Previous Hall of Fame Inductees

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

Kathy Panther, M.S., CCC-SLP

The UK College of Health Sciences is proud to welcome alumna Kathy Panther, M.S., CCC-SLP, into the Health Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame. Panther, a 1976 graduate of the Speech and Hearing program, is the current director of Inpatient Rehabilitation and the Brain Injury Program at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, part of KentuckyOne Health.

“The College of Health Sciences recognizes Kathy Panther’s outstanding professional record, personal reputation, and 30 years of distinguished service in and contributions to the field,” said Scott M. Lephart, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences. “Her work is innovative and impactful, and we are proud to be her alma mater.”

While at KentuckyOne Health-Frazier, Panther and colleagues designed, developed, and was the first speech-language pathologist in the United States to implement the Free Water Protocol, a practice which improves the quality of life for patients with dysphagia by ensuring necessary hydration along with airway protection. Panther identifies her patients as the motivation behind the Free Water Protocol.

“Listen to your patients and their families. Listen with an open mind and an open heart,” Panther, who received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from UofL, said. “We changed our practice, which ultimately led to practice change for many clinicians practicing in settings across the world. Positive change came about when we learned to listen [to our patients].” 

Panther and team have, since 1984, both successfully managed thousands of patients with her program and instructed other health care professionals on using the protocol in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities. Her Free Water Protocol and subsequent research, which has been published with ASHA Special Interest 13: Perspectives on Swallow and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) as well as the Advanced Healthcare Network for Speech and Hearing, advances the entire field of speech-language pathology.

Panther’s additional services to the field have national impacts as well. She is a prominent national presenter of accredited continuing education seminars and has served on American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) clinical supervision committees that work toward establishing more formal and consistent training programs for all speech-language pathologists within the health care environment.

Furthermore, Panther maintains strong connections to the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky. At the state level, she has held multiple positions on the Board for the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana. Among those positions, Panther has served as president and vice president. She was also appointed to a four-year term on the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board in 2014 by then Kentucky Governor Steve Brashear. At the University of Kentucky, Panther took on an active role with the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board under the leadership of former dean Lori Gonzalez, participating on committees striving to increase alumni participation, as well as committees aiming to increase awareness of the College.

In addition to her administration service with the College of Health Sciences, Panther’s team helps train the College’s Communication Sciences and Disorders students at KentuckyOne Health-Frazier Rehabilitation facilities.

“Over the years, many of our students have requested and received clinical training at all Frazier locations and the students’ reports are overwhelmingly positive,” said Donna Morris, M.A., CCC-SLP, associate professor in the Division of Communication Science and Disorders at the UK College of Health Sciences. “Because of Mrs. Panther’s great knowledge and interest in the supervision of students, we are extremely fortunate that she maintains an active role in developing educational opportunities at their sites.”

Panther has twice been awarded the Clinical Achievement Award from the Kentucky Speech-language Hearing Association and was a national nominee from Kentucky for the Di Carlo Award, presented by ASHA for her outstanding clinical work in speech-language pathology.

Written by Kendra Sanders, Marketing Assistant, Core Workgroup, UK College of Health Sciences

2014 Hall of Fame Inductee

Glenda D. Mack, MSPT, CWS, CLT, MBA

Glenda MackGlenda D. Mack, MSPT, CWS, CLT, MBA, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville) in 1994. In 1997, she received a Bachelor and Master in Health Sciences in Physical Therapy, from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. Mack went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2011.

Mack is currently Vice President of Clinical Operations for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare. She has been with the company since 1997, when she began as a staff physical therapist with a long-term care facility. She also previously served as Senior Director of Claims, Audits and Regulatory Affairs for Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare.

In her role as a VP, Mack provides national leadership for the design and implementation of clinical programs across the many post-acute care sites managed by RehabCare, which is the division within Kindred Healthcare that provides rehabilitation services in over 2,000 facilities in 47 states, making it one of the largest rehabilitation providers in the country.

One of her primary responsibilities is to ensure state and federal compliance for the rehabilitation operations of RehabCare. Due to frequent changes in Medicare regulations, this is a daunting task, but one Mack remains committed to because of her devotion to quality care for older adults. Because of her depth of understanding of the business and clinical aspects of providing rehabilitation for older adults, Mack also provides education to a variety of regulatory bodies at the national level. She recently provided testimony in Washington, D.C. to the Senate Finance Committee, House Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means Committees to support payment policy reform for inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing therapy related issues. Mack also served as a content expert for the Center for Medicare Services post-acute care policy, and she was instrumental behind the scenes in helping craft language for some of the Medicare regulations regarding rehabilitation.

