Executive Council Officers

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Dr. Mackenzie Leachman is a licensed psychologist who has practiced school psychology in Fayette County Public Schools for over 20 years in the preschool, elementary and secondary settings.  Dr. Leachman completed her doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Kentucky in 2004, specializing in program evaluation with a research focus on discipline in schools.  She is certified by the Kentucky Board of Education and licensed by the Kentucky Board of Psychology.  She is a member of the Kentucky Association for Psychology in Schools and serves as KAPS Crisis Response Co-Chair and President-Elect. An advocate for school safety, exceptional children, mental wellness and educational equity, Dr. Leachman currently provides coaching and consultation throughout the district to increase School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and co-leads the District Trauma Informed Care team.  She provides support to district teams related to crisis response and intervention, social emotional learning, mental wellness, threat assessment, and trauma-informed care for educators. Dr. Leachman lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her family and enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling.


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A proud 2006 graduate of the EKU school psychology program, Amy currently serves as the MTSS Coordinator in Woodford County.  She previously worked in Fayette County in the roles of  school psychologist and Autism Resource Specialist for middle and high schools.  In regards to school psychology, Amy enjoys working with data, advocating for mental health supports for students and staff, and learning from the students she works with, especially those with Autism.  Outside of work, Amy keeps busy with her two boys (Sam, 8 and Charlie, 4), husband (Brian), and her four-legged daughter (January the dog).


Kim Smith



My name is Kimberly Cotton Smith. I have been a school psychologist since 2008. I graduated with an EdS in school psychology and obtained a master’s degree in school counseling at the same time from Marshall University. Before I became a school psychologist, I was an elementary school teacher, mostly teaching kindergarten. I obtained my elementary education degree from Morehead State University.

Until a couple of years ago, I worked solely in Ohio but have always lived in Kentucky. After years of waiting, watching and searching, there was an opening for a school psychologist at Carter County Schools. I jumped on the opportunity and haven’t looked back. I love what I do and I especially love doing it in Kentucky.

I am also the mother of three wonderful children and three grandchildren and soon to add another to my crew in September.

I look forward to helping KAPS in any way I can and will feel it a privilege to serve the wonderful school psychologists of Kentucky.


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