Professional Development - Dianna August
Bulk Mail Supervisor
I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. I work in the University of Kentucky’s Post Office located in the Whitehall Classroom Building. I have worked at the University of Kentucky for 11 years. For the last 6 years, I have been the Supervisor of Bulk Mail.
My responsibilities include supervising 4 employees as well as daily production of Bulk Mail, maintenance of accounts in the billing software database, ordering the supplies and equipment maintenance, inventory for the department, and customer service. I am also responsible for understanding and implementation of the USPS rules and regulations for the nonprofit postage permit 51. I serve as the treasurer of the Lexington Postal Council, and am a member of the President’s Commission on Women.
I have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Akshay Kumar Thakur is my 2 years and 9 month old grandson, whom I babysit regularly. Akshay’s mother Adrienne Godfrey Thakur, my daughter, is a law student here at the University of Kentucky, College of Law and serves as the Regional Director, Sub Region 1 (KY-TN) Southern Region Black Law Students Association. Akshay’s father, Yashwanta Thakur, is a Computer Information Technology student at Bluegrass Community Technical College. Adrienne and Yashwanta also work.
I love to travel – my most memorable place is Katmandu, Nepal, which is where Yashwanta is from. I hold several professional licenses: principal auctioneer in Kentucky and Ohio and real estate agent (escrow) in Kentucky. I collect and deal in antiques, cane chairs, and wicker repair.
University of Kentucky has programs and improvement classes that have been useful for me. The wellness Program has helped me cope with stress at work and home. Other courses I attended are SuperVISION Program and The Supervisory Enrichment Certificate Series.
In my years at the University of Kentucky, I have worked with a diverse group of people which has taught me that everybody is different. Taking the time to listen has given me a greater appreciation of people’s different backgrounds and cultures. I have learned that while we all may be different, we have a lot of the same goals and values in our everyday lives