Who We Are


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Mission Statement:

The mission of Lighthouse Academy at Newburg is to provide youth in our community a safe place to learn and grow through educational, spiritual, and economic programs.
Vision Statement: 
 The vision of the Lighthouse  Academy at Newburg is to provide experiences that will foster a love for lifelong learning.
Note from the Director:
The children who attend the Lighthouse Academy at Newburg have a safe place to grow and learn. We work not only on the academic skills improvement of our children , but also work to provide experiences designed to encourage the children’s development of moral character and leadership skills. This child –centered focus is alignment with best practices for afterschool programs.

The Lighthouse is a 21st Century Community Learning Center:
The Lighthouse Academy has been commissioned a 21st Century Community Learning Center by the Kentucky Department of Education. This commission ties the center with the Jefferson County Public Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education to insure the students in our program receive the appropriate intervention in our Out of School time program. We are able to provide enrichment programs along with tutoring in areas such as reading, math, science, and technology. We also tie into the Jefferson County Public School day by utilizing research based computer programs that students access at their school and at our facility.


Cynthia Overall
Director of Operations and Student Services

Cynthia Overall became our Director of Operations and Student Services, effective as of August 1, 2015. She has been an integral part of the success we have enjoyed in our mission of helping the children of this area since May 2010. As such, she is our longest serving employee!

Prior to coming to Lighthouse, Cynthia served as a Mental Health Paraprofessional/Classroom Technician for 5 years and numerous years of working with the public. Cynthia is an energetic person with excellent people skills and a great love for all children. She is also good at "paying attention to detail" and knows each child by name. Cynthia is also the founder and director of the HALO mentoring group for girls ages 9-18. Cynthia can be reached at 502-964-5909.
Dr. Ophelia Scott
Director (retired)
Dr. Scott has retired from the Director position effective August 1, 2015, but will remain on our board of directors and serve as a resource for the staff. 

Dr.Scott had been the Director of Lighthouse since January, 2011. She brought a wealth of experience and compassion with her. She received all of her degrees from the University of Louisville.   

 Cleopatra Buckner
Administrative Assistant

Cleopatra comes to us with a  B.S. Degree in Workforce Leadership from the University of Louisville. She is retired from the Kentucky Air National Guard where she supported many functions such as Recruiting & Retention, Human Resources and the Chaplaincy.

Nancy Parker
Director of Partner Relations 
Nancy Parker is the Lighthouse  Director of Partner Relations. She  has been involved for many years in writing grants and ensuring that the reporting requirements of those grants are met . She has a BA degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and has taught for 7 years as a certified substitute in JCPS at Hite Elementary School. Contact Nancy at nparker@thelighthousecenter.org.
Debbie Nichols
Development Director 
Debbie Nichols comes to us with a B.A. from Marshall University and training from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She has 18 years of leadership experience in nonprofit fundraising and management, most recently with the Family Ark in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Contact Debbie at dnichols@thelighthousecenter.org or call 502-500-3953.

Eugene Davis: Gym Coordinator.

Eugene Davis comes to us with experience in managing after-school activities as a volunteer with Metro Parks basketball and football leagues. He also was a basketball player with Shawnee High School from 2001-2005. Eugene grew up in the west end of Louisville and participated in many activities at the Portland Community Center as a youth. He remembers those days and the positive impact the community center made on his life and is eager to start " giving back" as our new Gym Coordinator. Contact Eugene at : 502-821-5121 or edavis@thelighthousecenter.org.