Alumni Updates

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Leigh Ann Haydon (2003)

Senior Policy Analyst, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Team at U.S. Government Accountability Office

    Whitney Blanford (2010, MBA 2014)

    Marketing Analyst at A&W Restaurants, Inc.

      W. Jeffrey Malicote (1988)

      Director & GM, Valvoline Express Care at Valvoline division of Ashland, Inc.

        Jim Bogaard (2011)

        Account Executive – Kraft Foods at Pep Promotions

          Jeremy Fritz (2009)

          Sport Clubs Coordinator at Duke University

            Lainie Crouch Kaiser (1997)

            Assistant Attorney General at Kentucky Office of the Attorney General

              Jeremy Jones (2011)

              Account Manager – Inside Sales at Brooklyn Nets – NBA

                Justin Allen (2009)

                Producer/Director at Kentucky Educational Television

                  Andrea Lange (2011)

                  Account Executive at Comcast Spotlight

                    Ted Simpson (2011)

                    Co-Founder, Executive Director at DodgeLex, Inc.

                      Ted Simpson (2011)

                      Financial Planner at Northwestern Mutual

                        Brenda Bartella Peterson (1990)

                        Published author by Global Memory Press

                          Zachary Henning (2007)

                          Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at University of Southern Indiana

                            Terry Likes (Ph.D., 1996)

                            Department Chair & Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Tennessee State University

                              Natasha Milby (2012)

                              Director of Finance & Operations at Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate

                                Rachel Hannah (2007)

                                Christian Dior Beauty Stylist at Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

                                  Ericka Harney (M.A. 2004, B.S. 2003)

                                  Executive Director at Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance

                                  • Ericka Harney joined the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and The Foundation of AFWA as their Executive Director in March 2014. This spring she was also recognized by the Bluegrass Women’s Alliance with the 2014 Fayette County Impact Award and by Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity for her work with the APO and Girl Scouts USA relationship at the national level with the Herbert G. Horton Service to Youth Award.

                                  Mike Meadows (1996)

                                  Vice President, Service Distillery at Crown Castle

                                    Jamie Lima (2002)

                                    Partner and General Manager at School of Rock

                                      Susan Lancho (1990)

                                      External and Government Affairs Manager at Kentucky American Water

                                        Jennifer Pizzurro (2013)

                                        Advertising Traffic Coordinator for News 12 Networks at Cablevision

                                          Brittany Beckner (2014)

                                          Assistant Professor of Communication, Division of Humanities, Communication Program at Graceland University

                                            Therese Smith ()

                                            Case Manager, Students of Concern Team at University of Kentucky

                                              Natalie Barker ()

                                              Technical Sales Representative / Server, Storage and Networking Specialist at Dell

                                                Joy Sanders ()

                                                Assistant Dean of Development at Virginia Commonwealth University

                                                  Jaclyn Gibson ()

                                                  Administrative Staff Officer for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at UK HealthCare

                                                    Amanda Harsin (2008)

                                                    Liberal Arts Chair-Communication Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College-Southeast Region

                                                      Cara Franke (2009)

                                                      Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at University of Kentucky

                                                        Debra Nickell (2010)

                                                        Director, Physician Assistant Program at Red Rocks Community College

                                                          Mollie Hanke (2010)

                                                          Assistant Sports Information Director at Seattle University

                                                            Keli Reynolds (1997 (B.A.), 2003 (M.A.)

                                                            Servicer Liaison Manager at Kentucky Housing Corporation

                                                              Rosalie Aldrich (2009)

                                                              Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Indiana University East

                                                                Jennifer Barber (2001)

                                                                Managing Associate at Frost Brown Todd Attorneys, LLC

                                                                • Elected vice chair and treasurer of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Tax Section.
                                                                • In 2011, she was chosen as one of Business First’s "Forty under 40."

                                                                Whitney Martin (1996)

                                                                Founder and Measurement Strategist at ProActive Consulting

                                                                  Stephanie Bellot (2014)

                                                                  First grade teacher at Teach For America, Chicago

                                                                    Amy Brennan (1986)

                                                                    Executive Director at The Center for Women

                                                                      Kelsey Chavez (2014)

                                                                      Special Projects Coordinator at Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity – International Headquarters

                                                                        Alexandra Harper (2010)

                                                                        Operations and Communications Coordinator at University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs

                                                                          Jeremy Dever (2003)

                                                                          Asst. Ops. Dir & Distillery Protege at The Kentucky Artisan Distillery

                                                                            Casey Smith (2009)

                                                                            Publicity Coordinator at Link-Belt Construction Equipment

                                                                              Danielle Porche (2007)

                                                                              Senior Property Manager at PRG Real Estate

                                                                                Bethney Wilson (2014)

                                                                                Assistant Professor at California State University, Stanislaus

                                                                                  Tamika Tompoulidis (2014)

                                                                                  Graduate Student Teaching Assistant at The University of Kentucky Graduate Program In Communication

