Advising Staff

Dr. Shari Veil is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. She received her BA in Communication/Public Relations and MBA with a Marketing Concentration from the University of Mary and her Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University. She has been teaching and advising undergraduates since 2002 and has been at the University of Kentucky since 2010.



Suanne Early, Director of Student Affairs, joins our team after nearly 15 years as a pre-law and academic advisor in Undergraduate Studies. She received her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Louisville and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. Suanne is a past chair of the UK Advising Network and is the Region 3 Chair for the National Academic Advising Association.



Dr. Schyler Simpson, Director of Recruiting and Retention, is a proud three-time graduate of UK’s College of Communication and Information. She completed her doctoral dissertation on student perceptions of learning in academic advising in 2013. Schyler previously served the college as a graduate teaching assistant, lecturer, advisor, and recruiter.




Rachel Dixon, Academic Advisor, received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the College of Communication and Information's prestigious University Scholars Program. Rachel previously served the college as a student ambassador and recruiting intern.




Deloris Foxworth, Academic Advisor, joined the CI advising staff in January 2017. She holds a master’s degree in library science from UK, a master’s in communication from WKU, and a BA in Business Administration from KSU. Prior to becoming a college advisor she served as a faculty member in the ICT department and taught communication courses at KSU, EKU, and JCTC.




Jennifer McConchie, Staff Support Associate, received her BA in Communications from Catawba College in Salisbury North Carolina. Jen has used her communications degree in many capacities. Prior to coming to UK Jen worked for The Lexington Herald-Leader, The Sun-Sentinel, The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News. Prior to that Jen served as the Press Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Stephen L. Henry and his wife Heather French Henry. Come by say hello and grab some candy from Jen, she loves everyone!

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Maria Rivera, Academic Advisor, received an AS degree in Computer Sciences from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru, a B.A. in Spanish, and a M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. Maria previously worked at the University of Kentucky Undergraduate Admissions and Registrar’s Office for 11 years as an Admissions Officer and as a Registration Coordinator.




Ryan Story, Academic Advisor, is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Kentucky with his undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Higher Education. He started his career at UK as a GA in the CATS center with the athletic department and began full time in the transfer center in 2016. Ryan joined the College of Communication Advising team in the Fall of 2016.