Class of 2019-20





Anu Annabathula

Pikeville, KY

University of Kentucky, Bachelor’s in Public Health

Anu Annabathula graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. During her time at the University of Kentucky, she served as an Orientation leader, Director of a wellness organization, and worked as a veterinary nurse’s assistant. Growing up in the small town of Pikeville, Ky., Anu learned the importance of access to care in rural areas and she gained a deeper understanding of the vast amount of public health issues in her small hometown, which sparked her interest in the healthcare field. In her free time, Anu loves being with her dog Sugar, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends!

Laila Bangash

Prospect, KY

Bellarmine University, Bachelors in Political Science with Double Minors in Business Administration and Healthcare.

During her undergraduate career at Bellarmine University, Laila spent her time focusing on helping integrate first year students to their new lives on campus. Laila dedicated her time to leadership, taking many roles such as being the Administrative Coordinator for the Bellarmine University Orientation Team, as well as being the Co-Chair and Senior Leader for the Women in Leadership Organization at the University. Laila focused her studies in Political Science, with double minors in Business Administration and Healthcare. Laila was also a part of the leadership and service fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha. She is currently enrolled in a Masters in Health Administration program at the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Business Administration program at Bellarmine University. In her free time, Laila enjoys spending time with her family, baking and traveling around the world.

Brandon Beatrice

Union, KY

University of Kentucky, Bachelors in Health Science

During his time at the University of Kentucky, Brandon Beatrice pursued a Bachelors in Health Sciences. Along with this he served several rotations in both clinical and office settings for UK HealthCare, Morning Pointe Nursing, and St Elizabeth. His last rotation through UK HealthCare allowed him opportunity to join full time with UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 2017. He draws interests in pediatrics as well and sports medicine, and hopes to be in a clinical setting in the future. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Logan Bryer

Genoa, Ohio

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Clinical Leadership and Management

From Genoa, Ohio, Logan received a B.S. in Clinical Leadership and Management at UK. He was also a member of the Track and Field team for UK all four years. Logan had internships at Saint Joseph Hospital and The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. During the summer he works for his family-owned construction company and enjoys spending the weekends on the lake with friends.

Natalie Cooper

Chattanooga, TN

Austin Peay State University, B.S. in Health and Human Performance with a Concentration in Healthcare Management

During her time at Austin Peay State University, Natalie worked as an administrative intern at Tennova Healthcare and was a student representative and Governor’s Ambassador for the Admission’s Office at Austin Peay. She also served as Chapter President and Recruitment Chair for her sorority, and served as President of the Health and Human Performance Club. Currently, Natalie is working as a Time Study Analyst for OVIHD at UK Healthcare. Natalie’s career interests include strategy, business development, hospital operations, and patient experience. Outside of school, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and playing with her dog, Opal.

Thomas Corbett

Louisville, KY

University of Kentucky, B.H.S. Clinical Leadership and Management

As an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, Thomas was an athletic trainer for the UK Athletics Department, working with the football and soccer team. In addition, he has held internships with UK Healthcare (Integrative Medicine and Chandler Emergency Dept.) and Kentucky Cancer Link. Post-graduation, Thomas spent his summer as a Graduate Intern for Norton Healthcare in Louisville, working on a multitude of projects based around telehealth/telemedicine. His current interests include operations, strategic planning, sports medicine, and executive leadership. Thomas enjoys spending his time outside of the classroom with family and friends, working out, and cheering on the Cats.

Fred Dorsey

Lilburn, GA

University of Kentucky, Clinical Leadership and Management

While in his undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky, Fred was a full-time student athlete. While juggling school and track Fred managed to shadow with KORT Physical Therapy for over 300 hours and also spent time interning under the tutelage of David A. Fahringer, MSPH, PA-C, who is one of the Directors of the UK-Physician Assistant program. Fred also spent time interning with staff of the new state-of-the-art University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI). Fred now works part-time with UK’s SMRI as a Research Intern. He is also continuing his track career as a member of the U.S. Virgin Island’s National team, as he is currently training for the 2019 IAAF World Championships and later the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He hopes to bring home a medal for his country as well as representing the University of Kentucky with honor. Fred’s career goals outside of the track are to graduate with his MHA and possibly continue school by pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Outside of school and track Fred enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, some well-deserved quiet time, and going to UK Football games.

