Shane Neace – Administrator
Meg Plummer – Principal
Meg Plummer is from Galion, Ohio and a 2011 graduate of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. While in college, Meg encountered the crazy love of Jesus Christ and decided that her life was going to be about something bigger than herself. She graduated with an Education degree in Integrated Social Studies and planned on teaching abroad or in an inner city school system. After many unexpected rejection letters, Meg found herself on a road trip to Kentucky for an impromptu interview. While exploring Breathitt County, it was obvious that Jesus had something big in store for her in Eastern Kentucky. Since being at Riverside, Meg has grown to love the area and is excited to see how the Lord will continue to move! 2015-16 Meg is in her sixth year at Riverside and is also serving as Principal for grades K-12.
Stephanie Moore – Kindergarten
Born in Arizona, Stephanie and her family have lived in Hazard, KY since she was 13. She attended Rosedale Bible College, receiving an A.A. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education. She then enrolled at Alice Lloyd College, earning a B.A. in English with a History minor. Her work study assignment at Alice Lloyd for three years was in the daycare center on campus, working with ages 6 weeks to 5 years. She also spent three summers tutoring reading at Hindman Settlement School. She loves watching children learn and seeing it “click” for them when they grasp a concept for the first time. She loves reading and creative writing and anything that gets her into the outdoors!
Katie Driskill – 1st & 2nd
Katie is a Breathitt County native with a passion for music and teaching. Katie is a graduate of Alice Lloyd College and is excited to put all that she has learned into practice for her students. Outside of work, Katie attends and is a worship leader at Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Jackson. She also volunteers at Bethel Mennonite Camp as a summer camp counselor and worship leader.
Alex Johnson – 3rd & 4th
Lorie Keck – 5th & 6th
Lorie Keck has been teaching for twenty-six years. Twenty-three of those years he has been teaching at Riverside. His current teaching responsibilities are in the fifth and sixth grades, teaching all subjects except Physical Education and Music. He is also serving as Principal, driving a van route and helping where ever needed. Lorie also pastors the Clayhole Grace Brethren Church.
Keck graduated from Indiana University at South Bend with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and later received his Master’s of Arts in Communication from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Lorie has been a Christian for 52 years and has desired to follow God’s leading in his life. After teaching in Lapaz, IN for three years Keck left the teaching profession for two years and the Lord led him, his wife Kathy, and then two children to Riverside via a Lower Light program at the Teegarden First Brethren Church in Indiana. He and Kathy have three children, Amie and her husband Ben Armstrong who live in Madison, WI with their two sons Harrison and Colin; Adam Keck a police officer in Belen, NM; and Andy Keck and his wife Cassie who recently moved to Lexington: Andy is working in pre-production at Toyota and Cassie has begun her first year of law school at the University of Kentucky.
Becky Baker – Physical Education
Becky Baker first came to Riverside as an elementary teacher in 1971 with a desire to serve God in full-time Christian ministry. When her job required her to teach physical education and coach basketball, she resumed her education in physical education. Eventually, her love of exercise physiology led her to leave Riverside in 1981 to pursue a graduate degree in exercise science, but God graciously brought her back 20 years later. Since her return, she has served as an elementary teacher, physical educator, photographer, computer teacher, and more. She loves Riverside and feels fortunate to be working with such a faithful, faith-filled, encouraging group of Christian servants. Some of her favorite things to do in her spare time are playing tennis, gardening, and spending time with her two dogs.
High School & Jr. High
Jenny Combs – Jenny is a Hazard, Kentucky native who grew up in church and has been serving the Lord since her youth. This is her first year at Riverside, where she is leading high school chapel services and is currently teaching high school Physical Education. For many years, Jenny has attended church at Living Waters Full Gospel in Hazard, where she is involved with youth ministry and worship. She is also active with Youth Awakening ministries, an effort led by local churches to lead young people to Christ. She and her husband John live in Hazard with their three children; two of whom are students at Riverside.
