Professional News

New UK Staff Senators Announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2020)  Voting has concluded in the University of Kentucky Staff Senate elections.

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

  • Mandi Banahan
  • Robert Cole
  • Dean Holt
  • Ben Rice
  • Ron Simpson Jr.
  • Nancy D. Taylor

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Nike Akers
  • Kim Charles
  • Sierra Cole
  • Kevin Duncan
  • Katelyn Finley
  • Sandy Frey
  • Amanda Hancock
  • Sierha Hardin
  • Amanda Hornsby
  • Heather McCoy
  • Candace Owens
  • Aaron Peffer
  • Angel Stepp
  • Halley White


  • Beth Austin
  • Melissa Barger
  • Candace Bramley-Hardesty
  • Drew Brown
  • Travis Buchanan
  • Rachel Combs
  • John Cruz
  • Dale Davis
  • Diana Doggett
  • Jesse Farley
  • Jon Gent
  • Kristen Grubb
  • Chris Gurtcheff
  • Kelly Hahn
  • Laura Hall
  • Ginni Haynes
  • Claire Heaney
  • Mary Henderson
  • Drew Lane
  • Troy Martin
  • Andrea McCubbin
  • Suzanne McGinnis
  • Susan Meredith
  • Robert Perry Jr.
  • Covetta Ramey
  • Stephen Reed
  • Becca Roark
  • Shavonna Jo Ross
  • Megan Sizemore
  • Tymory Stanton
  • Ryan Story
  • Josh Taylor
  • Hannah Trusty
  • Johnna Wilford
  • Elijah Wilson
  • Pam Woods


  • Alex Dixon
  • Vernida Emerson
  • Sarah Fitzgerald
  • Nick Hayden
  • Paige Noland
  • Frederick Rupp
  • Hannah Simms

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 four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, 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 five 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.