Lindsey Jasinski

Lexington, KY

Wartburg College, B.A. in Psychology; University of Northern Iowa, M.A. in Clinical Psychology; University of Kentucky, Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology

Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. After completing her PhD at UK and psychology internship at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, she was hired in the Department of Psychiatry in 2010 to provide inpatient and outpatient psychology services, forensic evaluations, teaching and research. In 2014, she transitioned to Eastern State Hospital to open a new brain injury program, and served as the Brain Injury Program Director. In 2015, she assumed additional responsibilities as the Director of Psychology Services at Eastern State Hospital. In her current roles, she engages in a wide range of clinical activities, including neuropsychological and psychological assessment, psychological intervention, program development, research, clinical supervision, and teaching. She also serves on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Board of Health and volunteers with several local organizations and schools. In her time away from work and studies, she enjoys playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Kyle, and their two children, Macie (8) and Landon (5).

Madelyn Kaehler

Oak Grove, MN

University of Minnesota, Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology

Maddi graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in May of 2018. During her time as an undergraduate, she maintained active membership in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and was a member of the Undergraduate Public Health Association. Having held numerous positions during her undergraduate career, it was when she interned for Surescripts that she found her passion for the business aspect of the healthcare industry. Maddi currently works for Baptist Health, and main interests are in health promotion, preventative medicine, and patient outcomes. In her free time, Maddi enjoys working out, being outside, hanging out with friends and family, going to concerts, and traveling.

Sarah Kercsmar

Georgetown, KY

University of Kentucky, PhD in Communication. Marshall University in Huntington, MA/BA in Communication Studies

Sarah joined the College of Health Sciences in Summer 2017 and currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Clinical Leadership and Management program at UK. She started the MHA program this fall as a part-time student to a gain a better understanding of what her undergraduate students are being prepared for in graduate school and future careers. Previously, Sarah earned a PhD in Communication from UK and an MA/BA in Communication Studies from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. When not in the classroom as a teacher or a student, Sarah enjoys podcasts, cooking, exploring KY State Parks, and spending time with her husband, Joe, and two kids, Zane and Kiersten.

Allison Severance

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky, BS in Dietetics

Allison Severance graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked with the dietary department at Mayfair Manor Nursing Home and discovered her interests were in healthcare administration. She volunteered for a program at the Lexington Senior Center teaching a cooking class and nutrition facts to people with disabilities. She is currently working at KentuckyOne Health with the quality, risk and informatics department. Her healthcare interests include hospital administration and quality improvement. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing with her dog and spending time with friends and family.

Richard Shufelt

Vine Grove, KY

Transylvania University, Business Administration

Richard served as a summer judicial clerk for Judge Kelly Easton at the Hardin County Circuit Court. He also spent a year with the Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey law firm as an intern associate. Richard currently serves as a Graduate Fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Program Review and Investigation Committee. In his spare time, he fosters retired racing greyhounds and enjoys playing tennis and golf.

Christen Sikora

Southlake, TX

Furman University, BS in Health Sciences

While attending Furman University, Christen played varsity volleyball for 4 years and was also an active volunteer. She volunteered at Greenville Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department and on the PICU floor as well as with Caris Healthcare Hospice. Christen currently works as a Time Study Analyst with UK Health’s Office for Value & Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD). Christens interests include operations, health policy and aspires to someday work as a director of surgical operations or a trauma center. In her free time, Christen enjoys working out, reading, attending concerts and spending time with friends and family.

Jennifer Stocks-Candelaria

Lexington, KY

University of Iowa, B.S. in Biochemistry, B.A. in English

Jennifer has spent over 10 years in the clinical laboratory, specializing in molecular genetics and genomics. She has been the Chief Laboratory Technologist of the Genomics Lab at University of Kentucky Healthcare for 2 years; previously she worked at ARUP Laboratories and 23andMe. Working in a hospital setting has sparked her interest in healthcare operations, and prompted her to start this program. Her interests lie in operations and quality management. When not working or studying, Jennifer enjoys trying new recipes, exploring new places with her husband, and reading.

