Alumni Updates

Alumni Updates July 2012

President appoints Anil Lewis to key post

U.S. President Barack Obama recently appointed Anil Lewis to the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. Lewis is a graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

Now director of strategic communications for the National Federation of the Blind, Lewis previously served as president and CEO of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia, where he developed and administered programs that provide education, training and opportunity for blind youth and adults. 

Blind since 1989, Lewis has worked throughout his career to assist people with disabilities to obtain employment. He has served as a job placement specialist for a community rehabilitation program, manager of the Disability Employment Initiative for Randstad Staffing, and as a counselor and advocate for the Georgia Client Assistance Program.

At GSU, Lewis received a B.B.A. in computer information systems (’93) and an M.P.A. in program evaluation and policy studies (’03). In 2003 he received the GSU Torch of Peace Award.

“We’re very, very proud of his accomplishments,” says former AYSPS professor Harvey Newman. “[Lewis] was an advocate for people with disabilities while he was in school, and the contributions that he can make with this presidential appointment enable him to continue the work he is already doing on a national level on behalf of people with disabilities.”

Joe Allen (M.P.A. ‘92), executive director of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District in Atlanta, began his career as director of administration in the Tax Commissioner’s Office for Gwinnett County, where he became chief deputy tax commissioner. He has also served as the county’s division director of risk management and employee services, and as the director of public affairs and business resources for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Tia Ashton (B.S. in Criminal Justice ’10) is an investigator for the public defender’s office, McHenry County, in Woodstock, Ill.

Harold Ball (Ph.D. in Economics ‘01), president and co-founder of Five X Five Company, visited Fudan University in Shanghia, China, in May to give a lecture on data mining and strategic analysis to students in the Fudan International MBA Program. Student Chen Xi (Class of 2013) wrote a story about the lecture at

Harris Bostic II (M.S. in Urban Studies ‘94) was named chief operating officer of the nonprofit Coaching Corps in Oakland, Cal., in June. Prior to joining this youth-serving organization, he was vice president of external affairs at the Abyssinian Development Corporation. He has served as on the boards of the National Peace Corps Assn., Hostellers-International, World Affairs Council, British American Project and Habitat for Humanity.  

Charlie Burland (M.P.A. ’97) is an environmental, health and safety manager for Heraeus Tenevo LLC in Buford, Ga.

Jamila Edwards (M.P.A. ’11) is a sponsored programs specialist for Georgia State University. “I took three classes that were focused on public budgeting during my degree program and I ended up getting a job working in grant administration, for which budgeting is an important aspect of what I do,” she responded in a recent alumni survey.

Janelle Jolley (M.P.P. ’11), a technology entrepreneur, was invited to ring the opening bell of the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) on behalf of Invest Atlanta – formerly the Atlanta Development Authority - while visiting New York City in March with the delegation of the city’s economic development leaders.

James Fields (B.S. in Public Policy ’12), a senior guard on the GSU Panther’s Men’s Basketball Team, was named to the CAA-All Academic Second Team this season, after being the first Panther to earn the CAA-All Academic First Team last season. Earlier, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Fields had been added to the watch list for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

Charlotte Ives (B.S. in Social Work ’11) is working towards her master’s degree at New York University in Manhattan.

Ebony Johnson (B.S. in Public Policy ’11) is a graduate research assistant at the Metropolitan Center, Florida International University, in Miami, where she is working towards a master’s degree. She wrote in a recent survey that “the coursework in the undergraduate program has prepared me immensely for my position… because of the skills learned in the AYS, I am able to take PhD courses as a master’s student.”

Lakiesha Jones (B.S. in Economics ’11) is an investigator in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration in Atlanta.

Christina Hartlage (M.A. in Economics ’11, B.A. in IEML ’10) is a project manager/implementation consultant for Epic, a health care software maker, in Verona, Wis.

Robert Hassett , director of the Springfield (Mass.) Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, received the Massachusetts Emergency Manager of the Year award in June. In an email notifying Professor Bill Waugh of the award, Hassett writes that he was the first candidate to receive GSU’s Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management.

Christopher Masak (M.P.A. ’06) is the associate director, advocacy, for the Alzheimer’s Association in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Serna (M.S. Urban Studies ‘07), executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, wrote a guest column that published March 27 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution titled “Complete Streets for All.”

Jon Thompson (M.S.W. ‘03) is the founder and executive director of Comunidad Connect, a nonprofit social enterprise that brings international service-oriented groups to Nicaragua. ( Additionally, he is an organic coffee farmer ( and director of corporate social responsibility for the largest resort (investment wise, he reports) in Nicaragua. (

Amy Tidwell (M.P.A. ’04, J.D. ‘09) is an attorney with David, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP, in Atlanta. After graduating from the AYSPS, she worked in nonprofit management at The Wilderness Society before studying law. She practices in the areas of corporate law, nonprofit law, environmental law and sustainability. She also chairs the nonprofit environmental organization, Keeping it Wild.

