Chris Brown is a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and neighbor, born and raised in Elsmere, Kentucky. A lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky, Chris has served as a human resources professional for the better part of 15 years, specializing in providing second-chance employment. Chris is also the founder and president of E.A.T. (Educate. Advocate. Transcend.), an intersectional social justice organization of community leaders and influencers across the Tri-State area.
With the understanding that a community can only be as strong as its most vulnerable member, Chris advocates for the needs of her community by focusing on fully funding public schools, workforce development, and access to affordable healthcare and housing. She promotes unity and decency and recognizes the importance of establishing a state government that represents Kentucky’s richly diverse population. This understanding was the driving force in Chris pursuing and earning a seat on the Kenton County Executive Committee, and a recent run for State Representative 69th District. Now the president of the Kenton County Women’s Club.
Chris’s mantra in life is, “We get there together,” and it is with this spirit she will keep working and training the next generation to take the democratic reins!
Nisia Thornton, MSN, RN, MEd, currently manages the three-year-old University of Cincinnati Health Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy program. The focus of this program is safer and more effective administration of IV antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals for the growing number of persons discharged from hospital to home on those medications.
Thornton previously earned national certification both as a stroke and neuroscience RN at UC Medical Center and developed a neurology resident-neurology RN collaboration. Molecular neurochemistry and blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) remain among her special interests.
Organizing and educating now for seven years in both her practice state of Ohio and residence state of Kentucky for transgender or gender-affirming care as an essential element of physician, nursing, pharmacy, and other healthcare professional training, practice, and continuing education, Thornton’s final MSN project and thesis dealt with psychiatric emergency nurses’ use of gender identity fields in the electronic health record (EHR) to enhance gender-affirming care.
While she continues her study of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collection, mobile healthcare technology, and algorithmic justice—among other topics. Thornton is also politically active in both Ohio and Kentucky. She continues to lead the statewide LGBTQIA Council of the Kentucky Democratic Party that she founded in 2021. She's a nonhuman rights advocate—with regard to using virtual dissection and computer modeling instead of live animal and other nonhuman testing—a skilled amateur photographer and multimedia artist, and an avid reader.