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Addison Mills

Hey future Wildcats! My name is Addison Mills and I graduated from the University of Kentucky in Spring 2015. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Strategic Communications with a minor in English. I had a unique experience here at UK that was filled with lots of twists and turns and I look forward to sharing those experiences with you. I attended a KCTCS school before transferring to UK and decided to switch majors 4 times before finally deciding on my final major! 

In my time at UK I was a K-Crew leader for K-Week events, I worked as an RA, I lifted weights and played basketball at the Johnson Center 5 days a week, shot photos for the Kentucky Kernel, worked for the Office of Admissions call center, played intramural flag football and always loved a Friday night trip to Pazzo’s for bacon pineapple pizza! UK and Lexington offered me tons of ways to meet people, get involved and I  love calling UK home.

My territories include southern Ohio, Cincinnati and Dayton. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon and Go Cats! 


Ashley Beck

Hello! My name is Ashley Beck and I am originally from Owensboro, Kentucky.  I am a proud 2010 graduate from the University of Kentucky, where I received a Bachelor’s of Arts while majoring in both Communication and Spanish. While at UK, I was a William C. Parker scholarship recipient, a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, studied abroad in Málaga, Spain during the fall 2009 semester, and participated in many UK intramural events. My experiences at the University of Kentucky were filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and I am excited to share in these experiences with you! Becoming a future Wildcat and member of the Big Blue Nation will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. 

My travel territories include Missouri and Southern Illinois, including: Pike, Morgan, Sangamon, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Edgar County, and all counties below. My position is unique in that I live locally in the St. Louis area. This allows me to work closely with the students and families that I assist, which I thoroughly enjoy. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the University of Kentucky, feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to helping you throughout your college-search process! GO CATS!


Bernadette Cortez

Greetings from the bluegrass! I began my time at the University of Kentucky in the UK Visitor Center, but truly fell in love with UK and Lexington the moment I set foot on campus. From the spirit of the Big Blue Nation to the serenity of the horse parks, this atmosphere is something you need to experience for yourself. I am from the small, but lovely town of Symsonia, Kentucky in the far western part of the commonwealth.

It is my job to help make your transition from high school to college a pleasant one so please let me know if you have any questions. The most important part about choosing a university is finding a place to call home. Let me show you why you belong at UK and help you to SeeBlue!

My in-state travel territory includes the counties of: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg. I also work with out-of-state students from: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, or to learn more about the University of Kentucky! Go Cats! 


Cara Franke

Hello, my name is Cara Franke! I am a Lexington native and a proud December 2009 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and completed a Minor from the Gatton Business School. I spent three wonderful years at UK after transferring universities twice, so I understand how difficult it is to find the perfect fit for you! During my time on campus I held leadership positions with the UK 101 program, the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services, and the Discovery Seminar Program. Additionally, I got involved with Christian Student Fellowship and was a student worker at Starbucks, specializing in delicious beverages! My years at UK were filled with great experiences due to campus involvement, enriching academic curriculum, access to equine athletics, and the amazing city of Lexington!

My in-state travel territories include the following Central Kentucky counties: Anderson, Boyle, Bullitt, Franklin, Marion, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Washington. My out-of-state travel territories include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

I strongly encourage you to come visit me and the rest of the Wildcats here in Lexington to experience UK's beautiful campus! Please contact me if you have any questions at all, whether they are about admissions, visiting, academics, student life, or anything else! GO CATS!


Clayton Abernathy

Hey Everyone! My name is Clayton Abernathy and I am originally from Crescent Springs, Kentucky. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. I was very involved on campus during my time at UK, serving in leadership roles for multiple student-run organizations. I look forward to helping you learn more about this great University.


Erica Shipley

Hello! My name is Erica Shipley and I grew up in McLean, Virginia, which is a suburb of our nation’s capital! I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a major in Integrated Strategic Communications and a minor in Digital Media and Design. Coming to UK from out-of-state, I knew that what I really wanted out of a college experience was to find a university that I could always call home, even after I had graduated. UK not only became ‘My New Kentucky Home’, it also became the place that taught me the most valuable lessons both in the classroom and out, and instilled me with leadership, selflessness, and value of others.

While I was at UK, I kept myself involved in many student organizations. I had the honor of holding leadership positions for various organizations, such as being the Overall Chair of DanceBlue in 2016, while also being passionate about other community service groups such as Best Buddies and Wrap Up America.

Please feel free to reach out to me about any questions or concerns you have about becoming a part of the Wildcat family. I look forward to assisting you in your college search, and as always, GO CATS!

My in-state travel territories include the following counties in Kentucky: Meade, Hardin, LaRue, Taylor, Green, Hart, Edmonson, Warren, Barren, Metcalfe, Adair, Russell, Simpson, Allen, Monroe, Cumberland, Clinton. I also work with out-of-state students in the Nashville area. I look forward to helping YOU “see blue”! 


Grace Thompson

Hello! My name is Grace Thompson I was born and raised in Lexington, KY. I am a proud 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky. I received my undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus in International Development in Africa and the Middle East. During my time at UK I was a student leader at the Christian Student Fellowship, DanceBlue committee member and a member of Alpha Phi Omega service organization. My years at UK were filled with wonderful experiences being involved on campus and lifelong memories.

My in-state travel territory includes: Union, Webster, Hopkins, Christian, Henderson, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, Daviess, Ohio, Butler, Logan, Hancock, Breckinridge and Grayson counties. I also work with out-of-state student from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

I hope you get the chance to come visit campus soon so you can understand why we love to “SEE BLUE”. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, or to learn more about the University of Kentucky. GO BIG BLUE!