In Memorium

Sharon Watson (B.S. in Social Work ’92), a devoted volunteer for Georgia Homeless Pets, succumbed to Cystic Fibrosis on May 19.

Alumni Updates April 2012

Catherine Slocum (M.P.A. 11) is an enterprise solutions consultant for Blackbaud, a software provider for nonprofits based in Atlanta, GA. Slocum was an MLK Torch of Peace recipient, while at AYS.

Kris Lugo (M.P.A. ‘11) is a Ph.D. candidate on Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, DC. Her research focused on human rights and violent oppression, public justice systems, and national and international governments and organizations.

Allison Moran (M.P.A. ‘11) is an advancement officer at the CDC Foundation in Atlanta, GA.  The CDC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pursue innovative ideas that need support from outside partners.

Maria Duarte (B.S. in Public Policy ‘09) is a program coordinator for civic engagement with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. She also serves as a board member and marketing committee chair for Caminar Latino Inc, a community-based, culture-specific intervention program for Latino families affected by domestic violence.

Ife Finch (M.P.P. ‘11) joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. in June 2011 as a Research Associate with the Family Income Support Division. Finch also volunteers with the D.C. VITA program as a volunteer tax preparer. She is the MPP Academic Achievement Award winner for 2011-2012.

Chip Daymade (M.P.A. ’11) performed research on Financial Implications of User Fees on Public Land, Public Health Ethics, and the Effects of Education on Body Mass Index (BMI), while at GSU. Currently, he works in the State Finance and Tax Statistics Branch within the Government’s Division of the Census Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Patrick Larson (M.P.A. ‘10) completed an internship with the City of Thomaston, GA as a City Manager's Assistant, upon graduation.  In December 2011, Larson was hired full-time as an Economic Development Representative for the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission in Gainesville, Georgia.

Susan Manikowski (M.P.A. 09) came home to Atlanta from the Peace Corps in March 2012.  She has been serving as a Community and Organization Development Facilitator in Albania for the past two years. Her thoughts and photos of her experience can be viewed in her online journal.

Jim Palen (M.A. Economics 96) elected vice chairman of the Darien Republican Party in Darien, Connecticut. He is currently a managing director at Jeffries Company Inc. investment bank.

Valerie Bell Smith (B.A. in Public Administration) is senior public relations manager in the Atlanta’s Department of Public Works. She is applying for the Executive Director position of the Citizen Review board.

Salvatore Alaimo (M.S. ’99) is an assistant professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA) at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.  He is working to complete a comprehensive documentary about philanthropy and its role in American culture and society.  The film What Is Philanthropy? will be submitted to film festivals, public television stations, and K-12 through college classrooms to be used as a teaching and learning tool. Alaimo hopes to complete the film by the end of 2012. To view a trailer of the film, several other short clips, or donate to help support the film, please visit

Alumni Updates March 2012

Pratt Cassity (M.S. in Urban Studies ’93) is director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design and lead instructor for the Global Engagement Learning Community at the University of Georgia. He recently won UGA’s “First-Year Seminar Outstanding Instructor Award for 2011,” given by the university’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Elyse Costner (M.P.A. ‘02), who has continued to work as a registered nurse at the Shepherd Center, writes that she enjoyed her time at the Andrew Young School and “learned a lot while a student there.”

Thomas Couch (M.P.A. ’89) is county manager for the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners in Statesboro, Ga.

Chris Currie (M.P.A. ‘02) is assistant director for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he specializes in Homeland Security and Justice-related issues, managing audits and evaluations of federal government programs and spending. With the GAO 10 years now, Currie received the GAO Meritorious Service Award in 2008 and the Institutional Stewardship Award in 2010. Congratulations!

Jason Delaney (Ph.D. in Economics ’11 and M.A. in Economics ’10) is an assistant professor of economics in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Vanessa Faraj (M.S.W. ’09), the Atlanta organizer for 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, co-wrote a Guest Column for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution titled “Now is the right time to lift earnings,” that was published February 15, 2012.

Cynetta Freeman (M.S. in Human Resources Development ’04) is associate director of employer relations for Emory University’s Goizueta MBA Career Management Center in Atlanta.

Pamela Hardnett (B.S. in Criminal Justice ’09) is the senior records coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Students for Georgia State University.  She says her degree is very helpful for her responsibilities, particularly in Admissions Disciplinary Review.

Joy Hinkle (M.P.A. ’05) is an associate at the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta.

Elaine Hudson (M.P.A. ’10) was recently named manager of marketing and programs for Leadership Atlanta, where she overseas event planning, marketing, communications and media relations. She earned her M.P.A. while working full time as assistant director at the Atlanta Press Club.

Ebony Johnson (B.S. in Public Policy ’11) upon her recent graduation was offered an internship within the Global Aging Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank focused on foreign policy. While there, Johnson plans to pursue graduate studies online with Florida International University.

