Our Committee


Caroline Sumner

2024 Overall Chair

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: Neuroscience, Biology

Minor: Business

My first introduction to DanceBlue was through some of my friends who were on Committee and constantly talked about how much they loved DanceBlue and supporting the Clinic kids and families. Their love and passion for DanceBlue’s mission inspired me to get involved and I joined the Operations Committee for DB22. The next year, I was the Food Coordinator on the Operations Committee before I applied to be Overall Chair for DB24. Today, I continue to be inspired by the love and passion for DanceBlue I see in my peers, with thousands of students and community members coming together to support the most resilient kiddos and their families. I love DanceBlue because it’s a family; DanceBlue patients and families, DB supporters, Committee members, Clinic staff, and alumni all contribute to the magic that is DanceBlue.

If you want to learn more, don’t know who else to contact, or want to talk anything DanceBlue, please reach out to me!

I DanceBlue to be a part of something bigger than myself, and show up every day for the kids and families fighting the hardest battles. DanceBlue brings so much joy and hope to everyone who is touched by the organization and I am so grateful to be involved!

Anna KeplingerDancer Outreach Coordinator, Dancer Relations

I DanceBlue for the laughter & joy that fills a clinic that should bring fear because of the purpose for being there. For the nurses, doctors, child life specialist, social workers, etc. that make every child feel seen, loved, and important. For the kids, that as a Family Relations member, I have come to not only know but also love. For the kids that have lost their battle, but left a lasting impact on my life forever.

Camryn DeatonFamily Events Coordinator, Family Relations

I DanceBlue so that one day every child can experience childhood to the fullest. DanceBlue means so much more than the marathon: DanceBlue brings joy and hope to those who need it most. With every donation we gather, every event we plan, and every marathon we host, we are moving the world one step closer to a cure. I DanceBlue for the same reason I do my research; I DanceBlue for the same reason that I strive to become a physician: so that no one ever has to fight this battle again and so that joy will always prevail. Everyone who participates and donates to this cause is helping these children fight a battle that no child should ever have to go through; and one day I will DanceBlue for the cure.

Matthew SepulvedaTechnology Committee

Why do I DanceBlue? If asked this question a year ago, it would’ve been to help raise money pediatric cancer and to help make a small difference in the world. However, now my answer has changed. Over this past year I had the opportunity to sponsor a kiddo in the clinic and that has quite literally changed my life forever. Getting to know one of the kiddos in the clinic and his family was so special and so eye opening. Getting to watch that same little boy ring the bell in May was such a full of joy moment. I DanceBlue for him. I DanceBlue for all the kiddos in the clinic and the ones who have won the battle. I DanceBlue for all the kids who have passed away due to this awful disease. They are the hope and light in the darkest of battles. As long as I’m living, I’ll keep on dancing and spreading awareness for them because they are truly so so special. It’s an honor and a privilege to get to dance for them!

Lauren MantleAdopt-a-Family Coordinator, Family Relations

I DanceBlue because it brings joy to those who need it most! DanceBlue is a collection of college students who are passionate about serving others, and it truthfully is such a gift in my life!

Jenna DannemanInternal Marathon Coordinator, Programming Committee

I DanceBlue for the joy and relationships that this organization brings to the kids, their families, and the entire DanceBlue community.

Jonathan RamseyExternal Marathon Coordinator, Programming Committee

Community Development Committee


Jon Reynolds

Community Development Chair

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Mining Engineering

I was first introduced to DanceBlue through mini marathons at Lafayette High School, here in Lexington, where I participated all 4 years. Once I decided to come to UK, I knew DanceBlue was an organization I wanted to get involved in. I always knew DanceBlue had a profound impact on the families in the Clinic, but I could not have imagined the magnitude of the role that DanceBlue would play in my life throughout college. My freshman year, I participated in the virtual marathon with my fraternity. Following that marathon, former Mini Marathons Chair, Cliff York, invited me to apply to Committee. I was so fortunate to be selected to the best committee, Morale, and was a part of it for the last two years. This year I am serving as the Community Development Chair and could not be more excited for DanceBlue 2024!

