Kentucky Voices for Health is led by three staff members whose backgrounds are intimately focused on public policy, research, communications and education.
Emily Beauregard became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Ms. Beauregard served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association, where she worked on practice improvement, community development, policy advocacy, and communications with members and policy-makers. She previously served for five years at the Family Health Centers in Louisville as the Health Planner and Refugee Health Coordinator. Ms. Beauregard holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Cara Stewart Joined KVH in June of 2020. As Director of Policy Advocacy for Kentucky Voices for Health, Cara will work to develop strong working relationships with substance use disorder (SUD), behavioral health (BH), and supportive housing providers. She will participate in local and statewide coalitions to advocate for policies related to SUD and BH services, peer support and navigation assistance, and housing, as well as work collaboratively with state agencies, Medicaid providers, and community organizations to improve coverage and access to care for justice-involved and housing-insecure Kentuckians. Cara will identify and track benefits-eligible clients experiencing barriers to coverage or care, mitigate the causes of enrollment churn and access to care barriers, and act as the liaison between media and boots-on-the-ground partners to collect stories from impacted individuals.
Born and raised in Floyd County, Kentucky, and a lifelong Kentucky resident, she is a graduate of Pikeville High School, Berea College and Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Cara‘s past experience includes Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and most recently, Chief of Staff for the Kentucky House Democrats. During her time with KEJC, was able to play a larger role in Kentucky’s continuing success with implementation of the Affordable Care Act by conducting community education presentations across the Commonwealth and by interviewing with various local, regional, and national media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Economist, USA Today and more. Governor Steve Beshear appointed Cara to the Kentucky Healthcare Improvement Authority Board to represent consumers through Sept 2017, and the Kentucky Bar Association appointed Cara to serve on their Committee on Child Protection & Domestic Violence until 2018. In 2014, she was presented with the Young Lawyer Service to Community Award by the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association, Berea College’s Young Alumnus Award in November 2015, and the Families USA Health Advocate of the Year Award in 2019.
State Outreach and Education Director
Angela Cooper joined KVH in May of 2018 as the State Outreach and Education Director. Angela has over 20 years of nonprofit experience, including five years with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky overseeing grants management and providing communications support. Her nonprofit career has ranged from animal welfare to technology, with extensive communications and outreach experience. Angela is committed to improving outcomes for her fellow Kentuckians. She holds a BA in English from Wright State University.