Meet KDE’s Coordinated School Health team

Jamie Sparks
Jamie Sparks

Jamie Sparks has been the Coordinated School Health project director at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for the past six years. Since 2013, he has served as the state’s co-lead on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) federal grant that is administered by the state Department for Public Health.

Sparks was chosen in 2013 for the inaugural national training cadre of the Let’s Move! Active Schools’ Physical Activity Leader program. In addition, he has served various roles on the board for the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) and currently is the president for the state association.

Nationally, Sparks is on the board of directors of the American School Health Association, where he serves on both the advocacy and the professional development committees.  He is a member of The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education and is chair of the communication/social media committee.

In his free time, he enjoys being active outdoors and the continuous adventures with his three children: Ross (14), Hannah (10) and Ray (8).

Stephanie Bunge
Stephanie Bunge

Stephanie Bunge has been a school health consultant with the Coordinated School Health team at KDE for 11 years.

One of Bunge’s primary roles is to collect Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles data from students and schools across the state. She also plans professional learning opportunities that the Coordinated School Health team provides through the CDC cooperative agreement.

In addition to her primary roles, Bunge is a state trainer for various CDC tools, including the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and the School Health Guidelines for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. She also serves as a board member and conference planning chair for the Kentucky Youth Health Network and is the 2016 convention manager for KAHPERD.

Audra Deli-Hoofnagle
Audra Deli-Hoofnagle

Audra Deli-Hoofnagle joined the Coordinated School Health team in October 2014 as a strategic priorities consultant. She taught as a middle school physical education and health education teacher in Franklin County for seven years before joining KDE.

Deli-Hoofnagle’s primary roles at KDE include serving as lead for the Practical Living Career Studies (PLCS) Program Review, generating newsletter communications and assisting with planning and facilitating professional learning opportunities. In addition to her regular job duties, she serves as the teacher of the year board member for KAHPERD.

Deli-Hoofnagle received her bachelors’ degrees in kinesiology and health education from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree in education administration from the University of the Cumberlands.

Outside of work, Audra enjoys spending time with her husband Jamie, who is also a teacher, and their two children, Carly (6) and Cooper (2)