- Senior Associate Director
- New Ventures & Alliances Team
Taunya is the senior associate director of New Ventures & Alliances in the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Kentucky (UK), where she is focused on overseeing key alliances for OTC and managing support and services for UK and Lexington entrepreneurs and startups. She has been at UK since 1999, where her previous positions have been assistant vice president for Commercialization & Economic Development, chief financial officer for Kentucky Technology, Incorporated, College of Engineering lecturer, and Minority Engineering program director. Prior to UK, Taunya worked at Milliken & Company, a chemical and textile manufacturer. Positions there included production manager, process engineer, technical salesperson, and marketing analyst & planner. Taunya is a member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, a Midwest University Research Network (MRUN) board member, and president of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. She was the 2014-2015 board chair for Opportunity for Work and Learning Incorporated and is a past president of the UK College of Engineering Alumni Association Board. Taunya has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Kentucky.