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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: Stratton 133
  • Mailing Address: Stratton 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.

Ann Cotton

Ann Cotton
  • University Claims Specialist; Secretary, 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.

Julie Spease

Julie Spease
  • Manager, Academic Services; 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 14 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.

Derek Adams

Derek Adams
  • Horiculturalist Foreman; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Campus & Grounds Maintenance
  • Office: Gentry Building
  • Mailing Address: Coates CPO 6
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-7645
  • Office Hours: M-F 6:00-2:30
  • I work as the Horticulturalist Foreman in the EKU Facilities Services greenhouse. As part of my duties, I supervise a combination of full-time, part-time, temporary, and student workers in the production and maintenance of the plants grown on campus. In addition, we care for the Carloftis Garden, Turner Gate, and a native tree nursery containing 450 trees. My EKU experience began as a first generation undergraduate student in the fall of 2006. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Career and Technical Education, Agriculture Education in 2011. I have been employed with EKU since 2013. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Career and Technical Education, Technical Administration. I am excited to serve the Maintenance & Skilled Trades in Facilities Services and Housing and Project Administration as the staff council representative. 

Karrie Adkins

  • Education Abroad Coordinator; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Education Abroad
  • Office: Keith 140
  • Mailing Address: Keith 129
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-7699
  • I joined EKU’s staff 11 years ago and currently serve as Education Abroad Coordinator within the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS).  Originally from the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I moved to Madison County in 1991 and have lived there the majority of the past 26 years, currently calling Richmond home.  My experience in a variety of academic, non-academic, and financial roles, has given me a great appreciation of the complexity of the university’s operations and broadened my understanding of the breadth of staff roles across campus and the need to bring formal recognition to those many roles that are essential to the mission of the university.  I have also had the privilege of representing the university while serving on many regional and state advisory boards, committees, and workgroups which allowed me to gain an “outside” perspective.  While working full time, I have also raised two daughters and completed both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Psychology.  I have thus experienced the university’s mission at work not only as an employee, but as a student/”client” and community member—a perspective that has deepened my appreciation for the critical needs of professional development and staff welfare.  To me, being an EKU Colonel is very personal.  I am honored to serve as a Staff Council member representing the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS), College of Science, and Honors Program, and be the voice of my fellow colleagues.

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.

Jillian Faith

Jillian Faith
  • Staff Council Member
  • Department: University Housing
  • Office: Whitlock 552
  • Mailing Address: Whitlock CPO 51
  • Email:
  • I’ve been a Colonel since joining the EKU community as a first-generation college student in 2005.  Since 2006, I have worked as employee of EKU Housing & Residence Life both as a student and as a professional staff member.  I currently serve as an Assistant Director for Residence Life, specializing in programming and recruitment.  For the last two years I have also served as an instructor for GSD 101 with First Year Courses.  I am pursuing a second master’s degree with the university and enjoy going out to eat, watching Netflix, and spending time with my nephews in my spare time.  I am eager to build strong relationships with staff members across the university and find opportunities to advocate for their ideas, needs, and opinions.  Go Colonels!

Tim Miesmer

  • Associate Athletic Trainer; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Athletic Training
  • Office: Moberly 110
  • Mailing Address: Moberly 112
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-2147
  • I am currently an Associate Athletic Trainer in EKU’s Sports Medicine Department primarily in charge all aspects relating to student-athlete health and well-being for the Football team as well as Cheer and Dance teams.  Additionally, I am a mentor for our other staff members and am a preceptor in the Athletic Training Education Program.  This is my fourth year here at Eastern Kentucky University.  In November 2017 I was appointed by my peers to be the representative for Foundation, Equity and Inclusion, Diversity, Athletics, Development & Alumni Relations, Center for the Arts, and Arlington.  

Caelin Scott

  • Staff Council Member
  • Department: OL-Psychology-BS
  • Office: Commonwealth 1511
  • Mailing Address: Commonwealth 1711
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-7569
  • I’ve been a proud member of the Eastern Kentucky University family for over 14 years. My time with EKU began as an undergraduate student in the Psychology program and then in a staff role upon graduation. I’m honored to say that I earned my Master’s Degree in Recreation & Park Administration and my Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at EKU as well. During my time with EKU, I have had the privilege to work in Conferencing & Events, the Center for Career & Workforce Development and in my current role as an Academic Advisor for the Office of eCampus. Since 2011, I have also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Recreation & Park Administration. Not only am I grateful for the privilege to serve as the staff council representative for my respective areas, I also look forward to being a strong voice and advocate for my fellow colleagues.

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.

Sherry Sparks

  • Construction Accountant; Staff Council Member
  • Department: Accounting & Financial Services
  • Office: Jones 213
  • Mailing Address: Coates CPO 3
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-7421
  • I have been with the EKU community since 2016 in the capacity of the Construction Accountant.  I work closely with the capital projects department to continue developing an innovative campus.  My background is from the private sector with 15 years of strategic leadership in construction.  I foster the five practices of exemplary leadership – model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.  I believe a culture built around these principals can achieve vast things.

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 (Ex-officio)
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Office: Jones 120
  • Mailing Address: Coates 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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