Francis L. “Frank” Olson, Secretary

Francis L. “Frank” Olson is a founding Board Member of Next Step. He was Board Chair of Frontier KY during Next Step’s incubation and launch.

Frank is a retired teacher and administrator, having taught elementary education in Vermont and Kentucky and many subjects at the secondary level in Kentucky. He was an adjunct professor of English at Morehead State University. For more than 40 years, he was active in the Kentucky education and civic engagement spheres.

As an officer in the United States Coast Guard from 1967-70, Frank was on the Joint Services Presidential Honor Guard and was an Operations Officer on a medium icebreaker in Alaska, for which service he received the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Frank holds a B.A. in History, and an MAEd and M.A. in English from Morehead State University.

“I support Next Step because it provides innovative solutions to high-quality, affordable housing needs on a national scale.”