University of Pikeville

Office of Alumni Relations
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5276


The UPIKE Alumni Association invites graduates to connect with one another and remain engaged with UPIKE by taking part in monthly events that are informative, interactive and inspirational. For more information on how you can become involved in the Alumni Association, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or at (606) 218-5276.

Officers of the Alumni Board of Directors

President: Kay Hammond ’68

Vice President: Danny Adams ’71

Secretary: Gayle Justice ’88

Treasurer: Amy Williamson ’10

Phillip Birchfield  ‘94

Heather Birchfield  ‘96

Jimmy R. Blackburn, II  ‘93

Nathan D. Brown ‘05

Tommy Chamberlin ‘ 96

Erin Chamberlin  ‘05

Jordan T. Charles  ‘03

Twilia Charles-Duff  ‘82, ‘87

Eddy Coleman   ‘77

Lisa M. Compton  ‘12

Gene D. Davis  ‘63

Tiffany J. Fannin  ‘09

Mindy L. Fleming  ‘06

Lisa Forsyth  ‘87

Stephanie R. Frazier  ‘93

Timothy A. Hatfield  ‘92

Jesse W. Hawkins  ‘11

Thomas Hereford, III  ‘66

Doug  Hinkle  ‘53

Judith Hinkle  ‘52, ‘62

Tina L. Hurley  ‘99

Ryan D. Jones  ‘11

David  Lester  ‘71

Judy Lester  ‘71

Brenda K. Maynard  ‘89

Tivis Newsom, Jr.  ‘83

Judi C. Patton  ‘60

Katherine S. Petot  ‘75

Betty H. Porter  ‘62

Howard V. Roberts  ‘78

Lois M. Rogers ‘04

Daryle M. Ronning  ‘86

Jesse L. Rudd, II  ‘00

Jean K. Shockey  ‘49, ‘51

Eugene Sisco, III  ‘08

Jessica K. Taylor ‘11

Michael Williamson  ‘54, ‘58

Don Sulivan  ‘50

Melanie Joyce  ‘02, ‘16

Brandi Brown ‘14

Matt Day  ‘03

Mitch Copley  ‘11

Whitney Copley  ‘08

Camilla Damron  ’96

Tiffany Craft  ’10

Whitney Hogg  ’09

David Jewell   ’97

Bryna Jewell  ’02

Tammy Riley  ’92

Ryan Stratton  ’09

Ryan McCoy    ’07

Ronnie Spence  ’01

Duane Porter  ’90

Greg Dempsey  ’01

Jordan Gibson  ’08, ’14 MBA

Justin Hall  ’97

Gabe Penn  ’14,  ’15 MBA

Roger Wagner  ’70

John Biery  ’88

Lakia Bailey  ’12

Kathy Hubbard  ’03,  ’13

Robert L. Chaney  ’96

Conda Little  ’95

Alumni Awards

2019 alumni hall of fame members

Each year during UPIKE Homecoming the university celebrates the accomplishments of individual Alumni for their achievements and commitment to the university.

2019 Alumni Award Recipients:

  • Distinguished Alumni –  Kenneth Stiltner
  • Rising Young Alumni – Drs. Jason and Stacy Hunt
  • Volunteer of the Year – Joel Thornbury
  • Honorary Alumni – Perry Allen

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna of the University. He/she must have been out of college for at least seven years. Nomination information should include specific activities, awards and promotions that demonstrate 1) professional prominence and 2) contributions made for the betterment of society, both of which bring honor and distinction to the University of Pikeville.

kenneth stiltner

2019 Recipient:  Kenneth Stiltner

A 2001 graduate of Pikeville College, Ken Stiltner continued his education at East Carolina University where he earned his Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Ken has spent the last 14 years with the Kellogg Company in various roles in Human Resources. He is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for Kellogg North American Supply Chain. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife Amanda Stiltner, also a Pikeville College Alum. The couple have one son, Collin.

