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Stephanie King

  • Coordinator Telecommunications; Chair, Staff Council
  • Department: Information Tech-Administration
  • Office: Perkins 314
  • Mailing Address: Perkins 345
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-1079
  • I have worked at EKU in the IT department since 1995. I am a lifelong Madison County resident and graduate of EKU. I am honored to serve as the IT representative on the Staff Council and am the first representative to be elected in non-consecutive terms.  I look forward to assisting with communication between staff members and helping to make a positive influence with all staff matters.

Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman
  • Program Specialist; Vice-Chair, Staff Council
  • Department: UTC Division of Child Care/TRIS
  • Office: Perkins 133
  • Mailing Address: Perkins 133
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-8811
  • Office Hours: M-F 7:00-3:00
  • I’ve been fortunate to be part of the EKU community as an EKU graduate and now as an employee with Training Resource Center (TRC) since 1999.  I work with an amazing group of people whose mission is to improve the lives of children, families and assist our various partners in the public and private sectors.  As a Training Specialist for the Early Care and Education Training Records Information System (ECE-TRIS), I strive to ensure data quality control, provide specialized reports to the Division of Child Care and other Early Care and Education Partners, offer instruction and support to ECE Professionals, conduct trainings related to the ECE-TRIS. I also work with our project programmers to implement programming changes, reports and features to the ECE-TRIS website. I am eager to participant on the staff council to represent TRC staff and build more positive relationships with the EKU community.

Julie Spease

  • Manager, Academic Services; Secretary/Treasurer, Staff Council
  • Department: Dean-Business & Technology
  • Office: BTC 257
  • Mailing Address: BTC 257
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-1086
  • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
  • My EKU experience began in Fall 1994 as a first-generation undergraduate student.  Since graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1999, I have also completed a Master of Science degree in Career & Technical Education in Occupational Training Development.  Currently, I am the Manager of Academic Services for the College of Business & Technology’s Advising Office.  I have been employed in the CBT Advising Office for approximately 12 years and really enjoy assisting our students, faculty, and staff.  As a student and staff member at EKU I developed many relationships.  I look forward to building those relationships by assisting and representing the staff at Eastern Kentucky University.

Leah Banks

  • Library Specialist; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Libraries
  • Office: Library 103
  • Mailing Address: Library
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-1797
  • I work as a Library Associate III to public services, specifically, the Reference & Instruction department at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries. I am proud to be a lifelong resident of Madison County and an EKU graduate. I have been employed at EKU Libraries for 10 years. It is a joy to serve the faculty, staff, students and campus community here at EKU each day. I am honored to have been elected by the staff of the College of Education and the Library to serve on this committee. I will continue to work for positive change and be the voice for all staff at EKU.

Tammy White Cornett

  • Coordinator, HR Communications; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Office: Jones 106
  • Mailing Address: Coates CPO 24
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-8874
  • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
  • I hope to represent staff working in Internal Audit, The President's Office, Accounting & Financial Services, Budgeting & Financial Planning, and Human Resources and promote the great things they do every day. I want to promote the welfare of our staff​, while listening to them, and setting a tone for campus that is positive. As the Coordinator of the Employee Wellness Program, Healthy YOU, I understand the importance of having a healthy and happy campus.

Ann Cotton

  • University Claims Specialist; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Environmental Health Safety
  • Office: Adams House
  • Mailing Address: Adams House
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-5523
  • I work as the University Claims Specialist in Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management and Insurance, a Department within EKU’s Division of Public Safety. I have worked at EKU for 20+ years and love the University and its employees. I have had many opportunities to serve my co-workers at EKU, and have enjoyed serving them with various needs, and in various capacities. With my employment history, and now serving as a member of Staff Council, I have been able to provide customer service to my constituents by answering questions, providing professional development experiences, and helping to promote health and well-being. I cannot think of anything more worthwhile or rewarding than to be a member of Staff Council and represent my fellow coworkers.

Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis
  • Administrative Assistant II; Staff Council Member
  • Department: University Programs
  • Office: Keen Johnson 2
  • Mailing Address: Keen Johnson 2
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-2222
  • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
  • I am pleased to represent the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS), the College of Science (CoS) and the Honors Program. I came to EKU in 2005 as a student, became a part-time employee, finished three degrees and became a full-time employee. This is my second stint on Staff Council. I am always happy to help with any issues. I refer to myself as a “fireperson” because that is what I do. I put out a lot of figurative fires. I have seen Staff Council grow into a powerful voice for all members of the Campus Family, but especially the great EKU staff members.

Treva Macy

Treva Macy
  • Assistant Online Coordinator; Staff Council Member
  • Department: OL-Psychology-BS
  • Office: Commonwealth 1610
  • Mailing Address: Commonwealth 1711
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-8196
  • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
  • I have worked within the office of eCampus since August, 2011. I am a graduate of EKU and I am honored to serve as the representative for my co-workers in College of Justice & Safety, DOCJT, Regional Campuses, Conferencing & Events, E-Campus, and Planetarium.

Jennifer McKnight

  • Administrative Assistant; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Student Success
  • Office: Whitlock 540
  • Mailing Address: Whitlock CPO 50
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-3436
  • Office Hours: M-F 8-4:30
  • I am the Administrative Coordinator in the office of the Executive Vice President for Student Success and University Counsel at Eastern Kentucky University.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from EKU and  have been at the university as a full time employee for 10 years previously serving in University Housing, Student Life and Career Services.  I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services at EKU.  I am excited to assume the role of staff representative for my colleagues and hope I can be an advocate for them.

Debra Simpson

Debbie Simpson
  • Senior Office Associate; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Facilities Services Administration
  • Office: Gentry
  • Mailing Address: Coates CPO 6
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-2966
  • I have worked at the University for 17 years in Facilities Services. I started in the Family Housing Department as a Custodian for 4 years and Head Custodian for 4 years. The last 9 years I have worked in the Front Office at Facilities Services as Senior Clerk, Senior Secretary and Senior Offices Associate. I am married to Tommy Simpson he also work in Facilities Services in the Paint Shop. I have one son Travis who is a freshman at Madison Central High School. I hope to use my years of services and experience to service the other staff members in Facilities Services as their representative on the Staff Council.

Tosha Sparks

  • Budget Specialist; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Dean-Health Sciences
  • Office: Rowlett 241
  • Mailing Address: Rowlett 203
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-6854
  • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
  • Currently I serve as the Budget Specialist in the College of Health Sciences and have been employed at EKU since fall 2000. Prior positions at EKU include serving as a Secretary in the department of Field Services and an Administrative Assistant in the department of Counseling and Educational Leadership in the College of Education. I love working at Eastern Kentucky University and look forward to serving the EKU community by helping make positive changes for the EKU staff.

Bryan Makinen

  • Acting Executive Dir. of Public Safety & Dir.of Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management & Insurance; Staff Council Ex-officio
  • Department: Police Department
  • Office: Adams House
  • Mailing Address: Adams House
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-2421
  • Committees:  ADA Awareness & Accessibility, Benefits Advisory, Responsible Environmental Stewardship, and Safety & Emergency Management Staff Council (Ex-officio)
    Bryan Makinen is currently the Director of Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management & Insurance for Eastern Kentucky University.  He was selected by his peers in June of 2014 to serve as the Staff Regent.  Bryan obtained an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Industrial Safety and Risk Management in 1999 with minors in Environmental Health Sciences and Insurance and Risk Management.  He also earned a Master of Public Health degree in 2006 from Eastern Kentucky University.  Bryan is currently enrolled as a Doctoral student at the University of Kentucky pursuing a degree in Instructional Systems Design.

Sarah Pitt

  • Chief HR Officer; HR Representative for Staff Council
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Office: Jones 120
  • Mailing Address: CPO 24A
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-8873
  • I am proud to serve as EKU Chief Human Resources Officer as a Lexington, Kentucky native with over 20 years of progressive experience as a Human Resources leader. I have held senior positions in a national governmental non-profit, healthcare and corporate management companies, and spent 9 years in HR roles at the University of Kentucky. I have been passionate about helping others since early on, majoring in Social Work and Psychology, earning a Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky. I hold a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and have been active in the Bluegrass Society for Human Resource Management and the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), holding board positions. I also holds certifications in leadership and holistic coaching, and has been collaborating on upcoming leadership publications.

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