Class Notes

July 2015

Ken Cable

Ken Cable
MBA '98

Ken Cable, P.E., (MBA ’98) has joined Stanley Consultants as Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President. Stanley Consultants is a global consulting engineering firm with offices worldwide. He is based in the firm’s Denver office. Cable will provide leadership in the company’s growth initiatives through the planning, development and execution of strategic plans; gathering and interpreting market intelligence; researching possible mergers and acquisitions; and promoting innovation companywide.

Dina Shaliyehsaboo

B.B.A. '11

Dina Shaliyehsaboo (B.B.A. ’11) has been promoted to audit senior at Arthur Bell CPAs. She has been with the firm since 2012 and has four years of experience with audit engagements. She is responsible for providing accounting and auditing services to a variety of entities including commodity pools, hedge funds and funds of funds as well as attestation services for various clients.

David Brody

M.A. '75

Dr. David Brody (M.A. ’75) has recently published a book entitled “Men Who Teach Young Children: An international perspective” (Institute of Education Press, London). The book is a research study about men in early childhood education in six different countries. Brody worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher in Atlanta and Boston for 17 years before moving to Israel with his wife, Lynne Genser, and his children in 1988. Over the past twenty six years, David has been involved with teacher education in the training of preschool and kindergarten teachers for the religious school sector in Israel. He is the academic dean and chair of the early childhood department at Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem, and resides in a settlement south of Jerusalem. He is the proud father of five children and nine grandchildren.

Eric Hawkins

J.D. '05

Eric Hawkins (J.D. ’05) of Atlanta became a partner at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP.

Eddie Peters

Eddie Peters holding an award naming Ferg's Sports Bar as Best Sports Bar in Tampa Bay.
B. S. '74

Eddie Peters (B. S. ’74) has been promoted by Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill of St. Petersburg, Fla., to Marketing and Events Manager. Ferg’s is the largest sports bar in the state of Florida and was named by CNN as one of the top 101 Sports Bars in the United States.

John Michael Lee Jr.

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M.P.A. '05

John Michael Lee Jr., Ph.D. (M.P.A. ’05), was named the assistant vice president for Alumni Affairs and Advancement at Florida A&M University. Lee previously served as a vice president at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C.

Sam Massell

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B.C.S. '51

The Georgia Municipal Association has honored former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell (B.C.S. ’51) by naming him to its Municipal Government Hall of Fame. He served in four elected positions for a combined total of 22 years, last as Mayor of Atlanta from 1970 to 1974. In addition to serving as Mayor of Atlanta, Massell’s other elected offices included two years on the City Council of Mountain Park, GA; eight years as Secretary of the Atlanta City Executive Committee, and eight years as President of the Atlanta Board of Aldermen/Vice Mayor. He currently serves as President of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic organization operating like a chamber of commerce, a tourist bureau, and a Community Town Hall. Read more about Mayor Massell here.

Tiffany Blackmon

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B.A. '07

Tiffany Blackmon (B.A. ’07) was recently hired by the NFL Network to cover NFL news events throughout the Southeast. Blackmon is a former Georgia State soccer star who began her television career as a production assistant with The Weather Channel in Atlanta before moving her way through local TV stations in Lake Charles, La., Waco, Texas and Oklahoma City. She caught on with the CSN Network in Houston before her path led to NFL Network. Read more about Blackmon here.

M. Michelle Hood

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M.S. '81

M. Michelle Hood (M.S.’81) who will be honored at the 54th Annual Deborah Morton Society Convocation Sept. 22. The honors are presented annually by the University of New England to outstanding women with strong ties to Maine. Hood is the President and CEO of Eastern Maine Health Systems.

Sonya McCoy-Wilson

Sonya McCoy-Wilson, M.A. '08
M.A. '08

Sonya McCoy-Wilson (M.A. ’08) was appointed Dean of Arts and Sciences at Atlanta Technical College.

June 2015

J. Corey Francis

M.Mu. '06

J. Corey Francis (M.Mu. ’06) has joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University as Director of Bands.

Bonnie Buol Rusczcyk

Author of "Take Your Marketing Online: Proven Ways to Grow Your Firm in the Digital Age"
MBA '01

The American Institute of certified public accountants (AICPA) publishes a handful of books every year on topics of interest to the accounting industry and its professionals across North America. The firm’s founder, Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk MBA ’01, was chosen to write about marketing, particularly online tactics, for the industry this year.

Sherrie Brady

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J.D. '08

Sherrie Brady (J.D. ’08) was recently appointed chair of the Premises Liability committee of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.

B. Andrew Plant

B. Andrew (Drew) Plant
M.P.A. '92

B. Andrew Plant (M.P.A. ’92) is among 15 authors contributing chapters to “Crooked Letter I: Coming Out in the South,” an anthology to be published in August by NewSouth Books. The anthology will debut at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country, in September. Plant is of Plant Communications, LLC, an Atlanta-based public relations consultancy serving professional service and financial services firms, as well as political campaigns.

Catherine (Katie) Neal Sinotte

Katie Neal, NMTCB Executive Director
M.S. '06

Katie Neal (M.S. ’06) was recently named as the Executive Director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, Inc. (NMTCB) in Tucker, Ga. The NMTCB is a national medical board for nuclear medicine technologists.

Rajib N. Sanyal

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Ph.D. '88

Rajib N. Sanyal (Ph.D. ’88) has been named the new dean of the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business on the Garden City campus of Adelphi University. Sanyal is currently dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University in Indiana. From 2005 to 2009 he was the dean of the College of Business at Northern Michigan University. Sanyal was an American Council on Education Fellow at George Mason University from 2004 to 2005.