If you’re a student organization, a university organization, or a local business and want DanceBlue to bring information to your event, reach out to me! Also, if you’re a DanceBlue alumni in any capacity, you’d reach out to me as well!

Hassan Kashif
Alumni Relations Coordinator

Ellie Kiper
Community Engagement Coordinator

Ellie Jones
Line Dance Coordinator

Devan Neely
Morale Coordinator

Jackson Riney
Morale Coordinator

Addison Johnson
Amelia Fincher
Andrew Dobbs
Aryan Patel
Ashley York
Audrey Scherr
Betsy Billings
Caleb Tackett
Cameron Snyder
Cara Cowans
Chad Bates
Chase Eastham
Christopher Taylor
Dalton Betram
Deya Andreev
Elizabeth Frericks
Emma Kollie
Glennon Orthober
Hadiyah Krueger

Hadley Carmichael
Hayden Burgess
Isaac Belcher
Jack Blue
Jackson Martin
Jacob Cole
Jamie Ashlock
Jenna Frederick
Jeremy Hays
John Kappes
Kathryn Bailey
Kenzie Skaggs
Kush Patel
Lukas Pietsch
Luke Caltrider
Mackenzee Gearhart
Maggie Templeman
Mason Hiep
Mason Wooten

Mia Adamski
Michael Penzone
Michael Scales
Morgan David
Natalie Eastes
Olivia Lovell
Peyton McCubbin
Rebecca Roberts
Robert Bransetter
Sam Eppert
Sarah Epstein
Sarah Foster
Taylor Majors
Teague Howell
Thomas Hawse
Tyler Lulek
Whitney DeHaven
Zack Wasson

Corporate Committee

Garret Towe

Corporate Chair

Hometown: Glasgow, KY

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Spanish

I was introduced to DanceBlue through a friend of mine who was on committee the year prior. He told me all about it and I couldn’t wait to jump in. I started off in DanceBlue on Corporate Committee and later worked my way up to Community Engagement Coordinator and finally Corporate Chair! DanceBlue shows you not only what family is, but how living a selfless life can impact the lives of so many others.

If you’re looking to become a sponsor, want to donate an item for Silent Auction, or just have general inquiries about what a partnership with us has to offer, I’m more than happy to talk with you!
Clayton Feller
Corporate Relations Coordinator

Maria Hadjisavva
Corporate Events Coordinator

Claire Moffett
Claire Prater
Emily Cox
Emma Gibson
Ethan Ransdell
Jane Durbin
Joshua Griffith
Logan Thomas
May McInnis
Raychel Stone
Reed Schneider

Dancer Relations Committee


Christy Kirkham

Dancer Relations Chair

Hometown: Champaign, IL

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minor: Psychology

I started my journey with DanceBlue as a traditional dancer in 2020 and then became the team captain for my sorority in 2021. Last year, I served as the Dancer Outreach Coordinator on Committee and am now the current Dancer Relations Chair! I can’t wait for an amazing year!

If you’re looking to dance, start a team, or are a team captain, you’d reach out to me!
Anna Keplinger
Dancer Outreach Coordinator

Alison Lewis
New Teams Coordinator

Caroline Harper
Returning Teams Coordinator

Family Relations Committee

Meghan Ratliff

Family Relations Chair

Hometown: Paintsville, KY

Major: Kinesiology, Pre-PA

I was first introduced to DanceBlue’s tradition, reputation, and impact in early high school. Through social media, I watched as several UK students from my area posted their fundraising efforts, danced in the marathon, and served on committees. I became inspired by DanceBlue’s mission and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Upon coming to UK, I danced on my sorority’s freshman team in the 2022 marathon, and it was then that I fell in love with DanceBlue. During the 2022 marathon, it was evident that I not only wanted, but needed to do more to support clinic families and create more joyful moments for these ever deserving patients. I served on the Family Relations Committee for DanceBlue 2023, and it was one of the greatest, most rewarding experiences I have had to date. Seeing the resilience and unwavering strength of clinic patients and families is truly inspiring and is what pushed me to the role I am in today as Family Relations Chair. What I love most about DanceBlue is its story–past, present, and future–coming together to ensure that the life and legacy of Jarrett Mynear is never forgotten and that joy continues to prevail. ‘Til the battle is won!

