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2008 Hall of Fame


Catherine Chamberlain

Communication Disorders, ‘75

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Catherine Chamberlain graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Speech and Hearing in 1971. Soon thereafter, she began her career with the Fayette County Schools. During her 13 years there, she worked as a speech-language pathologist, a speech diagnostician, served on numerous committees and developed a Speech-Language and Classroom Curriculum for children with significant disabilities.

Catherine earned her Master of Arts in Education from UK in 1975 and later received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

In 1986, Catherine opened a private practice and began publishing speech-language therapy materials through LinguiSystems, three of which are best selling books.

After renewing a friendship with friend and fellow professional Robin Strode Downing, Catherine began working with Robin to provide speech and language services throughout Clark County preschools. Together, Catherine and Robin have now published 10 books and programs on a variety of topics and have presented around the globe.

In 2004, Catherine was presented the Clinical Achievement Award from the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, along with Robin.

In addition to her speech-language therapy work, Catherine serves as an elder at her church where she helped initiate a weekend food program for needy children. She also owns and trains two dressage horses, volunteers at the Kentucky Horse Park and is looking forward to providing volunteer services at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Chris Howell

Physician Assistant Studies, ‘98

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"Great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!"

For Chris Howell, a 1998 graduate of the Physician Assistant Studies program, this quote is a representation of his life and career in the medical field. Chris spent time after high school as an active member of the United States Air Force. After that, he joined the Kentucky Air National Guard and met Bill Adkisson, a fellow Physician Assistant. What he learned in that chance meeting sparked a passion in Chris, and his career plans then shifted toward medicine.

Since graduating from the PA program in 1998, Chris has earned a
Master’s degree with an emphasis in Dermatology from the University of Nebraska. His past work experience includes the Dermatology departments at the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Dermatology. Chris is now a proud member of the Dermatology department at the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center.

"Making a positive impact - through health care - on the lives of the men and women who have served our country is extremely meaningful to me," Chris said.

In the past, Chris has been honored with two United States Air Force Achievement medals, Meritorious service awards and the Honor Graduate and Commanders Award of Excellence for the Ground Launch Cruise
Missile Combat Survival School. He serves on the College of Health
Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and is the Health Promotions Coordinator for the Kentucky Air National Guard. He is also a member of the African Global Mission Support and is arranging a medical mission for 2009.

Chris and his wife Tara reside in Lexington. They have three daughters.


Jeff Lytle

Medical Technology, ‘86

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Jeff Lytle began his Medical Technology career at St. Joseph Hospital as a laboratory generalist. He concentrated in Blood Banking and then stepped into management before moving on to Lexington Clinic. While at Lexington Clinic, Jeff helped develop the provider network for the Clinic’s HMO, Advantage Care. He then spent eight years growing Bluegrass Transcription Service, a medical transcription company started by his wife Sandy. The company has had as many as 28 staff throughout the nation.

Jeff currently works as a Provider Administration Manager for Humana.

For Jeff, building relationships is what makes his work meaningful. He works with professionals throughout the world and has received numerous awards, but is most proud of a verbal award he received some years ago.

"When I returned to Humana, I reconnected with many physicians and office managers I knew during my time with Advantage Care," said Jeff. "On one trip a practice manager mentioned that she remembered me from nine years prior because I was always true to my word. For me, that was a true honor."

Jeff is also busy in the community, having served in numerous leadership positions at his church. He conducts volunteer work with youth at Southland Christian Church, assists with All God’s Children in Jessamine County and is beginning the process to become an assistant coach for the West Jessamine High School tennis team. In school, Jeff was the College of Health Sciences nominee into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Although Jeff credits the college, his colleagues and especially his mentor Dr. Marie Vittetoe with his success, he states that it is really his wife Sandy who has been his companion, helpmate, biggest fan and strong supporter.

"If there is a Hall of Fame for wives, then Sandy is in it for putting up with me," Jeff jokes.

Jeff and Sandy have three children - Matt, Ashley, and Faith.



The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences consists of nine programs: Athletic Training; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Physical Therapy; Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program; Clinical and Reproductive Sciences; Clinical Nutrition; Physician Assistant Studies; Radiation Sciences; and Clinical Leadership and Management.