Gary T. Wright

B.S. '90

Gary T. Wright (B.S. ’90) was recently named Executive Director at A Friend’s House Inc. in Henry County.

Angele Rishi

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J.D. '02

Angele Rishi (J.D. ’02) has joined the law firm of Stout, Kaiser, Matteson, Peake & Hendrick LLC as a partner.

Jonathan Day

M.Ed. '05

Jonathan Day (M.Ed. ’05) was recently promoted from Assistant Principal to Principal at Mulberry Elementary School in Gwinnett County.

Matthew D. Owenby

B.A. '99

Matthew D. Owenby (B.A. ’99) was recently promoted to senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Aflac Insurance. Owenby was vice president for human resources for the company.

Erin Barnette

B.A. '03

Erin Barnette (B.A. ’03) recently joined Fifth Third Bank as a Personal Banker in Lawrenceville, Ga. Barnette previously worked at KeyWorth Bank as a Financial Services Representative and has been in the financial industry for 17 years.

Luz L. Urrutia

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B.B.A. '83

Luz L. Urrutia (B.B.A. ’83), Vice President of Retail Sales for Oportun, was recently named a Woman of Influence in 2015 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

May 2015

Dr. Bryson Payne

Dr. Bryson Payne (Ph.D. '04) is the author of "Teach Your Kids to Code", a new programming book for parents and kids to enjoy together.
Ph.D. '04

Dr. Bryson Payne (Ph.D. ’04) published a book in May 2015 titled “Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming,” from No Starch Press. The book debuted as a No. 1 Best Seller in Children’s Programming Books and a No. 1 Hot New Release in three programming categories on Amazon. Payne was also promoted to full professor with tenure this year at the University of North Georgia where he has taught for 15 years and served as the first department head of computer science.
He lives in Cumming, Ga., with his wife Bev and two sons, Alex and Max, and welcomes contact from Georgia State friends via Facebook or on Twitter at @brysonpayne.

Claudia Lewis

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B.A. '69

Claudia Lewis (B.A. ’69) is still a dance instructor at Williams Island spa in Miami, Fla., after dancing professionally most all of her life. She teaches choreographed jazz and hip hop. She was in two Flash Mob performances on South Beach in the past year and still does handstands every day.

April 2015

Stefan Ritter

J.D. '87

Stefan Ritter (J.D. ’87), an 18-year veteran of Georgia’s Attorney General’s Office, was elected Tuesday as the new head of the state ethics commission. Ritter was chosen over three other candidates in a unanimous vote of the commission. Currently the head of the Attorney General’s Education, Elections, Local Government & Judiciary Section, Ritter has served as the commission’s assigned legal counsel.

John Goodhew

B.B.A. '89

John Goodhew (B.B.A. ’89) has joined Landmark Dividend LLC, one of the nation’s leading ground lease acquisition companies, as a Vice President of Acquisitions in the company’s Atlanta office. Goodhew formerly worked as a development manager with Parke Day Properties LLC. Prior to that he worked in the real estate department at Waffle House, Inc. and as regional director at American Tower Corp. As Vice President of Acquisitions, Goodhew will work to provide capital to consumers and businesses seeking to liquidate ground leases to cell towers, billboards, wind turbines, solar farms and fiber optic networks.

Stephanie Everett

Stephanie Everett
J.D. '02

Stephanie Everett (J.D. ’02) has left her successful law firm to begin a consulting practice, Stephanie Everett Consulting, LLC, to help other law firms reach the same level of success.

Christine Riordian

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MBA '89, Ph.D. '95

Christine Riordian (MBA ’89, Ph.D. ’95), Provost and Professor of Management at the University of Kentucky, has been named the 10th president at Adelphi University. She will begin her term on July 1. At Kentucky, Riordian was responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching, and scholarship at the university, and she oversees all of its academic operations. Prior to her appointment at Kentucky, she was dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Under her watch, the college ranked among the top business colleges in the world. Adelphi University is a 118-year-old private institution located in Garden City, N.Y, with satellite campuses in Manhattan, Suffolk County and Poughkeepsie.

Odie Donald

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B.A. '03, MBA '12

Odie Donald (B.A. ’03; MBA ’12) was recently appointed to serve as Workforce Investment Act Services Director with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division. In this role, Donald is responsible for managing close to $90 million in federal funds to implement a variety of workforce programs throughout Georgia’s 159 counties.

Yolundra Jackson-Bush

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B.A. '08

Yolundra Bush (B.A. ’08) is currently a paralegal for The Home Depot. Bush has been with The Home Depot since 2012 where she handles transactional agreements for the regulatory, merchandising and intellectual group. She also handles project management and training for the department.

Shalya Forté

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B.S. '04

Pandora Internet Radio, the leading online radio service, recently named Shalya Forte (B.S. ’04) its new Director of Southeast. In this role, Forté is charged with leading all Pandora’s national and local sales and strategy efforts in the Southeastern U.S.

Al Floda

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B.B.A. '76

Long-time Buckhead resident Al Floda (B.B.A. ’76), an agent with Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road, received the Crystal Phoenix Award at the Atlanta Board of Realtors annual Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club Banquet this March. The award was presented in recognition of earning 20 years of membership in the ABR Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club. A decades-long member of both the Atlanta Preservation Center and High Museum of Art, Floda enjoys the art and architecture of homes in addition to the honor of serving people’s real estate needs.

Kim Martin

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MBA '87

Kim Martin (MBA ’87) has been named new chief strategy officer for the Meredith Corporation. In this role, Martin will work with Meredith’s senior management team on developing corporate and business unit strategies — with a strong focus on Meredith’s millennial strategy across the company’s multiple media platforms — and leading other key strategic initiatives.