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Anthony Alonzo
Anthony Alonzo
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Recruiter
Regions
Colorado, Jefferson County, Shelby County
Phone
859-257-6438
Email
anthony.alonzo@uky.edu
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Hey everyone! My name is Anthony Alonzo and I am originally from Van Nuys, Calif. I am a 2018 University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in secondary social studies education and history, and I have a master’s in teaching from the University of the Cumberlands. 

While my experience at UK was non-traditional as a commuter-student, I still got to experience many of the things that make UK special, from the diversity, academics, athletics and more. With such a vastly growing and expanding campus, there is bound to be something for everyone. I hope to be a part of helping you discover what makes the University of Kentucky a great fit for you.

If you have any questions about admissions, college life, if you want to see what UK has to offer in person, or anything else feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you. Go Cats!

Chris Arria
Chris Arria
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Florida
Phone
859-257-0066
Email
christopher.arria@uky.edu
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Hey, future Wildcats! I am Chris Arria, your regional admissions counselor for the state of Florida. I am a Georgia native but have called Florida home for most of my life. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree from Clemson University. You will often catch me on the Atlantic surfing, cruising down the A1A listening to Jimmy Buffett or snacking at Walt Disney World.

I live and work for the University of Kentucky in Florida, which allows me to build personal connections with students and families throughout the Sunshine State.

I am eager to be a part of the first step in your journey to discover your true passions at the University of Kentucky. The opportunities at UK are truly endless, and I look forward to being your local connection to Big Blue Nation. Please do not ever hesitate to reach out with questions and as always, Go Cats!

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Trey Book
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Iowa, Kansas, Bath County, Bell County, Boyd County, Boyle County, Breathitt County, Carter County, Casey County, Clay County, Elliott County, Estill County, Floyd County, Garrard County, Greenup County, Harlan County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Knott County, Knox County, Laurel County, Lawrence County, Lee County, Leslie County, Letcher County, Lewis County, Lincoln County, Magoffin County, Marion County, Martin County, McCreary County, Menifee County, Mercer County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Nelson County, Owsley County, Perry County, Pike County, Powell County, Pulaski County, Rockcastle County, Rowan County, Washington County, Wayne County, Whitley County, Wolfe County, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee (Knoxville and Eastern TN), Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming
Phone
859-257-0074
Email
treybook@uky.edu
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Hello future Wildcats! My name is Trey Book, and I am originally from Henderson, Ky. I graduated from Murray State University, earning my bachelor's degree in marketing in 2020 and my master’s in business administration in 2023.

As an undergraduate student, I was very involved and that is what made my college experience memorable. I love working in higher education and helping students make UK their home away from home. I encourage you to reach out, ask plenty of questions and visit campus! I am excited to get to know you and will help in any way I can! Go Cats!

Kala Brown
Kala Brown
Title
Diversity Recruiter
Regions
Phone
859-257-0075
Email
kala.brown@uky.edu
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Hi, everyone! My name is Kala Brown and I serve as the Diversity Recruiter in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions here at UK. Although I was raised in Lexington, I graduated from the University of Louisville with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Pan-African studies.

While there, I participated in undergraduate research that focused on minority experiences within the public school system. I also participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program and the Muhammad Ali Scholars Program. Both programs use the legacy of their respective name-givers to engage social justice issues in both the United States and abroad. In addition to these programs, I stayed heavily involved with organizations like the NAACP, the Student Activities Board and the AVIATORs (Admission Volunteers in Action to Recruit); all while working part-time on campus. I am a strong believer in the importance of campus involvement as it cultivates an atmosphere of belonging; and I am happy to discuss best practices for balancing a social life, extracurriculars and the college workload while also prioritizing mental and emotional health.

Overall, I am incredibly passionate about working with youth in the community and especially passionate about helping under-represented minorities navigate higher education. You belong here! I understand how exciting (and a little overwhelming) this time in life can be, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. I am so happy to help and be a part of your journey!

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Leigha Cameron
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Illinois (Chicago and surrounding area), Illinois (middle to southern)
Phone
859-257-8178
Email
leigha.cameron@uky.edu
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Hi future Wildcats! I’m Leigha Cameron, your regional admissions counselor for the great Chicagoland area. I am a proud University of Kentucky Class of 2020 graduate and hold both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work.