If you have a question about the DanceBlue clinic, you’d reach out to me!
Caroline Youdes
Adopt-A-Family Coordinator

Lauren Mantle
Adopt-A-Family Coordinator

Peyton Sutton
Adopt-A-Family Coordinator

Camryn Deaton
Family Events Coordinator

Kaitlin Templeman
Family Events Coordinator

Lauren Grant
Clinic Activities Coordinator

Kate Mitchell
In-Patient Coordinator

Adam Swofford
Brynn Martin
Emma Perry
Erin Johnson
Jackson Graves
Katie Anne Brown
Kelsey Kennedy
Lauren Witt

Lauren Worley
Lexan Roberts
Madison Bush
Morgan Russell
Rachel Mushlin
Rileigh Smith
Sydni Reeling
Tucker Lloyd

Fundraising Committee


Alex Wesley

Fundraising Chair

Hometown: Georgetown, KY

Major: Accounting and Finance

I was first introduced to DanceBlue through a mini marathon at my high school. This left a lasting impact that carried into my college experience at the University of Kentucky. However, I did not fully understand the impact DanceBlue had until I danced for my sorority’s team my sophomore year. Since then, I have served on Corporate Committee and currently hold the role of Fundraising Chair! Being a part of an amazing community in DanceBlue and serving a greater purpose has been THE highlight of my college experience.

If you have any questions regarding fundraising or Network For Good, you should reach out to me!
Kelsey Siebenthaler
Internal Fundraising Coordinator

Ally Curry
Team Fundraising Coordinator

Marketing Committee

Annika Hijalda

Marketing Chair

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Media Arts & Studies Major

Minor: Communications

I was introduced to DanceBlue back in 2011 when my brother went through treatment in the clinic. After that, I participated in my high school’s mini marathon before eventually joining committee here at UK. Since then, I have been on morale, technology, and now marketing!

If you have any questions regarding the Bluetique/Merchandise, you can reach out to me!

John Adaniel
Graphic Design Coordinator

Kelsey Ruffner
Graphic Design Coordinator

Anneli White
Merchandise Coordinator

Luke Karem
Public Relations Coordinator

Emily Sawyer
Social Media Coordinator

Mini Marathons Committee


Isaac Sutherland

Mini Marathons Chair

Hometown: Huntington, WV

Major: Political Science, Community & Leadership Development

I was first introduced to DanceBlue through a former Moraler while I was in high school. She encouraged me to found DanceGreen, a fundraising campaign that supported the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2021 I joined Morale, where I worked the past two years leading Morale Groups at Marathon as well as attending Mini-Marathons across the state. My new role as Mini-Marathons Chair allows me to work with tenacious students throughout the Commonwealth to support members of our communities from diagnosis to remission. Working with schools and community partners is our team’s speciality and we cannot wait to celebrate the lives of our kiddos!

If you or someone you know would like to start a Mini-Marathon, or is interested in organizing a community/school based fundraiser for DanceBlue, let me know!
Hannah Talley
Mini Marathons Coordinator

Isabel Schmitt
Mini Marathons Coordinator

Josie Bailey
Mini Marathons Coordinator

John Michael Morrison
Mini Marathons Coordinator

Meaghan Haddix
Mini Marathons Coordinator

Operations Committee

Lakin Puckett

Operations Chair

Hometown: Elkhorn City, KY

Major: Human Nutrition, Pre-Dental

I was first introduced to DanceBlue through my sorority big. She was a member of Family Relations Committee and recommended that I get involved with DanceBlue Committee. I applied for Operations Committee and served there during my sophomore year at DB22. I continued my time working with DB Operations Team by serving as Volunteer Coordinator at DB23. I am now leading the Operations Committee and Coordinators for DB24 as the Operations Chair and I could not be more excited. In my new position, I am looking forward to planning/executing the “Color Me Blue” 5K on campus in October and also our 24-Hour Marathon at a brand new venue in the spring!

