EKU Online: Child and Family Studies Faculty

Online Child Development Degree Faculty Dana Bush

Dana Keller Bush, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Family & Consumer Sciences
EKU Online Program Coordinator, Child & Family Studies
Associate Professor, Child & Family Studies

Ph.D.- Studies in Higher Education, University of Kentucky
M.S.- Family Studies, Early Childhood Development emphasis, University of Kentucky
B.S.- Child and Family Studies, minor in Special Education, Eastern Kentucky University
Credentials:  Commonwealth of Kentucky Director’s Credential, and Commonwealth of Kentucky Training Credential

Dr. Dana Bush is a devoted supporter of children and families. Before coming the Eastern Kentucky University she worked as a preschool teacher and as an executive director of a non-profit early childhood program. Dr. Bush has held many leadership positions in state and national organizations. She is the president-elect for the National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers, an organization dedicated to advocating for institutions of higher education and campus early childhood programs. Dr. Bush presents her scholarly work at many national professional conferences and institutes every year. She enjoys traveling to Europe with her husband and daughter, and has recently begun teaching a course in Florence, Italy during winter term. Her current research interests are in aesthetic development and developmental appropriate curriculum. Dr. Bush teaches courses on leadership, curriculum, and EC foundations. She is passionate about play and educating adults about the need for play in the lives of young children. She lives in Richmond, Kentucky with her husband of 17 years, their 15-year-old daughter, and their 8-year-old labrador, Lizzie.


Online Child Development Degree Lisa GannoeLisa Gannoe, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Child & Family Studies
Director, Burrier Child Development Center
Program Coordinator, Child & Family Studies

Lisa Gannoe is an assistant professor of child and family studies, program coordinator for child development and family,  and academic advisor at Eastern Kentucky University.  She holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a master's degree in early childhood special education, IECE Rank I teaching certificate, a bachelor's degree in family studies, and a minor in anthropology. For two years, she taught in the Burrier campus laboratory school and is currently the director of the program. Dr. Gannoe also worked in Kentucky state government for two years in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. While there, she worked in the Kentucky Early Intervention System as a training coordinator and held leadership roles with Legislative Affairs and in the Commissioner of Public Health's office. Prior to state government, Dr.Gannoe taught in the public preschool system and the early intervention field as a developmental interventionist for several years. Currently, she hold a Kentucky Directors Credential and Trainer's Credential. Dr. Gannoe teaches courses such as Development Birth to Eight, Interaction and Guidance, Early Childhood Literacy, Observation and Assessment, Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs, and Early Childhood Practicum.

Online Child Development Degree Carol Patrick

Carol Patrick, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Child & Family Studies

Dr. Patrick lived in northern Ohio for 30 years and just moved back "home" to Kentucky about 12 years ago. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary/Special Education from the University of Kentucky, master's degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Richmond with her husband and peek-a-poo, Chloe. She is the proud mother of three grown children and the grandmother to eight grandchildren. She has 30+ years working with children and their families.