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Graduate Admissions Office

Sara Y. Pettingill, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Admission

Sara oversees the recruitment of the Bellarmine graduate and second degree programs. She has been with Bellarmine for over 13 years serving in various roles such as Coordinator of Part-Time Undergraduate Recruitment, Associate Director of Enrollment Services, Associate Dean of Admission and Senior Associate Dean of Admission. Currently, she meets with all students interested in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program. Sara can be reached by calling 502.272.8401 or

Julie Armstrong-Binnix, M.Ed.
Senior Graduate Admission Officer

Julie is responsible for recruiting students interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Science, the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. She also recruits ADN prepared Registered Nurses for the RN to BSN completion program. Julie has been with Bellarmine for over 12 years and teaches two undergraduate courses part-time. Her husband, Jon, is a graduate of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program and a part-time clinical instructor in the BSN. Julie can be reached by calling 502.272.8364 or via email at

Theresa Klapheke
Senior Graduate Admission Officer

Theresa is primarily involved in the admission process for students interested in the Master of Arts in Spirituality and all graduate programs offered through the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education (Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership and School Administration, Rank I – Post Master’s programs, and the PhD in Education and Social Change). She has been with Bellarmine University since the fall of 1998 working with Graduate Admission and the School of Education. Theresa is a Bellarmine University alumna and currently serves on the Bellarmine University Alumni Association Board of Directors. She can be reached by calling 502.272.8271 or

Loretta Jerdan
Graduate Admission Assistant

Loretta has been with Bellarmine for over 12 years. Loretta worked in both the Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the MBA Office in the Rubel School of Business before joining the Office of Graduate Admission. She received her Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Bellarmine in May of 2009 and completed the Weeknight MBA program as a dual degree student in December of 2010. Loretta currently provides support to the Office of Graduate Admission by processing admission files and assisting with events.

Dawn Hodges
Coordinator of Graduate Events and Registration

Dawn began at Bellarmine in the fall of 2002. Before joining the Graduate Admission Office, Dawn worked with transfer and non-traditional students in the Undergraduate Admission Office. Dawn now oversees the planning and implementation of all Graduate and Second Degree Information Sessions and Orientations. She also works with each Graduate Admission Officer on the registration of new graduate and second degree students. Dawn received her bachelor’s from Bellarmine in May 2002. She can be reached at 502.272.8030 or

Jordan Wiehebrink, M.A.
Graduate Admission Officer
Jordan is responsible for meeting with prospective students and assisting with the admission process for the following graduate and second degree programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Business Administration (Weeknight and Weekend), Master of Science in Analytics, Master of Science in Taxation, Master of Arts in Communication, and the Accounting Certificate. Jordan is also currently working on her Ph.D. in Education and Social Change at Bellarmine University. She can be reached by calling 502.272.8245 or via email at

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