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award
1967 – William C. Hambley
1971 – Lillie Chaffin
1972 – Dr. Raymond Wells, Inez
1973 – John Waddell
1974 – Rediford Damron
1975 – Joe Sharpe
1977 – Charles B. Chrisman
1982 – Jewell Cline, Perry Cline
1983 – Walter P. Walters, Sr.
1984 – Carl Hatcher
1985 – Goldie Benedict
1986 – Jonathan Hiers
1987 – Franklin Day, Alice Kinder
1988 – John Paul Riddle, William C. Hambley
1989 – Georgia Muncy, Harold Edmonds, Ample Calhoun
1990 – Walter May, Lucille Saad Smith, Philip Vinciguerra (posthumously)
1991 – Charles E. Spears
1992 – John B. DuPuy
1993 – Otta Barton
1994 – Terry Dotson, Chester Goble, Irene Goble
1995 – William J. Baird, III
1996 – Jean Hale
1997 – Charles Robert Johnson, William Sullivan
1998 – Billie Jean Osborne
1999 – Doug Hinkle
2000 – Ron Terry, Frank Welch
2001 – Lois Esham, Benny Ray Bailey
2002 – Linda Scott-DeRosier
2003 – Willie Smith, Ruth Wheeler
2004 – Donnie Jones, Reed Anderson
2005 – Dr. Chauncey Rupe, Imogene June Johnson
2006 – Dr. Robert B. Sparks
2007 – Rhoda Jane Claytor, Jean Shockey
2008 – Roger Wagner
2009 – Gene Davis
2010 – Jed Weinberg
2011 Spring – Dr. Orville M. Clark Jr., Justice Will T. Scott
2011 Fall – Kitty Baird, Judith Hinkle
2012 – Wayne T. Rutherford
2013 – Della Dotson Griffey, David Lester
2014 – Dr. Raynor Mullins
2015 – Gene D. Davis, Judi Patton
2016 – Donnie Akers
2017 – Doug Branham
2018 – Marcy McClanahan Cassady

The Rising Young Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna who is 40-years-old or younger. Basis for selection includes 1) career advancement, 2) service to others, 3) loyalty and commitment to the University, 4) strong personal character, and 5) proven leadership in his or her profession.

Dr. Jason and Stacy Hunt
2019 Recipients – Drs. Stacy and Jason Hunt

Drs. Stacy and Jason Hunt grew up in Pike County, KY.  Both graduated from Pikeville College and attended Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Stacy graduated from PCSOM in 2003. After medical school, Stacy completed her residency at the University of Kentucky East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program in Hazard, KY.

Prior to attending PCSOM, Jason worked as an admissions counselor for Pikeville College.  He graduated from PCSOM in 2005. Jason completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.

They reside in Tampa, Florida.  Stacy practices family medicine with Advent Health Medical Group.  Jason owns OrthoLinks an orthopedic surgery/sports medicine practice.  They have one daughter, Jayla (11 years old) and one son Jax (soon to be 2 years old).  They fondly remember and are thankful for all the years they spent on “the Hill”.


Past Recipients of the Rising Young Alumni Award
2011 Spring – Melanie Fields Horton, Larry Forester
2011 Fall – Rosemary Gilliam Holbrook, Brad Hall, Jessie Rudd II
2012 – Anna Ignatenko Garcia, David Short
2013 – Brandt Johnson, D.O.
2014 – Nick Jamerson
2015 – Jamey Hager, D.O., Robbie Royalty, M.D.
2016 – Justin Hall
2017 – Kyle Sineath
2018 – Charity Burke Walters

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented annually only if there is clearly a deserving and available candidate; and is normally limited to one recipient each year. Individual(s) must be a non-alumnus/alumna of the community-at-large. Nomination: Cite specific examples of 1) loyalty, 2) interest, and 3) service in the spirit of the University that are above and beyond the normal responsibilities of the individual. Honorary alumni have all the rights and privileges of traditional alumni of the University and become honorary members of the class graduating in the spring of the academic year in which the award is given.

Perry Allen

2019 Recipient – Perry Allen

A native of Eastern Kentucky, Perry P. Allen has worked for U.S. Bank for 35 years. Since 2013, Perry has been a regional president of the bank, serving Central, Northern and Eastern Kentucky’s 36 banks and 230 employees in 17 counties, including Pike and Floyd.

Noting that he has been fortunate to develop relationships throughout the state, Perry’s active community involvement includes serving on boards for Leadership Kentucky, Bluegrass Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Pikeville Chamber of Commerce. He is also involved with REACH, a non-profit affordable housing provider.

