Class Notes

February 2014

Leigh F. Cummings

Leigh Cummings (’02) Named a 2014 Super Lawyer
J.D. '02

Leigh F. Cummings (J.D. ’02), has been named a 2014 Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Leigh is a partner at the Atlanta-based family law firm of Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy. Super Lawyers are the top five percent of attorneys in the state of Georgia.

Nicole Gossett


Nicole Gossett (B.B.A.’01) recently joined Decosimo, a Top 100 accounting and business advisory firm, as a valuation services manager with the Decosimo Advisory Services practice group. A certified valuation analyst, Gossett has performed valuation and litigation support services in the areas of financial reporting, healthcare regulatory, family law, commercial litigation, economic damages and forensic accounting.

Robin Zorn

(Ed.S. ’98)

Robin Zorn (Ed.S. ’98) was named the 2014 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Zorn is a school counselor at M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary School in Duluth, Ga.

Keith Daniel

MBA '92

Keith Daniel (MBA ’92) has been named senior vice president, transmission policy for Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC). Daniel has been with GTC since 1988 and has served in various capacities, most recently as vice president of transmission policy. In his new role, Daniel will continue to direct transmission policy for the corporation and coordinate with external organizations, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mary Vickers

(M.Tax. '96)

Mary Vickers (M.Tax. ’96) has been promoted to vice president of tax for Cox Enterprises. Vickers is responsible for managing the corporate income tax function for Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries. She most recently served as Cox’s assistant vice president of tax where she led the company’s state tax and audit functions and was responsible for tax planning for acquisitions and divestitures. Vickers joined Cox Enterprises in 1998 as a senior tax specialist and has held the roles of assistant tax manager, tax manager, director of tax and assistant vice president of tax. She previously worked for Turner Broadcasting System and in the Atlanta offices of Deloitte and PwC.

January 2014

Todd Atwood

B.A. '94

Todd Atwood (B.A. ’94), a 20-year veteran of the corporate banking and finance community, has joined AmWINS Group as the firm’s Chief Information Officer and will lead the Charlotte, N.C.-based company’s global information technology team. Prior to joining AmWINS, Atwood served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Architect Executive at Bank of America.

Bryson Payne

Dr. Bryson Payne (Ph.D. '04)
Ph.D. '04

Bryson Payne (Ph.D. ’04) has been named Department Head of Computer Science and Information Systems in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. A 15-year veteran of the University System of Georgia and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Payne recently published an article in CIO magazine and is currently under contract writing the book “Teach Your Kids to Code,” to appear early 2015 from No Starch Press. He lives in Dahlonega, Ga., with his wife Beverly and two sons, Alex and Max.

Amit B. Singh

M.S. '91

Amit B. Singh (M.S. ’91) was recently hired as the new vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. Singh is currently the dean of academic affairs/chief academic officer at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. He will begin his new position March 17.

Patricia L. Doss

M.S. '87

Patricia L. Doss (M.S. ’87) recently published a book titled “Enough Rope.” It’s a forensic thriller and draws upon her experience as a graduate intern at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office while working on her degree in criminal justice at Georgia State.

Lane Powell Jordan

Lane Jordan - High Resolution
B.A. '80

Lane Powell Jordan (B.A.’ 80) recently published her 5th book,”12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman,” with Hendrickson publishers. In her new book, Jordan shares  information to make your life more productive, balanced and satisfying.

Stephanie Roberts (B.A. ’93)

Stephanie Roberts
B.A. '93

Stephanie Roberts (B.A. ’93) a paralegal at Bryan Cave LLP in Atlanta, has been named the winner of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Employee of the Year Award in the Large Company category. Roberts has worked with Bryan Cave, a leading business and litigation firm with global reach, for 16 years.

December 2013

Matt Sailor

B.A. '07
M.F.A. '13

Matt Sailor (B.A. ’07, M.F.A. ’13) has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship. NEA Creative Writing Fellowships provide assistance to published writers that enable them to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement. NEA fellowships are highly competitive. The NEA received more than 1,300 eligible manuscripts in this round. Successful manuscripts are selected through an anonymous, panel-review process for which the sole review criteria is artistic excellence and merit. The NEA will support 38 fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). The 38 fellows range in age from 27 to 60 and hail from 18 states around the country.

