Graduate Admission Office

Sara Y. Pettingill, Ph.D.

Sara Y. PettingillDean of Graduate Admission
Sara oversees the recruitment of the Bellarmine graduate and second degree programs. She has been with Bellarmine for 20 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. She also teaches a First Year Focus course each fall. Currently, she meets with all students interested in the Master of Health in Biomedical Science and the Second Degree in Software & Data Engineering. Sara can be reached by calling 502.272.8401 or

Julie Armstrong-Binnix, M.Ed.

Julie Armstrong-Binnix Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission and Strategic Operations
Julie helps prospective students interested in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing (Administration, Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner), the Radiation Therapy Second Degree program, and the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. Julie has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students at Bellarmine over 20 years. She has also taught BU 100 and IDC 401 courses part-time. Her husband, Jon, is a 2004 graduate of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program and a 2020 graduate of the MSN Administration program. Julie can be reached by calling 502.272.8364 or

Dawn Hodges

Dawn Hodges Enrollment Systems and Registration Specialist
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 manages CRM processing systems. 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

Sarah Shumway Schuble, M.A.

Sarah SchubleAssistant Director of Graduate Student Enrollment
Sarah is responsible for meeting with prospective students and assisting with the admission process for the following graduate programs: Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership in Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Social Change, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education, Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership & School Administration, Doctor of Education, Rank I, and Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice. She can be reached by calling 502.272.8271 or via email at

James Standard, M.A.

James StandardSenior Graduate Admission Officer
James is the primary contact for the Master of Business Administration (Weeknight, Weekend, and Executive) Master of Health Science (Medical Laboratory Science, Respiratory Therapy, Healthcare Leadership, and Health Promotion & Social Change), Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Science in Digital Media, and the Accounting Certificate programs. He meets with and assists prospective students in the admission process for these programs. He graduated from Bellarmine with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communication in 2012 and received a Master of Arts in Communication in 2018. He can be reached at 502.272.8351 or

Kiana Pashmforosh, M. Ed.

Kiana PashmforoshGraduate Admission Officer
Kiana assists students who inquire about Bellarmine's Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Athletic Training, and PhD in Health Professions Education programs. She completed Bellarmine's Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice in 2022. She is currently obtaining her PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Bellarmine as well. Kiana has also worked in the Office of Student Affairs and teaches First Year Focus. She can be reached by calling 502.272.8423 or