IHP Council & Staff

The IHP Council is the central organizing body for UK Inclusive Health Partnerships. Highlighted below, the council is comprised of the primary diversity and inclusion leader in each health college as well as a senior representative from UK HealthCare. Institutional Diversity staff members also play crucial roles in the collaborative work of the council. For questions about this body or IHP initiatives in general, contact Tukea Talbert at Tukea.talbert@uky.edu.

Council Members

Janice Kuperstein, Council Member for College of Health Sciences

Dr. Janice Kuperstein has a long history of working in the area of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  Since joining UK, she has served the university and individual colleges as a member of cultural competence planning committees, has served two terms on the UK Equal Opportunity Committee, was a founding faculty advisor for UK HOPE (Health Occupation Professionals for Equality), and is the faculty advisor for Hillel, the Jewish Student Organization.  She currently serves as the CHS Diversity Officer and a member of Inclusive Health Partnerships, a collaboration among health care colleges and UK HealthCare to promote collaboration related to diversity and inclusion.  Her academic background as a physical therapist, a healthcare administrator, and a gerontologist inform her work through which she seeks to contribute to a healthcare delivery system that is inclusive and patient-focused.  She was recently honored with the 2019 UK Inclusive Excellence Award for faculty.

Trenika Mitchell, Council Member for College of Pharmacy

Dr. Trenika Mitchell represents the College of Pharmacy on the IHP Council. She serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in her college and is a clinical assistant professor. In the College of Pharmacy, she co-coordinates and teaches in all six semesters of the Patient-centered Care Experience Laboratory, where she educates students about various aspects of institutional pharmacy practice. Her practice site is at the UK Healthcare where she works as a clinical staff pharmacist in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Evelyn Parish, Council Member for College of Nursing

Evelyn Parrish, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP represents the College of Nursing on the IHP Council. She serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusivity Ambassadors Council in her college where she is also an Associate Professor and Director of Accreditation and Strategic Outcomes. She teaches in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track of the DNP program. Her clinical practice is at Access Wellness Group where she also serves as Medical Director.

Justin Sumner, Council Member for College of Public Health

Justin Sumner represents the College of Public Health on the IHP Council. He serves as the Chair of the Inclusive Excellence Committee in his college. He is the multi-media specialist in the College of Public Health and oversees the college's web properties, photography, and videography. He also serves as a Senator for the Provost Sector in the University Staff Senate and is a member of the senate technology committee.

Clem W Stambaugh, Council Member for College of Dentistry 

Clem Stambaugh represents the College of Dentistry on the IHP Council. He is newly appointed as the Diversity + Inclusion Officer to the College. Clem is eager to discover what D+I really means to his co-workers through a series of upcoming focus groups and programming specifically designed for a customized college experience in D+I. Clem currently is serving in his seventh year as a University Staff Senator; having recently completed his second term as Chair of the Public Relations Committee. And, through the Staff Senate and Office of The President, he serves as Coordinator for the popular campus-wide sit downs with President Capilouto - Staff Conversation with the President. He is in his fourteenth year as an Administrative Assistant in College of Dentistry's Restorative and Prosthodontics divisions. He is former chair of the College of Dentistry's Staff Advisory Council and currently serves as ex-officio to this group. He also serves on the Training Committee for UKCD. Clem has also served five years on the President's Commission for UK Appreciation Day. 


Tukea Talbert, Council Member for UK HealthCare

Dr. Tukea Talbert represents UK Health Care on the IHP Council. She serves as one the Assistant Operations Executive in Hospital Administration and the Acting Deputy Chief Diversity Officer. Her scope of responsibilities are centered around clinical operations along with Chairing the Enterprise Diversity and Inclusivity (D&I) Council.  As Chair of the D&I Council and Acting Deputy CDO, she must ensure that UKHC is strategic and intentional about creating an inclusive care environment for patients, staff, faculty and students from all backgrounds. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the UK College of Nursing where she teaches a course on healthcare finance to nurses seeking their Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.

David Butts, IHP Affiliated Staff

David manages many of the daily operations of CGPDI and supports the unit's strategic outreach and belonging-focused efforts that reach across seventeen colleges. He has served in significant diversity and inclusion roles and visiting faculty positions at institutions in Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa. He received degrees in Industrial Engineering and Communications from Cleveland State University and completed a graduate program in Organizational Communication at Purdue University. David's office is in the CGPDI HealthCare location on the third floor of the Kentucky Clinic.

Christian Mittendorf, IHP Affiliated Staff

Christian Mittendorf coordinates the Inclusive Health & Campus Partnerships Initiatives in the CGPDI office. He worked for many years in adjunct faculty positions in Chicago, Illinois and as the Curator of the Ethnographic Collection in the Department of Anthropology at Lafferty Hall, U.K. Prior to this, Christian worked in Germany with mentally and physically disabled children and adults, immigrants, and refugees of war from Eastern Europe. He received degrees in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology and Intercultural Didactics from the Georg-August University in Göttingen and completed a graduate program in the College of Social-Pedagogic and Social Work in Braunschweig, Germany. His best pastimes are looking at topographic maps, traveling, long-distance trips in the U.S., hiking Daniel Boone National Forest, reading, watching political satire and spending time with family and his big white dog, Ms. Winter.