While at UK, I was involved in many different activities and organizations including DanceBlue, College Mentors for Kids and an on-campus Living Learning Program. I am eager to help share the beauty of Lexington to prospective students looking to join the Big Blue Nation! This is an exciting time and we are here to help throughout the entire process, so please feel free to reach out. And of course, Go Cats!

 

Raven Cox
Raven Cox
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Hawaii, Anderson County, Bourbon County, Clark County, Fayette County, Fleming County, Jessamine County, Madison County, Nicholas County, Scott County, Woodford County, Nevada, New Mexico
Phone
859-257-0067
Email
raven.cox@uky.edu
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Hi everyone! My name is Raven Cox and I am your Lexington and surrounding areas recruiter. I'm from right outside of Atlanta and am a 2023 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I received my bachelor's degree in clinical leadership and management with a minor in pharmacology. Throughout the duration of my undergraduate period here at UK, I spent time as a UK Tour Guide, SnowCats member and religiously cheered on the Wildcats every Caturday!   

I look forward to assisting you in your journey to becoming a Wildcat in any way that I can. With that being said, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Whether you need assistance on your application, general college life questions or anything in between, I'm more than happy to help!  Please come and find out what's wildly possible!

GO CATS!!!

Mariela Duarte Hernandez
Mariela Duarte Hernandez
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Alabama, Arkansas, Ballard County, Caldwell County, Calloway County, Carlisle County, Christian County, Crittenden County, Daviess County, Fulton County, Graves County, Henderson County, Hickman County, Hopkins County, Livingston County, Lyon County, Marshall County, McCracken County, Mclean County, Muhlenberg County, Todd County, Trigg County, Union County, Webster County, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma
Phone
859-257-0076
Email
mariela.duartehernandez@uky.edu
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Hi there! My name is Mariela Duarte Hernandez, and I am originally from Mexico. I grew up in Mexico and China but was raised here in Lexington and am happy to call this charming city home. I am a 2020 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, earning my bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a 2021 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning my master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership. During my collegiate career, I worked in three separate K-12 schools and was actively involved in Kappa Delta Pi (International Honors Society for Education Majors).

I always knew that I wanted to work with individuals in environments where I would be able to make lasting and meaningful impacts in their lives professionally, socially and academically. Working at the University of Kentucky has allowed me to achieve this professional goal of mine. I hope that you come see campus for yourself and get a first-hand look at what the University of Kentucky has to offer you! Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have – and Go Cats!

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Belén Echevarría
Title
Special Populations Recruiter
Regions
Phone
859-562-2991
Email
belen.echevarria@uky.edu
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Hi everyone! My name is Belén Echevarría, and I am originally from Argentina. Although I was born and raised there, I am proud to call Lexington my home, too; this beautiful city and its community have truly captured my heart. I hold a bachelor's degree in public relations and institutional communications along with an associate degree in ceremonial and protocol from Universidad Católica de Salta. I am also pursuing my master’s in communication management. 

Having experienced the thrill and challenges of pursuing higher education myself, I can truly empathize with your journey. Starting your academic path can be both exciting and challenging, but as you embark on this adventure, I am here to be your guide and provide support every step of the way.   

You are more than welcome to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I would be happy to discuss the resources available for you that will help you create an unforgettable university experience and make your dreams wildly possible! Go Cats!  

Hannah Evans
Hannah Evans
Title
Admissions Coordinator
Regions
Indiana, Bullitt County, Oldham County, Spencer County, Michigan, Wisconsin
Phone
859-257-5269
Email
hannah.evans@uky.edu
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Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Evans, and I am a 2017 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I received my bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in English. In addition to attending UK, I was lucky enough to be born right here in Lexington. Upon graduation, I moved to Orlando and completed two semesters of the Disney College Program before moving back to Lexington to work at UK.

I hope you will visit campus soon so that you can experience what is wildly possible for you at the University of Kentucky. Please reach out with any questions you have – I look forward to speaking with you. Go Cats!

