Class Notes

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.

December 2016

Paxton W. Poitevint

MBA '02

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit announced that Paxton W. Poitevint (MBA ’02) has been named Chief Operating Officer. Poitevint most recently served as Chief Relationship Manager and was responsible for the association’s business development efforts. In his new role, Poitevint will manage the daily operations of the organization.

Heather H. Teilhet

M.P.A. '04

Heather H. Teilhet (M.P.A. ’04) will be joining Oglethorpe Power on Jan. 1, 2017 as Vice President, Governmental Affairs. Teilhet will manage government relations for Oglethorpe Power, representing the company before the executive, legislative and regulatory bodies of state and federal government. Teilhet currently serves as Vice President, Government Affairs, at Georgia EMC, Before joining Georgia EMC, she served on the staff of former Governor Sonny Perdue as Press Secretary and Director of Communications. She also served on the staff of former Governor Roy Barnes.

Shatavia (Alexander) Thomas

Shatavia Alexander Thomas
B.S, 1998; M.S., 2001

Shatavia (Alexander) Thomas (B.S. ’98, M.S. ’01) recently published two entries, entitled “Media in Family Therapy” and “Faith-Based Therapy,” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. She is also featured in a relationship article in the October/November 2016 issue of Ebony Magazine. Shay also has a doctorate of marriage and family therapy degree, and she is a licensed marriage and family therapist and systems consultant offering services through her company, Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC.

Dr. Nicholas Sciullo

Ph.D. '15

Nicholas Sciullo (Ph.D. ’15) recently received the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association for his dissertation: “A Rhetorical Analysis of George Jackson’s Soledad Brother: A Class Critical and Critical Race Theory Investigation of Prison Resistance.” The Critical/Cultural Studies Division is the largest division of the National Communication Association with 1,200 members in the division alone. While at Georgia State University, Sciullo helped coach the debate team, qualifying back-to-back teams to the National Debate Tournament. He also earned Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching.