University of Kentucky Department of Communication

Alumni Updates

Information provided below was submitted by our faculty members, alumni updates to the program and through press releases. Have an update for us? Please fill out our Alumni Update Form.


Regan Nichols (2007)

Account Supervisor at Scoppechio


    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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Attorney


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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."