Cara Franke
Cara Franke
Title
Executive Director of Strategic Recruitment
Regions
Pennsylvania
Phone
(859) 257-8126
Email
cara.franke@uky.edu
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Hello, my name is Cara Franke! I am a Lexington, Ky., native and 2009 University of Kentucky graduate. I received a degree in communication and a minor from the Gatton Business School. I spent three wonderful years at UK after transferring – twice – so I understand how difficult it can be to find the perfect fit for you. My years at UK were filled with great experiences due to campus involvement, enriching academic curriculum, access to equine athletics and the amazing city of Lexington!

I encourage you to come visit us here in Lexington to experience UK's beautiful campus for yourself. Here, you’ll find a community committed to your success and the inspiration to fuel your aspirations. Contact me if you have any questions at all, whether they are about admissions, visiting, academics, student life or anything else. Go Cats!

 

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Anna Garlock
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Adair County, Allen County, Barren County, Breckinridge County, Butler County, Clinton County, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Grayson County, Green County, Hancock County, Hardin County, Hart County, Larue County, Logan County, Meade County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Ohio County, Russell County, Simpson County, Taylor County, Warren County, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee (Nashville and Western TN)
Phone
859-257-5095
Email
anna.garlock@uky.edu
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Hi future Wildcats! My name is Anna Garlock, and I am so excited to help you discover what is wildly possible at the University of Kentucky! I am originally from Salisbury, Mary., but have called Kentucky home since 2017 when I moved to pursue a psychology degree at UK. During my time as a student here, I fell in love with our campus community through my involvement with campus offices and organizations, including the Visitor Center and our student-run radio station, WRFL Lexington. 

 

My favorite thing about the University of Kentucky is that there is something for everyone here, and I cannot wait to help you find your place in the Big Blue Nation. I encourage you to reach out with any questions you have as you navigate your college decision process! Go Cats!

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Kayla Gowan
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Alaska, Idaho, Boone County, Bracken County, Campbell County, Carroll County, Franklin County, Gallatin County, Grant County, Harrison County, Henry County, Kenton County, Mason County, Owen County, Pendleton County, Robertson County, Trimble County, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Phone
859-323-6342
Email
kayla.gowan@uky.edu
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Hi there! My name is Kayla Gowan and I am delighted to be a part of the vibrant University of Kentucky community as your admissions counselor. I am originally from Baltimore and I graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, specializing in public relations and strategic communications. After graduation, I found a passion for working in the higher education space and a strong desire to help students navigate the world of college admissions. 

I encourage you to visit campus to experience all the magic that the University of Kentucky has to offer. I have found an incredible sense of community here in Lexington and I look forward to helping you find your place here too. Choosing the right college can be a difficult decision, but I am here to help! I’m so happy to be a part of your journey as you navigate this new, exciting chapter in your life. Go Cats!

Amanda Martinez
Amanda Hatfield
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Arizona, California, Texas
Phone
859-562-2769
Email
amandamartinez@uky.edu
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Hello y’all! My name is Amanda Hatfield. I am a native Texan who graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a degree in mass communications. During my time as an undergraduate student, I was involved in Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and several public relations-based student groups. I developed a passion for higher education during my time as a student ambassador and eagerly pursued a calling to working with students and their families like you!

I live and work for the University of Kentucky in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area. This allows me to work closely with the students and families who reside in our great state of Texas!

I am eager to helping you discover what ignites you at the University of Kentucky. UK has limitless opportunities that I look forward to sharing with you. Please reach out to me with and questions about your application, transitioning to college life, our academic programs or anything else! Go Cats!

Zach Lamb
Zach Lamb
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Georgia
Phone
859-257-1695
Email
zach.lamb@uky.edu
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Hey, future Wildcats! I’m Zach Lamb, your regional admission counselor for Cat-lanta! I’m originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., but grew up in the Bluegrass State. I earned two degrees from the University of Kentucky - a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in higher education. While at UK, I was highly involved in activity programming at the Gatton Student Center, and even went on to work for the facility full-time after graduating.

I call Atlanta home now and have taught in the Fulton County School system. My entire career has been centered on helping students reach their full potential as scholars and global citizens. It’s an honor to guide students to the university that made me who I am today! 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. I can’t wait to help you navigate this exciting stage where anything is wildly possible! Go Cats! 