John M. Dyer

MBA '87

John M. Dyer (MBA ’87) has been named president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, Inc., effective Jan 1. A 36-year Cox veteran, Dyer will be responsible for the company’s four major subsidiaries: Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader Group, as well as corporate functions including financial operations, human resources and administration. Dyer serves on Cox Enterprises’ board of directors and its executive strategy committee and he also is a member of the Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees and the Marcus Autism Board of Trustees.

Mark Miller

MBA '08
M.H.A. '09

Mark Miller (MBA ’08, M.H.A ’09) has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. Miller comes to Largo Medical Center from Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he is the Chief Operating Officer. While at Georgia State, he was awarded the R.J. Knobel Scholarship for academic achievement by the faculty.

Sandra Coffey Hofmann

Women in Technology Recognizes Sandy Hofmann with WIT Legacy Award
B.S. '74

The Atlanta-based nonprofit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced that Sandy Hofmann (B.S. ’74), Former CIO and Chief People Officer, MAPICS and Chair, TiE Atlanta Council of Board Advisors, is the recipient of WIT’s Legacy Award. The WIT Legacy Award was created to recognize extraordinary individuals who have inspired others and provided significant impact to the technology community, particularly in support and development of female professionals, over the course of their career.

Natasha Stark

B.A. '92, M.P.A. '96

Natasha Stark (B.A ’92, M.P.A. ’96) achieved certification as a Certified Research Administrator in May 2013. She is currently employed as a sponsored programs officer in the Office of Sponsored Proposals and Awards at Georgia State University.

Patricia Schiffman

B.A. '76
M.A. '78

Patricia Schiffman (B.A. ’76, M.A.’78) recently opened her own business, Little Green Apples, which specializes in developing custom databases for clients using FileMaker Pro.

Charles R. Major III

B.B.A. '03

Charles R. Major III (B.B.A. ’03) recently transitioned to a new role as Institutional Fixed Income Salesperson at an Investment Banking firm in Atlanta.

Bryan D Benak

B.B.A. '89
B.B.A. 1989

Bryan D. Benak (B.B.A. ’89) has recently been named Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Operations for Service Experts LLC. He previously served five years as vice president of the South Region for the company. Service Experts is the nations largest residential HVAC contractor with more than 70 locations.

Carol Springer Sargent

Ph.D. '09

Dr. Carol Springer Sargent (Ph.D. ’09) was appointed as Associate Editor of Accounting Education: An International Journal.

Nneka Logan

M.A. '06, Ph.D. 13

Nneka Logan (M.A. ’06, Ph.D. ’13) has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

November 2013

David Duncan

B.A. '97

Startup Atlanta recently named David Duncan (B.A. ’97) as the interim executive director for Startup Atlanta. Duncan is a founding board member of Startup Atlanta, and prior to his work with the organization he was the co-owner of Paddywax, a candle manufacturing company that he co-founded in 1996. Startup Atlanta’s mission is to introduce, connect, support and expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the greater Atlanta region to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth.

William Cotterman

B.S. '69

William Cotterman (B.S. ’69), professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Computer Information Systems, recently published “Improbable Women:
Five Who Explored the Middle East” with Syracuse University Press. The book explores the lives of five daring women from different time periods who ventured into the heart of the region.

Jeffrey S. York

Jeff York
J.D. '93

Jeffrey S. York (J.D. ’93) recently joined the commercial litigation section of McGlinchey Stafford’s Jacksonville office. York has more than 20 years of litigation experience handling complex commercial litigation matters for Fortune 500 and other corporate clients, including numerous national and regional banks, financial institutions, and other financial services companies in Florida and other states.

Karen Renner

MBA '85

Karen Renner (MBA ’85), vice president and chief information officer for Novelis Inc., has been named Georgia CIO of the Year in the award’s global category. Within Novelis, the world’s largest supplier of aluminum sheet and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, Renner has used her expertise to operate the company’s global information technology and business information strategies for the $9.8 billion, 11,000 employee company.