Our Coaches

Who are our academic coaches?

Our academic coaches are trained in Academic Life Coaching Skills and Appreciative Advising. We closely follow the International Coach Federation’s Core Competencies and Ethical Guidelines and our program is currently under review for accreditation by the International Coach Federation. Accreditation and certification through the International Coach Federation (ICF) is considered the Gold Standard for coaches around the world. To learn more about ICF: https://coachfederation.org/

Julie Bradley, MA, ICF-PCC  Assistant Director of Academic Coaching

Pronouns: she, her, hers, they, theirs

Assistant Director of Academic Coaching, International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Academic Life Coach, Certified Appreciative Advisor, Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, Certified DISC Coach, Certified KORU Mindfulness Instructor, Harvard Institute of Coaching Member

Hi Wildcats! My name is Julie Bradley and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Coaching in the Department of Transformative Learning. I love academic coaching- assisting students in learning the skills and resources to be successful in college and beyond is very rewarding! When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family, hike in the Red River Gorge, and try new foods! I am excited to meet you and help you reach your goals!

Email: julie.bradley@uky.edu

Phone: 859-218-5667


Benjamin Dunn, Professional Academic Coach

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Hi Wildcats! My name is Benjamin Dunn, and I am an Academic Coach here at the University of Kentucky. I come to the University of Kentucky after having worked in various other student affairs roles including student conduct, housing, and academic advising at various other institutions in the Bluegrass. I love Academic Coaching because it allows me to work directly with students to discover and design their dreams, create goals, and unlock their true potential. Away from work I enjoy spending time with my wonderful fiance, family and friends.I also enjoy photography, graphic design, music production, and advising various chapters of my fraternity throughout the state of Kentucky. I am looking forward to meeting you and discussing your dreams!  


Melinda Humbert, Professional Academic Coach

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Hi All!  My name is Melinda Humbert and I am a professional academic coach at UK.  I became a professional coach because I BELIEVE in the power of opportunity and change.  I have earned a Master’s in Counseling from Asbury, a School-Counseling Certificate from Purdue, and a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from UK. My approach to academic coaching is to create a genuine, fun, student-focused partnership, that offers a no-judgement, dream defining, growth zone.  I want for students to immediately build success and and maximize it over time.  My coaching areas of interest include working with graduate and non-traditional students, working with neuro-diverse (ADD, Autism, Mental Health) differences, and working on Growth Mindset in Academic Success. I’m grateful to have been able to call both the mid-west (KY/IN) as well as the west (CO) and west coast (SoCal and San Fran Bay area) home.  Cooking brunch on the weekends, dog walks with my two yellow labs, most any kind of music, and family poker nights bring me joy.  I look forward to working with you!   


Melanie Miller, Academic Coach

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Hey, all! My name is Melanie Miller and I am a second year post-Bachelors Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology here at the University of Kentucky. I’ve had the pleasure of working with undergraduate students on multiple college campuses to help them achieve their academic/career goals, and I am excited to now be working with Wildcats. Everyone can use some support – and I am passionate about empowering students to access resources, find their passion, and accomplish their potential. I look forward to working with you soon!


Trevor Tierney, Academic Coach

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Hello, my name is Trevor Tierney and I’m a first-year master’s student in counseling psychology. I previously earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in sport & exercise psychology from UK, where I also worked with several teams in academic counseling for UK Athletics. It’s safe to say I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be a student here! This is my first year as an academic coach and I’m eager to apply everything I’ve learned to help students consistently be the best versions of themselves academically and beyond. Outside of work and school, I like to spend time with friends and family, play golf or practice combat sports, fish, and listen to interesting podcasts. I can’t wait to meet you and help you find success!

Brittany Derr, Academic Coach, UK START (STEM Through Authentic Research & Training) Program

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Brittany is a MS student in the University of Kentucky’s Counseling Psychology program. She graduated in 2018 from the University of Detroit Mercy, in her home state Michigan. During her undergraduate career, Brittany volunteered with Rx for Reading, non-profit children’s literacy initiative that works towards providing access to high-quality children’s books in the Detroit area. At UK, Brittany serves as a TA in Transformative Learning as an academic coach. She looks forward to using her coaching skills to her work with the START program. In her free time Brittany enjoys backpacking, exploring, and baking.


Amelia Stanley, Academic Coach

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Hi everyone! My name is Amelia Stanley and I am a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology here at the University of Kentucky. Previously, I graduated in 2020 from UK with my Master’s in Counseling Psychology and from Transylvania University in 2017 with my Bachelor’s in Psychology. As an Academic Coach, my mission is to work individually with students on a three-to-one model focusing on academics, social-emotional health, and access to opportunities in order to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. When I’m not coaching or studying myself, I enjoy cooking and reading as well as spending time with friends, family, and my dog. I look forward to working with you soon! 


George Boyd, IV, Academic Coach

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Greetings! My name is George Boyd, IV, and I am a first-year graduate student in the College of Social Work. Having fulfilled the requirements for both a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, I graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2020. Throughout my undergraduate career, I worked with other students in a variety of capacities: as a Resident Advisor, as a UK 101 Peer Instructor, and as a K Team Leader. Through these leadership roles, I discovered my passion for student success. I believe in the value of post-secondary education, so I want you to complete yours! As your coach, I promise to give you my all, meeting you where you are and getting you where you want to be. 


Ranym Nenneh, Academic Coach

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Hi, all! My name is Ranym Nenneh and I am a masters student in Social Work. I graduated from UK with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and I can't wait to share my knowledge of successful strategies and campus resources with you! I'm excited to work with you and help you make the most out of your college career! My coaching philosophy centers around compassion, unconditional positive regard, and encouraging student self-determination. In my free time, I like to swim, dance, and spend time with my fur babies, Lucy and Toby! I am looking forward to another great year at Academic Coaching!


Anyoliny Sanchez, Academic Coach  

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Hey Wildcats! My name is Anyoliny “Angie” Sanchez, and I am a second-year master's student in the Counseling Psychology program. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida Spring 2019 where I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Family, Youth & Community Sciences. I am currently an Academic Coach for Transformative Learning. This is my first year, so I am pumped to meet students where they are *even virtually* and equip them with the tools they need for success once they graduate from the Big Blue Nation. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family/friends, traveling (when we aren't in a pandemic UGH), sorority involvement, and dancing. #BlackLivesMatter!