Additionally, Mack provides education regarding post-acute care rehabilitation and quality outcomes measurement for the American Healthcare Association and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care. In the midst of providing leadership, advocacy, and formative education about policy on Capitol Hill, she has always maintained a strong passion as a clinician and as a teacher. She is a certified wound care specialist and is also certified in lymphedema management. Kindred administration describes her as a clinical leader in the field, serving medically complex patients. Mack has used this foundation to develop a model for outpatient wound care in Kindred’s long-term care environments – a great contribution to facilitation of home-based care. She has coordinated the opening of six new clinics with this focus.

Mack also has a strong commitment to clinical education. She received the Preceptor of the Year Award in 2000 from the Kentucky Healthcare Association. One of her primary roles in her current position is coordinating clinical education programs both for staff therapists and for student therapists. She is an adjunct professor in the CHS Physical Therapy program and guest lectures in the long-term care component of its geriatrics curriculum.

“The students comment annually about the depth and breadth of her knowledge and the passion of her commitment,” said Tony English, PT, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Physical Therapy, and Anne Harrison, PT, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy in nominating Mack. “This is very important because many students going into medical professions feel they do not want to work with frail older people. Each year after her lecture, there are always students who indicate that their interest and focus in the aging population increased as a result of the knowledge gained on this topic in these lectures. Ms. Mack’s content expertise spans the breadth of clinical care for complex patients in long term care to explaining the history and current status of regulations that govern medical care for older people. She continues to grow in all of these areas, and we expect to see her continue as an outstanding leader, making ever increasing contributions to the health care of older adults.” 

 

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Russell E. Miller, Physical Therapy, ’80

Russell MillerRussell E. Miller, MS, PT, ATC, received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1966. He received a Master of Science in Health and Safety with an emphasis on Athletic Training from Indiana University in 1968. Miller then earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 1980.

Miller, who is retired, worked most recently as a consultant for Avacore Technologies, a company in Ann Arbor, Mich., which developed a device to augment natural body cooling. He began his career in Athletic Training prior to receiving his degree in Physical Therapy. Over a span of 13 years, Miller worked as Head Athletic Trainer at Wilmington College, DaPauw University, and Western Kentucky University. In 1980, Miller became dual-credentialed as a licensed Physical Therapist and a certified Athletic Trainer. Miller served as Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Michigan and developed and directed the Physical Therapy Department at UM’s Medsport Sports Medicine Clinic. In 1991, he began working as Senior Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers Professional Baseball Team, where he advanced to Medical Director and Head Athletic Trainer before retiring from Athletic Training in 2002.

Miller has been influential on a national level, serving as a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 1964. He was part of the original NATA committee that developed the certification requirements for the Board Certification for Athletic Trainers. Miller has held service and leadership positions within multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Dentistry, the Michigan State Medical Society (Sports Medicine), and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Association. Miller has also shared his knowledge and expertise with many lectures, publications and presentations.

Miller is an excellent role model for both AT and PT students because of his commitment and service to the profession, according to Tim Uhl, ATC, PT, Ph.D., who is Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Laboratory, and Associate Professor, Division of Athletic Training. During his time as a graduate assistant in Athletic Training at the University of Michigan, Uhl worked with Miller and said his support of research inspired Uhl to pursue a master’s thesis project. In addition, his work as a clinician and teacher was an inspiration to Uhl.

“As a clinical supervisor, he taught the students and his staff how to interact with athletes, coaches, and physicians, in order to meet their individual expectations. He was remarkable in educating the physicians about the coaches’ and athletes’ concerns regarding injury and facilitated the best outcome and care for his athletes,” Uhl said. “He epitomized the role of master clinical practitioner and problem solver.” Uhl shared an experience in which he and Miller implemented what would now be called evidence-based practice to develop a protocol for treating muscle strain re-injuries in football players. Their approach incorporated Miller’s clinical expertise with Uhl’s research into the literature on the subject to develop a rehabilitation protocol, which Miller presented during the NATA Annual Symposium in 1990.

“In the audience at this meeting was a young graduate student from Old Dominion University by the name of Tim Butterfield, who was very interested in understanding muscle injury and was inspired in part, by this lecture to pursue his professional career in studying muscle injuries,” Uhl said. “Russ has had a direct influence on two of the Division of Athletic Training faculty by inspiring us to pursue our careers and this subsequently resulted in a positive impact for the University of Kentucky as we are both now tenured Associate Professors.”

