Meet Our Ambassadors

Krystal Blackmon-May

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Student
University of Kentucky College of Social Work

Krystal attended Prestonsburg High School, and Big Sandy Community & Technical College (where she received an AA and AAS), before beginning the undergraduate Social Work Program. Krystal is interested in multiple areas of social work--children, families, mental health, substance abuse, victims of domestic violence, military and veterans, and the criminal justice system.

Krystal chose this major because she wanted to help underprivileged populations in her local community to overcome barriers they face in everyday life and to empower them to reach their fullest potential. Her desire is to leave this world knowing she tried her best to make a difference in the lives of those that she had the privilege of working with. Krystal’s goal in life is to help change, or influence, one person in during her career—then she will have succeeded in the social work field.

Krystal has loved her experience, thus far, with UK and the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health. Krystal states, “Not only am I receiving a quality education, I have formed lasting bonds with not only my cohort, but the faculty, as well.  I am so glad that I choose to stay close to home to get my degree with the Big Blue Nation!”

Krystal is a nontraditional, First-Generation student; she is married with two children ages seven and three years old.  Her hobbies include reading, taking long walks, playing with my children and going shopping.  Fun facts about her include: Fall is her favorite season, she gets overly excited at UK football games, and is addicted to McDonald’s Sweet Tea.

Mackenzie Bowling

Medical Laboratory Science Student

University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences

Mackenzie Bowling is from the rural town of Hazard, Kentucky. She is a Hazard high school 2015 graduate. Mackenzie attended Morehead State University for the first two years of her undergraduate career where she served as President of the Pre-Dental Club, President of Best Buddies, and Vice-President of Standards for Kappa Delta Sorority. Now as a University of Kentucky Medical Laboratory Science student, she serves as the Vice-President of the Medical Laboratory Science Club along with being a Rural Health Ambassador. Mackenzie is very excited for the opportunity to serve as a Rural Health Ambassador and looks forward to helping students in any way she can.

Danielle Hall

Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences

Danielle Hall is a first year in the doctoral physical therapy program. She grew up in Pikeville, Kentucky where she attended Pikeville High School. Afterwards, she attended University of Kentucky and graduated with an in degree in Kinesiology. She is still undecided about what life holds for her after PT school, but she loves outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics. When she isn’t studying, she like to play with her dog, travel, and enjoy nature. Danielle is pleased with her decision to attend the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health because of the small class sizes and access to her amazing professors.