Who We Are

About Us

The Office of eLearning is part of UKAT’s Academic Technology Group.


Kelley Cruse

Office of eLearning Manager  |  (859) 257-9898

Kelley Cruse has worked as an Instructional Designer in Higher Education since 2009. Within her role, Kelley leads the eLearning team as they work to design, develop and support quality learning environments. She particularly enjoys working with faculty as they develop courses for online and hybrid delivery. Kelley is inspired to work in the field of online learning and increasing the access of educational opportunities for students. Kelley has two degrees from the University of Kentucky’s College of Education - Master’s in Instructional Systems Design and a Bachelor’s in Middle School Education.


Sarah Asher

Sarah Asher

Instructional Designer  |  (859) 257-8239

Sarah Asher is a course designer for the Office of eLearning. She also supports many instructional technologies used for synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning for both online and hybrid courses. Sarah consults with faculty and students in the use of instructional technology, as well as assists in troubleshooting difficulty. Prior to working for the Office of eLearning, Sarah worked as technical support in both the Learning Systems Support group and the APAT Service Center. Sarah has one degree from Eastern Kentucky University's College of Arts and Sciences - Master's in Biology, and one degree from the University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences - Bachelor's in Biology.


Buddy Hall

Educational Technology Solutions Specialist  |  (859) 257-9046

Buddy Hall specializes in various educational technology tools such as learning management and audience response systems. He enjoys working with faculty to assist them with selecting the right tools for their specific needs and maximizing the effective use of these tools by leading workshops and training seminars. Buddy received a BBA in Decision Science and Information Systems from the University of Kentucky. He is also interested in analytics and reporting as well as roller coasters, amusement parks, and themed entertainment.


Marshall Herbst

Instructional Designer  |  (859) 257-1633

Marshall Herbst is an Instructional Designer with the Office of eLearning. Marshall comes to us with a strong background in experimental and experiential pedagogy. Marshall graduated with honors in History and Psychology from Hanover College, and holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky. Marshall has also earned a Secondary Montessori teaching credential from the American Montessori Society. Marshall is passionate about holistic teaching, mental health advocacy, and student success through innovative education. Marshall enjoys running, volunteering, and spending his weekends camping or hiking.


Franklin Johnson

Release & Deployment Coordinator  |  (859) 257-9340

Franklin Johnson is the Release and Deployment Coordinator for academic systems. In this role, Frank coordinates the testing process of eLearning tools including evaluating the tool and determining how the tool will work with other academic systems. He also works closely with students, faculty and staff in troubleshooting issues as they arise that prevent them from using the technology. Frank has worked at the Service Desk as a second level support tech, but prior to that he completed 20+ years of military service as an Information Systems Specialist in the US Navy. Frank enjoys cooking, reading historical fiction, and distance running.


Tia Williams

Instructional Designer  |  (859) 257-8642

Tia N. Williams is an Instructional Designer who is passionate about introducing innovative technology integration practices to support learning. Tia has an extensive educational background with a B.A. in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Kentucky State University, and  a M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. in Instructional Systems Design, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Communication from the University of Kentucky. Tia has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Kentucky State University teaching General Psychology, served as a collaborator on the Educational Specialist in Counseling Psychology Handbook (2014) at the University of Kentucky, and worked as a graduate and teaching assistant in the Graham Office of Career Management located in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. While obtaining her instructional design degree, Tia was the primary instructor for Introduction to Instructional Media, where she prepared pre-service teachers to integrate instructional technologies into their future classrooms and curriculum. As an Instructional Designer in the Office of eLearning, Tia consults with and supports faculty in designing and developing hybrid and online courses that incorporate effective technology and pedagogy elements to enhance student learning outcomes


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Jackie Briscoe

Distance Learning Coordinator  |  (859) 257-3010

Jackie Briscoe has worked at the University of Kentucky for 34 years, starting in the Registrar’s Office and then moving to Distance Learning. She is the liaison to the Registrar’s Office for the accurate listing of distance learning courses each semester, including how and where they are delivered. She works closely with distance learning students to complete their registration and is also able to troubleshoot admission/registration/financial aid issues. Jackie compiles, coordinates, and updates the interactive video course schedule for courses connected throughout Kentucky and nationwide. Jackie also compiles extensive data for reports on distance learning.


Alex Cutadean

Multimedia Specialist / Faculty Media Depot  |  (859) 257-4052

As a Multi-Media Specialist, Alex Cutadean assists faculty with the creation and conversion of audio/visual assets. He also contributes to the implementation of technologies within courses. Alex comes to the Office of eLearning from the horse industry where he spent 14 years creating media and implementing technologies for racing, sales, veterinary topics, and horse health education. Alex initially attended Asbury University before obtaining his Bachelor's in Telecommunications from the University of Kentucky.


Tom Hanna

Distance Learning Compliance Analyst  |  (859) 218-6782

Tom Hanna coordinates compliance and policy for distance learning, including state authorization efforts, which allow for students located in other states to matriculate at UK.  Tom has worked in various management and administrative jobs in his 26 years at UK, most recently twelve years in the Graduate School as director of funding, IT, and data management.  A native Lexingtonian, he holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the UK Martin School, after also completing an undergraduate degree at UK.