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Leadership Team

Sandee Huang

Sandee holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Soochow University in China, and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Technology Beijing. She then earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the UK Martin School of Public Policy & Administration in May 2014, further extending her abilities in the areas of nonprofit financial management. 

Miko McFarland

Miko McFarland, a Missouri native, received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Master of International Affairs and Administration from Missouri State University.

Beth Barnes

Beth E. Barnes, Ph.D., is Interim Part-time Assistant Provost for Internationalization and Director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky.   

Karen Slaymaker

Karen Slaymaker is the Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Slaymaker received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky.

Ms. Slaymaker has taught English as a second language in Japan and the U.S. At the University of Washington, Ms. Slaymaker worked as a community coordinator for Graduate and Apartment Housing.

Elizabeth Leibach

Elizabeth Leibach has an extensive and diverse background in international admissions, student and scholar advising, employment-based immigration law, and international programming.   International education has been her career path as an active member of NAFSA since 1997.  She has held positions in large state, public and private institutions and developed an immigration practice for an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jason Hope

Jason is a native of Louisville, KY, and graduated from UK in 2010 with degrees in International Relations and Spanish, with a minor in French. In 2014, he completed his masters degree in Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation at UK as well. Some of his main responsibilities include working with non-credit group international travel programs, Risk Management issues related to Education Abroad, students earning credit abroad through medical rotations or independent study/research experiences, and data analysis.


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