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UK Women’s Forum Announces Newly Elected Executive Committee and Board Members

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum has announced its board members elected for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

The 2021-2022 Executive Committee members are:

  • Alli Lake (chair), Student Organizations and Activities
  • Drew Elisabeth Ard (past-chair), University Events
  • Chaquenta Neal (chair-elect), Enrollment Management
  • Paige Noland (treasurer), Office of the President
  • Tricia Hensley (secretary), Student Organizations and Activities

Newly elected board members for the 2021-2023 term are:

  • Karen Butler, College of Nursing
  • Dee Dlugonski, College of Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Edwards, Information Technology Services
  • Rikketta Franklin, Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
  • Holly Hatfield, Rosenberg College of Law
  • Cathy Masoud, UK Healthcare Office of Corporate Compliance
  • Melissa Nickell, Department of Physiology
  • Candace Owens, UK Healthcare Patient Access Services
  • Anna Sims, Family and Community Medicine
  • Bridget Szczapinski, College of Medicine – Office of Biomedical Education

Returning members serving for the 2020-2022 term are:

  • Neale Benjamin, College of Arts and Sciences – Academic Advising
  • Candace Bramley-Hardesty, Master of Business Administration Center
  • Sarah DeVriendt, College of Education – Office for Undergraduate Advising and Student Success
  • Jacqui Greene, Office of Technology Commercialization
  • Tricia Hensley, Student Organizations and Activities
  • Chaquenta Neal, Enrollment Management
  • Paige Noland, Office of the President
  • Sarah Orr, University Relations
  • Emily Sallee, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards
  • Tamika Tompoulidis, Lewis Honors College

The Women’s Forum will start planning for the new academic year via an all-day retreat on June 15. Visit the UK Women's Forum website to learn more about the organization and its signature events, including the annual conference and the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. Details about monthly professional development and the EEAA (Employee Educational Assistance Awards) will be shared later this summer.

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.