Lindsay Foster – Lindsay grew up in Albany, Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University with major in History and minor in English. Before coming to Riverside, she was a substitute teacher for the Clinton County School District, where she graduated from high school in 2004. Lindsay has a passion for Colonial and Revolutionary American studies as well as 20th Century European history. This is her first year at Riverside, where she teaches several social studies classes as well as science. Lindsay is a devout lover of Christ who enjoys being involved in several ministries, including music, youth/teenage ministries, and conducting several Bible studies. At home in Albany, she attends Albany United Church of the Nazarene. She also enjoys attending Solid Rock Fellowship in Hazard. She continues to study the Bible regularly and chooses Romans 5:8 and Romans 8:38-39 as her two favorite Scriptures. Lindsay is a musician and leads the chapel worship team at Riverside.
Kayli Gizel – Kayli was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she lived until she moved to Hazard, Kentucky with her family in 2004. She graduated from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky with a B.A. in Theatre and Communication Arts in 2014. Before coming to Riverside, Kayli spent some time substitute teaching in the Perry County School District, where she found a passion for education. She is now in her second year at Riverside, where she teaches drama, art history, English, and government as well as a journalism class responsible for writing The Beacon newspaper. For twelve years, Kayli has been attending Solid Rock Fellowship Church in Hazard, where she fell in love with Jesus and hopes to continue to serve and grow in her faith for years to come. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, movies, and musicals.
Nancy Hostetler – Nancy grew up in Ohio and received a B.A. degree with an English major from Ashland College. Doran, her fiance at that time, fell in love with Riverside and the couple went forward together for full-time Christian service, were married, and came to Riverside to stay. Although Nancy had gone to church all her life, it was Doran who really helped her come to know Jesus as her personal savior. Nancy has been teaching high school English for over 50 years here. She has also taught journalism, speech, French drama and Bible. This year her primary responsibilities include writing PR updates for the local newspaper, writing and editing for The Beacon, Riverside’s newspaper and working on a second volume of Riverside’s history (the last 50 years). Nancy says joyfully she would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Jen Huber – Jen came to us from Atmore, Alabama, where she had taught in a small Christian school for eight years. She is a 2010 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has her B.S. in Education with minors in Psychology and Christian Counseling. She is now in her third year of teaching here at Riverside. This year Jen is teaching junior high/high school math classes as well as Spanish I and Home Economics as well as leading the Student Council. After serving at Bethel Camp for several summers and talking with different people connected with Riverside, Jen felt God calling her to teach here at Riverside. She thoroughly enjoys living in the mountains of Kentucky and living in community at Riverside. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and cheering for Alabama football.
Marcia Thompson – Marcia graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Biology and from Pace University/New York Medical College Graduate School of Nursing with an M.S.N. After spending 25 years in the nursing profession, she felt that God was providing an opportunity for a career change, and she joined the Riverside staff in 2000. Marcia currently teaches middle and high school Bible classes. She enjoys spending time with her animals including 2 dogs and 1 horse and 3 barn cats. Marcia truly has a passion for teaching and seeing spiritual growth in her students.
Kathy Keck – Business Office, Music, and Elementary Chapel
Stella Bowling – Office Secretary
Stella, a Breathitt County native, is new to Riverside this year. She has lived in the Lost Creek area her entire life and continues to reside here with her husband and her son. Stella has a GED and plenty of self-taught skills that serve her as she runs the office every day. She currently attends a Baptist church in Breathitt County, and loves the Lord. She hopes to learn a lot and see that the students look out for each other and respect each other.
Brenda McGuin – Library
Mattalou Kilburn – Kitchen Staff
This year is Mattalou’s first year cooking for Riverside! She and her husband Wesley currently live in Jackson, where Mattalou has served as a cook for different businesses. She has two grandchildren who attend Riverside, and she is a two-year breast cancer survivor. When she’s isn’t working, she enjoys attending church, quilting, and spending time with her grandkids.