Alumni Board

Kenneth Coleman

Kenneth M. Coleman is Director for Partner Programs at the Association of American Universities. Prior to that, Ken spent 45 years in scholarship about Latin America. Most recently, Coleman participated in the Latin American Public Opinion Project, for which he directed and co-authored a study of public opinion in Nicaragua in 2014, after having co-authored similar studies in Mexico in 2006 and Honduras in 2008. Ken has been a faculty member at the Universities of Kentucky, New Mexico, and North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as a faculty associate of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. At the University of Kentucky, he served as Director of Latin American Studies and Chair of Political Science in the late 1980s.

Deborah DeWeese

Louisville native Deborah DeWeese served as a Jefferson District Judge and Senior Status Judge from 1994 to 2013. Deborah is graduate of Pleasure Ridge High School, the University of Kentucky, and the University Of Louisville School Of Law. Deborah chaired the first Jefferson County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council, was a member of the Jefferson County Crime Commission, served as Chief District Judge, and served for several years as the Vice Chair of Bridge haven Mental Health Services. Deborah also presided as Judge in Teen Court, Drug Court and Truancy Court. She is currently a Jefferson Circuit judge, serving family court since 2015. 

Chris Gorman

Chris Gorman earned both his BA (1965) and JD (1967) from the University of Kentucky. He also completed the Government Program for Senior Executives in both State and Local Government from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1987. His experience spans both the private and public sectors. His public sector work includes time with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the District Commissioner for Jefferson County, and was highlighted as the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1992 to 1996. His work in the private sector spans 32 years of legal experience. He is currently a Partner with Conliffe, Sandmann and Sullivan, practicing administrative law, business law and litigation, consulting regarding corporate compliance with government regulations, and government relations/public affairs.

Tim Ingram

Timothy M. Ingram is the founding partner of Ingram Injury Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm located in Clearwater, Florida. Mr. Ingram attended the University of Florida College of Law from 1982-1985, where he received his Juris Doctor Degree. Mr. Ingram attended the University of Kentucky for his undergraduate studies from 1978-1982. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Mr. Ingram is admitted to the Florida Bar, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Ingram is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, the Clearwater Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. 

Michael W. Johnson

A Kentucky native, Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Journalism at the University of Kentucky where he currently serves on the alumni board for the College of Arts and Sciences. Michael W. Johnson serves as NSSGA President and CEO. Before this current role, Johnson served as the executive vice president, chief lobbyist, and top political officer with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). Johnson also served as vice president of government affairs with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) before NBWA. Johnson is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Association Committee of 100 and is an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Key Industry Association Council member. He has also been named a “Leading Association Lobbyist” and a “Young & Aspiring Association Professional” by Association TRENDS in the past. 

Mary Ulmer Jones

Mary Ulmer Jones received her JD from the University of Kentucky College Of Law in 1986‚ where she was on the staff of the Kentucky Law Journal. She also received a BA with distinction in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1983. She was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1986. She is a member of the American bar Association‚ the Atlanta Bar Association‚ Association of Corporate. Mary Ulmer Jones is Senior Vice President/Associate General Counsel with Bank of America and is located in Atlanta‚ Georgia. She has celebrated twenty-six years with Bank of America having joined the Legal Department in May‚ 1991. In her capacity as one of the Bank's senior labor and employment law in-house counsel‚ Mary provides legal advice and litigation management to the Bank's Human Resources department. Her responsibilities include providing legal support to several HR functions and lines of business within Bank of America. 

Lauren Smith Madden

Lauren Madden graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2014 where she served as a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and worked as a member of the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic. Lauren earned two Bachelors of Arts from the University of Kentucky in 2011 in Economics and Political Science. Lauren focuses her practice in the area of regulated businesses, including franchising, financial institutions and health care. Her experience includes drafting franchise agreements and preparing franchise disclosure documents (“FDD”s), as well as research and analysis of federal and state franchise regulatory compliance issues. She also frequently works with financial institutions and health care providers regarding mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance matters.

Laura Neack

Laura Neack is professor of political science at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She teaches courses in world politics, foreign policy analysis, and international security. Professor Neack is the author of three editions of The New Foreign Policy (2003, 2008, and 2014), Elusive Security: States First, People Last (2007), and National, International, and Human Security (2017). She is the co-editor of two books, Global Society in Transition (2002) and Foreign Policy Analysis: Continuity and Change in Its Second Generation (1995). Professor Neack is the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed quarterly International Studies Perspectives (2015-2019) and formerly edited International Politics (1998-2003). She received her undergraduate degree in 1982 and her doctorate in 1991 from the University of Kentucky and she is a life-long member of the BBN. She lives in Northern Kentucky. 

Pete Schirmer

Pete Schirmer received his MBA from Georgetown University, his MPP from the University of Michigan and his BA from the University of Kentucky. He has been Director for Innovation at RAND since 2012. He previously managed RAND’s Defense Policy Sciences Group and served as Associate Director of the Manpower & Training Program in the RAND Arroyo Center (the Army Research Division). Before joining RAND in 2002, he worked in the research department of a NASDAQ-listed financial institution and for a state government think tank.

Paul-Dekara Sime

Paul-Dekara Sime completed his BA, Summa Cum Laude, in May 2017 with a 4.0 GPA.  He received the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award in 2017 and was on both the Dean’s list and Athletics Director Honor Roll all four years of his scholastic career. Paul’s 4.0 GPA in political science is even more impressive by the fact that English isn’t his first language. Sime is from Guadeloupe where French is the primary language. Paul was also a member of the University of Kentucky Soccer team through his academic career where he received honors such as the C-USA All-Academic and was a three-time C-USA Academic Medalist.  He was also active as a summer camp assistant coach in 2016.

 

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