Jacob Westover

Hey Everyone. My name is Jacob Westover and I'm from a town called Florence, KY, otherwise known as Florence YA'LL! I am a proud 2017 graduate of the University of Kentucky with my degree in Communications and a certificate in Leadership Studies. My time at UK has been categorized in a multitude of leadership positions and campus involvement. 

During my time at UK, I served as a Peer Mentor for the First Generation Living Learning Program, Resident Advisor, Orientation Leader, campus Tour Guide, Parent and Family Ambassador, and K-Crew Leader. I was also involved in major campus events like FUSION and DanceBlue. I was a William C. Parker Scholarship recipient, as well as a member of the First Scholars Program. 

I absolutely loved my time at UK, and am proud to say that I am a first generation college graduate. I know that you all will feel right at home, just like I have. I encourage you to schedule a visit to come tour our beautiful campus and see what UK, and the Bluegrass state, are all about. My travel territories include northern and central Ohio, including Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to helping you along your college journey and hoping that one day you will See Blue!! C-A-T-S CATS! CATS! CATS! 


Joshua Palmer

Hey y’all! My name is Joshua Palmer and I am a 2015 University of Kentucky graduate. I transferred to UK at the start of my Junior year and immediately fell in love with this amazing community. I completed my undergraduate career with a double major in Psychology and Communications. During my time on campus I was involved with a variety of different organizations, but my time as a student tour guide at the Visitor Center is where I found my passion for working with students.

I am so excited to work with you all as you being your college search process! Always feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you might have along the way. My in-state travel territory includes: Bell, Corbin, Laurel, Harlan, Leslie, Perry, Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, Clay, Knox, Whitley, McCreary, Wayne, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Lincoln, and Casey counties. I also work with students from Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

I hope you will have the opportunity to come to campus and visit us! Seeing campus in person is the best way to experience what it is like to be a member of the Big Blue Nation! As before, let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if I can help with any part of scheduling a visit. GO CATS!


Lindsey Atkinson

Hi there! My name is Lindsey Atkinson and I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee but have fallen in love with the Bluegrass these last few years. I graduated from Georgetown College in 2013 with a degree in Communication and Media Studies and minors in Spanish and Psychology. During my time in college, I participated in Greek life, Panhellenic council, various student life organizations and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. When I wasn’t doing that, I stayed busy working as a Student Professional in the Office of Admission and as an intern in the Office of Academic Enhancement.

My in-state travel territory includes: Boyd, Greenup, Lewis, Carter, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin, Floyd, Letcher, Knott, Pike, Rowan, Elliott, Magoffin, Morgan, Menifee and Wolfe counties. I also work with out-of-state students from West Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.

I hope you will join us on campus soon so you can experience all that University of Kentucky has to offer for yourself! Please let me know what questions you have and I look forward to hearing from you. Go Big Blue!


Logan Sparks

Hi everyone! My name is Logan Sparks and I am originally from Mayfield, Kentucky. I’m a proud 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication with a minor in Psychology. While at UK, I worked at the Visitor Center as a Campus Tour Guide, served on the K Book Editorial Board, was a very involved member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and served on the DanceBlue leadership team. Being from a very small town in Western Kentucky, I found that by immersing myself in various campus activities and organizations I was able to make this large university feel like home!

My travel territory includes all of Jefferson County, Kentucky.

It is an incredible time to be a Wildcat and I’m excited to show you how you too can be a part of the Big Blue Nation! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you! “see blue.” and Go Cats


Rachel Clark

Hi there! My name is Rachel Clark, and I am proud to be a born and raised Kentucky girl. Attending UK was a longstanding family tradition and I remember being so excited to finally become a wildcat! In 2012, I received my bachelor’s degree from UK in International Studies with an emphasis in International Development in Africa and the Middle East. I also recently received my Master’s degree from Murray State University in Public Administration.

 During my time as an undergraduate student at UK, I participated as a student leader at a campus ministry called Christian Student Fellowship and I was also a Resident Advisor where I got to help make UK feel like home for new and returning students. Looking back, I wouldn’t change my college experience at UK for anything! Those years were some of the best of my life where I made lifelong friends and memories, all while learning how to become better equipped for success post-graduation. Some of my favorite experiences while at UK include participating in the world’s largest water balloon fight, tons of late night study sessions with friends at Willy T. and watching the UK men’s basketball team win the 2012 NCAA Championship. Whatever experience you are looking for, UK is the perfect place to get it.  

My in-state travel territory includes: Fayette, Robertson, Mercer, Woodford, Scott, Jessamine, Garrad, Madison, Estill, Powell, Clark, Montgomery, Bath, Bourbon, Nicholas, Fleming and Harrison counties. I also work with out-of-state students from California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Becoming a wildcat was a game changer for me, and it can be the same for you! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the University of Kentucky, please don’t hesitate to ask—I would love to help you become a part of the UK family! On! On! U of K! 


Rebecca Cole

Hi Everyone! My name is Rebecca Cole and I am a proud 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I am originally from Lexington and I have been surrounded by the Big Blue Nation my whole life! While at UK, I was a student leader of Christian Student Fellowship, served on the DanceBlue committee, and was an officer in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. My time at UK was highlighted with wonderful memories and experiences that have prepared me for life after college. I am truly excited to be able to share my experiences with you and to help you navigate throughout the college application process.

My in-state territories include many of the Northern Kentucky counties, including: Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Mason, Bracken, Pendleton, Grant, Owen, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, and Gallatin. My out-of-state territory includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

I encourage you to come visit UK’s campus and see what your future could be like as a Wildcat! If I can assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon and Go Cats!


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