Lori S. Gonzalez, Speech-Pathology & Audiology, ’79

Lori GonzalezLori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Pathology & Audiology from the University of Kentucky in 1979. She then pursued graduate work, receiving a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, and earning a Doctorate in Communication Disorders from the University of Florida in 1989.

Gonzalez, a native Kentuckian, began her academic career at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU) in 1988. As an Assistant Professor, she assumed the role of Director of Supervision & Clinical Training at SIU. In 1991, she returned to UK as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Gonzalez devoted 20 years to UK, moving up to Professor, then serving the College of Health Sciences as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and later serving as Dean.

Gonzalez was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2001, providing her with an opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of college and university presidents. Following her ACE Fellowship, she returned to UK and became more engaged in campus leadership and governance. Following a national search in 2005, she was appointed the third Dean of the UK College of Health Sciences. Gonzalez served as Dean for seven years. Under her leadership, the research profile of the College was significantly elevated. The College continued its tradition of excellence in teaching, research and service, and Gonzalez remained directly engaged, facilitating excellence across the college. Among her priorities were mentoring young professionals and faculty, as well as supporting staff development.

Her national leadership was recognized again in 2007 when she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and in 2008 when she was named a Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. While at UK, Lori was also recognized for teaching excellence and her leadership on diversity issues and work-life issues.

“Along the road from her days as an Assistant Professor to her current position as a chief academic officer for a university, Gonzalez has contributed volumes to her profession and higher education through numerous publications and presentations,” said Jody F. Deem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “She has mentored countless master’s and Ph.D. students to completion of their degrees and on to their successful careers. Most importantly, she has been a fair and caring colleague who moved her agenda forward to the betterment of students, faculty, staff, and the university.”

In 2011, Gonzalez was named the first female Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N. C. She resides in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, Randy, and their son, Clay, who is a junior at the University of Michigan.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Lori as her colleague and friend during her years at UK,” Deem said. “I cannot think of an individual who would be a better role model for our students than Dr. Gonzalez. Having received her undergraduate degree from UK, she provides an image of just what young professionals can hope to achieve at a national level, given drive and effort.”
 

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Holly Johnson, Physical Therapy, ’86

Holly JohnsonHolly Johnson graduated from UK’s Physical Therapy program in 1986. She later went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in2005.

“My experience at UK was awesome. Twenty seven years ago I was privileged to receive the best physical therapy educational background possible. Dr. Art Nitz, Lavonne Yeager, Richard McDougall, Debbie Brown, Debbie Kelly, and Brenda Gosney were a few of my excellent professors who are still role models to this day. Being from southeastern Kentucky, it was imperative that I form relationships with health care professionals that would serve as great referral sources for my future patients. The UK program offered both a cutting edge, state of the art PT education and professional mentoring that has continued throughout my career. Bringing the highest quality physical therapy services to eastern Kentucky through our company, PT Pros, has been my life’s privilege.”

A life-long resident of Harlan, KY, Holly has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist and clinic director and has been a managing shareholder of PT Pros for more than 20 years. She has also served as a Clinical Educator for several PT programs – including the University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, and LSU – and, in fact, Holly’s colleagues often comment on her gifts as a highly motivating educator and captivating speaker.

“I have always viewed my role as a physical therapist as a ministry of sorts, one that has allowed me the opportunity to encourage and educate patients to take an active role in their health and physical wellbeing,” said Holly.

Holly’s areas of interest include manual treatment of spine, sports medicine, orthopedics, chronic pain management, industrial rehab and women’s health.

Since 2010, Holly has worked closely with Global Health Outreach – a ministry branch of the Christian Medical and Dental Association – to develop a first-of-its-kind physical therapy outreach program in Ometepe, Nicaragua.

She is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), in which she has held multiple offices. In 2009, KPTA presented Holly with the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award. She was chosen as Health Care Provider of the Year in 2001 by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

In her spare time, Holly enjoys teaching Sunday School and Women’s Bible Studies, leading praise and worship at her church, participating in outdoor activities, and spending time with her family, including her husband, David and their adult children, Josh and Anne Corey.

 

David Greathouse, Physical Therapy, ’76

David GreathouseDavid G. Greathouse is currently the Director of Clinical Electrophysiology Services, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, New Braunfels, TX. Dr. Greathouse holds a BA in biology and physical education from Marshall University, a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the D.T. Watson School of Physiatrics, and a MS (Education/Physical Therapy) and PhD (Anatomy) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Greathouse is a Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

“As an active duty Army physical therapist, one of the highlights of my 26 years in the military was my selection to attend graduate school (MS, 1975-1976; PhD, 1982-1985) at the University of Kentucky,” said David. “During both my Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, two exemplary components of my graduate education at UK were the flexibility of the programs and the mentorship provided me both academically and clinically.”

