Executive Director

Dr. Keith Richardson

Dr. Richardson was appointed Executive Director of the Kentucky Council on Economic Education effective January 2016. His tenure at Bellarmine University as a professor of accounting over the past eighteen years encompasses the areas of Financial Principles, Financial I, Financial III and Auditing. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Previously Dr. Richardson worked professionally as a Manager for Dwyer Pemberton & Coulson, a CPA for Arthur Andersen & Co. and as the Financial Vice President of Affiliated American Corp.

Educational Liaison

Kathy Cooter
Dr. Kathleen Spencer Cooter

Dr. Kathy Cooter is the Educational Liaison of the Kentucky Council for Economic Education and Professor of Early Childhood/Special Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville Kentucky. Professor Cooter also served as principal investigator for the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) serving the needs of children of over 3000 families in West Tennessee. Cooter directed the academic and research activities of both Texas Christian University (TCU) laboratory schools and has a wing in the Starpoint School named in her honor. Professor Cooter served twenty years as a teacher and administrator in both private and public schools serving children with learning needs. Professor Cooter has been honored as Texas Teacher of the Year, Mortar Board Professor at TCU and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Memphis. Professor Cooter has served as a principal at the elementary and intermediate school level, as a middle school assistant principal and as a central office special education director.