Class Notes

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

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

Odie Donald, WIA Services Director
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

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

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

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

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.

March 2015

Camila Sarmiento

Volunteering in Villavicencio, Colombia
B.A. '11

Camila Sarmiento (B.A. ’11) has been granted an invitation from the Peace Corps. She accepted her invitation and will be leaving to serve in Peru for 27 months on Aug. 19.

Richard S. Bergholtz

B.S. '97

Richard S. Bergholtz (B.S. ’97)  as been appointed to a one-year term on the Mount Dora, Fla., Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Bergholtz serves on the boards of local, regional and national civic and charitable organizations. Bergholtz is an attorney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., and concentrates his legal practice in real estate, construction and corporate law.


Maria Manahan

Maria Manahan, HOG
B.S. '94, M.S. '96

The Hemophilia of Georgia Board of Directors announced today that it has appointed Maria Manahan (B.S ’94, M.S ’96) as Chief Executive Officer. Manahan will assume leadership of Hemophilia of Georgia on April 1, 2015. Manahan is a board member and officer of the Hemophilia Alliance on the board of the Campbell-Stone Apartments, and the 340B Advisory Board of the Hemophilia Treatment Center Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Hemophilia of Georgia, Manahan was Director of Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Programs at Campbell-Stone Apartments.

Sharon Cook

B.A. '00

Sharon Cook (B.A. ’00) was recently named Chief Marketing Officer of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Cook oversees the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta’s marketing, corporate communications and public relations functions. In her role, Cook directs marketing and brand cultivation, external communications, media relations, investor relations and reputational risk for the regional banker’s bank. Cook joined FHLBank Atlanta in 2008 as Senior Marketing Communications Manager and earned promotions to Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications in 2011 and First Vice President in 2012. Previously, Cook was Vice President of Marketing Services for the Centers for Disease Control Federal Credit Union.

Tina Rezvani

Cover of Everyday Persian: Your Essential Guide to the Modern Iranian-American Kitchen
M.A. '10, M.S '12

While studying anthropology at Georgia State, Tina Rezvani (M.A. ’10, M.S. ’12) wrote her master’s thesis on cultural reproduction at Persian dinner parties. Inspired by this work and by her love for writing and food, she wrote a new Persian cookbook titled “Everyday Persian: Your Essential Guide to the Modern Iranian-American Kitchen,” which was published March 14. “Everyday Persian” aims not only to teach the reader how to prepare classic Persian dishes, but it also contains modern Persian-American recipes combining culinary traditions. Across more than 120 recipes, this informative and accessible book will give readers a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of Persian cooking, from aash (bean and herb soup) to zereshk polow (rice with barberries).

William Scarborough

M.Tx. '80, M.P.A. '93

William Scarborough (M.Tx. ’80, M.P.A. ’93) received the Directors Award at an Awards Ceremony held at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. The award was given for his outstanding contribution to the enforcement of the federal securities laws in regards to a large financial fraud investigation dealing with software revenue recognition.

Carlos Roberto Ruano

M.S. '92

Carlos Roberto Ruano (M.S. ’92) has been asked to lead work on Education and Learning at the Conference Board of Canada. As principal research associate, he will oversee and produce research and policy guidance on Higher Education issues in North America.

David Adelman

M.P.A. '95

David Adelman (M.P.A. ’95) has joined Reed Smith LLP’s New York office as a partner in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group. His practice focuses on trans-Pacific trade and investment issues. Prior to joining Reed Smith, David was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore. David also served as the 15th United States Ambassador to Singapore, concluding his term in 2013.

Rona Simmons

Postcards from Wonderland
MBA '75

Rona Simmons (MBA ’75) is the author of “Postcards from Wonderland,” to be released this month, and a previous work of historical fiction “The Quiet Room,” released in January 2014, both published by Deeds Publishing. After retiring from a 30-year career in the financial services industry, Simmons turned to writing. She is an active member of the Atlanta Writers Club and Georgia Writers Association. Her work has appeared in anthologies, blogs, and online and print magazines and journals.

Kaitlin Meurer

Kaitlin Meurer promoted at Sterling Risk Advisors
B.B.A. '13

Kaitlin Meurer (B.B.A. ’13) has been promoted to Account Executive for Strategic Accounts at Sterling Risk Advisors. Sterling Risk Advisors is a full-service, Atlanta-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm serving the commercial, professional and personal needs of clients across a diverse spectrum of industries. Meurer provides multi-line coverage solutions and helps manage risk for the diverse clientele served by Sterling’s Strategic Accounts department. Prior to joining Sterling, Meurer worked in personal lines at State Farm. A Peachtree City, Ga., native, Meurer now lives in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

February 2015

Jim Auchmutey

Jim Auchmutey
B.A. '77

Jim Auchmutey (B.A. ’77) has a new book coming out in April from Perseus/PublicAffairs, “The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness.”
It’s a true and untold story of race, religion and reconciliation set at Koinonia, the Christian farming community outside Americus, Ga., where Habitat for Humanity was born. Auchmutey, a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for almost 30 years, got his start as a writer for the GSU Signal.