Perry lives in Lexington with his wife Robin. They have four daughters, one granddaughter and one grandson.


Past Recipients of the Honorary Alumni Award
1980 – Creg Damron, Ed Elder, Bob Tarbeck
1981 – Mary Evelyn Rogers
1982 – Dr. Lee Scott, Ruth Scott
1983 – Paul Patton
1984 – Wilfred S. Martin
1985 – Ruth Chrisman
1986 – Alma Culton, Maurice Bailey
1987 – Vivian Day, Jim Andy Caudill
1988 – C.V. Snapp
1989 – Eddie Grigsby, Leon Huffman
1990 – Jackie Owens
1991 – Terry Fitzer
1992 – Lt. Gov. Paul E. Patton
1993 – Ed Love
1994 – Burlin Coleman
1995 – Djien & Leonor So
1996 – Paul Gearheart
1997 – William H. Owens
1998 – Father Ralph Beiting
1999 – Chad Perry
2002 – Dale and Martha McNeely
2003 – Karen Smith
2004 – Glenn Brown
2005 – Dr. Rakesh and Dr. Seema Sachdeva
2006 – Johnnie LeMaster
2007 – John Strosnider, JoAnn Strosnider
2008 – Margaret Arnett, Dr. Wallace Campbell, Jane Campbell
2009 – NA
2010 – Danny VanHoose
2011 Spring – Bruce Walters II, Kelly Wells
2011 Fall – Frank Justice, Mattie Justice
2012 – Leslie Combs
2013 – Wayne Martin
2014 – Donovan Blackburn and the Pikeville City Commission
2015 – Andrew Joyce, Rusty Justice
2016 – Boyd Buser
2017 – Kelly Wells
2018 – Tim Collins



The Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador Award is presented annually in named recognition of alumnus and longtime Alumni Association Board of Directors member Gary Thrash, for his commitment and dedication to the University and its students. The award is presented to those whose service to the University and the alumni association exemplifies Thrash’s dedication to the mission of the University of Pikeville.

2018 Recipient – Danny C. Adams

Danny C. Adams is a Pikeville College, class of 1971, graduate. He completed his graduate work at Morehead State University. He has spent 33 years in education; 26 as a classroom teacher and basketball coach, three years at Pikeville high school and 23 years at Magoffin county high school. He served as an admissions counselor, director of admissions and financial aid and assistant men’s basketball coach at Pikeville College.  Danny was inducted into Pikeville College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 and was inducted into UPIKE Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame in 2015. He was married to Rebecca Ann Sanders for 33 years until her death in 2002. They have three children; Neil Adams of Magoffin County, Jayne Fontana of Long Island NY and Hester Hopson of Morristown, Tn. They have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Danny currently resides in Magoffin County.

Past Recipients of the Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador Award
2011 Spring – Gary Thrash
2011 Fall – Frank Welch
2012 – Kay Hammond
2013 – Bennie Bartley
2014 – Gene Lovel
2015 – Betty Porter
2016 – Tommy Chamberlin
2017 – Kathi Belcher Fletcher

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented in recognition of servant leadership, outstanding volunteerism and selfless commitment to the University of Pikeville.

joel thornbury

2019 Recipient: Joel Thornbury

Joel Thornbury is a third-generation pharmacist.  He and his family have provided valuable access to care for Eastern Kentucky communities for over 50 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and past president of both the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and the Kentucky Pharmacists’ Association.  He remains extremely active in those organizations today.  Actively involved in our community, Joel is a member of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and also serves on many committees for the City of Pikeville. The Chamber selected him in 2011 as Small Businessman of the Year, and in 2015, he was selected Pharmacist of the Year in Kentucky. In his spare time, Joel enjoys running, golfing, cooking, inspiring others to achieve their goals, and spending time with his family. Joel happily married his college sweetheart, Sandy, who is also a pharmacist, 26 years ago. They have two daughters, Phoebe, who is presently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in elementary education and Jade, who is a freshman at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Kinesiology.  He and his family are strong supporters both financially and through volunteerism of Bear Nation.

Past Recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award
2016 – Amy Williamson
2017 – Sue Stanley