University of Kentucky

UK Alumni Association
King Alumni House
400 Rose Street
Lexington, KY, 40506-0119
Phone 859-257-8905 or 1-800-269-ALUM (2586)
Fax 859-323-1063

Administration and Accounting

Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of UK Alumni Association


Jill Smith
Associate Executive Director
Phone: 859-257-8906

Jill joined the UK Alumni Association in February 2006. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Kentucky, earning a BBA in Marketing and Management in 2005 and an MS in Career, Technical and Leadership Education in 2011. Jill serves as the chief operating officer with administrative responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of budget, human resources, strategic planning, program administration, the King Alumni House, board of directors, affinity partnerships, and campus and alumni relations. Prior to working at the association, Jill served as an Admissions Counselor at the university where she was responsible for the recruitment efforts in the western Kentucky area. She also spent four years as a student assistant in the Media Relations Department of UK Athletics. Jill is a past member of the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Kentucky Board of Directors, serves on the CASE District III conference committee, and is actively involved with the Lexington area Tri-Delta Alumnae Chapter. She is married to Ryan Smith, ’04 and enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Nancy Culp
Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-7162

Nancy works with the Board of Directors, maintains human resources and payroll, coordinates King Alumni House rentals, manages athletic ticket distribution and promotes Institutional Effectiveness. In her spare time, Nancy works with her family showing cattle and horses and likes to read and go antiquing.

Diana Horn
Phone: 859-257-7163

Diana is responsible for the association's accounting management. This includes preparation and presentation of financial reports to the Association's Board of Directors and year-end reports to the University. She is also responsible for reviewing all receivables/payables, maintaining account charts, personnel records and correspondence files. Diana comes from the Markey Cancer Center Foundation where she was the administrator for 15 years. She graduated from UK and received her BS in Accounting in 1970 and MS in Education in 1971. Her hobbies are gardening and reading.

Assistant Accountant

Stan R. Key '72
Program Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-8907

Stan coordinates the Traveling Wildcats alumni tours, athletics tickets and assists with other programs and business in the transition to a new executive director. He is retired as of June 30, 2017 as Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of UK Alumni Association after 19 years in that position and 27 years with the association.

Communications, Membership, and Marketing

Associate Director for Communications and Membership


Linda Perry
Managing Editor, Kentucky Alumni
Phone: 859-257-1478

As managing editor of Kentucky Alumni, Linda Perry is responsible for the day-to-day logistics to produce the UK Alumni Association's quarterly magazine. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from UK in 1984.

Albert Kalim
Phone: 859-257-5433

Albert graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's and a Master's in Computer Science. He manages Albert enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Linda Brumfield
Account Clerk III
Phone: 859-257-7165

Linda has been with the UK Alumni Association since 1972 and is experienced in many areas, having worked various positions during her many years at the association. Linda’s primary responsibility is to process all membership dues and Wildcat Society gifts for the association. She also updates alumni records, processes legacy information, and manages historical dues. In her free time, Linda enjoys hiking around the state, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.

Leslie Hayes
Membership/Marketing Program Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-3705

Leslie supervises front desk operations and customer service and is our Membership and Marketing Specialist. Leslie’s main responsibility is to oversee and execute the UK Alumni Association membership program, and she also coordinates the Traveling Wildcats and Wildcat Alumni Plaza programs. She has been with the association since 2006. Leslie has three children that keep her busy outside of work. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys outdoor activities, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Hal Morris
Publications Production Assistant
Phone: 859-257-1499

As Publications Production Assistant, Hal is responsible assisting with alumni publications, including Kentucky Alumni magazine. He also assists with public relations and social media efforts. He graduated from Morehead State with a BA in Journalism and History. Hal lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.

Katie Jennings
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-4439

Katie is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outdoors.

Kathryn Kearns
Administrative Support Associate I for Front Desk and Membership
Phone: 859-257-8905

Kathryn is responsible for maintaining the member renewals and acknowledgements, providing staff support, and fulfilling member requests. Kathryn is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending UK games, and traveling as much as she can. Go Cats!

Misty Hamilton
Graphic Artist
Phone: 859-257-0568

Misty Ray Hamilton is a 2008 graduate from the University of Kentucky with over 8 years experience in strategic visual communications and design. Her creative background has led to a passion for technology, design and conceptualization. As the in house graphic designer Misty assists the marketing team with campaign development and designing pieces which effectively communicate and promote association membership and events both digitally and through print. In her free time, she can be found spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying photo adventures while exploring the great outdoors and reading a good book with a nice cup of hot chai tea in hand.

