Student Leadership

The UK Parent and Family Association recognizes that the families of our students play an important role in the university community. We believe that by involving them in campus activities and informing them about campus resources, we can positively impact undergraduate student success.

Parent and Family Association student leaders have the opportunity to improve their communication, leadership, and customer services skills. They gain valuable work experience with a highly visible, dynamic team, while strengthening interpersonal skills through networking with UK administrators, staff, new students, and their families.

Parent and Family Event Coordinator



Samantha Mattern
Sophomore, Human Health Sciences
2018 Event Coordinator

Parent and Family Event Coordinators (ECs) assist with the coordination of major parent and family events:

  • K Week Parents and Families Reception
  • Family Weekend
  • Big Blue Thank You
  • Letters from Home
  • Spring Family Reunion
  • Parent and Family Ambassador recruitment
  • And more!

ECs are responsible for maintaining event budgets, contacting vendors, creating communication and marketing plans, working with volunteers, and creating new events and initiatives.

Applications for the 2019 Event Coordinators will be available in the fall. These are paid positions, working 15-20 hours per week.


Parent and Family Ambassadors

2019-2020 Parent and Family Ambassadors

Parent and Family Ambassadors (PFAs) support the work of the Parent and Family Association by providing outstanding customer service and assisting with special parent and family events (i.e. see blue. U summer orientation, K Week, and Family Weekend).



Brooke Taylor

Lead Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Rushville, Indiana



Wade Hall

Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Business

Hometown: Lewisport, Kentucky 



Madi Prieto

Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Biology and Chemistry

Hometown: Ladera Ranch, California



Pallavi Raichur

Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Business Management

Hometown: Bangalore, India



Maria Shamai​

Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Biology with a Minor in Psychology

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky



Allie Silvestrini​

Parent and Family Ambassador

Major: Psychology

Hometown: O’Fallon, Illinois