New Student and Parent Programs
University of Kentucky
567 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Director of New Student & Parent Programs
Lauren Goodpaster joined the office in July 2012 as Director of New Student and Parent Programs. In collaboration with the entire staff and student leadership team, Lauren oversees the coordination of K Week, the University's annual welcome week. In addition, she assists the associate dean with the UK 101/201 academic orientation course, including training and developing the peer instructors. She also works with the University's Common Reading Experience, including coordinating the selection committee and facilitating its programming committee. Lauren graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and received her master's degree in higher education from UK. She loves spending time with her husband and their three sons, who all keep her life exciting!
Assistant Director of New Student and Parent Programs / Coordinator of the UK Parent Association
In her role as Assistant Director of New Student and Parent Programs, Nancy Stephens coordinates the UK Parent Association, plans UK's Family Weekend, advises the K Book Ambassadors, and assists with K Week and the K Crew. Nancy is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She received a master's degree in higher education from UK. Nancy and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, traveling, and cheering on the Cats.
Assistant Director of New Student and Parent Programs / Coordinator of the Common Reading Experience
Annie Kelly joined the office in July 2013 as an Assistant Director of New Student and Parent Programs. Annie coordinates the Common Reading Experience program for all first-year students where she oversees the book selection committee and programming committee. In collaboration with staff and the student leadership team, she assists with the coordination of K Week and the recruitment, training, and supervision of the K Crew fall orientation leaders. In addition, Annie coordinates the implementation of web-based technology initiatives within the office. Prior to joining the Wildcat family, Annie completed her Master degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor degree in History and Secondary Education from Saint Louis University. Annie enjoys spending time traveling whenever possible and visiting historic landmarks (especially around Lexington!).
Administrative Services Assistant
Debbie has been the Administrative Services Assistant for the New Student and Parent Program office since April 2001. Debbie is happily married to her husband of 26 years and the proud mom of three wonderful kids which includes a recent UK graduate. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and attending church. Whenever possible, she loves vacationing at the beach with her family.
As a graduate assistant for New Student and Parent Programs, Christie assists with K Week and the K Crew and helps coordinate the Common Reading Experience. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and held many leadership positions in the Office of New Student and Parent Programs as an undergraduate. Christie is currently working on her master's degree in counseling psychology.