Josh Taylor brings over two decades of experience as a higher education and communications and marketing professional to the Graham Office of Career Management. He is a Gallup CliftonStrengths®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, Strong Interest Inventory (SII)®, and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)® certified career management practitioner. Whether in the career center or the classroom, Josh inspires students to up their get-hired game, take charge of their future, and design a life that’s aligned with how they define success.
As Senior Director for the Graham Office of Career Management, Josh is committed to preparing Gatton students to achieve employment success as knowledgeable, world-ready leaders. He began his career as a French interpreter and has held globally-focused communications and marketing roles with Disney, the HandsOn Network, and Rotary International in Quebec, Canada. Prior to joining UK, Josh was a Career Advisor 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.
Director of Employer Engagement
Rachel Clark brings over eight years of higher education experience to the Graham Office of Career Management. In her role, she helps students discover and reach their personal and professional goals while also providing outward facing support for employers as they seek to connect with student talent. Prior to her appointment in the Graham Office, she worked in the Gatton College as the Director of Recruitment. Before joining the Gatton College, she served in the University of Kentucky Admissions Office as the Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment. Rachel graduated from the University of Kentucky with her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in Economics. She received a Master of Public Administration from Murray State University.
Director of Student Leadership Development
Shonta Phelps is the Director of Student Leadership Development in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. As a Gallup Strengths Certified Coach and an experienced educator, she plays a pivotal role in empowering students to unlock their full potential and excel in their personal and professional lives. With a passion for student development, Shonta coordinates student involvement activities and leads various leadership programs, including the Gatton Ambassador program and Women Business Leaders (WBL). She also serves as an instructor for the Global Scholars and Social Enterprise Scholars Honors Pathways. Through these initiatives, Shonta is able to use her coaching and facilitation experience to help students develop a stronger sense of their personal leadership style. In Gatton, Shonta focuses on creating experiential learning opportunities that enables students to grow and refine their leadership and professional skills, preparing them for success in their future careers.
Shonta brings a wealth of experience in higher education, spanning almost 18 years across diverse areas such as undergraduate recruitment, enrollment management, academic advising, residence life, student support services, and leadership development. As a first-generation college graduate herself, she deeply understands the transformative power of education and considers it a blessing to fulfill her calling in this role.
Shonta holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Through her role in the Graham Office of Career Management, she is excited to continue her mission of fostering a generation of confident, skilled, and motivated leaders who will thrive in their future endeavors.
Angie Evilia brings to Gatton nearly 20 years as a higher education and social services professional. As a Career Advisor in the Graham Office of Career Management she puts into practice her passion for helping students discover and reach their personal and professional potential. For most of her career prior to UK, Angie served Texas students in student support services, enrollment management, and academic advising. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity from Baylor University, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University.
Raven Gibson joins Gatton with nearly a decade of experience as a social services professional providing case management and counseling in multiple settings. She is excited about preparing students to confidently step into the world of work with increased clarity on who they are and what they are working towards. Her primary goal is to be the career advisor she needed as an undergraduate student. Raven earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Career Counselor (CCC).
Employer Relations Manager
Hayley Hollenberg brings her love of recruitment and networking to the new role of Employer Relations Manager in the Graham Office of Career Management. In her role, she assists the Director of Employer Engagement by fostering relationships with employers in hopes of connecting Gatton students with their next employment opportunity. Previously, Hayley served as an Admissions Counselor at Berea College, where her work centered around college access. Hayley graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Sociology, Communication & Public Advocacy. She received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University in 2021.
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, Jackie supports Gatton’s one-year and professional MBA cohorts as well as MS-Accounting, MS-Finance, MS-Human Resource Management & Analytics, MS-Marketing, and MS-Supply Chain Management 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.
As Office Manager, Denise brings the Graham team a wealth of industry experience in customer service and administrative support across multiple organizations, including Kentucky State University, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and Olympia Church of Christ, in her home state of Washington. She holds an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Information Processing Management from Puget Sound Community College.