Sunrise announces new additions to marketing and advancement teams

Sunrise Children’s Services, Kentucky’s largest private child services provider, has announced the following personnel changes to its marketing and advancement teams:

Rick Burslem’s role as vice president of marketing, advancement and business development entails working with various public entities to create awareness, cultivating donor interest and investment, and raising operating and endowment funds. He’s been dedicated to serving children for the last 37 years in the field of education in roles as teacher, technology director, and administrator. For the last 12 years, Rick has served as headmaster of various Christian schools, successfully championing their mission through fundraising for fiduciary strength. Rick lives in Nicholasville with his wife Vicki, who is a faculty member in the Midwifery and Women’s Health Department at Frontier Nursing University. He also has three children and two grandchildren.


Jake Pelfrey is the director of advancement for the Central Kentucky region. He has been employed with Sunrise for six years. Jake has 12 years of social work experience all across the U.S., which includes youth homeless shelters in Chicago, at-risk schools in Phoenix, and a youth crisis center in Cincinnati. He resides in Louisville with his wife Erin.



Brian Shannon is the director of advancement for Sunrise’s Southern Region. Brian comes to Sunrise having worked more than 10 years for childcare agencies where his primary responsibility was to raise money and build relationships that advance the mission of helping Kentucky’s at-risk children. Brian has also been employed with Heart of Kentucky United Way, working with different programs to help children in need. He resides in Somerset with his wife Kelli and three children.

“We are so excited to have these talented, ministry-minded individuals on our team who have such big hearts and have devoted their careers to helping kids in need,” said Sunrise Children’s Services president, Dale Suttles. “Their efforts will help Sunrise extend its fundraising and advancement reach throughout our state so we can continue to be an invaluable resource to Kentucky’s hurting children and families.”

Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned, and victimized children throughout the state. Sunrise’s nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, it is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the Commonwealth. For more information or to learn how you can help a child in crisis, call 1.800.456.1386 or visit

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