From 1970-1996, Dr. Greathouse served in the United States Army attaining the rank of Colonel. Colonel Greathouse had clinical assignments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (staff therapist), Washington, DC; Irwin Army Community Hospital (assistant chief ), Ft. Riley, KS; Brooke Army Medical Center (staff therapist), Fort Sam Houston, TX; and 196th Station Hospital (Chief PT), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. From 1985-1990, Dr. Greathouse was the Director, U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam Houston, TX. From 1990- 1993, Colonel Greathouse served as the Chief, Physical Therapist Section, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA; and from 1993-1996, he was the Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA.

From 1996-2005, Dr. Greathouse served as the founding chair and associate dean of the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy, Nashville, TN. During this time, he also was an Adjunct Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he was a member of the anatomy team teaching gross anatomy to first year medical students. Dr. Greathouse also was a Clinical Electrophysiologist (EMG/NCS) in the Neurology Clinic, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Ft. Campbell, KY.

Dr. Greathouse has published over 50 manuscripts and 9 book chapters/ monologues, and has given over 100 professional presentations. Dr. Greathouse is currently the President of the Board of Directors and a member of the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). In addition, he is a manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy and Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Greathouse is a past member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (1989-1993 and 2005-2009; Chair 1991-1993), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (2005-2009).

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’85, ’87

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Lisa Rai Mabry-Price graduated from UK’s Speech and Communication Disorders program in 1987.

“The faculty and staff at UK prepared me well for a career that I’ve enjoyed for nearly half of my life thus far,” said Ms. Mabry-Price. “For years, being a speech language pathologist was not what I did, but who I was. That passion began here at UK.”

After completing her degree, she started her career in Lexington with the Fayette County Public Schools where she spent eight years working with elementary, middle and high school students as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). During this time, she also worked part-time at Swigert and Associates, allowing her the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients.

Following her marriage in 1995, Ms. Mabry-Price moved to Northern Kentucky. While there, she expanded her career focus to work with patients in long-term care and outpatient rehabilitation. She also became involved in program management and business development. Her husband’s career eventually took the family to Washington D.C., allowing her a return to her roots through working in Fairfax County Public Schools. Soon after, she moved into her current position as Associate Director of School Services at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She has served in this position for the past 10 years. At ASHA,

Ms. Mabry-Price focuses on the issues surrounding school-based SLPs. She works with professionals, stakeholders and consumers from around the country on clinical, professional and advocacy issues. She also works on one of ASHA’s largest projects to develop and reorganize online clinical and professional resources and coordinates many professional development events for ASHA staff. Ms. Mabry-Price and her husband take great pride in their daughter who is the “light of their lives.” When she isn’t advocating and educating SLPs, she enjoys touring DC and traveling the country. She also takes pleasure in flower gardening and bike riding.

“The ability to work in so many different settings and capacities has been incredible,” she said. “I enjoy the versatility that being an SLP has afforded me. The opportunity to help others has always been the most meaningful part of my work.”

 

Col. Josef H. Moore, Physical Therapy, ’84

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As a leader in the armed forces and medical field, Colonel Josef H. Moore believes his foundation was made strong by the CHS Physical Therapy program.

A self-proclaimed “army brat,” Col. Moore’s entire life has always been tied to the U.S. Army in which he currently serves as a commissioned officer.

After earning his degree from the University of Kentucky in 1984, Col. Moore earned a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia, a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and an MEd in Education Management from the University of Louisville. He is a licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, and he has been an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Medicine since 1998.

Following his time at UK, Col. Moore has served in multiple leadership assignments throughout the Army. He is presently the Dean of the Graduate School, Academy of Health Sciences and Professor for the Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He recently served as the Program Director for the Army-Baylor DPT program from July 2003 - February 2011. While serving as director, he completed a tour in 2004 as Chief, Sports Medicine with the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit, Iraq.

Col. Moore has served as Chief, PT; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium from 1988-1992; and Chief, PT, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado from 1992-1994. He also served as the Chief PT, Keller Army Community Hospital and Director, U.S. Military-Baylor Sports Medicine-PT Doctoral Program at West Point, NY from 1999-2003, having established the DSc degree program in 2001.

