Community Impact Office Team


The Community Impact Office (CIO) leads the community outreach and engagement functions of the UK Markey Cancer Center. For more information, visit the CIO Overview.

Administration and Research

hullPamela Hull, PhD
Associate Director of Population Science and Community Impact

Pamela Hull, PhD leads the Community Impact Office and oversees Markey’s population research. Dr. Hull has over 15 years of experience doing community-engaged research together with community partners, including coalitions, community advisory boards, and a wide variety of organizations. She is committed to working with partners and researchers to ensure that Markey’s research responds to community needs and priorities, to facilitate meaningful involvement of community partners throughout the research process, to enhance the inclusiveness of our outreach and research efforts, and to maximize the beneficial impact of Markey’s research and outreach on the lives of Kentuckians in our common fight against cancer. 


Lovoria Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Associate Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Williams ​is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. She provides leadership for the health equity aspects of CIO’s community outreach, engagement and research efforts. She also serves as the inaugural chair of Markey’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on the achievement of health equity among racial/ethnic minorities and medically-underserved populations through community based participatory research methods. She is nationally-recognized for her collaborative research with Community Health Workers in implementing culturally-adapted interventions among African American churches and other community settings.

caree mcafeeCaree McAfee, MA, CHES
Administrative Director of Community Impact

Caree McAfee, MA, CHES provides administrative leadership for the CIO team to support strategic planning, and she leads the evaluation of CIO community-engagement programs and research efforts. Caree focuses on helping the team identify and measure evaluation metrics to demonstrate the positive impact of Markey outreach and research efforts in Kentucky. Caree has more than 25 years of experience in leading community-based research initiatives, project management, strategic planning and evaluation, community health education, and grant writing, including working in local public health departments in both rural and urban settings.

todd burusTodd Burus, MAS
Data Visualization Specialist

Todd Burus, MAS provides data support for the CIO team and strategic partners to facilitate assessments of the cancer burden in Kentucky and inform action items in addressing those needs. Todd collates data from existing sources, prepares visualizations from the synthesized datasets, and creates deliverables for use by stakeholders. He also consults with organizations about data communication efforts, areas of missing data, and future data needs. Todd comes to the CIO team with 15 years of experience communicating concepts in the classroom, along with a decade of experience working with non-profits in areas of public health and community organization.

stroebelChristine Stroebel, MPH
Quality Improvement Research Director

Christine Stroebel, MPH facilitates new research on implementing clinical guidelines with the MCC Affiliate and Research Networks (MCCAN and MCCRN). Christine assesses needs and priorities among Network sites and community partners, serves as a liaison between the Networks and researchers, coordinates planning of collaborative quality improvement (QI) research, provides QI training, and contributes to studies as a QI coach. Christine has 30 years of experience in QI working with researchers, healthcare providers, public health departments, and international and domestic nonprofits.

Natalie WilhiteNatalie Wilhite, MA
Health Communications Manager

Natalie Wilhite, MA focuses on developing, disseminating, and evaluating evidence-based health communication campaigns and materials aimed to promote behavior change and raise awareness about cancer research in the community. Skilled in strategic communication, health communication, and community outreach, Natalie is experienced in collaborating with a variety of community sectors, and has a passion for individual, and community wellbeing. 

jane morganJane Morgan
Administrative Support Associate

Jane recently joined the program after 35 years in Restaurant Operations and provides administrative support and assistance for both groups. Jane has a BA in Communications and looks forward to working with such important and needed programs. 

Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC)

For more information, visit the KCC webpage.

elaine russellElaine Russell
KCC Program Director

Elaine provides programmatic and operational leadership for KCC, in close collaboration with the statewide community stakeholders in the KCC Leadership Team. Elaine is experienced in bringing diverse partners together to develop plans built upon the talents, resources and expertise of individuals and organizations. She works with groups to visualize progress, address barriers and coordinate with others to move toward the collective goal of building communities where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Elaine has worked in public health settings for over 20 years. She is a registered dietitian and received her Master Degree in Community Nutrition from Eastern Kentucky University.

