Alumni Updates

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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

          Justin Allen (2009)

          Producer/Director at Kentucky Educational Television

            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

                    Whitney Blanford (2010)

                    Marketing Analyst at A&W Restaurants, Inc.

                      Alexandra Harper (2010)

                      Operations and Communications Coordinator at University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs

                        Brenda Peterson (1990)

                        Published author by Global Memory Press

                          Ericka Harney (2004, 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.

                          Jeremy Dever (2003)

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

                            Casey Smith (2009)

                            Publicity Coordinator at Link-Belt Construction Equipment

                              Terry Likes (1996)

                              Department Chair & Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Tennessee State University

                                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

                                                    Jennifer Pizzurro (2013)

                                                    Advertising Traffic Coordinator at Cablevision

                                                      Stephanie Van Stee (2008, 2012)

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

                                                        Natasha Milby (2012)

                                                        Director of Finance & Operations at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lexington

                                                          Amanda Harsin (2008)

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

                                                            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

                                                                                                                                    Zachary Henning (2007)

                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at University of Southern Indiana

                                                                                                                                      Brody Ruihley (2005)

                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at University of Cincinnati

                                                                                                                                        Elyse Vincent (2010)

                                                                                                                                        Marketing Communications Specialist at Big Ass Fans

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

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

                                                                                                                                            Gordy Hoagland (2012)

                                                                                                                                            Sales and Leasing Specialist at ACRE Commercial Real Estate

                                                                                                                                              Brianna Wooten (2011)

                                                                                                                                              Communications Coordinator at Montgomery County, OH Department of Environmental Services

                                                                                                                                                Rosa Gonzalez (1991)

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

                                                                                                                                                  Jesse Barber (2005)

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

                                                                                                                                                    Summer Lindsay (2002)

                                                                                                                                                    Director of Human Resources at Pennyroyal Mental Health Center

                                                                                                                                                      Kim Huston (1981)

                                                                                                                                                      President/CEO at Nelson County Economic Development Agency

                                                                                                                                                        Tracy McKinney Burnett (1992)

                                                                                                                                                        Senior Human Resources Manager at Total Quality Logistics

                                                                                                                                                          Chris Crumrine (2008)

                                                                                                                                                          Executive Communications at University of Kentucky External Affairs

                                                                                                                                                            Daniel Baker (2011)

                                                                                                                                                            Public Relations Coordinator at Music Institute of Lexington

                                                                                                                                                              Jim Barnes (1978)

                                                                                                                                                              Owner at Barnes Communication

                                                                                                                                                                Lauren Gross (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                Community Relations Director at Five Star Quality Care

                                                                                                                                                                  Brittany Czirr (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                  Administrative Assistant at Cincinnati Bell

                                                                                                                                                                    Jeremy Jones (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                    Special Events Coordinator at Pentegrity Entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                    • Also is a promoter at Standout Agency in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                    Amy Friskney (1995)

                                                                                                                                                                    Marketing Manager at Yellow Pages

                                                                                                                                                                      Joanna Clark (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Account Manager in Public Relations at Doe Anderson

                                                                                                                                                                        Casey Smith (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                        Publicity Coordinator at Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company

                                                                                                                                                                          Laura Beth Daws, Ph.D. (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor of Communication at Southern Polytechnic State University

                                                                                                                                                                            Alleca Evans (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                            Information Specialist at Humana

                                                                                                                                                                              Michael Orinski (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                              Account Executive at Ricoh, USA, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                Jon Carloftis (1986)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                Liz Huber (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                Coca-Cola Representative at Coca-Cola Company

                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim Borgaard (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Logistics Account Executive at Total Quality Logistics

                                                                                                                                                                                    George Bowra (2011)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Franchise Owner at Southern Spreads Gourmet Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                                                                                      Lekendra Leandre (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Graduated in May 2012 from UK with an MPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cara Franke (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Works at University of Kentucky Admissions Office

                                                                                                                                                                                        Casie Gresham (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                        Export Coordinator at DRE Medical Equipment, International Division

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Previously was International Sales Coordinator for the same company.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Joey and Tommy Enricco (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                        Works at UK Police

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hannah Carroll (2010)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Police officer

                                                                                                                                                                                            Heather Hadi Cupps (2010)


                                                                                                                                                                                              Leanne Shields (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Owner, Wedding Planner at Wedding Bliss Bridal Consulting

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shields started Wedding Bliss as an undergraduate.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Danielle Shelley (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Physician’s Assistant at WakeMed

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jessica Ortman (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Training and Standardization Manager at Liquidity Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                  William Downey (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Branch Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hannah Coates (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Works at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick Barnettte (2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Behavior Management Specialist

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Leslie Bailey-Venable (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Manager at Walgreen’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Previously worked at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Gillespie (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Campus Ambassador at Coca-Cola Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brian Troyer (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Student Services Director at University of Kentucky

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Susanne Railey Brown (2008)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Works at Westbrook Partners

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Corey Kildow (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Attorney at JP Morgan Chase

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Curt Hargrove (2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Market Research Specialist at Gray Construction

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Justin Craft (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Works at LexJet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bethany Paris (2006)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amanda Brewer (2006)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cardiology Practice Manager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Taressa Fraze Friese (2004)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kelly Anders (2003)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Works at Mizuho OSI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Travis Ford (1994)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Men’s Basketball Coach at Oklahoma State University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walter McCarty (1996)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        K.C. Crosbie (1992)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cartwright Stephens (2002)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Waste Management Trainer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Completed his MA in Communication in 2002.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mike Chism (1990)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Works at Mizuho OSI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tigue Baxter (1990)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Renaldo Juanso (1987)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vice President of Communications and Marketing at American Academy of Ophthalmology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Veronica Glass (1988)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Motivational Radio Talk Show Host at WGNS

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