Class Notes

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.

September 2016

Lauren Beatty

B.A. '11

Lauren Beatty, (BA ’11) was recently named Senior Environmental Educator at Georgia Aquarium. Prior to working at Georgia Aquarium, Beatty served as School Programs Coordinator at Cincinnati Museum Center, and Public Outreach Educator at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. An educator with eight years of experience, she has also served as public relations chair for the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, become certified as a Tourism Ambassador, and joined the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide.

Melannie Alexander

M.P.H. '09

Melannie Alexander (M.P.H. ’09) recently joined the John P. Murtha Cancer Center as an Epidemiologist. Alexander also published an article in in July in the journal Sleep on sleep disorder trends among United States veterans who seek care in the Veterans Health Administration.

Jan Wood Wilson

B.S. '94

Jan Wood Wilson (B.S. ’94) was named Media Specialist of the Year for Gwinnett County Schools in March. She also won Media Specialist of the Year for the Metro District in June and is one of 10 finalists for State Media Specialist of the Year to be announced in November

Teresa Taylor

M.P.A. '12

Teresa Taylor (M.P.A. ’12) has been named as the new assistant city manager in LaGrange, Ga. Taylor most recently served as the assistant to the city manager and communications manager for the city of Chamblee. She earned a master of public administration degree with a concentration in management and finance from Georgia State in 2012.

Dionne Glass

M.Ed. '02

Dionne Glass, (M.Ed. ’02) was recently named principal of the new Wolf Creek Elementary School near College Park, Ga. Prior to working at Wolf Creek Elementary, Glass served as principal of Brookview Elementary. A veteran educator with 25 years of experience, she has also served as assistant principal, curriculum support teacher and classroom teacher in the East Point/College Park community.

Stephen Prudhomme

Stephen Prudhomme and Forrest Gump share an affinity for running and Savannah.
B.A. '85

Stephen Prudhomme (B.A. ’85) recently started a running tour business in Savannah. The 90-minute run takes in many of the sites of Savannah’s historic district.

James Bandy

B.A. 1988

James Bandy (B.A. ’88) has been named the special assistant to the chancellor for athletics compliance at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Bandy previously worked at the University of South Dakota.

Christopher Stevenson

B.S. '07

Christopher Stevenson (B.S. ’07) is the new crime analyst for the Rapid City, S.D., police department. Stevenson earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Georgia State.

August 2016

Kathryn Rawls

MBA '88

Katie Rawls (MBA ’88), President and CEO of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, has been named by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to the Board of Examiners for the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.



Lori Wagnon

B.B.A. '85

Lori Wagnon (B.B.A.’85) was recently named principal in the accounting firm Smith & Howard, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. She joined the firm in 1993. John Lucht, Managing Partner of Smith & Howard made the announcement saying “Lori is a leader and role model at Smith & Howard. She has played an active role in developing a successful practice while demonstrating commitment to our clients, our people and our community at the highest level. We are very proud to name her as a Principal at Smith & Howard.”

Travis Williams

B.B.A.'95, M.S. '99

Travis Williams (B.B.A. ’95, M.S. ’99) has been named as the new men’s basketball coach at Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta. Williams played at Georgia State from 1992-96 and is among the top 20 scorers in Panther history. His coaching career has included head coaching stops at Fort Valley State and Tennessee State while serving as assistant at Mercer, Georgia State and Tennessee State.

Aimee Cribbs

M.Ed. '97

Aimee Cribbs (M.Ed. ’97) has been honored by PeopleAdmin’s Inspired2Educate recognition program. Cribbs, who submitted a video about what inspired her to choose education as her life’s work, is an adjunct professor of graduate studies at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., and an art and health teacher at Ellijay Elementary School in Ellijay, Ga.

Steve Owen

Steve Owen
B.B.A. '98

Steve Owen (B.B.A. ’98) has joined OnPoint Community Credit Union as Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer. Owen, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, will oversee all aspects of operations, marketing and business relationship development for Oregon’s largest credit union. OnPoint has $4.2 billion in assets and serves more than 304,000 members in 15 counties in Oregon and southwest Washington.