jrkJennifer Redmond-Knight, DrPH
KCC Evaluation and Sustainability Specialist

Dr. Knight is a part-time Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and a member of the Markey Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. Dr. Knight leads the program evaluation activities for KCC. In addition, she serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Prevention and Early Detection component of Kentucky LEADS (Lung Cancer, Education, Awareness, Survivorship) and Principal Investigator for a SelfMade Health Network grant focused on Lung Cancer Health Equity among predominately male worksites. She has strong experience and interest in group facilitation, partnership sustainability, leadership, program development, evaluation, cancer prevention and control, epidemiology, and policy, systems and environmental change efforts.  Her current efforts focus on lung cancer prevention and early detection, colon cancer prevention and early detection, health care access, evaluation and resource planning. 

kristianKristian Wagner, MS, RD, LD
KCC Health Policy Director

Kristian coordinates the Policy, Systems and Environmental initiatives of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium. Kristian oversees initiatives related to Smoke-free, Obesity and Environmental Carcinogens. Specifically, within Environmental Carcinogens, Kristian has worked to educate and inform on the dangers of radon exposure in order to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky.


Amanda BeckettAmanda Beckett
Program Coordinator

Amanda helps coordinate KCC meetings, events and program projects. In December of 2021, Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky after working in the financial industry for 15 years. She has a passion for working with cancer research and programs that help reduce rates of cancer and improve the lives of those living in Kentucky and beyond.

Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) - East

For more information, visit the KCP webpage.

mindy rogersMindy Rogers, MA
KCP East Director  

Mindy Rogers provides program facilitation and support for Kentucky Cancer Program, and the following Markey Cancer Center research projects: “Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and Follow-up through Implementation Science in Appalachia”(ACCSIS), “Improving Uptake of Cervical Cancer Prevention Services in Appalachia,” and “Building Rural Cancer Control Research Capacity in Clinic Settings,” an NCI Administrative Supplement. Mindy works with state and regional cancer control partners across Markey’s catchment area providing multi-level facilitation to address state and local cancer needs, with a specific focus to identify and overcome cancer control barriers in Appalachian Kentucky. Mindy has lived and worked in eastern Kentucky for more than 30 years, serving in communication, education, and public health roles to impact the burden of cancer in our state and reduce health disparities. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (BA, Communication Studies) and Morehead State University, (MA, Communication).

angela combsAngela Combs, MSW, LSW
Regional Cancer Control Specialist II
Buffalo Trace and Gateway Districts

Angela works with the public, patients and families, survivors, healthcare providers, and community organizations to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through cancer education, research, and service programs.  Angela came to work with Kentucky Cancer Program in August 2019.  Prior to that, she worked with Public Health as a coordinator for the KY HANDS Program and Hospice of Hope as a medical social worker.  She also worked with UK Cooperative Extension for 18 years at the county level. 


lunsfordJeff Russell
Regional Cancer Control Specialist
Cumberland Valley Area Development District

Jeff has 29 years of Public Health experience with the Cumberland Valley District Health Department and the Kentucky Department of Public Health. He has been with the Kentucky Cancer Program for the past four years.

amyAmy Oliver-Steinkuhl
Cancer Control Specialist II
Bluegrass West ADD

Amy  works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality by promoting cancer education, research, and service programs, as well as providing local leadership for cancer prevention and control planning, implementation, and evaluation. Amy has served the counties of her district for more than 20 years. Amy also serves as the Cancer Survivorship Program Coordinator for KCP East. She has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of survivors, community programs, and health care providers to create, direct and implement programs. She has also developed and directed weekend retreats for young adults and female survivors, known as New Normal Workshops. She also developed and maintains the Kentucky Cancer Survivor Connection- an informational clearinghouse for all survivors in Kentucky, providing them with monthly updates of new guidelines, research findings, research participation opportunities as well as networking opportunities, resources specific to their journey, opportunities to participate in local, state and national events. It will fill the void that is being created by the dwindling number of support groups across the state. 

