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UK Staff Senate announces new senators

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2024)  Voting has concluded and the University of Kentucky Staff Senate announces its new staff senators. 

The UK Staff Senate represents the interests of staff at all levels of university operations in order to strengthen relationships across the University of Kentucky and to foster a climate that promotes and empowers all university employees and students to participate in the decision-making process.

Senators-elect will begin their three-year terms on July 1.

For a complete list of newly elected senators, see the list below. Re-elected senators are marked by an asterisk (*).

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • LaTanya Walker
  • Laurel Curtis Wood*
  • Christopher Larmour*
  • Eric Carroll
  • Doug Burgess
  • Andrew Hainley

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Komal Pandya
  • Michael Millett
  • Brooke Poe
  • Leanna Brignola
  • Destiny Carter
  • Erin Tigges
  • Scott Pappas*
  • Kendria K. Willis
  • Krystle Moore*
  • Kailey Oliveros
  • Samantha Gauthier
  • Amber Bruce
  • David Faulconer
  • Elizabeth Kostrub*
  • Julien Galyon
  • Tiffany Miller*
  • Andrea Strassburg*
  • Jennifer Fore*
  • Whitney Arvin
  • Jeanine Washington*


  • Audrie Swain
  • Fadyia Lowe*
  • Heather McAtee*
  • Kayla Powell
  • Carol Simpson*
  • Jennifer Hill*
  • Misty Dotson Wright*
  • Amy McHone
  • Kristen Pickett*


  • Olivia Ellis*
  • Alexis Fellows
  • Christopher Carney*
  • Beth Goins*
  • Carl Harper*
  • Pamela McFarland
  • Aaron Gosper
  • Mindy Thompson*
  • Terry Keys*
  • Kenneth Blair
  • Michael Adams*
  • Daniel Naas*
  • Blazan Mijatovic
  • Keisha Wells
  • Markeda Yarbrough*
  • Tamara Anding
  • Melissa Barger
  • Kristen Lawson
  • Amy Lorenzo*
  • Elliot Bloomer*
  • Lucas Redmond

To learn more about Staff Senate, including values, goals, priorities and accomplishments, visit the UK Staff Senate website or contact a senator in your sector. A full list of active senators, organized by sector, can be found online.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.