Class Notes

April 2017

Jennie Ho

MBA '02

Jennie Ho (MBA ‘ 02) has been named the new President of Delta Vacations, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Ho will build on the company’s award-winning reputation as one of the best tour operators in the business. She will bring to the position a heightened focus on making Delta Vacations the tour operator of choice for travel agents, partners and consumers.

Amelia G. Anderson

Amelia Anderson
MBA '93

Amelia Anderson (MBA ’93), American Airlines’ managing director and assistant treasurer, has been chosen as Airfinance Journal’s Aviation Woman of the Year. Anderson, whose team is responsible for the execution and administration of American’s corporate debt, completing over $20 billion of financing transactions in the three years following the merger with US Airways in December 2013, won the process by an overwhelming majority of submissions received from the global aviation industry.


Dionne Denson

Dionne Denson, CGFM
B.B.A. '04

Dionne Denson, CGFM (B.B.A ’04) recently was named the chief financial officer of the Georgia Department of Public Health. Prior to her new position, Denson served as the deputy CFO at the department for four years.

Dan Pahnke

MBA '95

Dan Pahnke (MBA ’95) has released his debut novel, “Us: An Intimacy Innovation,” an ambitious effort blending romance and relationship advice in a harmony he terms ‘practical fiction.’ This creative endeavor is a far cry from his day job as a consulting computer programmer in Tallahassee, Fla. More at

John Thornton

Ph.D. '99

John Thornton (Ph.D. ’99), associate professor in the Department of Finance at Kent State University, has been selected as the 2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year in the university’s College of Business.


Steven Katz

B.B.A. '92

Steven Katz (B.B.A. ’92) has joined Perimeter Commercial Real Estate as Director of Tenant Services/Associate Broker. Katz specializes in tenant representation for office and medical space users.

Janelle Louis

Dr. Janelle Louis
B.A., 2010

Dr. Janelle Louis (née Agard )(B.A. ’10) and husband Jeff Louis (B.A. ’08) have started the naturopathic functional medicine practice, Focus Integrative Healthcare (Focus Enterprises LLC). The new practice, located in Overland Park, Kan., serves patients in the Kansas City area and clients nationwide through their secure telemedicine platform.

Richard I. Berkowitz

B.A. '93

Richard I. Berkowitz (B.A. ’93) has been appointed marshal of the DeKalb County State Court. Berkowitz has dedicated more than 24 years to serving and protecting the citizens of Georgia and DeKalb County through his work in law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office after graduating from Georgia State.

Thomas M. Nickles

MBA '03

Thomas M. Nickles III (MBA ’03) has joined Nucleus Medical Media, Inc., an award-winning creator of medical illustrations, medical animations and interactive multimedia, as director of strategy and growth.

March 2017

Dr. Kermit V. Gilliard, Jr.

M.Ed. '92

Dr. Kermit V. Gilliard Jr. (M.Ed. ’92) recently completed his second year as Superintendent of Grady County Schools in Cairo, Ga.

Lindsay B. Resnick

M.H.P. '15

Lindsay B. Resnick (M.H.P.’15) was recently hired as an archivist at Heritage Werks in Suwanee, Ga. Heritage Werks is a leading archival services firm working with large corporations, sports teams and other firms to preserve their history.

February 2017

Sandy Semerad

B.A. '82

Sandy Ryles Semerad (B.A. ’82) has worked as a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor and has written three novels. Her latest A Message in the Roses is available online and in bookstores. A Message in the Roses is set in Atlanta and based on a murder trial she covered as a reporter. She is now working on the sequel. Sandy and husband, Larry, live in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Together they have written and performed several songs. For more information, visit


Jason Payne

B.B.A. '03

Jason Payne (B.B.A. ’03) has joined the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments as a staff accountant in Charleston, S.C. Previously he worked with Fayette County Government in north-central Georgia.

Sean M. Ditzel

Sean M. Ditzel, B.A. ('03)
B.A. '03

Sean M. Ditzel (B.A. ’03) and fellow attorney Jeremy J. Abernathy have created the law firm Abernathy Ditzel, LLC. Sean M. Ditzel was previously with boutique Atlanta family law firm, Kessler & Solomiany. The new firm, Abernathy Ditzel, LLC is located on the Historic Marietta Square, with an additional office in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The firm handle all areas of domestic relations law, probate law and personal injury.

Paul Martin

MBA, M.S.R.E, '01

Paul Martin (MBA, M.S.R.E, ’01) has joined Synovus Mortgage as a mortgage loan originator in Atlanta. Martin comes to Synovus with 24 years of experience. He was previously employed with with First Citizens Bank. Martin is a past-president of the Georgia State University Real Estate Alumni group. He earned his Master of Business and Master of Science in Real Estate degrees from Georgia State in 2001, where he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Gamma International Real Estate Honor Society.

Stephen MacDonald

MBA '08

The Bio/Med Investor Network (BioMed) recently announced the hiring of its first Managing Director, Stephen MacDonald (MBA ’08). In this role, he oversees network-wide projects ranging from planning and executing numerous events, marketing campaigns and coordinating all logistics for the network and its members. McDonald is a long-time member of the Georgia life sciences community.

John “Chris” Canter

B.A. '00

John “Chris” Canter (B.A. ’00) has been promoted to assistant to the Campus President at Miami-Dade College, West Campus.

Laura Green

B.B.A. '84

Laura Morgan Green (B.B.A. ’84) has been chief operating officer  of Green Financial Resources, LLC in Duluth, Ga. for the past 17 years. Green Financial was recently named the overall winner of the Pinnacle Small Business of the Year Award given by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Green Financial Resources also won overall in the Family-Owned Small Business Category.

January 2017

Sucheta Rawal

Georgia Trend Magazine October 2016
B.B.A. '02, M.S. '04

Sucheta Rawal (B.B.A. ’02, M.S. ’04) travel writer and founder of Go Eat Give, was named an outstanding Georgian under the age of 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine, and is featured on the magazine’s cover. She is also the author of a series of children’s picture books on travel and culture: Beato Goes to Greenland, Beato Goes to Israel and Beato Goes to Indonesia. The books teach kids ages 4-8 the importance of diversity, culture, religious tolerance, eating healthy and respecting the environment.

Lynda Kim

B.B.A. '01

Lynda Kim (B.B.A. ’01) has joined the team at Signature Bank as SBA Loan Operations Manager and Assistant Vice President. She pursued a career in the financial industry and gained experience in loan processing which led to a strong focus with the Small Business Administration Lending field since 2007. For the last five years, Kim served as an SBA Loan Specialist for a financial institution located in Duluth, Ga.


Rebecca Richard

M.S.W. '14

Rebecca Richard (M.S.W. ’14) was recently named vice president of development and marketing of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia. Prior to her new position, Richard served as director of partnerships with Midtown Assistance Center in Atlanta for nine years.