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.

Lainie Crouch Kaiser (1997)

Instructor at University of Kentucky Department of Communciation

    Rosalie Aldrich (2009)

    Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Indiana University East

      Elyse Vincent (2010)

      Project Manager at International SPA Association

        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

                    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

                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                  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."