Ed Hula

B.A. '09

Ed Hula III was promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Business Development for Around the Rings. He will be responsible for ATR’s day-to-day activities involving sales, marketing, special events and partnerships. He will work with the established sales team to support and encourage their endeavors, as well as taking on projects of his own.

Deena Booth Sasser

Panorama view of new exhibit, opening February 14, 2015
M.H.P. '06

Deena Booth Sasser (M.H.P. ’06) completed the design and installation of the new exhibit, “From Cotton to Silk: African-American Railroad Workers of the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern Railways,” for the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Va. The exhibit will open to the public on Feb. 14.

Kat Cole

MBA '10

Kat Cole (MBA ’10), president of Cinnabon for the past four years, will take on a larger, global role with Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, as group president. Cole will oversee the business and growth of all brands at FOCUS in consumer packaged goods, food service licensing, global licensed platforms and E-commerce channels. Cole’s team and franchisees have accomplished franchise unit growth to 1200 in 55 countries and increased profitability, franchisee satisfaction and philanthropic partnerships that is the strongest the brand has seen in over a decade, the company said.

Russ Childers


Russ Childers (B.A.’72) was recently appointed to the Georgia Board of Community Health by Governor Nathan Deal. The Department of Community Health is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids®, the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology. Childers has been a life and health insurance agent for 42 years.

January 2015

Andwele M. Jolly

M.H.A. '12

Andwele M. Jolly (M.H.A.’12) manager of business operations for the Divisions of Allergy and Immunology and of Rheumatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected to the board of directors of the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Chris Tomlinson

J.D. '97

Chris Tomlinson (J.D ’97) was recently sworn in by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as the new Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Tomlinson was previously the Executive Director for the State Road and Tollway Authority, the State of Georgia’s toll operator and transportation financing authority. He will continue to serve in that role while taking on the additional responsibilities of GRTA executive director.

Rabbi Herbert Cohen

kosher movies pasteon.indd
Ph.D. '84

Rabbi Herbert Cohen (Ph.D. ’84) has published a new book, “Kosher Movies: A Film Critic discovers Life Lessons at the Cinema” with Urim Publishers. Cohen is a rabbi and film critic whose reviews are published monthly in the Huffington Post. He writes a “Kosher Movies” column in the Intermountain Jewish News and the Jewish Tribune, and is the author of “Walking in Two Worlds: Visioning Torah Concepts Through Secular Studies.”

Gerry King

BS 1996 - Gerry King
B.S. '96

Gerry King (B.S. ’96) has expanded GK Resources total package services to meet the diverse needs of small business owners. Her services include business adviser and facilitator, franchise recruitment and speaking to women’s groups on professional image.

Dharma Diaz-Azcuy

B.B.A. '95

Dharma Diaz-Azcuy (B.B.A. ’95) was recently promoted to the role of Senior Manager at the firm of Williams Benator & Libby, LLP. She provides support to clients in the areas of accounting, software, special projects and controllership functions. As a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, she helps clients with installation, implementation and training for QuickBooks software and various others. Dharma joined the firm in 2000.

Mandy Schneider Bennett

B.A. '06

Mandy Schneider Bennett (B.A. ’06) was recently inducted in the Salem High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Bennett holds the Salem record for most goals in a single season and most goals in a career. After leaving Salem, Bennett was a four-year letter winner at Georgia State University and was team captain in her senior year. She led Georgia State to consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament appearances.

Carlotta Ungaro

MBA '03

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce has named Carlotta Ungaro (MBA ’03) as its new president and CEO, tasked to lead the Georgia county’s largest business organization of almost 800 members. Ungaro comes to the chamber from the Morrisville (NC) Chamber, a suburb of Raleigh, N.C. She has served as its president since May 2011. Prior to Morrisville, Ungaro served as president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce in Beaufort, S.C. for five years.

Lila Fernandez

B.S. '14

Lila Fernandez (B.S. ’14) received the Lambda Beta (National Honor Society) Media Award for her presentation, Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax at the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care Winter Symposium 2014. Fernandez works at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Sandip Mohapatra

MBA '00

Sandip Mohapatra (MBA ’00) was recently named chief technology officer at PaySpan, an Atlanta-based healthcare payment automation provider.

Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell

Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell
J.D. '04

Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell (J.D. ’04) was recently appointed to the Douglas County Board of Elections and Registration. On Nov. 17, 2014, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the appointments to the Board of Elections and Registration (BOER). Two of the recommendations submitted by Democratic Party Chair David M. Good were Talula “Lisa” Martin and Mitchell-Blackwell. Mitchell-Blackwell’s term is four years and began Jan. 1. All members of the BOER were sworn in by Judge Hamrick on Dec. 30