If you have questions about registering for the DanceBlue 5K or volunteering at the 24-hour marathon, reach out to me!

Avery Day
Volunteer Coordinator

Claire Katz
Food Coordinator

Ryan Beckwith
Personnel Coordinator

Bonnie Beth Olsen
Cami Sergent
Emily Hale
Haley Butler
Jacob Marquez
Jamison Butler
Joshua Koch

Kaden Chiles
Kaley Sloan
Kennedy Qualls
Kylie Goins
Mackenzie Conklin
Marissa Sautkus
Mike Gilbert

Natalie Hayosh
Olivia Young
Raegan Peterson
Rafe Hemmerlein
Sarah Tackett
William Rister
Zora Woolfolk

Programming Committee


Ashton Rudy

Programming Chair

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Major: Special Education

I was first introduced to DanceBlue my very first weeks on campus. The upperclassman that I was friends with in my sorority constantly told me “You have to get involved with DanceBlue!” Therefore, I decided that my first year I would join our sorority’s freshman team and be a dancer. After I participated in my first marathon, I decided that I had to get involved and join Committee. I knew that this organization was something that I was passionate about; therefore, I wanted to be involved more. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to be a part of programming committee my sophomore year where I had so much fun making a ton of memories with some of the best people while planning the hours. After sophomore year marathon, I decided to apply for a coordinator position and I had the opportunity to be the Internal Marathon Coordinator. I loved this role because I was able to think more about the logistics of the marathon and put all of our committee’s ideas into the minute-by-minute format of the marathon. At the end of my junior year marathon, I decided to apply for Programming Chair because I knew that programming was something that I have developed a passion for through my college years and with the experience that I had, I thought I could help our committee continue to execute our role of planning hours and helping shape the dancers’ experience. I am so excited to serve this year and help lead the Programming Committee and coordinators to help make this years marathon the best! Stay tuned for all the exciting themes and activities that are in the making for DanceBlue 2024!!

Planning a mini marathon and want to know the logistics behind planning themed hours and the activities? Contact me!

Madylin Farago
Hour Logistics Coordinator

Jonathan Ramsey
External Marathon Coordinator

Jenna Danneman
Internal Marathon Coordinator

Alex Chaney
Brooklynn Buboltz
Carson Neal
Ellie Boitnott
Haley brown
Isabel Bankemper

Jenna Rampenthal
Kat Logan
Katelyn Muegee
Kennedy Park
Lauren Suiter
Lauryn Hagan

Madeleine Spencer
Madison Evans
Max Libby
Megan Ansert
Ryan Gibson
Tomas McCormack

Technology Committee

Matt Bartholomai

Technology Chair

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Digital Media & Design, Math

I was first introduced to DanceBlue in high school, and knew that I wanted to be a part of it! After watching the virtual marathon during my freshman year at UK, I applied for a committee position and immediately found a home in DanceBlue. For two years, I served as a Video Coordinator on the Technology Committee, helping plan and facilitate video production for social media, mini marathons, and the marathon itself. As the Technology Chair, I now lead four coordinators and a small committee in video, photo, and app and website design!

If you have any questions about video or photo production, the app, the website, or any content produced for marathon, you can reach out to me!

Jackson Huse
App and Web Design Coordinator

Tag Howard
App and Web Development Coordinator

Lauryn Callahan
Photography Coordinator

Brooke Berry
Videography Coordinator

Allie Pennington
Camille Dyer
Cassandra Almond
Jack Bell

Keiler Belt
Kimi Dutka
Matthew Sepulveda
Skyler Trowel