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Charlie Baker is a native of Hazard, Kentucky. After graduating from Carson-Newman College with a BS in Music Education, he taught music in Perry County, Kentucky for three years while he and his wife, Sally, were also cottage parents at the Buckhorn Children’s Center. After moving to Louisville, he earned an MSSW degree from the University of Louisville and returned to Buckhorn in 1982 as President/CEO of the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency. In an innovative definition of ‘community development’ the Agency collaborated with local, state and federal organizations to bring public water service to the Buckhorn community. As a part of the process, the Village of Buckhorn, including the campus and the surrounding community, was incorporated as a city in 1996, and Baker served three terms as Mayor. He retired from his positions, both as Mayor and as CEO in June of 2003. Mr. Baker has been active as a Board Member of the Child Welfare League of America, and has testified before Committees of the United States House and Senate on behalf of children in need. In Kentucky, he has often testified before the Kentucky Legislature and served on the Juvenile Services Review Board of the Justice Cabinet and as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Children in Placement. In 2004 Mr. Baker formed Baker & Company to provide services as a Management Consultant and Executive Coach to Boards and CEOs of non-profit organizations. He is a passionate advocate for children, especially those overlooked in rural America. An Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at the Kent School of Social Work, Mr. Baker has published articles on the topics of management and leadership in national and international journals, as well as regular opinion pieces to Kentucky newspapers concerning child abuse and the need for society to assume responsibility for all of our children. In 2007, Mr. Baker received the Children’s Champion Award from the Child Welfare League of America for his work on behalf of rural children and their families.