Sandy Anderson has devoted her career path to serving students in higher education. Sandy began this path as a Residence Life Director in a women’s hall, then moved to an Admissions Recruiter position, which eventually led to her role as Dean of Students at Judson University in Elgin, IL. After moving to the beautiful Bluegrass area, Sandy was Career Advisor/Program Coordinator at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. In her current role at Gatton School of Business and Economics, she enjoys helping students with major choice, internship and job search and graduate school decisions. Sandy received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Taylor University in Indiana and has her Masters in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
Laura is a two-time graduate from the University of Kentucky, earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work. Laura began her higher education career at the Stuckert Career Center and the Alumni Association before coming to Gatton. She is a member of the NCDA (National Career Development Association).
Director, Graham Office of Career Management
Sarah Madison brings over 10 years of higher education experience to the Graham Office of Career Management. In her role, she helps employers connect with student talent and develop their hiring strategy when it comes to the Gatton College. She also represents Gatton externally across the college and in the community. Prior to her appointment at Gatton, she was the Associate Director of Admissions and Career Services at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Before Kenan-Flagler, Sarah was an Associate Director with the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. She was an admissions counselor and recruiter for a number of graduate business school programs, including the MBA, Master of Accounting and Master of Management. Sarah studied communications as an undergraduate at Denison University in Ohio. She was a graduate student at the Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business and received a Master of Human Resource Management. She is involved with the Junior League of Lexington and NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers).
Administrative Associate/Office Manager
Lexington native Denzel Patterson has joined the Graham Office of Career Management as Administrative Associate/Office Manager. He is handling the office budget, event planning, scheduling students, and many other projects. Patterson has over 10 years of customer service experience, and is fluent in Spanish. Prior to coming to Gatton, he worked for UK Healthcare for three years in the CV-ICU unit, as well as in the Radiology department as a Patient Relations Assistant. He attended UK, and will be returning to finish his degree in Community Leadership Development with a minor in Vocal Performance. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, sing, and participate in professional development.
Graduate Career Advisor
Jackie Schmidt brings over 20 years of industry experience to the Graham Office of Career Management. In her role as Graduate Career Advisor, she supports Gatton’s one-year, professional and executive MBA cohorts as well as MS-Accounting and MS-Finance students. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, Jackie held positions across various HR functions including: Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Internal Communications and Community Affairs. She received her MBA from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Assistant Director, Graham Office of Career Management
Josh Taylor brings over 15 years of experience as a higher education and communications and marketing professional. As Assistant Director for the Graham Office of Career Management, he is committed to preparing Gatton students to achieve employment success as knowledgeable, world-ready leaders. Josh began his career as a French interpreter and has held globally-focused communications and marketing roles with Disney, Hands on Atlanta, and Rotary International in Quebec, Canada. Prior to joining UK, Josh was a Career Counselor and Experiential Education Coordinator at Morehead State University, where he also taught courses in French, Communications, and Career Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and French Linguistics from the University of Georgia and master’s degrees in Strategic Communication and Adult and Higher Education Counseling from Morehead State University. He is actively involved in the Kentucky Career Development Association, where he has served as President.