Information Systems and Records

John Hoagland
Associate Director of Alumni Information Services
Phone: 859-257-8950

John supervises the records department, which is charged with maintaining over 285,000 records of UK Alumni and non alumni members of the UK Alumni Association. He also supervises the alumni information services department, which is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the desktop hardware and software of the UK Alumni Association staff, administering the security of our internal network, maintaining compliance with UK computing policies, administering My Wildcat Community, and overseeing phone and fax services. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and pets and gardening, jet skiing, camping and fishing.

Darlene Simpson
Senior Data Entry Operator
Phone: 859-257-8800

Darlene is currently senior data entry operator in the records department. In addition to working at the association she also works a part-time job and is currently enrolled at Lexington Community College. Darlene volunteers with several community organizations and is active in her church. Away from work, she enjoys spending her time with her two daughters and five grandchildren. She stresses the importance of family and friends. She is a woman on the go and never sits still.

Brenda Bain
Records Data Entry
Phone: 859-257-1032

Brenda is the senior member of the data entry team having completed 30 years of service. She is also the records historian having researched the history of degrees and majors offered at UK since the first graduating class of 1869. She also updates records with athletic, fraternity/sorority and other organizational information, records marriages and unfortunately, alumni who have passed on. Her hobbies include crocheting, learning Spanish and collecting black and white cows, evident in her office.

Frances White
Data Entry Operator
Phone: 859-323-1041

Frances has been with the association since March 2000. She devotes most of her time processing address changes from alumni membership, publications, clubs and college mailing returns. In her time away from work, Frances enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden and reading.

Matthew Bone
IT Tech Support
Phone: 859-323-3853

Matthew manages the computer network and infrastructure for the Alumni Association. He also researches and implements new technologies.


Jack Gallt
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
Phone: 859-257-3801

Jack is responsible for overseeing the association’s Programs area and works most directly with the management of the alumni club network, athletic events and travel, regional programs and university projects. Jack is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications. Prior to joining the association, he spent more than 20 years in the non-profit management field and earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2013. In his spare time, Jack is a youth soccer referee and enjoys playing golf and gardening.

Caroline Francis
Alumni Career Counselor
Phone: 859-257-2746 (Career Center)
Phone: 859-257-9323 (Voice Mail)

Caroline Francis is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), Master Career Counselor (MCC), and Board Certified Coach (BCC) with over 19 years of experience working with adults and students in all stages of career transition. In her role of Alumni Career Development with UK, she assists individual clients, develops career-related programming, and writes regular columns for the UK Alumni magazine, Career Cat blog, and monthly e-newsletter.


Kelly Hinkel
Clubs/Program Assistant
Phone: 859-257-7161

Kelly is responsible for updating and maintaining the Alumni Association Club events calendar and for assisting the Associate Director and Program Coordinators with events and programs. She also serves as the staff liaison for club members. Kelly is originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee but has always bled blue! She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a double degree in International Studies and French. Kelly enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She even spent a year teaching English in France after she graduated from UK.


Sara-Elizabeth Bush
Program Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-8700

Sara-Elizabeth is responsible for association programs including scholarships, reunions, homecoming, great teacher awards, and regional programs. Additionally, she is the staff contact for the Scholarship and Great Teacher Committee and the alumni contact for all colleges. Sara-Elizabeth has been with the association since January 2015. In 2013, she graduated UK with a bachelor's degree in Integrated Strategic Communications and minor in Political Science. Prior to working at the association, Sara-Elizabeth served as a Digital Associate at DDC Advocacy, a political advocacy firm located in the heart of Washington, DC. A native of Madisonville, KY, Sara-Elizabeth has a passion for the University of Kentucky and its people. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.


Nathan Darce
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 859-257-3569

Nathan is responsible for association programs including homecoming, alumni weekend, reunions, Wildcat Plaza pavers and alumni travel. Nathan has been with the association since October 2016. A 2011 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Nathan also holds a M.A. in Higher Education. Prior to joining the association, Nathan served as the Coordinator of Student Activities at Ole Miss. A native of New Orleans, LA, Nathan is excited to join the UK family. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing tennis.