Hunter White

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky, BS in Public Health, Minor in Clinical Leadership and Management

Hunter graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2018. As an undergrad she was active in her sorority, intramural sports, and the children’s ministry at Southland Christian Church. She was a college of public health ambassador in undergrad and has continued that in graduate school. Following graduation Hunter works part time with the Office of Value and Innovation in Healthcare Delivery (OVIHD) at the Kentucky Clinic. Her career interests include non-profits and global outreach. In Hunter’s spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, running and watching Netflix.

Kayla Wilfong

Louisville, KY

University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Public Health

Kayla received her Bachelor of Public Health from the University of Kentucky in 2018. During her undergraduate career, Kayla was very involved with her sorority and volunteering with Red Shoe Crew and Cowboy Up For a Cure. Throughout all four years of undergraduate work, she was involved with DanceBlue, UK’s student-run dance marathon that benefits UK Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Kayla completed an internship with Kentucky CancerLink during her junior year. She also spent time volunteering at UK Healthcare throughout her senior year. Following graduation, she accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant for undergraduate students in the College of Public Health. Kayla’s healthcare interests include community outreach, hospital operations and quality improvement. She enjoys spending her free time traveling, going to concerts and spending time with her friends, family and her dogs.

McKenzie Wilson

Franklin, KY

Western Kentucky University, Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

McKenzie is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with concurrent degrees in Health Administration and Communication Studies. During her time as a HillTopper, McKenzie was a member of the official campus ambassadorial group referred to as WKU Spirit Masters. Through service to this organization, she was able to complete three hundred hours of community service in addition to serving as Spirit Master Historian. Additionally, she was a committed member to WKU Greek Life as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity where she fulfilled the roles of Vice President of Education, New Member Educator, and Chapter President. Among these leadership roles, she was also a WKU 2017 Football Homecoming Queen Candidate, Miss Alpha Omicron Pi, and a Greek Hall of Fame Inductee. Currently, McKenzie works full time at UK HealthCare in the Department of Anesthesiology as a Simulation Coordinator. Her career interests are focused in health care public relations and communication sectors. She enjoys reading, traveling, and being surrounded by friends and family.

Class of 2018-19





Keyana Boka

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University, BS in Biology with Minor in Worksite Health Promotions

Keyana is pursuing both her M.H.A. and J.D. degrees through UK’s dual degree program. Her interests in health law and policy led her to a M.H.A. internship in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Keyana researches physical activity policy with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She is a graduate of the Western Kentucky University Honors College, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Worksite Health Promotions. When she’s not studying in the law library, Keyana enjoys baking and rock climbing.

Kristin Boone

Bardstown, KY

Eastern Kentucky University, B.S. in Health Services Administration, Ancillary Health Management

During her time at EKU, Kristin interned at three local healthcare facilities: St. Joseph, Rockcastle Regional Hospital, and UK’s Office of Patient Experience. She was one of the re-establishing members of EKU’s Student Association for Health Services Administration chapter, as well as served on the executive committee of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She currently works at UKHC in the administration department in the Department of Pediatrics. Kristin is interested in becoming a Clinical Operations Manager after finishing her MHA degree. In her spare time, she enjoys attending concerts, local festivals, and spending time with family and friends.

Lucas Brooks

Pineville, KY

Centre College BS in Economics and Finance and Political Science

During his time at Centre College, Lucas spent time working at Pineville Community Hospital and then interning in the Marketing and Community Benefit Departments at Ephraim McDowell Health. He also served as his fraternity’s president and as the tennis team captain garnering All Conference Tournament Team honors. He also spent the summer in between his time at Centre and UK interning in the Medicare Service Center for HCA Parallon. Luke’s career interests include hospital operations, finance, and improving rural public health and rural access to care. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing tennis, the outdoors, and being with friends and family.

