It has been a wonderful journey working with Educational Talent Search and I will continue to challenge and explore your child's possibilities.

My personal mission is to acknowledge the worth and potential each student offers and to facilitate a safe secure place for students to be genuine while being motivated to grow.

Greetings! My name is Dikiea Elery and I am the director of Bluegrass Educational Talent Search (ETS). I am a first generation college graduate and an alumni of Educational Talent Search. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to a program that so richly blessed my life. I have worked with ETS for 9 years now. I was an educational advisor for 6 years before becoming the director back in 2016. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.

Before coming to work with ETS, I worked in early childhood as a head teacher at Genesis Child Development Center.  I was also an Outreach Facilitator at the Lafayette High School Youth Services Center where I worked with truant students and lead a mentoring group. I was also a Caseworker and Life Skills Coordinator at The Salvation Army. In addition to the work I do with Bluegrass ETS, in my personal life, I am a youth and young adult minister at a local congregation.

My mission and purpose is to empower young people and help them find pathways to reach their full potential. It is my hope to be able to pour all of the resources I have into each student I encounter so that when they accomplish their dreams and goals they will feel compelled to help someone else and before we know it we have effected change in and all over the world!  It is possible and at ETS we meet this mission and purpose one student, one family, one workshop, one family night, one college visit, one opportunity at a time.

My name is Marley Bush. I am an Educational Advisor for Educational Talent Search at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Born and raised in a small town called Midway, I grew up loving music and dance. In high school, I desired to be the first person in my family to graduate college. In 2011, I went to Northern Kentucky University where I discovered my passion for dance, business, and leadership. Four years later, I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance with a minor in Entrepreneurship. After that, I went on the get my Master's degree in Nonprofit Management with a Psychology concentration.  However, my appetite for education and business did not stop there, I am current obtaining a Masters of Business Administration from Midway University. 

Education is my greatest passion which led to me to ETS.  My strength is understanding the necessary qualifications to obtain a college degree. I love to avidly advocate for higher education to middle and high school students.  My education is continuous both in the classroom and on the dance floor. Experience in dance and higher education helped me become a more diverse and confident leader in the classroom. My dream is to fervently ignite others to follow their dreams, whatever they may be, and to help them overcome any and all barriers that stand in their way.

My name is Shashawna Williams, and I was a first generation college student.  I love being an Educational Advisor for ETS!  I have been helping students in this way since January of 2018.  My favorite part of this position is getting to know students as they mature from seventh to twelfth grades. I know that what we do makes a positive impact on their lives, which leads them into a bright future.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from EKU, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regent University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from EKU.  I started my professional life as a teacher.  I have taught 5th grade (all subjects), 6th grade science, 8th grade math and science, and most levels of high school mathematics.  I have always loved to help middle and high school students and find that being an Educational Advisor is the perfect combination of my teaching and counseling backgrounds.

Because I love my work with ETS, I plan to be an Educational Advisor for many years to come.  While I am blessed to be part of the team, I have a great vision for what we can help our participants achieve:

  • I pledge to provide all of the tools necessary for our participants to successfully transition from middle school to high school
  • I pledge to assist participants to be academically successful during their high school careers
  • I pledge to assist high school participants to be prepared for the ACT in order to earn the most scholarship money possible
  • I pledge to assist high school seniors with the transition to college by helping with applications, admissions essays, and financial aid