Class Notes

May 2017

Brooks Seay

J.D. '94
Dr. Brooks Seay (J.D. ’94) has been appointed interim president of Young Harris College. Seay has served as vice president for finance and operations and chief financial officer of the college for two years. Prior to her role at Young Harris, she was chief business officer and associate dean of the School of Law at Emory University.

Jamie Lea Shiver

B.B.A. '13

Jamie Lea Shiver (B.B.A. ’13) has been named Event Operations Manager for Destination South Meetings and Events-A DMC Network Company. Within this role, she will collaborate with the sales and creative teams to produce innovative live event experiences, galas, trade shows, fundraisers and festivals.

Edwin Bell

B.S. '97

Edwin T. Bell (B.S. ’97), Deputy Court Administrator with the DeKalb County Superior Court, recently became a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management having successfully completed the rigorous requirements of the Fellows Program. Bell and 11 other court professionals took part in graduation ceremonies conducted at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.


Lex O. McMillan

M.A. 1975

Lex O. McMillan (M.A. ’75) recently retired as President of Albright College in Reading, Penn., and has been named President Emeritus.  In addition, the College’s Campus Center has been renamed in his honor. McMillan served as the college’s president for 12 years.

Andrew Jackson Murphy (Andy)

Andy Murphy, GENCapital Principal and Senior Investment Advisor
EMBA '01

Andy Murphy (EMBA ’01) is Principal and Senior Investment Advisor for GENCapital, a new wealth management firm that opened with an office in Atlanta. Led by Andy and Jeff Buice, GENCapital offers investment management, financial planning and banking advisory services for individuals, families, businesses and institutions. GENCapital’s Investment Advisory services are offered through Main Street Financial Solutions, LLC, a federally Registered Investment Advisor based in the Northeast.

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.