Larrin Collins

West Liberty, KY

Morehead State University, B.A. Healthcare Management

As an undergraduate at Morehead State University, Larrin held positions at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in patient financial services and patient safety. Larrin started and coordinated MSUs first student led Relay for Life while also holding executive positions in several on-campus and Greek life organizations. During his first year in the program he held an Administrative Apprenticeship at Kentucky Children’s Hospital within UK HealthCare. His summer practicum took place at UC Health in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was the system’s first Graduate Administrative Intern. During the summer Larrin had the opportunity to work on operational, financial, and clinical projects across the large Academic Medical Center. His current interests include pediatrics and operations. Larrin is a die-hard University of Kentucky football and basketball fan!

Olivia Colliver

Mt. Sterling, KY

Centre College

Olivia Colliver graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance in May of 2017. As an undergrad at Centre College, Olivia was active in leadership within her sorority, a varsity athlete for the Centre Colonels, and involved in the After School Tutoring Program for local ESL students. Olivia completed an internship in the summer of 2015 with the Finance Office of Centre College. Following graduation, she worked with Easter Seals Cardinal Hill partnering with Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and is now working in Collections for Marshall Pediatric Therapy. Olivia is interested in non-profit fundraising and community outreach. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, and attending sporting events.

Brenton Craggs

Grand Blanc, MI

Michigan State University, BS Lyman Briggs Human Biology, BA Political Science Pre-Law

Brenton is in the JD/MHA program and is currently on track to graduate in Spring 2020. During his time at Michigan State, Brenton changed tracks from Premed to Prelaw with the intent to work in the intersection of health care and the law in the hope of improving care for physicians and patients alike. He was a founding father for the Sigma Alpha Mu, Mu Chi Chapter at Michigan State University and served as social chair during his time with the organization. Over the last two summers, Brenton has interned with Judge Craft in Whitesburg, KY, and for Richard Chapman in the UK Chandler Office of Corporate Compliance. He hopes to someday practice in Kentucky, Nashville, or Indianapolis. In his spare time, Brenton serves as the Vice President of the UK Law Health Law Society; as part of the executive board for the Federalist Society; participates in the Christian Legal Society, Student Bar Association, and the MHA Student Association; and volunteers throughout the year at the UK Newman Center. Brenton also recently served as the student chair for the UK College of Law’s Immersion Days.

Reynalda Davis

Clarksville, TN

University of Louisville, BA in political science

Reynalda received the University of Louisville’s Woodford R. Porter scholarship and was a part of the National Student Exchange through Hunter College in New York City. She has interests in epidemiology and health insurance payment systems. In her spare time she enjoys concerts, music, and spending time with family.

Heshaam Elbakoush

Lexington, KY

B.S. in Dietetics, University of Kentucky

Heshaam completed his undergraduate at the University of Kentucky and was a member of the Student Dietetics and Nutrition Association. Heshaam was a Staff Sergeant as a Military Police Officer with the 617th Military Police Company based in Richmond, Kentucky, for 7 years while completing his undergraduate. A notable milestone while his time in was the successful shut down and turnover of the largest contingency post, Victory Base Complex, in Baghdad, Iraq in 2011. Currently a first year MHA student, he is interested in operations and management on an executive level. During his time off, Heshaam enjoys to hiking at various locations across the state, socializing with friends, and going on adventurous motorcycle rides.

Blake Freeman

Palm Harbor, FL

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Biology

Blake received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2014. During his time as an undergraduate, he was a varsity member of the University of Kentucky Swim and Dive team, and volunteered for a number of organizations as a student-athlete. After discovering a passion for business while working for lululemon athletica, he chose to pursue a degree that would bring his passions together, operational business management, health care, and community. Blake spends his free time exploring the Lexington community, and being surrounded by friends and family.

Brenton Hill

Yuma, AZ

Arizona State University, BS in Health Policy

Brenton is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor and Master’s of Healthcare Administration dual degree. Before completing his undergraduate degree, he served a Spanish-speaking, full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During his time at Arizona State, he worked in the athletic department where he helped organize and facilitate various events for both sporting and non-sporting purposes. Over the past year and a half he was an intern at Naegle and Crider PLC, and then worked for Hunton & Williams LLP in Dallas, TX as a Legal Assistant. His interests include policy formation, strategic improvement of operations, and the interaction of healthcare and law. In his spare time he enjoys being with his wife, hunting, fishing, and volunteering for his church’s youth program.

