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Leadership Team


Sally Schott

Sally Schott

Founder/CEO

Sally Schott

Founder/CEO

Sally Schott is Founder/President of SOAR, a talent development company that collaborates with forward thinking global and Fortune 500 companies to optimize their talent pipeline and accelerate advancement. She is also CEO and President of the Board for Young Women LEAD, Inc., a non-profit she started to support high school girls nationwide to encourage and nurture their personal and leadership development. Her career experiences have given her the opportunity to now focus on what she is passionate about – assisting young women and minorities in business to accelerate their professional careers.

As President of SOAR, Sally is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and charting the course for growth. She is assisted by a team of dedicated professionals that each bring a special set of skills to their role in the company.

Prior to 2003, Sally was an executive college administrator. Other career roles have included founding a successful corporate event company, a protocol liaison for the US Government and marketing positions at Dow Chemical.

Sally is a Hokie from Virginia Tech. She has had opportunities to live overseas and travel extensively, which is her favorite activity. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, and golf. A city girl who enjoys now living in the country in a historic home she and her husband restored, she is the mother of two daughters and “Mimi” to 5 grandchildren.

Kimberly Code

Kimberly Code, PhD

Executive Director

Kimberly Code, PhD

Executive Director

Kimberly Code, PhD is Executive Director for Young Women LEAD and a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Code is passionate about empowering girls to confidently pursue their dreams and reach beyond their potential. She has taught courses in gifted and talented education, social studies, diversity, economic education, and educational foundations. She received the Faculty Excellence in Sustained Outreach and Public Engagement (2010) and the Faculty Excellence in Teaching (2007) awards from Northern Kentucky University as well as the Service and Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (2018).

Other activities have included editing and authoring the national award-winning, Entrepreneurs in Kentucky and Pathways to Home Ownership curriculum projects which lead to her induction into the Institute for Financial Literacy’s National Hall of Fame and recipient of the Freedoms Foundation’s Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education.

Her career as an educator began with the Campbell County Schools gifted and talented program as well as teaching fifth grade in a self-contained class. She also taught elementary and middle school with the Newport Independent School district. Kimberly has degrees from the University of Louisville (Ph.D.), Northern Kentucky University (M.Ed.), and Purdue University (B.A.).

Ozlem Eva Davis

Ozlem Eva Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Ozlem Eva Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Ozlem Eva Davis is a Certified Public Accountant and she is Certified in Financial Forensics. Oz oversees Young Women LEAD’s accounting department and serves as our Chief Financial Officer. She is the owner of Peer House, LLC – an accounting services firm.

Oz is a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. After several years in public accounting where she specialized in consulting services, she served as the controller of a natural resource company and a beverage distribution company.

Quality, excellence, and continuous process improvement form the foundation of her service philosophy.

Lee Ann Rose

Lee Ann Rose

Communications Officer

Lee Ann Rose

Communications Officer

Lee Ann Rose taps into her strategic strengths and storytelling talents to drive organizations’ missions. She's gained extensive experience in designing internal and external communication strategies and marketing plans; developing content for digital, video and print; and maximizing both grant-making and fundraising programs.

One of the benefits of a communication career is the ability to adapt and work in myriad industries and sectors. In her 25-year career, Lee Ann has managed communications in financial services, a media-holding company, healthcare and education.

In 2020, Lee Ann launched her Lee Ann Rose Communications. Her firm’s expertise is in strategy, content development and philanthropy.

To complement her experiences, Lee Ann completed the University of Notre Dame’s Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership in 2019. She earned a Master of Science degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a speech communication minor from Northern Kentucky University.

Lee Ann is active in PRSA Nashville and IABC Nashville. Before relocating to Nashville in 2019, she served as a member of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Impact Cabinet, Donors Circle, Books by the Banks Board and International Literacy Association. She is a past president of the Northern Kentucky University Alumni Council and past Chairperson of the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati Board. She also served as a board member of the Northern Kentucky University Foundation.

Crisha Spears

Crisha Spears

Regional Coordinator, Ashland Community and Technical College

Crisha Spears

Regional Coordinator, Ashland Community and Technical College

Chrisha Spears has worked at Ashland Community and Technical College since 2010. Her roles have included a peer mentor program, recruiting and advising GED seeking students, establishing a student food pantry and coordinating technology services for communication with students.

She is passionate about student success and providing students with the tools that they need to be successful– including self-confidence. As part of her roles at ACTC, Chrisha coordinates the Young Women LEAD conference and the Young Men’s Conference.

Chrisha is a graduate of Ashland Community and Technical College with an Associate Degree in Business. She is a three-time graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelors in University Studies, a Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education, and a Master of Arts in K-12 School Counseling. Chrisha has used her experiences as a non-traditional student juggling family and working full time to help students recognize possibilities and potential. Chrisha also serves on the Ashland Alliance Youth Leadership program, the FIVCO ReEntry Council, and the River Cities Harvest Board of Directors.

Board of Directors


Ieasha Allen

Ieasha Allen

Lexmark
Deanna Bowden

Deanna Bowden

Duke Energy
Julie Carrier

Julie Carrier

Girls Lead Worldwide
Kimberly Code

Kimberly Code

Young Women LEAD
Sue Habig

Sue Habig

Kimball Electronics Jasper
Megan Hoppenjans

Megan Hoppenjans

Medpace, Inc.
Renee Robertson

Renee Robertson

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Sally Schott

Sally Schott

SOAR
Crisha Spears

Crisha Spears

Ashland Community & Technical College

Sowmya Telaprolu

UPS

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