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Women’s Forum invites campus community to attend 2023 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award luncheon

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum will host a luncheon to celebrate the 2023 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Winners on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Award recipients from four categories (Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student and Team) will be recognized during the event. All awardees have exemplified great work in their efforts and contributions to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth.

The event will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Gatton Student Center. The program will open with a welcome from President Eli Capilouto and keynote address from Danelle Stevens-Watkins. Stevens-Watkins leads the United in True Racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area, and is the acting dean of the College of Education, a professor in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and associate vice president for Research, Diversity, and Inclusion.

If you would like to join this event to celebrate the nominees and award winners, pre-registration is required. Tickets are on sale for $20 per person through 4 p.m., March 24. Tickets can be purchased here:

Please join the Women’s Forum in congratulating the following nominees for the 2023 Sarah Bennett Holmes awards:


  • Drew Elisabeth Ard, Office of University Events
  • Jill Smith, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
  • Andrea Strassburg, Trauma Surgical Services, UK HealthCare
  • Tiana Thé, Public Relations and Marketing
  • Martha Tillson, Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA)


  • Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Aubrey Jones, College of Social Work
  • Wendi Owen, Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine

Graduate Student

  • Faraneh Fathi, biomedical engineering, College of Engineering
  • Minoo Hosseinzadeh, computer science, College of Engineering
  • Samaneh Rabienia Haratbar, biomedical engineering, College of Engineering
  • Alyssa Stubbers, chemical and materials engineering, College of Engineering
  • Harshini Suresh Kumar, biomedical engineering, College of Engineering


Inclusive Job Description Team, Human Development Institute

  • Michele Laur
  • Kathy Sheppard-Jones
  • Jessica Whiting
  • Kimberly Wickert

Justice Community Opioid Innovation (JCOIN) Team, Behavioral Science Department

  • Brittany Anderson
  • Jaxin Annett
  • Casey Baker
  • Jessica Brothers
  • Sarrah Despain
  • Sarah Engle
  • Amanda Fallin-Bennet
  • Laura Fanucchi
  • Kathy Frost
  • Bryan Garner
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Shelley Ledford
  • Mary Levi
  • Stephanie Literall
  • Katie Marks
  • Kathryn McCollister
  • Carrie Oser
  • Drew Spear
  • Leah Scott
  • Michele Staton
  • Dr. Martha Tillson
  • Matt Webster
  • Erin Winston

Sister Circle Forum, Martin Luther King Center

  • Ruth Gonzalez Jimenez
  • Kim Jones-Goldring
  • Krista Rigsby
  • Casey Roley

Women’s Law Caucus, Rosenberg College of Law

  • Harper Anderson
  • Rachael Beller
  • Lindsay Bates
  • Holly Couch
  • Kathleen Dudgeon
  • Sarah Garber
  • Meera Ghetia
  • Trevor Holsey
  • Sydney LaRue
  • Shelton Owen
  • Hope Rowlett
  • Morgan Sanchez

Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished dean of women at the University of Kentucky, who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. This award recognizes UK employees for their contributions to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth. For more about this award or to view previous awardees, please visit

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