Andrew Horn

Chattanooga, TN

Centre College, B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience with Minor in Psychology

As an undergraduate, Andrew majored in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. His interest in healthcare was set in motion after interning at Tyler Insurance Group, the leading Medicare agency in Nevada. During his internship, Andrew met with clients and accompanied agents on appointments. This opportunity allowed him to not only deepen his knowledge of the healthcare system, but also better understand the flaws in the system that clients dealt with on a day-to-day basis. This experience led him to pursue his Masters degree in Health Administration. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing golf, eating Indian food, walking his dog Lucy, and avoiding wedding planning with his fiancé Caroline.

Matt Hutson

Plano, TX

BA at Eastern Kentucky University

Matt Hutson is pursuing an MHA as well as graduate certificates in Lean Systems and Improving Healthcare Value. At UKHC, he's the chair of the PCA Shared Governance council and has championed a monthly email that provides best practice, waste-eliminating measures, and education to all 200 unit clerks in the enterprise. Deeply interested in process improvement, standardized work, and employee relations, Matt is actively engaged in multiple undertakings at the hospital to develop his skills and abilities. When not at work or in class, Matt is improving his foreign language skills (Spanish, German, and French), reading yet another book, or trying to cook the perfect burger.

Cameron Hyde

Sartell, Minnesota

University of Kentucky, B.S. Biology

Cameron received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2015. During his time as an undergraduate, he was a varsity member of the University of Kentucky Swim team, and volunteered at a variety of organizations: St. Joseph Hospital, Mission Lexington, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Upon graduation, Cameron enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. After two years in the dental program, Cameron decided that his strengths and interests lied elsewhere in the healthcare field. His healthcare interests include hospital administration, quality improvement, and creating a patient first environment. Cameron spends his free time working out, exploring Lexington, and spending time with family and friends.

Majd Jabbour

Aleppo, Syria

University of Kentucky, B.A. Biology

Majd’s higher education began in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria, where he was forced to interrupt his studies three years into the program as a result of the ongoing war. Upon moving to Lexington, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of Kentucky in 2017 and entered the Master of Healthcare Administration program that same year. Majd is very passionate about improving healthcare delivery globally and in America, and his work experience reflects that. In 2011, he worked as a hospital pharmacy manager and is currently interning at Baptist Health Lexington in the Patient Experience Department and Baptist Foundation where he works with a group of dedicated people whose goal is to enhance delivery of care. Majd’s focus is on hospital management as he aspires to become a healthcare administrator who can lead real change in a troubled healthcare environment.

Elizabeth Lancaster

Versailles, KY

University of Kentucky, B.S. Biology and Minor in Classics

Elizabeth has had a lifelong interest in the medical field. She spent time as a hospice CNA, during her undergraduate years, gaining experience in patient and family relations. From there, she turned to Markey Cancer Center, where she volunteered for the latter two years of college. She was able to meet and gain a greater respect for nurses and what they do. However, she realized she wanted to be able to do more for patients, nurses, physicians, etc. Graduation came, and she wasn't sure what route to take. Elizabeth headed to Logan's roadhouse. There she met one of the best group of people, who helped her find her path - from introducing her to the field of teaching, to encouraging her to apply for graduate school (it took a couple years). Now, she has interests ranging from hospital operations to quality improvement within the MHA program here at UK. Outside of school, Elizabeth works at the Kentucky Blood Center as a phlebotomist. In her free time, she likes reading, watching movies, traveling, cooking and of course, chilling with her friends/family.

