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Study Smarter Seminar Coordinator
Kayla comes to us from the small town of Gallipolis, Ohio. She earned BA degrees in English, French, and Secondary Education from Marshall University in 2012, but after teaching in France for a semester as a Fulbright Scholar has turned her sights toward international and comparative higher education instead. She is now a 2nd year Masters student in the Higher Education program, with her research primarily focusing on international experiences and their long term impacts. Along with coordinating the Study Smarter Seminars, Kayla also works with International Student and Scholar Services and is a College of Education Student Ambassador. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys watching Disney movies and Netflix, cheering for the Reds and Steelers, and rereading literary classics over and over. Kayla lives in Lexington with her husband Brad and their furry little fuzz ball, Miley.
Dana is a working toward her Ph.D. in higher education through the Educational Policy and Evaluation (EPE) department. Her research interests include student cultures, especially students' romantic relationships, and gender issues. She has a Masters in school counseling and a B.A. in Psychology. Over the last several years, she has worked at various private colleges as a Student Affairs Administrator. Although most of her professional experience is in Residence Life, she is interested in enhancing students' overall academic and campus experiences.
Dana enjoys reading, watching movies, spinning, and having good conversations over lattes. She lives in Lexington with her husband, Casey and her cat, Marley. As Dana is originally from New Jersey and her husband is from Atlanta, she also likes long road trips and singing along to her iPod!
Peer Academic Coaching Coordinator
Katy Haynes Owen is originally from Nashville, TN. She received her B.A. in Honors Psychology from the University of Tennessee (GO VOLS!) in 2009 and her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University in 2012. She is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, where her research interests include the experiences of marginalized mothers and access to counseling services. Katy has worked with undergraduate students at multiple universities and is excited to continue working with undergraduate students at UK this year. In her spare time, Katy enjoys running, reading, and hiking in Red River Gorge!