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Clayton Abernathy
Clayton Abernathy
Title
Associate Director of Recruitment, Kentucky resident recruitment
Regions
Kansas, Iowa, Bath County, Boyd County, Boyle County, Breathitt County, Bullitt 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, Oldham County, Owsley County, Perry County, Pike County, Powell County, Pulaski County, Rockcastle County, Rowan County, Shelby County, Spencer County, Washington County, Wayne County, Whitley County, Wolfe County, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee (Knoxville and Eastern TN), Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Phone
859-257-0066
Email
clayton.abernathy@uky.edu
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Hey Everyone! My name is Clayton Abernathy and I am originally from Crescent Springs, Ky. I am a 2016 University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. As a student, I served as president of Theta Chi Fraternity, morale coordinator of DanceBlue and news director of the student-run radio station, WRFL 88.1-FM.

Being involved on campus helped me grow as a student, person and leader. With more than 550 student organizations at the University of Kentucky, there is a place for you to make your mark on campus! I look forward to helping you discover what’s wildly possible for you at UK. 

Take that next step and visit UK’s campus to experience what it is like to be a Wildcat. Reach out to me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and Go Cats!

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Anthony Alonzo
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Jefferson County, Colorado
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!

Phillip Baggett
Phillip Baggett
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Illinois (Chicago and surrounding area)
Phone
859-257-8178
Email
phillip.baggett@uky.edu
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Hi everyone, my name is Phillip Baggett and I am your regional recruiter for the Windy City. I attended Saint Xavier University for my undergraduate degree in liberal studies and Bushnell University for my master’s degree in leadership. I have worked in the field of higher education for almost 10 years and have experience in admissions, career services and advising. It brings me great joy to see students thrive and accomplish their educational goals. I’m so excited to be a part of the University of Kentucky and share with you what's wildly possible.

So, let's take an adventure. Let's pull out a map. Not an old one that shows where you've been, but a new one that shows where you might go. Head to the Bluegrass State and see where it takes you. Go Wildcats!

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!

Cara Franke
Cara Franke
Title
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
Regions
Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
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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Sara Gabbard
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Alabama, Illinois (middle to southern), 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, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma
Phone
859-257-0074
Email
sara.gabbard@uky.edu
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Hello! My name is Sara Gabbard and I was born and raised in Muhlenberg County, Ky. I am a 2015 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in English. At UK, I was involved as a student leader with the organization, Campus Outreach. My time at UK was an enriching experience because of the exceptional academic curriculum that was offered, the developmental growth of leadership skills and the close-knit community I was able to form during my four years at the university. I also love the great food scene that Lexington provides and am always down for The Local Taco! 

I hope you get the chance to visit campus so you can experience Big Blue Nation and see the charming city of Lexington for yourself. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time and let me know how I can be of assistance to you during the admissions process. I look forward to sharing with you all the exciting experiences that UK has to offer. Go Cats!

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Anna Garlock
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Idaho, Alaska, 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
anna.garlock@uky.edu
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Hi there! My name is Anna Garlock, and I am a proud 2021 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I am originally from Salisbury, Maryland, but am thrilled to now call Lexington my home!

In addition to majoring in psychology and participating in undergraduate research, I spent my time at UK getting involved on campus through our student-run radio station, WRFL-FM Lexington, and giving campus tours through the Visitor Center. Joining these communities was one of the best things I did during my college experience, as they really made campus feel like home.

I am so excited for you to see all that is wildly possible for you at the University of Kentucky. I encourage you to schedule a time to visit us on campus, and of course, please reach out with any questions you have. I can’t wait to speak with you! Go Cats!

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Dowling Gibson
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Florida
Phone
859-257-5217
Email
dowling.gibson@uky.edu
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Hey y’all! I’m Dowling Gibson, Florida local and your Regional Admissions Counselor for the Sunshine State! I have spent my whole life in the south growing up in Georgia, graduating from Valdosta State University, and then moving to Florida in 2015 to be closer to the beautiful beaches. My collegiate experience was spent as a Mass Media/Journalism major reporting on school athletics, working part time at our Student Recreation Center, attending Fine Arts performances, and being involved in various student ministries.  

I currently reside in North Florida outside of Jacksonville and am readily available to meet with and get to know my Florida families to discuss the endless opportunities at the University of Kentucky! I can’t wait to get to know you and your family and assist with any questions you have along the way. Go Wildcats!  

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Nick Johnson
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Anderson County, Bourbon County, Clark County, Fayette County, Fleming County, Jessamine County, Madison County, Nicholas County, Scott County, Woodford County, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico
Phone
859-257-0067
Email
nick.johnson@uky.edu
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Hey, y’all! My name is Nick Johnson. I graduated from UK in 2015 with a degree in music education and I am so excited to be your recruiter! In relation to UK, I grew up a stone’s throw away in the state capital, Frankfort. It’s a semi-small town that taught me to love Kentucky and how to help others love Kentucky, as well.

During my tenure at UK I served as the coach of the acoUstiKats, was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and had the opportunity to travel to multiple states and countries on university sponsored trips. Upon graduation, I taught choir and guitar at Tates Creek High School in Lexington for six years.

Now, I’ve been given the exciting opportunity to help you discover your future home waiting for you on UK’s campus. Schedule a tour and take time to experience the vibrancy Lexington has to offer – I promise you won’t regret it! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or if I can assist you in any way. I’m rooting for you and I’m here to help! Go Cats!

Amanda Martinez
Amanda Martinez
Title
Recruiter
Regions
Texas
Phone
859-562-2769
Email
amandamartinez@uky.edu
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Hello y’all! My name is Amanda Martinez. 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!

Alexis
Alexis Meza de los Santos
Title
Latinx/Hispanic Diversity Recruiter
Regions
California, Arizona
Phone
859-562-2991
Email
alexis.meza@uky.edu
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¡Hola futuros Wildcats, mucho gusto!

My name is Alexis Meza de los Santos and I am originally from Veracruz, Mexico, but I have been residing in the United States since I was 9 years old. Lexington is home for me! I am a first-generation Latina college graduate, and I now get to help other Latinx/Hispanic students navigate the college journey. I’m a graduate of Kentucky State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. While in college, I was involved with Latinx student organizations, became an activist for undocumented student access to higher education, served on the school newspaper, and hosted a radio show.

I serve as the Latinx/Hispanic Diversity Recruiter in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. I can help you with your admission process and answer any questions you have in general about college life. I do not have a specific territory, so I am all over the place! I am also bilingual, and can definitely express myself in Spanglish, so let’s talk! It’s an incredible time to be a Wildcat, and I am so excited to show you how you too can be part of the Big Blue Nation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you!

¡Si se puede!

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
Associate Director of Recruitment, Out of State resident recruitment
Regions
Indiana, Georgia
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, New Jersey, New York
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 New Jersey, New York 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 of the tri-state 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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Colton Thayer
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
colton.thayer@uky.edu
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Hey everyone! My name is Colton Thayer and I am originally from Tollesboro, Ky. I am a 2019 University of Kentucky graduate with a degree in business management and marketing. As a student, I was involved with numerous student organizations including Team Wildcat, American Marketing Association, DanceBlue and the LexEngaged Living Learning Program. I even had the incredible opportunity to spend part of a summer studying abroad down under in Australia! 

I had a phenomenal time in Lexington as a student and am so ecstatic to have returned to continue my professional journey. I highly encourage you to join us for a visit on campus and experience the beauty of this campus in person. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you! As always, GO CATS!!

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Stacey Thomas
Title
Recruiter
Regions
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 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
Regions
Phone
859-257-7595
Email
Keith.Wynn@uky.edu
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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.