Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award
Quintissa S. Peake
Quintissa S. Peake is a member of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently serving on the Membership Committee. She is also an active member of the Fayette County UK Alumni Club and the Lyman T. Johnson African-American UK Alumni Constituent Group. She frequently assists in coordinating activities, events and fundraisers for both groups. She has helped organize the Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet, the Fayette County UK Alumni Club Golf Outing and Hometown Hero events. She is currently president of the Fayette County UK Young Alumni Group. Peake graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. Peake was born with sickle cell anemia. Through her experiences, she has become an advocate for blood donation. She has been featured in a commercial for the Kentucky Blood Center and participates in sickle cell and blood donation advocacy efforts, including the annual Stomp Out Sickle Cell walk in Louisville, the Big Blue Slam and has organized several blood drives. Despite her health challenges, she is a positive person who never fails to display her passion for UK and enthusiastically helps out with alumni activities. She currently works for the Kentucky Blood Center as a support specialist, assisting in a collaborative effort to encourage blood donations. She also works for the Kentucky Blood Story and shares her personal experience about the importance of blood donation around the Central Kentucky area.
Previous Award Recipients
Daniel J. Michalak (2002)
Kelly Sullivan Holland (2004)
Barbara M. Martin (2004)
Pamela S. Kuhn (2006)
Hannah M. Myers (2004)
Ashley Roberts (2007)
Lori Trisler Wells (2007)
Diane Verhalen (2008)
Kim Parks (2009)
Lee Webb (2010)
Amelia Brown Wilson (2011)
Quintissa S. Peake (2012)
About the Award
The UK Alumni Association's Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award is named for a long-time UK administrator who has spent the better part of his life in service to UK students.
A nominee for this award must be an alumna or alumnus who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, who is 10 years or less out of college at the time of nomination and who has worked on behalf of young people through the University, the Association, their alumni club or in the local community:
Raising funds for scholarships and/or awarding scholarships for students to attend UK
Working with local high school students through club-sponsored event and/or Preview Nights, to interest students in attending UK
Working to educate youth in the local community, whether through tutoring, coaching, or other means to keep them interested in learning
Assisting in efforts to support the Student Alumni Association through mentoring or other means.