Peg Adams is the Director of University Connect and Persist (UCAP) at Northern Kentucky University. She earned her Master's degree in education from Western Kentucky University and is a proud alum of NKU where she earned her bachelor's degree in English and psychology. Throughout her 30+ year career at NKU, Peg has contributed to the development and implementation of student success initiatives in a variety of roles, including Support Specialist in Student Support Services, Director of First -Year Programs, and Instructor of UNV 101: Orientation to College and Beyond, ENG 151H: Honors Freshman Composition and ENG 101: College Writing.
In addition, Peg has served on numerous campus committees and advisory boards, such as the Foundations of Excellence Transitions Committee, EAB Student Success Collaborative Work Group, University Council for Student Success and First-Year Experience Task Force.
A northern Kentucky native, Peg enjoys taking brisk walks, attending sporting
events and theatre, and spending time with family and friends.
LaNighta Reid is the Associate Director in the University Connect and Persist (UCAP) office. Prior to NKU, LaNighta served as the inaugural Project Director for TRiO Student Support Services at Miami University Regionals. In this role, she was responsible for building the foundation of the program through recruitment of students, hiring staff, and implementing the program structure as outlined by the grant. Prior to her role as Project Director, LaNighta worked in various roles at Miami University Oxford which included an Assistant Director of Career Services, an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Science, and First Year adviser in the Office of Residence Life.
LaNighta received a BA in Communication with a focus in Advertising from Xavier University and Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
LaNighta is a native Pennsylvanian and is her free time she enjoys baking, eating good food, and the company of friends and family. LaNighta and her husband, Rico have two sons: Donovan and Elias.
Antoinette "Toni" Perkins is a Coordinator within the University Connect and
Persist (UCAP) office at Northern Kentucky University. Toni was born, raised
and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is entering her first year working
in higher education as a Coordinator within UCAP at Northern Kentucky University. Toni received a Bachelor's and Master's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Cincinnati. Before
her work at NKU, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in the skilled nursing and high school setting. Throughout her college career, she was supported through grants and student loans that aided in the successful completion of her degrees.
Toni looks forward to creating a welcoming atmosphere that allows students the comfort to be vulnerable as they are provided with guidance and resources to ensure a stress-free college experience.
An only child, Toni enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, going to the
movies and immersing herself in the arts. She enjoys theatre and museums in her spare time and is no stranger to exploring new recipes in the kitchen.
Brittany Ranz has worked in higher education since 2014. Before beginning her career in higher education, Brittany worked in the non-profit sector as an employment specialist/resource coordinator. She has worked as an academic advisor, academic coach, and online student support specialist at various institutions in Cincinnati, Ohio and Wilmington, North Carolina. Brittany loves daily interactions with students through the University Connect and Persist office and is excited to meet with students in person this fall semester.
Brittany holds an M. Ed. from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Cincinnati. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and curling up with a good book!
Alicia Revely is no stranger to NKU and is happy to return to join the UCAP team as a Data Analyst. Previously, Alicia spent several years at NKU working with the adult student population, providing information and supporting students’ efforts to navigate their educational journey. Her career in higher education includes staff and faculty positions at several local institutions. She’s
taught marketing and management for a number of years and consistently receives high marks from students for her interactive teaching approach. Prior to working in academia, Alicia held positions at IBM, MetLife, Hillshire Farm
& Kahn’s and Rockwell International. Alicia holds an MBA in International
Business from Xavier University.
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Alicia played college basketball at Iowa State University and Washburn University. She enjoys reading, traveling abroad, and spending quality time with her close friends and family. Alicia has three adopted daughters: Haddasha, Christy, and Zionnah.