                                                                                    Rob Bergeron (2012)

                                                                                    Buyer’s Agent at The Hogue Group, Keller Williams

                                                                                      Samantha Stewart (2012)

                                                                                      Logistics Coordinator at Total Quality Logistics

                                                                                        Sara Nesselrode (2000)

                                                                                        Communications and Marketing Coordinator I at Kentucky Housing Corporation

                                                                                          Jack Brammer (1976)

                                                                                          Frankfort Bureau Chief at Lexington Herald-Leader

                                                                                            Rebecca Weis (2006)

                                                                                            Attorney at Stites & Harbison, PLLC

                                                                                              Mike Barnes (1986)

                                                                                              Managing Broker at Century 21 Commonwealth Real Estate

                                                                                                Larry Bisig (1985)

                                                                                                Chief Executive Officer at Bisig Impact Group

                                                                                                  Stephanie Van Stee (2008, 2012)

                                                                                                  Assistant Professor of Communication at University of Missouri – St. Louis

                                                                                                    Beth Workman (2008)

                                                                                                    Program Director at Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

                                                                                                      Kevin Woodward (2005)

                                                                                                      Director of Admissions at Saint Xavier High School

                                                                                                        David Woolley (2006)

                                                                                                        Key Account Manager at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

                                                                                                          Kathleen Vidoloff (2011)

                                                                                                          Emergency Risk Communication Officer at Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

                                                                                                            Amy Friskney (1995)

                                                                                                            Marketing Manager at Yellow Pages Lexington

                                                                                                              Mario Anderson ()

                                                                                                              Promotions and Marketing Director at Cumulus

                                                                                                                Whitney Neal ()

                                                                                                                Photographer at Whitney Neal Photography

                                                                                                                  Chuck Bryant (2000)

                                                                                                                  Chief Operating Officer at BorderJump, LLC

                                                                                                                    Stephen Sutton (1989)

                                                                                                                    Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at Spirit Bank

                                                                                                                      Amber Wash (2011)

                                                                                                                      Proposal Analyst, Corporate Proposal Center at Humana

                                                                                                                        Sara Pettingill ()

                                                                                                                        Dean of Graduate Admission at Bellarmine University

                                                                                                                          Carla Streff (2008)

                                                                                                                          Business Developer at Express Employment Professionals

                                                                                                                            Pikey Conway ()

                                                                                                                            Works at Conway-Heaton Automotive Center

                                                                                                                              Bert Berry ()

                                                                                                                              Sales at TC Industries, Inc.

                                                                                                                                Jeff Streff ()

                                                                                                                                Works at FRDM Solutions

                                                                                                                                  Leah Carroll (2007)

                                                                                                                                  Marketing Consultant at LivingSocial

                                                                                                                                    Lee Jones (1999)

                                                                                                                                    Attorney at Law at Frost Brown Todd LLC

                                                                                                                                      Lynn Pickett ()

                                                                                                                                      Owner at B Todd Advertising

                                                                                                                                        Don Aicklen (1979)

                                                                                                                                        Executive Vice President-Client Engagement at KBM Group

                                                                                                                                          Taylor Uehlin (2009)

                                                                                                                                          Associate Private Banker at Fifth Third Bank

                                                                                                                                            Mike Dominick (2011)

                                                                                                                                            Digital Media Supervisor at Cornett Integrated Marketing

                                                                                                                                              David Woolley (2006)

                                                                                                                                              Key Account Manager at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                William Downey (2008)

                                                                                                                                                Branch Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

                                                                                                                                                  Michael Orinski (2011)

                                                                                                                                                  Account Executive at Ricoh USA, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                    Alleca Evans (2010)

                                                                                                                                                    Information Specialist at Humana

                                                                                                                                                      Amy Furlong (1983)

                                                                                                                                                      Communications Specialist at Lexmark International, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                        Megan Smedley ()

                                                                                                                                                        President at McCauley Shoes

                                                                                                                                                          Tyler Walker ()

                                                                                                                                                          Group Sales Executive at Lexington Legends Professional Baseball Club

                                                                                                                                                            Alison Preston ()

                                                                                                                                                            Performance Improvement Facilitator at University of Kentucky Enterprise Learning

                                                                                                                                                              Townsend Miller (2009)

                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Development Director at Salvation Army

                                                                                                                                                                Stinson Miller (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                Director of Volunteer and Military Services at American Red Cross

                                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth Haywood Rauch (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                  Communications and Marketing Associate at Muhammad Ali Center

                                                                                                                                                                  • Received her MA in organizational communication from the University of Louisville.

