EASS Staff

NameBiographies
Ben Craig
Academic Counselor Senior
502-852-0305

Program Focus:
Health and Sport Sciences
Books and Movies
  • Silmarillion, A Song of Ice and Fire, and anything by Vince Flynn; Braveheart, A River Runs Through It, Supertroopers, and Ace Ventura.
Passions
  • Hockey, philosophical conversations, learning, being silly, and German Shepherds.
Sherry Durham
Academic Counselor
502-852-5597

Program Focus:
Health and Sport Sciences
Passions
  • I love to do so many things! I love spending time with family and friends, shopping, all kinds of movies (especially horror), music, all things BEYONCE, sight-seeing, trying new foods, and the Louisville CARDS! I love working with college students and being a part of a support system to encourage students and help navigate them through college.
Favorite Quote
  • Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do.
    - Oprah Winfrey
Lynne Ernst
Unit Business Manager
502-852-7697
Passions
  • Family and Friends
Favorite Quote
  • It's better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.
    - Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Delsie Essig
Admissions Counselor Senior
502-852- 0953

Program Focus:
Graduate Admissions
Favorite Quote
  • "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
Advice for UofL students
  • If you are serious about succeeding in your career, take your education seriously. Enjoy your time at UofL, take advantage of your opportunities, but don’t blow your future opportunities because you didn’t take your undergraduate degree seriously.
Annie Fitzpatrick
Academic Counselor Senior, Teacher Education
502-852-2565

Program Focus:
Middle and Secondary Education
Favorite Quote
  • "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." – John Wooden
Advice for UofL Students
  • This is your education and you should do everything you can to make the most of it. Be proactive, ask questions, seek resources and ask for help when needed (everyone has needed help at least once), be on time, try to laugh every day (but not at someone else's expense), and be kind to everyone along the way. Try to think of every experience as an opportunity.
Rita Groves
Program Assistant Senior
502-852-3213

Program Focus:
Records Manager
Passions
  • Making people smile, family and friends, doing the right thing, putting God first, and helping children
Favorite Quote
  • "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." –Maya Angelou
Betty Hampton
Director, Graduate Student Services
502-852-0411

Program Focus:
Graduate Student Services
Favorite Quote
  • "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." by William A. Ward
Movies
  • "It's a Wonderful Life," "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner," “Schindler’s List," "Argo"
Brandon JosephBrandon Joseph
Academic Counselor, Sr.
502-852-2638

Program Focus:
Health and Sports Sciences
Favorite Quote
  • "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it…"
Passions
  • I grew up a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Raiders and UCLA Bruins. I am now a fan of the Louisville Cardinals! My favorite musicians are the greatest hip hop duo of all-time, Outkast. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending sporting events, traveling to new places and eating great food. Finally, I am a proud Alaskan!
Saundra Kimberlain
Academic Counselor Senior
502-852-2570

Program Focus:
Health Care Leadership
Passions
  • My family (being a soccer and other activity mom), friends, photography, contributing to my community, and being anywhere near an ocean/beach.
Advice for UofL Students
  • Learn to ask questions and be your own advocate. Don’t take more on than you can handle, but push yourself enough to stay on track. Take responsibility for your success, but take advantage of University resources.
Jody Morkin
Senior Program Coordinator
502-852-3211

Program Focus:
Teacher Certification
Passions
  • Family and Friends
Favorite Quote
  • "Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Margaret Pentecost
Assistant Dean
502-852-5597

Program Focus:
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Favorite Quote
  • "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
Advice for UofL Students
  • Work hard, study, and embrace the UofL experience. Learn as much as possible from the people and experiences that you encounter. If you have the opportunity, incorporate international experiences into your college years. It is a great way to learn more about the world.
Amber RobertsAmber Roberts
Academic Counselor
502-852-3204

Program Focus:
Organizational Leadership & Learning
Favorite Quote
  • "Beginnings are uncertain and adventurous and difficult, but they offer promise, which is the most we can ever expect" -- Immanuel Wallerstein
Passions
  • I'm a fan of the Chicago Cubs and New England Patriots. My favorite bands are Saves the Day, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Beatles, and Fall Out Boy. I spend my free time traveling Kentucky, trying new restaurants, hiking, going to concerts, and hoping Hogwarts needs an Academic Counselor.
Julie Thum
Director of Undergraduate Academic Student Services
502-852-2998

Program Focus:
CEHD Undergraduate Advising
Passions
  • Spending time with family and close friends; being outside (skiing, boating, hiking, running, etc.); patronizing local restaurants and businesses, especially since Louisville has so many wonderful and unique places to eat!
Advice for UofL Students
  • Take advantage of the options available to you in college! Whether that be free tutoring through REACH, different campus groups, or studying abroad (even if it’s a shorter trip), take advantage of these opportunities! If I could do my undergraduate experience all over again, I would be more involved on campus and would study abroad.
Rodney Vaughan
Program Assistant Senior
502-852-5597
Passions
  • Traveling, Backpacking, Motorcycles, and Sports
Favorite Quote
  • Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Mankind. Basically, it's made up of two separate words---"mank" and "ind". What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.
    --Jack Handey