Class Notes

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.

October 2013

Austin Williams

(M.R.E. '00)

Austin Williams’ (M.R.E. ’00) hot sauce, The Shizzle, swept two jerk categories at the 18th annual Scovie Awards, a national competition that recognizes the top fiery products in the world, earlier this month in Albuquerque, N.M. His Voodoo Hot flavor won first place and its Original Recipe won second place in the “cook it up” category. Read more about Williams and The Shizzle.

Jeff Dannelly

MBA '06

Jeff Dannelly (MBA ’06) recently joined Hancock Bank in Pensacola, Fla. as a vice president and private banker. Previously, he was a vice president and senior business relationship manager at Wells Fargo.

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose promoted to Member at Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
M. Tax '04

Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC, announced that Kevin S. Rose (M. Tax ’04), CPA, CFP®, has been promoted to member. Rose joined HHM as a senior tax manager in 2012. He brings more than a decade of experience in tax planning, consulting and compliance. As both a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, he employs a more comprehensive, solutions-based approach. His expertise in buy/sells and robust understanding of state and local tax laws make him particularly valuable to HHM’s private business clients as well as individuals. HHM is based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Wiilliam Scarborough

M.P.A. '93
M.Tax. '80

William Scarborough (M. Tax. ’80, M.P.A. ’93), associate chief accountant with the enforcement division of the SEC, has been named an Armstrong Notable Alumnus from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah Ga., and was inducted in the Alumni Honorees Society, an exclusive organization of Armstrong Alumni representing excellence and service.

Alyssa G. Montooth

M.A. 2006

Alyssa Montooth (M.A.’06), an AP English at Druid Hills High School, has been named the DeKalb County School District Teacher of the Year. At Druid Hills, Montooth participates in many activities that demonstrate her passion for cultivating school pride: she helps organize pep rallies, she judges for the Shakespeare Monologue competition, she performs in International Night and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and she serves as sponsor for Environmental Club.

September 2013

Jennie Joiner

Joiner, Jennie
B.A. '98

Jennie Joiner, an assistant professor of English at Keuka College, has been invited to join the University of Virginia’s Digital Yoknapatawpha project and will collaborate with fellow Faulkner scholars on a long-term project to build interactive maps of the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

Bonnie Ruszczyk

Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk
MBA '01

Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk (MBA ’01), president of BBR Marketing in Atlanta, has been named one of AccountingToday’s 2013 Top 100 Most Influential People for the second year in a row. The list identifies and shines a spotlight on the individuals who make the greatest impact on the accounting industry.

Wenona Clark Belton

Wenona Clark Belton
J.D. '99

Wenona Clark Belton was sworn in on July 31, 2013, as associate judge for the Juvenile Court of Fulton County, Ga. She is the third Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist to join the bench.

Leslie Wiernik

B.B.A. '86

Leslie Wiernik (B.B.A. ’86) has been named president for the Atlanta Association of Health Underwriters, a nonprofit organization of health insurance agents, brokers and professionals, for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Kaye Hagler

B.S. '77

Capstone Publishing recently released Kaye Hagler’s (B.S. ’77) second book, “Inquire, Investigate, Integrate – K-2 Science Connection.” Her first book, “Take Five for Language Arts!” (2011) is now in its second printing. She serves as both a speaker and presenter at national conferences such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. She was awarded the Alabama Literacy Award for her contributions in promoting writing in education. A resident of Panama City Beach, Fla., she is an adjunct instructor at Gulf Coast State College. She and her husband, Terry, have one son, Seth, who works at Loyola College in New Orleans.

Linda McGehee

Ph.D. '93

Linda McGehee (Ph.D. ’93) was recently promoted to associate vice president for programs at the Center for Disease Control Foundation. In her new role, she leads the Foundation’s project implementation activities and is responsible for the program department’s daily operations. McGehee was an associate professor in the Georgia State School of Nursing from 1985-2005.

Michael W. Gunn

B.A. '77

Michael W. Gunn (B.A. ’77) recently retired after a 30-plus year career in mental health counseling and teaching about the addictive process. Now, Gunn enjoys reading, writing and continuing his studies in philosophy.

F. Faison Middleton IV

J.D. '95

F. Faison Middleton IV (J.D. ’95) has been named to the board of directors for Community Capital Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary, AB&T National Bank. Faison graduated cum laude from the College of Law where he served as managing editor of the Georgia State University Law Review.

Matt Montgomery

M.A. '96

Matt Montgomery (M.A. ’96) has been named chief marketing officer of the Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization.

Michael Koger

B.A. '01

Dr. Michael Koger (B.A. ’01) is a medical writer on worldwide public health issues such as immunizations, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, mental health and other topics.