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Recently Elected UK Staff Senators Announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2019)  Voting has concluded in the University of Kentucky Staff Senate elections. Because each sector represented had fewer candidates than vacancies, all candidates will be seated.

Senators-elect will begin their three-year terms as senators July 1. A listing of senators-elect per sector is as follows:

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Jennifer Edwards

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • M’Rae Patterson Cason
  • Kimberly Charles
  • Candace Heather Gross
  • LeeAnn Merrill
  • Chablis Murray
  • Parth Patel
  • Angel Smith


  • Bobbi Jo Allen
  • Daphne Arnold
  • Sabrina Brewer
  • Jennifer Bridge
  • April Brooks
  • Stephanie Carpenter
  • Lesley Cash
  • DeRita Graves
  • Lyndall Harned
  • Catherine Hayden
  • Lisa Lockman
  • Derrick Meads
  • Laura Prather
  • Paul A. Rideout
  • Laure Ziembroski Smith
  • Danielle Story
  • Allison Walters
  • Daniel Wilmot
  • Kallie Wilson


  • Sarah Alegria
  • Courtney Chafin
  • Kasandra Lambert  

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.