Addison Mills
Addison Mills
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Ohio (Cincinnati and Southern Ohio)
Phone
859-257-3150
Email
addison.mills@uky.edu
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Hey future Wildcats! My name is Addison Mills and I am a 2015 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I received my bachelor’s degree in integrated strategic communications with a minor in English. I had a unique experience here at UK that was filled with lots of twists and turns and forward to sharing those experiences with you. I attended a community college before transferring to UK and switched majors four times before finally deciding on my major! 

While at UK, I was a K Week K-Crew leader, worked as a resident advisor, was at the Johnson Center five days a week playing basketball or lifting weights, was a photographer for the Kentucky Kernel, worked for the admissions office, played intramural flag football and always loved a Friday night trip to Pazzo’s for bacon pineapple pizza! UK and Lexington offered me tons of ways to meet people and get involved. I love calling UK home.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon and Go Cats! 

Cari Schultz
Cari Schultz
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Ohio (Columbus and Northern Ohio)
Phone
859-257-2104
Email
cari.schultz@uky.edu
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Hello from Ohio! My name is Cari Schultz and I am the regional admissions counselor for Columbus and Northern Ohio. I am an Ohio native! I grew up outside of Cleveland and now reside in Central Ohio.

I have both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication. My entire professional career has been spent in the world of college admissions. Before joining our team at the University of Kentucky, I worked in higher education admissions at two different institutions and most recently, I served high school students as their college counselor for almost 14 years! I absolutely love working with students and cannot wait to show other Ohioans the great opportunities that await them at UK! I’m here to assist you and your family with any questions you have, as we navigate  through this exciting college admissions process. Go Cats!

Lindsey Shokes
Lindsey Shokes
Title
Director of First-Year Recruitment
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Phone
859-257-2744
Email
lindsey.shokes@uky.edu
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Hi there! My name is Lindsey Shokes and I am originally from Nashville, but have fallen in love with the Bluegrass state these last few years. I graduated from Georgetown College in 2013 with a degree in communication and media studies and minors in Spanish and psychology. In college, I participated in Greek life, Panhellenic council, various student life organizations and studied abroad in Spain. I worked in the Office of Admission and interned in the Office of Academic Enhancement.

I hope you will visit campus soon so you can experience all that University of Kentucky has to offer for yourself! Please let me know what questions you have; I look forward to hearing from you. Go Big Blue!

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Mike Smagula
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Phone
859-257-1194
Email
mike.smagula@uky.edu
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Hi everyone! My name is Mike Smagula, and I’m your regional admissions counselor for the New England states including New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montclair State University in New Jersey. As an undergraduate student, I loved working with my university’s radio station, where I served as an on-air DJ for four years. I was also part of the student organization that planned on campus concerts and was in a touring band myself. After receiving my bachelor’s, I continued my education to earn a master’s degree in counseling. 

I live and work for the University of Kentucky in northern New Jersey, which allows me to interact closely with the students and families in the area. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. I’m excited to get to know you and assist you in any way. Go Cats!

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Stacey Thomas
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Phone
859-218-5339
Email
staceythomas@uky.edu
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Hello future Wildcats! I’m Stacey Thomas, your Regional Admissions Counselor for Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University and have lived in the DMV my entire life. 

As an undergraduate student, I was very involved on campus serving as an orientation leader, a resident advisor, and an admissions ambassador welcoming students like you to their new home away from home.  A definite highlight of my college experience was an opportunity to work as a public relations intern for a professional baseball team my senior year!

I currently reside in Northern Virginia and have another exciting opportunity - to get to know you and all the future Wildcats across the DMV! As you transition to college life you will most likely have questions, so please reach out if I can assist you and your family in any way. I can’t wait to share all that’s wildly possible for you at UK! GO CATS!

Keith Wynn
Keith Wynn
Title
Assistant Director of Transfer Recruitment
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Phone
859-257-7595
Email
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Hello everyone! My name is Keith Alfred Wynn and I am originally from the tiny, one-stoplight town of Tollesboro, Kentucky. As a first-generation non-traditional college student, I was proud to graduate from Morehead State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. I have worked in higher education since 2008 in both the United States and in Germany. Admissions and recruitment are my passions, and I truly love helping students take that next step towards the ultimate fulfillment of their goals and dreams. I work with prospective transfer students, and I am excited to help you explore what’s wildly possible as a transfer student here at UK! Remember: Dreams are made possible by taking that first step, and we are here to make sure that you don’t take it alone.