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New Staff Senators Announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2021)  Voting has concluded in the University of Kentucky Staff Senate elections.

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 as senators July 1. A listing of senators-elect per sector is as follows:

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Jessie Partin
  • Travis Short
  • Justin Sumner
  • Preston Thomas
  • Laurel Wood

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

  • Ginger Anderson
  • Misty Dotson Wright
  • Jennifer Fore
  • Rewa Gardner
  • Fadyia Lowe
  • Krystle Moore
  • Scott Pappas
  • Sarah Steen
  • Andrea Strassburg


  • Ann Eads
  • Jennifer Hill
  • Heather McAtee
  • Kevin Puckett
  • Amanda Schagane


  • Michael Adams
  • Dawn Baker
  • James Boxx
  • Christopher Carney
  • Olivia Ellis
  • Andrew Fast
  • Jennifer Fransen
  • Beth Goins
  • Carl Harper
  • Andrew Hernandez
  • Jordan Hoehler
  • Terry Keys
  • Jennifer Knuf
  • Elizabeth Kostrub
  • Julianne Kravetz
  • Chris Larmour
  • Amy Lombard
  • Amy Lorenzo
  • Megan Lucy
  • Ashley Marcum
  • Linda Marshall
  • Tiffany Miller
  • Daniel Naas
  • Kristen Pickett
  • Shawn Pryor
  • Sandra Shepherd
  • Carol Simpson
  • Clem Stambaugh
  • Mindy Thompson
  • Aaron Vaught
  • Markeda Yarbrough

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

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.