Alumni Engagement Director
I'm excited to serve as the Alumni Engagement Director for UKCOP. Before joining the College, I worked in the UK Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, where I was responsible for project support and building relationships with alumni, donors, and friends of the University.
I found a love for higher education as a Wildcat Ambassador during my college years and began my career in Enrollment Management shortly after graduation. I am a native of Western Kentucky and a proud University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in Kinesiology.
We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.
In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.
We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.