Adam Mardis

Burlington, KY

University of Kentucky B.A. in Economics

As an undergraduate student, Adam was involved with College Mentors for Kids- an afterschool program for underprivileged children in the Lexington area. He also worked part-time for Conifer Health Solutions at Saint Joseph Hospital and has transitioned to a full-time position in the Access Center, assisting in the transferring of patient information between hospitals in the KentuckyOne Health network. His interests in healthcare include public health policy and the promotion of preventative healthcare, specifically in low-income areas. In his spare time, Adam enjoys working out, eating burritos, and hanging out with friends and family.

Allie McNamara

Lexington, KY

Washington and Lee University B.S. Business Administration and European History; cum laude

As an undergraduate, Allie ran cross country and track at Washington and Lee. As a Kappa Alpha Theta, she served as Alumni Liaison and Awards Director. She was also very involved in Mock Convention, which correctly predicted the outcome of the Republican primary election in 2016. She served as a state chair. Allie has volunteered with a local domestic violence shelter for the past 7 years and worked closely with Theta’s philanthropy, CASA. Allie has worked as the Administrative Resident under the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Williamson Medical Center for the past two summers. She is currently pursuing her JD/MHA at the University of Kentucky and working as an Administrative Intern at UK Healthcare.

Baeley Reed

St. Louis, MO

Drexel University, B.S. in Health Services Administration with minor in Business Administration

As an undergraduate, Baeley was a member of the Division I softball program at Drexel University and worked part-time within Drexel’s Recreational Athletics Department. As part of her curriculum, she also completed a six month, full-time internship at a NovaCare Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia as a patient service specialist. There she managed patient data and helped in the verification of patient insurance coverage. Currently, she is working as a graduate assistant for premium seating, hospitality, and events within the UK Athletic Department. Her healthcare interests include hospital administration and quality improvement. In her spare time, Baeley enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

John Rhea

Louisville, KY

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Kinesiology

As an undergraduate at UK, I was very involved with the University of Kentucky’s DanceBlue Morale Committee as well as my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, getting them involved with DanceBlue. During my last year of undergrad, I was a physical therapy technician for Performance Physical Therapy, providing patient care and instructing patients about exercises. After graduation from undergrad I moved from Performance Physical Therapy to Ellis and Badenhausen Orthopaedics to work as a physical therapy technician where I continued my learning of physical therapy. I am interested in chronic disease, operations, and quality improvement. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, camping, being outside, and traveling.

Kaden Ross

Ezel, KY

Morehead State University, B.A. Health Care Management

During his time at Morehead State University, Kaden was an active student leader. He served as the Marketing Coordinator for the Student Programming Board, a congress member for Student Government, Accounting Coordinator for Relay for Life, as well as Treasurer and President of his fraternity Delta Tau Delta. His career interests include hospital operations, quality improvement , and project management. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, rooting for the Wildcats, and spending time with family and friends.

Eliza Jane Smith

Burkesville, KY

B.A. Health Communication

As an undergraduate, Eliza Jane was involved with the Red Shoe Crew and obtaining multiple positions in her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. Eliza Jane was also very active with the philanthropic side of Greek life, helping raise thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She recently finished an internship at the Kentucky Center for Oral Surgery and currently hold a Graduate Assistantship at UK Healthcare. She is interested in pediatrics, operations, and hospital administration. In her free time, you can find her working out, spending time with her family, watching HGTV, or playing with her dog.

Amber Williams

London, KY

Morehead State University, B.A. in Exercise Science with a Minor in Health

After graduating from Morehead State University with a degree in Exercise Science, Amber spent 17 years in the Health and Fitness industry working in a variety of settings, such as corporate fitness as a Fitness Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of KY, non-profit wellness as a Wellness Director at the Frankfort YMCA, medically integrated sports club as the Assistant Fitness Director at the Westview Hospital Healthplex Sports Club and owner of her own fitness studio, Body of Stone Fitness. Amber’s love for the health & wellness industry has transitioned to the Healthcare side of wellness and she is currently the Chief Administrative Assistant in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UK Healthcare. Amber is very much interested in quality and patient satisfaction in the Healthcare industry and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Improving Healthcare Value along with her Master’s in Health Administration. Outside of work and school, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris their children Luke (15) and Alli (13). Her free time is consumed with her children’s sporting events and extra-curricular activities.

