Cohort Sample Bios

The program's current students and alumni represent mid to senior level executives from across the region. With an average of 18 years professional experience, they represent many diverse industries including technology, healthcare, engineering, and manufacturing. By bringing their real world experiences into the classroom, the participants are able to connect their ideas and solutions across industry boundaries, creating an interactive and dynamic environment.

More than 75% of our alumni have experienced positive career outcomes during their time in the program and all have indicated their participation in the UK-UofL was integral to their ongoing success.

Charles Snavely

Charles Snavely is the Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He had an extensive career in the energy sector, where his 36-year tenure provided a comprehensive view of the intricacies of the coal mining industry, including every role from engineering to executive management. Charles is a native of Eastern Kentucky and earned his Bachelors in Science in the field of Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is passionate about helping Eastern Kentucky to grow and diversify economically.

Shailaja Rao Veligandla, M.D.

Shailaja Rao Veligandla has been a practicing physician for 10 years in eastern Kentucky. Her educational background includes a medical degree from the Gandhi Medical College in India, an Internal Medicine residency from St.Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis Missouri, followed by an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Creighton University and Southern Illinois University.

Kevin Stakelum

Kevin Stakelum is a Talent Acquisition Director focused on creating strategy and providing leadership for all aspects of talent acquisition. Under his guidance, Veteran/Spouse hiring initiatives have earned 15 awards for excellence from numerous organizations. Kevin is a veteran of the Louisiana and Mississippi Army National Guard and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana Tech University.

Allyson Wolfe

Allyson Wolfe is a leader in the human resources field in Louisville, KY. With a 20-year background in HR, Allyson has been exposed to multiple industries throughout her professional career, including healthcare, manufacturing, and property management. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Louisville. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Robert Morphonios

Robert Morphonios has a career spanning 30 years in the civil construction industry, including leading the $1.7 billion Ohio River Bridge East End Crossing Project. Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Building Science from Auburn University.

Mostafa Fraig, M.D.

Mostafa Fraig is the Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for Anatomic Pathology at the University of Louisville. His medical and academic background of 24 years includes numerous publications in his field as well as multiple honors and awards as a faculty member. He earned his medical degree at the Tanta School of Medicine (Tanta, Egypt) and did postgraduate studies at the Cairo University School of Medicine.

Michelle Kleiber-Viglione

Michelle Kleiber-Viglione utilizes her engineering background to lead continuous improvement initiatives for both clients and internal constituents. She is active in the Society of Women Engineering. Michelle holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Louisville and earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

David Jude

David Jude comes to the program with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. His consulting firm, dpj Consulting, offers safety training programs to many types of professional organizations. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Technology from Eastern Kentucky University.

Susan Zearfoss

Susan Zearfoss is an Electrical Engineer by trade and comes to the program with 25 years of experience from Lexmark, where she is a Product/Area Owner and System Architect. Susan is also passionate about her non-profit work for the Lexington Ballet. Susan holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Thomas Pogue

Thomas Pogue is an integral member of the team at Delta Faucet Company, where he is a Plant Manager with direct responsibility for an entire manufacturing facility. His comprehensive background includes a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, engineering management, and team development responsibilities. As well as being an active member of his business community, he has partnered with Butler County’s local schools to develop technical career and education paths for high school graduates. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University.

Lee Hamilton

Lee Hamilton is a Strategic Account Manager for multinational corporations with Markem-Imaje, a leading global product identification and traceability solutions provider. Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an institution he proudly supports today.

Maor Schaal

Maor Schaal brings 24 years of experience in technology, engineering, and project management on an international scale to the program. Maor’s previous experience has a world-wide footprint with a variety of companies. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).

Brad Keller

Brad Keller is an accomplished operations professional with 18 years of experience in program leadership, strategy development and business consulting; currently leading corporate real estate strategies and customer relations as Director of Workplace Strategic Consulting for Humana. He remains grounded serving his community as a paramedic on a regular basis. Brad earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Louisville.

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller is a National Account Director in Louisville, KY for a form that designs and produces products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets. Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Purdue University.

Joseph Patterson

Joseph Patterson has a background in mechanical engineering and extensive leadership experience from his career at Flanders, a service and manufacturing company based in Evansville, IN. He previously served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Tri-State Manufacturer’s Association. Joe earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Amber (Amy) Florence

Amber (Amy) Florence has more than 15 years of experience in the equine industry and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, a non-profit membership association within the equine industry. Amy earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Justin Williamson

Justin Williamson is the Vice President of Operations Technology for Alliance Coal. Prior to that, he oversaw the acquisition of Matrix Design Group, where he served as Senior Vice President from 2006-2010. Justin graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Sociology. He has over 19 years of experience as a network engineer, network administrator, and information technology executive.

Wendell Followell

Wendell Followell has dedicated his 30-year professional career to making the Kentucky Community and Technical College System one of the very best community college systems in the nation, currently serving as Vice President. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky, with a concentration in Financial Management. Wendell is extremely active in his community, donating his expertise to everything from neighborhood associations to community theatre.

Adam Hunt

Adam Hunt is the Vice President of Customer Relations at Pizza Wholesale of Lexington, Inc. Adam serves on the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors for Hunt Advantage Group, the master distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Adam holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.