Toni Thomas began her career at the University of Kentucky with the Cooperative Extension Service. She worked as a County Extension Agent for 4-H in Louisville, Kentucky. Toni transferred to the main campus in Lexington to join the Office for Minority Affairs staff as a counselor at the Learning Services Center. After working as a counselor for two years and serving as Acting Director for one year, she became the Director of the Learning Services Center. Upon receiving a grant that she assisted in writing, she served in a special assignment capacity to set up the Student Support Services Program which became a part of the retention programs in the Office for Minority Affairs. She then became the Director of Retention Programs in the newly renamed/refocused Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs. Currently, Toni is the Director of the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) under the auspices of the Office for Student Success.
Toni earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Guidance from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters degree in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky.
Howard currently serves as the Freshmen Counselor and Program Advisor in the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), within the Office for Student Success. In his role Howard works with incoming freshmen students to help in navigating the challenges on college campus. Howard also provide academic and enrichment programs for male students of color to be successful in their collegiate experiences.
Howard is a native of Clarendon, Jamaica, and came to CARES from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) where he was an Academic Advisor. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degrees – Business Administration/Management and Healthcare Administration from Adams State University “The Home of the Grizzles”, Master of Arts in Exercise Sports Science, Master of Science in Healthcare Administrations from New Mexico Highlands University and Lindenwood University at Belleville respectively.
Casey Roley began her career at the University of Kentucky in the Office of Residence Life where she served as a Resident Director. Currently she zealously serves as a Program Advisor for Sophomores in the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services. In this role, she aides’ students with the navigation of college life as they journey to shape and mold their career path.
Casey is a graduate from Western Kentucky University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She continued her studies at Mercer University and earned her Masters in Higher Education Leadership. She is passionate about the success of students and helping them achieve their goal as they become awesome leaders in society.
Associate Director/Senior Counselor
Kim Jones-Goldring currently serves as the Associate Director & Senior Counselor in the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), within the Office for Student Success. In this position, she works with senior students to help ease the transition of life after college. Kim coordinates the Harambee celebration program and is very passionate about working with students in Higher Education and preparing students for life after college.
Kim is a graduate of Kentucky State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration Degree specializing in Human Resource Management. Kim also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the CARES staff, Kim worked as a Career Counselor at Kentucky State University for 19 years.
Assistant Director and Tutoring Coordinator/Learning Specialist
Vernida J. Emerson currently serves as the Assistant Director & Tutoring Coordinator/Learning Skills Specialist in the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), within the Office for Student Success. In this position, she supervises tutors, pear academic coaches, as well as the CARES Ambassadors. She also facilitates learning skills workshops, conducts individual study skills sessions and coordinates marketing and outreach services.
Vernida is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management—Marketing. Vernida has a great passion for education and an even greater passion for sharing her love of learning.