                                                                                                                                                                  Brian Inman (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                  Senior Director of Corporate Membership at Technology Association of Georgia

                                                                                                                                                                    David Burke (1997)

                                                                                                                                                                    Consultant Relations at Fidelity Investments

                                                                                                                                                                      Derrek Patrick (1990)

                                                                                                                                                                      Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

                                                                                                                                                                        Abigail Payne (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Recruiting and Development at Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana- Lafayette

                                                                                                                                                                          Amira Shalash (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                          Kentucky Market Manager at Kellogg’s

                                                                                                                                                                            Brody Ruihley (2005)

                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at University of Cincinnati

                                                                                                                                                                              Elyse Vincent (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                              Marketing Communications Specialist at Big Ass Fans

                                                                                                                                                                                Elizabeth Petrun (2008 (B.A.), 2010(M.A.))

                                                                                                                                                                                Researcher and Project Manager at National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland

                                                                                                                                                                                  Gordy Hoagland (2012)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sales and Leasing Specialist at ACRE Commercial Real Estate

                                                                                                                                                                                    Brianna Wooten (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Communications Coordinator at Montgomery County, OH Department of Environmental Services

                                                                                                                                                                                      Rosa Gonzalez (1991)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Adviser for Communication and Information
                                                                                                                                                                                      Chief, Information and Knowledge Management Unit at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau

                                                                                                                                                                                        Jesse Barber (2005)

                                                                                                                                                                                        VP Sales South at Southern Wine & Spirits of Indiana – Prestige Division

                                                                                                                                                                                          Summer Lindsay (2002)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Director of Human Resources at Pennyroyal Mental Health Center

                                                                                                                                                                                            Kim Huston (1981)

                                                                                                                                                                                            President/CEO at Nelson County Economic Development Agency

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tracy McKinney Burnett (1992)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Human Resources Manager at Total Quality Logistics

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris Crumrine (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Executive Communications at University of Kentucky External Affairs

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Daniel Baker (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Public Relations Coordinator at Music Institute of Lexington

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jim Barnes (1978)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Owner at Barnes Communication

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lauren Gross (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Community Relations Director at Five Star Quality Care

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brittany Czirr (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Administrative Assistant at Cincinnati Bell

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeremy Jones (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Special Events Coordinator at Pentegrity Entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Also is a promoter at Standout Agency in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amy Friskney (1995)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marketing Manager at Yellow Pages

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Joanna Clark (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Account Manager in Public Relations at Doe Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Casey Smith (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Publicity Coordinator at Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Laura Beth Daws, Ph.D. (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor of Communication at Southern Polytechnic State University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alleca Evans (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Information Specialist at Humana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Orinski (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Account Executive at Ricoh, USA, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jon Carloftis (1986)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Featured in the June edition of Southern Living Magazine identifying him as "The Rooftop Vegetable Man." Carloftis is known for creating sky-high rooftop edible gardens in New York.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liz Huber (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coca-Cola Representative at Coca-Cola Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim Borgaard (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Logistics Account Executive at Total Quality Logistics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          George Bowra (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Franchise Owner at Southern Spreads Gourmet Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lekendra Leandre (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Graduated in May 2012 from UK with an MPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cara Franke (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Works at University of Kentucky Admissions Office

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Casie Gresham (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Export Coordinator at DRE Medical Equipment, International Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Previously was International Sales Coordinator for the same company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Joey and Tommy Enricco (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Works at UK Police

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hannah Carroll (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Police officer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heather Hadi Cupps (2010)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leanne Shields (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Owner, Wedding Planner at Wedding Bliss Bridal Consulting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shields started Wedding Bliss as an undergraduate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Danielle Shelley (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Physician’s Assistant at WakeMed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jessica Ortman (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Training and Standardization Manager at Liquidity Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        William Downey (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Branch Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hannah Coates (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Works at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patrick Barnettte (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Behavior Management Specialist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leslie Bailey-Venable (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Manager at Walgreen’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Previously worked at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John Gillespie (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Campus Ambassador at Coca-Cola Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brian Troyer (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Student Services Director at University of Kentucky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Susanne Railey Brown (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Works at Westbrook Partners

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Married Edward Ross Testerman III on Aug. 20, 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corey Kildow (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Attorney at JP Morgan Chase

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Curt Hargrove (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Market Research Specialist at Gray Construction

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Justin Craft (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Works at LexJet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bethany Paris (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Received a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2012.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amanda Brewer (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cardiology Practice Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taressa Fraze Friese (2004)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Resides in California and is currently traveling the world on a one-year honeymoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelly Anders (2003)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Works at Mizuho OSI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Travis Ford (1994)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Men’s Basketball Coach at Oklahoma State University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walter McCarty (1996)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 10-year veteran of the NBA. Now focusing on a career in music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              K.C. Crosbie (1992)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Member of the Urban County Council representing the 7th District in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cartwright Stephens (2002)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Waste Management Trainer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Completed his MA in Communication in 2002.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike Chism (1990)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Works at Mizuho OSI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tigue Baxter (1990)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Renaldo Juanso (1987)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vice President of Communications and Marketing at American Academy of Ophthalmology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Veronica Glass (1988)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Motivational Radio Talk Show Host at WGNS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Recently authored and published the book "Use Your Buckets: Twelve Life Lessons for Success."