Class Notes

May 2016

Lance Von Vogt

M.S. ‘02

Lance Von Vogt (M.S. ’02) has been named Athletic Director for William Jessup University, the Sacramento, Calif. area’s only residential four-year private university. Von Vogt takes over leadership of a rapidly growing athletic program that will expand to 13 NAIA Division I sports for the 2016-17 season.

Barbara Victome

M.S.W. '02

Barbara Victome (M.S.W. ’02) is currently the co-founder and Executive Director of Haki Yetu “Our Rights” in Swahili, a nonprofit, human rights organization which provides services to immigrants and refugees in New York City. She also serves as an Advisor and Lecturer for the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Advising Department, working with master’s of social work candidates.

Masudi Stolard

MBA '13

Masudi Stolard (MBA ’13) has recently published a new book, “An Introduction to Entrepreneurship.” This book is written for those who are ready to take the first step in launching their business. In addition, Stolard is currently a doctor of business administration student specializing in business intelligence.

Karen Carl

B.S. '86

Karen Carl (B.S. ’86), principal of Free Home Elementary School in Cherokee County, has been named the 2016 Georgia Distinguished Principal. The prestigious recognition is awarded to one principal in each of theGeorgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ regional districts, and winners are selected by their peers based on exemplary educational leadership.

Laura Paton

B.A. '00

Laura Paton (B.A. ’00), an attorney, with Carlock, Copeland & Stair LLC, recently completed the South Carolina Bar’s Circuit Court Mediation Certification Training and Advanced Negotiation Workshop. Paton is now certified to mediate cases in the civil courts of South Carolina.

Maria Cecilia Griggs

M.P.H. '09

After working for two years as a cardiac nurse in Charlotte, N.C., Maria Cecilia Griggs (M.P.H. ’09) will be starting as a case manager in the heart transplant and ventricular assist devices program at Carolinas Medical Center-Main in June.

Rachael Wendlandt

M.P.H. '14

Rachael Wendlandt (MPH’14), analyst at Abt Associates, published an article titled “Gender-based violence and HIV risk among African-American women: a qualitative study” in the Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services.

Christian Deichert

LTC Deichert with his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Carey.
J.D. '00

Christian Deichert (J.D. ’00) was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army on April 29. LTC Deichert is currently serving as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas. He has been on active duty as a Judge Advocate for more than 15 years, serving in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, and around the United States. This summer, he will assume duties as the Command Judge Advocate for the installation legal office at Fort Eustis, Va.

April 2016

Jennifer Muto Brock

Jennifer Muto Brock
M.A. '97

Jen Brock (M.A. ’97) has been named director of communications and marketing for the Walker School in Marietta, Ga. Brock will lead the school’s communications and marketing initiatives through strategic development, planning and implementation. Brock’s expertise in marketing communications includes positions with Northside Hospital, Georgia State and Piedmont Heart Institute, as well as extensive communications consulting for a number of education and nonprofit clients. She has served as the Director of Communications and Marketing at the College of Pharmacy at Mercer University since 2014.

Victor Williams

B.A. '15

Victor Williams (B.A. ’15) recently joined the WLOX News Team in Biloxi, Miss., after working at WBBJ Eyewitness News in Jackson, Tenn. While at Georgia State, Williams was news anchor and reporter for the award-winning college news station, GSTV News. He also interned for WSB-TV News in Atlanta.

March 2016

Priscilla Bray Hammond

Dissertation Defense
BBA, 1988

Priscilla Hammond successfully defended her dissertation, Wesleyan Ministerial Programs of Study and Their Relationship to Ministerial Effectiveness of Pastoral Leaders in The Wesleyan Church, for the degree of Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University. Hammond is currently an adjunct professor of business at Southern Wesleyan University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The photo is of Hammond and her dissertation committee: Sharon Drury; Jim Fuller, Chair; Hammond; and Bob Whitesel.

Hon. Morris Iheanacho Onyewuchi

B.A. '90

Judge Morris I. Onyewuchi (B.A. ’90) has been appointed by U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to the United States immigration judge corps. He began hearing cases in March. Since 2002, Judge Onyewuchi served as assistant chief counsel and trial attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Judge Onyewuchi is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Mark Albert

Bookcover 001
M.Ed. '83

Mark Albert (M.Ed. ’83) recently published a new book, Change of Plane, a memoir of his professional career and perspectives as an athletic trainer/physical therapist. The book is published by Archway Publishing under the pen name Albert Marks. 

February 2016

Carlos Ruano

Dr. Carlos Ruano
M.S. '92

Carlos Ruano (M.S. ’92) is now working in Trinidad and Tobago as an international education expert in collaboration with Caribbean and North American institutions. This is his sixth post overseas. Ruano will oversee 17 island states as part of his duties in the eastern Caribbean.

Philip Gnilka

Ph.D. ’10

Philip Gnilka (Ph.D. ’10) is one of three recipients of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2016 Research Award. The award is given annually to recognize “high-quality, original research conducted by an ACA member (or an ACA member and other colleagues working in collaboration) in areas of interest to the counseling profession and the divisions or organizational affiliates of ACA,” according to the association’s website. As one of this year’s award recipients, Gnilka will be honored during the American Counseling Association’s Conference and Expo in Montréal, Canada, this April.

Angelia R. Henderson

Cover of The Strength of My Soul
B.A. '85

Angelia Henderson (B.A. ’85) recently became an Amazon Best Seller co-author of the anthology “The Strength of My Soul: Stories of Sisterhood, Triumph and Inspiration” published by The Jamison Group. In the book, 27 women from a variety of races, classes, and backgrounds share their greatest joys and their greatest pains, their moments of victory and their moments of deep despair.

John Poulos

John Poulus, Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Tenant Representation, SK Commercial Realty
B.B.A. '83

John Poulos (B.B.A. ’83) has joined SK Commercial Realty as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Tenant Representation. Poulos brings  more than 23 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining SK Commercial Realty, Poulos served as managing director for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Atlanta office. Poulos is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. He resides in Sandy Springs with his wife and two children.


Odie Donald

B.A. '03, MBA '12

Odie Donald (B.A. ’03, MBA ’12) was recently appointed as Executive Director over the Washington D.C. Workforce Investment Council by Mayor Muriel Bowser. In this role he oversees the more than $100 million in federal and local funds invested into the workforce system.

Dr. Susan Henderson

M.P.H. '10

Dr. Susan Henderson (M.P.H.’10) is co-author on paper about tuberculosis in Peace Corps Volunteers recently published in the Journal of Travel Medicine. Henderson is chief of epidemiology and surveillance for the U.S. Peace Corps in Washington D.C.

Jessica Reece Fagan

Jessica Reece Fagan HHR
J.D. '06

Jessica Reece Fagan (J.D. ’06) has been named a partner with Hedgepeth, Heredia & Rieder, a family law firm in Cobb County. Fagan practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar Association. She is also active with the DeKalb Bar Association and DeKalb Bar Foundation.

Thomas S. Hogan II

B.S. '92

Thomas S. Hogan II (B.S. ’92) has been named Senior Vice President of Embassy National Bank in Lawrenceville, Ga., Hogan will create and lead its new residential mortgage division. Hogan joins Embassy National Bank with more than 18 years of experience, including similar positions with Georgia Primary Bank and The Buckhead Community Bank. He has also served as president of Buckhead Financial, a financial services company, and was project manager in developing programs in entrepreneurship, small business management and human resources for the Interactive College of Technology. Since 2008, Hogan has been a member of the city council for the City of Chamblee, with emphasis on budgeting, economic development, branding, financial analysis and enhancing constituent service.