A top priority for Col. Moore, one that he takes into the classroom and beyond, is to never lose sight of why he serves: duty, honor and country. As the Dean he feels that students are the center “gravity” of his graduate school, but he and his faculty always keep in mind their obligations in academics, research and service. Col. Moore feels a strong responsibility to lead those who have put their trust in him. In fact, the most meaningful part of his work is “the daily privilege of working with people.”

Col. Moore has received numerous military awards to include the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator and is a member of the prestigious Order of Military Medical Merit. In 2001 he was awarded the Army “8Z” Research Proficiency Designator – Military recognition for demonstration of exceptional professional achievement in the design, conduct, and publication of clinically relevant medical research. In 2003 he was awarded the COL Mary Lipscomb Hamrick Army Medical Specialist Corps Research Award. He received the American Physical Therapy Association-Sports Physical Therapy Section Excellence in Research Award in 2003, 2004, and 2005; the 2001 Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeon’s House Award for Excellence in Clinical Research; and the 2005 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Excellence in Research Award. Also, in 2003, he received the APTA-SPTS Academic Education Award.

Col. Moore serves as a board member and manuscript reviewer for several professional and academic journals.

Thirty-eight years ago Col. Moore married Cheri, his high school sweetheart. They have been blessed with two daughters, Candice and Courtney. “My passion is easy and simple,” he said. “It lies deeply within my two granddaughters, Madelyn and Emily, and all future grandkids.”

 

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

E. Charles Healey, Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’71, ’73

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Even though his initial career goal was to become a public school teacher, Charles (Charlie) Healey fell in love with speech-language pathology after taking an Introduction to Communication Disorders class as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. Choosing to continue his education after graduation, Charlie graduated with a master’s degree in 1973 from UK and began his clinical fellowship year as a speech pathology trainee at the VA hospital in Lexington. With a perpetual desire to learn, Charlie completed his clinical fellowship year in 1974 and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 1977. He then accepted a position as an assistant professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Nebraska and continues to teach and conduct research there today.

Charlie has presented more than 100 papers on both the national and international level, has produced 55 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, has trained several hundred master’s students to become speech-language pathologists and has trained six doctoral students. His research has received interest in both academia and from clinicians throughout the United States and Canada. Charlie particularly enjoys the teaching aspect of his current position, which allows him to train his students in a discipline that he loves, while simultaneously giving them an appreciation for the rigors of scientific research.

“I know that the better I train students, the better the services they will provide to individuals with communication disorders,” said Charlie.

Perhaps this belief, combined with a passion for teaching and his discipline, is why he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also received numerous other professional awards.

Honored by the nomination to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Charlie said, “UK will always have a special place in my heart” because it was the place where he discovered the profession that he loves. It is also the place where, with the help of many wonderful and caring faculty, he acquired the education and training that helped lead him to his career as a professor of speech-language pathology.

Charlie and his wife, Bonnie, are parents to four grown sons, two of whom are married, and enjoy traveling and spending time with the friends they have around the country. Charlie also enjoys playing golf and is an avid fan of college football and basketball.

 

Helen Johnnita Keller Miller, Medical Technology, ’61

helen johnnita keller millerJohnnie Miller is passionate about her work in medical technology, with a career spanning more than fifty years that includes managing, supervising, teaching, learning and, her favorite, bench work.

Crediting the UK College of Health Sciences for her education and the successful career her degree has allowed her to pursue, Johnnie said, “As I report correct results, normal or abnormal, I help someone. My degree has given me the background for this and has given my life special meaning.”

Her work has even lead physicians, when they were originally planning a different treatment, to alter their plan and provide more appropriate care.

Not only has Johnnie helped physicians properly diagnose and treat their patients, but she has also helped those in the University of Kentucky community in a variety of capacities. She’s been involved with the Alumni Association as president of chapters in Chicago and Atlanta, has served on the Development Council for the College of Health Sciences, is a UK Fellow, a Life Member of the university’s Alumni Association and a current member of the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. She is also a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the UK Alumni Association.

Johnnie’s passion for her work will continue beyond her retirement, when she plans to become a hospital volunteer.

“I hate to leave the hospital,” she said. “It has always been my second home.”

Johnnie is honored to be inducted into the College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame.

“I am very grateful and overwhelmed with pride. I am so proud of UK,” said Johnnie. “The overwhelmed feeling rises from knowing the College of Health Sciences is proud of my work and my contributions to the University of Kentucky. I will never be able to say thank you enough. It is simply wonderful.”

She and her husband, Bob, have been married for forty-six years and have two children, Robert and Holly. Robert lives in Kansas with his wife, Kerry, and two children, Greta (11) and Oscar (6), and Holly lives in Georgia and works for Kennesaw State University.

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