Class Notes

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.

November 2016

Dylan Stafford

Master of Taxation, 2013

Dylan Stafford (M.Tax. ’13) has been promoted to tax supervisor at Williams Benator & Libby, LLP. Before joining Williams Benator & Libby’s tax team in 2014, Stafford worked at Fuller & Company.

Michael D. Roty

Dr. Michael Roty
Ed.S. '99
M.Ed. '96

Michael Roty (M.Ed. ’96, Ed.S. ’99) has joined the full-time mathematics faculty of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Rebecca Arayan

M.P.A. '06

Rebecca Arayan (M.P.A. ’06) former Interim Executive Director of the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS), has been named the Executive Director of the organization. Arayan officially assume this new role on July 1, 2016. Arayan’s background uniquely positions her to assume the post as GaRRS’ Executive Director. With significant experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, Arayan will advance the organization’s current strategic plan and guide GaRRS’ mission to improve the quality of life for every Georgian who is blind, visually-impaired or has difficulty with the printed word. 

Teresa Russ Winer

M.A.S. '82

Teresa Russ Winer (M.A.S.’ 82) is an actuary in the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Georgia. Winer is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and was elected Vice President of the Society of Actuaries for 2016-’17.

David B. Wright

David B. Wright
B.B.A. '96

David B. Wright, (B.B.A. ’96) best-selling author and President of W3 Group Marketing in Atlanta, was voted “Best local author” in Creative Loafing’s Readers’ Choice Best of Atlanta 2016 Awards. David has three new books being released this year: “Everyday Heroes” (Co-author), “7 Ways to Make Your Phone Ring and Get More Clients in 30 Days or Less” and “Video Marketing for Business.” Other publications include “How Not to Get Ripped Off by an SEO Firm,” “Conversations with Experts” (Co-author), and “Get A Job! Your Guide to Making Successful Career Moves.” David’s firm, W3 Group Marketing, provides digital and offline integrated marketing services to growth-oriented businesses.

Cindy Dunston Quirk

Cindy Dunston Quirk's company Scout & Zoe's included in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2016 Listing of Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America
B.B.A. '80

Scout & Zoe’s, founded by Cindy Dunston Quirk (B.B.A. ’80), was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ List, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Scout & Zoe’s is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership. Scout & Zoe’s, located in Anderson, Ind., has created antler dog chews and natural treats for seven years. The company began as a way of solving a chew issue for Quirk’s German Shepherd, Zoe, who had allergies. From the humble beginnings in her garage, the company now has a global footprint.


Claire Underwood Hertzler

Author Claire Underwood Hertzler
Ed.S. '86

Claire Underwood Hertzler (Ed.S. ’86) is the author of the Fall 2016 release, “The High Sheriff of Greene,” the true story of legendary lawman, L. L. Wyatt of Greene County, Ga. Beginning during Prohibition and continuing for 52 years, Wyatt challenged the norms and changed the culture of an entire county. His “tough as nails” approach to enforcing the law was matched only by his respect for the dignity of the individual, even the criminal. He was an example of a community lawman before the concept was ever heard of. Available at Deeds

Stanley Konter

Stanley Konter & Stephen Weeks
B.A. '72

Stanley Konter (B.A. ’72) and Stephen Weeks have teamed to form The Sabre Solution, a full service web design and advertising agency focusing on marketing solutions and online visibility. Konter’s company, Sabre Technologies, was formed in the early 1999 and designed hundreds of custom websites for local, regional, national and international clients. Weeks founded United Marketing & Communications Group in 2006 and has managed millions of dollars in ad spending while working with some of south Georgia’s most recognizable brands for more than a decade.


Eleanor Fulton

MBA '04

Eleanor Fulton (MBA ’04) has been named vice president, risk management at Purchasing Power, LLC, one of the fastest-growing e-commerce voluntary benefit companies offering a leading employee purchase program through the convenience of payroll deductions. In her new role, Fulton is responsible for the strategic oversight of the company’s risk programs with respect to revenue optimization in concert with risk management.

October 2016

Greg Mullin

Greg Mullin, Principal, PGAL Atlanta
MBA '15

Greg Mullin (MBA ’15),  AIA, LEED AP, has joined PGAL, an international architecture, engineering and planning firm as Principal of its Atlanta office.

Elaine McGruder

J.D. '90

Elaine McGruder (J.D. ’90) has been awarded the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2016 Public Service Award. McGruder is a State Court Conflict Defender with the Fulton County State and Magistrate Court.

Paige Collier

M.S.R.E. '05

Paige Collier (M.S.R.E. ’05) has been promoted to executive vice president and manager of Commercial Real Estate for the Bank of North Georgia/Synovus. She joined the bank in 2002 as a commercial banker. She earned her Master of Science degree in Real Estate from Georgia State University in 2005.

Dr. Dana Nichols

Ph.D. '06

Dr. Dana Nichols (Ph.D. ’06) was recently named as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs at Chattanooga State University. Nichols formerly served in the position of Assistant Vice President at Lanier Technical College.

Shay Conyers

MBA '10

Shay Conyers (MBA ’10) has been appointed to assistant vice president of distribution in CNA’s Sales & Distribution team. In his new role, Conyers is responsible for helping shape our distribution system and managing national agent and broker relationships in partnership with CNA’s Field leadership to accelerate performance that result in profitable growth and a strong market presence.

Jair Thrasher

Jair A. Thrasher
B.S. '15

Jair Thrasher (B.S. ’15) is serving in the role of manager, student retention, for Pearson Education. Thrasher will become the Subject Matter Expert on key student success efforts, including Student Coaching and Persistence, under a new partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.


Gregg MacDonald

Gregg at his desk in Reston, Va.
B.A. '95

Gregg MacDonald (B.A. ’95) is executive editor of the Fairfax County Times, the largest weekly community newspaper in America (circulation 330,000) in Reston, Va.

Perry B. Lamb

M.S. '98

Perry B. Lamb (M.S. ’98) recently returned from teaching other Philips Healthcare technical and applications support engineers a certification class for a software product. Perry is the senior support engineer for that product with Philips, where he has been working since 2000.