Meet the New Board Members


The Georgia State Alumni Association recently added four new members to its board of directors.

Melody E. Barnett (B.A. ’99)
MelodyBarnettMelody Barnett is the human resources business partner of CyQuest Business Solutions, Inc. in Atlanta. She is responsible for creating and delivering customized HR solutions to new, small and established businesses in need of human capital management. With 13 years of experience in employment regulations, employee relations, workplace program development, management training and coaching, organizational development and talent management; Barnett continues to assist businesses in making positive transformations in the workplace. A native of Atlanta, Barnett is married to Kevin Barnett and the couple has two children. Her hobbies include reading, running, travelling and spending quality time with her family.

Anne W. Lewis (J.D. ’89)
AnneLewisAnne Lewis is a partner in the Atlanta law firm of Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP. Her practice involves election-related litigation, including redistricting, Voting Rights Act cases, election contests and candidate qualifying challenges. Along other lawyers in the firm, Anne is counsel to the Georgia General Assembly on redistricting matters. She has received numerous national awards for her work and was recognized by the White House in 1999 for her work in community redevelopment in Atlanta. Her articles on strategy and leadership have been published nationally and she has been featured in the media on numerous occasions. She lives in Atlanta and Saint Simon’s Island, Ga.

Phyllis L. Parker (B.B.A. ’91)
PhyllisParkerPhyllis Parker is a healthcare technology executive with more than 25 years experience focusing on business strategy, product development and technology innovation. In her career, she has successfully led turn-around initiatives for the Healthcare, Technology and Risk Management Industries and has held executive management positions in Global 100 corporations such as McKesson, Hewlett-Packard and Zurich Financial Services Group and early-stage ventures. Her accomplishments in industry have led to innovations that streamlined tasks that today are common, such as providing an instant insurance quote to a consumer, enabling instant credit and behavioral scoring to businesses and consumers, and pioneering data analytics. In addition, she has been an advisor to political campaigns and fund-raising organizations and currently serves as an Honors Program mentor at the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University.

Anil Sawant (Ph.D. ’88)
AnilSawantAnil Sawant is vice president of Regulatory Compliance for Johnson & Johnson consumer companies. Sawant joined Johnson & Johnson with 20 years’ experience and, prior to that, served as vice president for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Sawant serves on the Regulatory Affair and Quality Advisory Board of Parenteral Drug Association, and is the chairperson of the PDA Task Force on 2, 4, 6 Tribromoanisole (TBA). Sawant is also a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.