Renee’ Wilson

Northern KY

University of Kentucky, BA in Health Communication

Renee' received the University of Kentucky Presidential Scholarship and completed an internship with KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Renee' has an interest in risk management, corporate compliance, and healthcare law, and hopes to pursue one of these interests after completing her Master of Health Administration and J.D. dual degree. In her spare time Renee' enjoys crafting, hosting board game and trivia nights, and playing tennis.

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Haylie Dennis

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky, BA in Health Communication, BHS in Clinical Leadership and Management, Spanish Minor

As an undergraduate, Haylie worked as a UK HealthCare Patient Relations Assistant in the pediatric, ambulatory, orthopedic and neurology departments. She also participated in research on oral health in Appalachian Kentucky and intimate partner violence and co-authored two conference presentations. Her area of interest is population health, particularly in physical health and wellness. In her free time, Haylie enjoys taking her dog hiking, kayaking, and hammocking.

Kristen Green

Owenton, KY

University of Kentucky, B.A. in History

As an undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky, Kristen worked as the primary outpatient intake coordinator for Lexington Infectious Disease Consultants. Kristen is interested in cost and resource management as well as private practice sustainability, areas in which she hopes to further her experience after completion of the MHA degree. She currently volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association as an advocate to Senator Mitch McConnell and serves on the Walk to End Alzheimer's committee in Lexington. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys whitewater rafting, travel, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Tarra Lowe

Lexington KY

Berea College, B.A. in Political Science

Tarra has worked at UK HealthCare for the past 20 years. She started her career in Continuing Medical Education (CME) organizing programs for providers. The majority of her experience at UK HealthCare is in the Physician Liaison Program providing outreach to the providers of Kentucky. Tarra has an interest in advancing her career in healthcare after finishing her MHA. In her spare time, Tarra spends time with her husband, chasing after her twin boys, and when she has any extra time, playing tennis and spending time with friends.

Kenneth Nusbacher

Lexington, KY

Transylvania University, B.S., Psychology, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, DMD

Kenneth is an Assistant Professor in the UK College of Dentistry. He serves as the Director of Faculty Practice Clinic and also the Director of the Dental Assisting Program in the College of Dentistry. His clinical interests include oral diagnosis, oral medicine and oral radiology. Kenneth teaches several courses in the College of Dentistry and in teaching continuing education courses. Prior to joining the dental faculty, Kenneth was in private practice in Lexington. He is very active as a youth soccer coach in Lexington plus serves as the UK Soccer Club Faculty representative.

Carrie Rudzik

Versailles, KY

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Accounting

After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1999, Carrie pursued a career within manufacturing as a cost accountant at Square D Company, a local manufacturer of circuit breaker boxes and equipment. After four years in the industry and amidst some turmoil and outsourcing, Carrie took a job with UK HealthCare in 2003. She spent over eight years in various accounting and finance roles including Cost Accounting Coordinator, OR Finance Manager, and Senior Manager of Fiscal Planning & Analysis. In 2011, Carrie transitioned to the ICD-10 implementation team as the project manager, a position she held for two years. In 2013, when UK HealthCare assumed management of Eastern State Hospital, Carrie was asked to be a part of the transition team which was tasked with opening the new building and over 400 employees from the original 1824 hospital to the new, state-of-the-art. When the transition was complete, Carrie stayed on as the Director of Business and Administrative Services overseeing financial and administrative functions of the facility. In February 2016, Carrie was asked to assume the role of Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, Carrie oversees all operations of the 239-bed facility. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys playing golf and spending time with her husband, Jason and their two boys, Jacob (11) and Matthew (9).

Christopher Yost

Manchester, KY

University of Kentucky, B.S. in Biology University of Kentucky College of Medicine, MD

After completing medical school, Chris completed a three-year Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky. Chris is currently in his third year on faculty at UK as an assistant professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine. His clinical responsibilities focus on adult primary care and chronic disease management. Chris is involved in both internal medicine resident and medical student education. He has an interest in clinical quality improvement, transitions of care, and practice transformation. Outside of work and school, he spends most of his time with his wife and children.