Diane Kohler is the Manager of Career Development. Beginning her employment with UK in 1979, Diane has held several different positions in Student Affairs, Integrated Academic Services and Human Resources, including: staff assistant, academic advisor, Coordinator of Academic Advising for Developmental Studies and as career counselor, Assistant Director, Associate Director and, most recently, Senior Associate Director on the James W. Stuckert Career Centerís Leadership Team. Her 26 year background in career counseling includes assisting alumni, community members, employees and students. In other campus roles, Diane earned certification as a Master Trainer in Performance Evaluation by Development Dimensions International, Inc. and was instrumental in implementing a new performance evaluation system campus-wide. She also designed and managed UKís first dual career program for accompanying partners of faculty and staff.
Diane believes that organizational development and success can best be achieved through individual employee development and success. She is dedicated to building a program of services that will enable UK staff members to manage their careers and professional growth. With a masterís degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling and bachelorís in English Education from the University of Kentucky, Diane is qualified to use the MBTI and Strong II assessment tools as well as a wide array of other career assessments. As a former Wolverine and Buckeye, Diane came to Kentucky for the horses years ago, but stayed for the wonderful people and opportunities. She is proud to be employed with so many talented and dedicated individuals who are working to help the University of Kentucky reach Top 20 Status by 2020.
Staff Support Associate II
Abby Leonard has been with Career Development since May 2011. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Strategic Communication, and a minor in Statistics. Abby plans to continue her education in grad school in the fall. She is a native of Findlay, Ohio, where her mom and dad still reside.
Abby started her career in HR in February 2009 when she worked as a Placement Associate for Student Employment. She plans to continue her experience working in HR. She loves interacting with UK students and UK staff and looks forward to meeting new people every day.
In her spare time, Abby enjoys watching sports, playing volleyball when she gets the chance, and going out to eat. Abby will always be a Wildcat and enjoys going any Kentucky sporting event. Go Cats!