wynonaWynona Padgett
Regional Cancer Control Specialist
Lake Cumberland District

Wynona works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, service, and community research. Before joining the Kentucky Cancer Program in September 2017, she spent 31 years in local radio. She received her BA in broadcasting/journalism from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985 and uses her media experience and communications skills to help tell KCP’s story across eastern Kentucky. She is very involved in her community where she serves as president of the Somerset Junior Woman’s Club, Ambassador for the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, and director of Watershed Arts Alliance. 

tonya pauleyTonya Pauley
Regional Cancer Control Specialist II
Bluegrass ADD District

Tonya is a native Eastern Kentuckian who strives to serve the diverse communities throughout her district. She earned her undergraduate degree from Berea College and her graduate degree from Eastern KY University. Tonya has worked with the KY Cancer Program for 17 years. Before joining the efforts of the Kentucky Cancer Program, she worked as a counselor for Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center and Head Start Teacher for KY River Foothills. For several years she also worked as a psychiatric assessment and admissions counselor in a hospital setting. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about issues related to addiction, including tobacco addiction and treatment.  Using her knowledge and drive, Tonya helps in KCP’s efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, research, and service programming within the community networks. 

mary schneiderMary Jo Schneider, MA, LPAT
Regional Cancer Control Specialist II
Northern Kentucky District

Mary Jo works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, research, and service programming within the community networks. Mary has been with KCP since August 2019. Prior to this position, Mary has served Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati as a clinical therapist addressing co-occurring issues with a specialty in medical and grief complexity. She has served clients and families addressing and adjusting to chronic medical issues and loss for over 25 years in outpatient, inpatient, hospitals, grief, and acute treatment centers. Her professional career path continues in advocacy of improving ongoing wellness and holistic health.   

teagueAshley Teague, MBA
Regional Cancer Control Specialist
Kentucky River District

Ashley works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality by promoting cancer education, research, and service programs, as well as providing local leadership for cancer prevention and control planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prior to this position, she worked as a Patient Navigator at the ARH Cancer Center, working with cancer patients and the community to reduce barriers to screening and treatment.

Khadijah WallaceKhadijah Wallace
Community Health Worker

Khadijah serves as a Community Health Worker covering the greater Lexington area, enabling KCP-East to implement this additional dimension to enhance our outreach and impact on reducing cancer burdens. Khadijah facilitates establishing and maintaining partnerships with community organizations, leaders, and other stakeholders to promote health equity within African American communities in the region. In addition to her key focus efforts, Khadijah also provides support for engagement activities across the area that promote cancer risk reduction, screening, and linkages to care and resources. Khadijah has more than twelve years of experience and education facilitating health care services to people in Fayette County in both professional and faith-based civic work.


Gabby RodriguezGabby Rodriguez
Community Health Worker

Gabby serves as a Community Health Worker focusing on Hispanic community outreach in KCP East areas, as well as providing translational services for on-site activities and for KCP-East lower literacy materials. Prior to this position, she worked as location manager at Wild Health, where she facilitated the administration of COVID-19 tests. Gabby also worked with the Hispanic Outreach Program throughout her time at Berea College, where she coordinated one of the several programs in an effort to bridge the gap between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities. Using her experience, Gabby promotes health equity within Hispanic communities in the region by promoting cancer risk reduction, screening, and resources.


Terry KeysTerry Keys
Research Advocacy Manager

Terry brings a career filled with marketing, public relations, special events and graphic design to another level as he works to integrate the personal experiences of Markey patients, their families and their caregivers into the world researchers.  

In 2009, Terry began promoting the latest advances in cancer research through seminars and conferences and facilitating the Patient Advisory Group (PAG), a crew of former patients, family members and caregivers who gather once a month to discuss ways Markey can improve its care.

As of July 2022, Terry works to integrate the worlds of science and community, making science more understandable and bringing the life experiences back to the sciences.


Joetta ChoateJoetta Choate
Administrative Support Associate

Joetta works from KCP-East’s Somerset office, providing administrative program support for all staff and regional offices. She has more than 20 years of experience in several key functions of office managerial and administrative duties, ranging from human resources, accounting, inventory management, and event planning. Her unique skillset supplies KCP-East with expert tools for its outreach and engagement activities.

Health Education and Screening

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.