William Jones (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’04) recently became a principal transportation planner for the City of Atlanta. Since graduating from GSU, he has worked in other metropolitan areas. He writes that “Participation in the Policy Studies program was very helpful in allowing me to match the lessons learned in the classroom to the learning experiences on the job,” and in January was interviewing other AYS students for an internship with the Office of Planning.

John Michael Lee, Jr., (M.P.A. ‘05) is the president and CEO of North Star Educational Consulting, LLC, in Philadelphia and policy director for the Advocacy and Policy Center in the Advocacy, Government Relations and Development unit at the College Board.

Robert Marbun (M.A. in Economics ’02), a graduate of the International Center for Public Policy’s first Indonesian Master’s Program, is a lecturer at Centerawasih University in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. He writes that he has had articles published by the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and AusAID.

Ashley Mitchel (M.P.P. ’10) is a research associate with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta.

Stephen Newhouse (M.P.A. ’10) in January became a transportation planner for AC Transit in Oakland, Ca. He had moved to San Francisco upon earning his degree to intern with the Sand Francisco County Transit Authority and Oakland Public Works Department. “I’m happy to have found a job doing exactly what I want to do,” he recently emailed to the Andrew Young School.

Roy Nunnally (B.S. in Public Policy ’98) is director of the Indiana Department of Transportation, which is headquartered in Indianapolis. He writes that “the Planning and Economic Development program at GSU helped prepare me for a successful career in transportation planning. I gained the knowledge and skills to adapt to ever changing transportation planning needs to better serve the citizens of the State of Indiana.”

Kiva Rabinsky (M.P.A. ’10) is programs director in the Department of Service Learning and Experiential Education at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, Jerusalem. His engagement to Deborah David was announced January 5 in the Cleveland Jewish News. Congratulations!

Nicholas Reese (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’05) wrote to tell the school that after college, he ended up in sales and is now a client executive for IBM.

Eric Taylor (M.P.A. ‘03), city manager for Smyrna, Ga., was interviewed for the CNN story, “City Powered by Cooking Oil,” on December 30. During Taylor’s comments, CNN scrolled that he received his MPA at Georgia State University.

Tawanna Tookes (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’97) is manager of the Department of Communications at Georgia State University. Hired by the department shortly after earning her degree, Tookes now manages the department’s Graduate Program and supervises key staff. She received the university’s Sparks Award in 2005 and the College of Arts & Science’s Staff Leadership Award in 2011. Congratulations!

Richard M. Vogel (M.A. in Economics ‘91) chairs the Department of History, Economics and Politics at Farmingdale State University of New York.

Brandon White (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’05) who works as a planner for the County of Charleston, SC, attained membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners in July 2011. Congratulations!


Richard J. Anderson (B.S. in Urban Life ’71 and M.P.A. ’74),  a long-time friend of the Andrew Young School and former City of Atlanta budget director and chief financial officer, died February  1, 2012, at his Gainesville, Fla., home of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 66.

Between his city positions, Anderson had served as director of financial services for the Atlanta Regional Commission. He endowed the Rick Anderson Scholarship to honor an outstanding Andrew Young School student who is also an employee of a local municipality or government within the area covered by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The scholarship is awarded annually.

Alumni Updates January 2012

Vicki D. Coleman (M.P.A. ’04) was named the director of the Department of Development for the City of Chamblee, Ga., in October. Also principal of Coleman Consulting, which she founded in 2008, Coleman joined Chamblee from Fulton County’s Economic Development and Business Services. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Robert Hartley (B.A. in Economics ’08) is a savings and credit associations specialist for HOPE International in Knoxville, Tenn. He says that after studying international economics, development and public economics at the Andrew Young School, he moved to Rwanda to lead a network of community-managed savings and credit associations in an effort to alleviate poverty through microfinance.

Robert Hay, Jr., (M.P.A. ‘10) is the chief administrative officer for the Hi-Hope Service Center, a nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities located in Lawrenceville, Ga. He accepted the new position August.

Matitu Cliff Muga (B.A. in Economics ’08) is a senior budget office for the Ministry of Finance of Tanzania. He has worked at the ministry, which is located in Dar Es Salaam, for the last decade.

Marci Reed, CFRE, (M.P.A. ‘08) is executive director for AIA Georgia, an Association of the American Institute of Architects. She also serves on the board of EarthShare of Georgia, which she chairs, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

Randall Wynne (B.S. in Economics ’10), a Professional MBA candidate through the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, is a revenue analyst for TriBridge Residential, LLC, a full-service multi-family real estate operating platform in investment, management and development that is headquartered in Atlanta.

Alumni Updates December 2011

Tricia Bonner (M.P.A. ‘08) is a governmental affairs specialist for AGL Resources, a natural gas distribution, marketing and energy services Fortune 1000 corporation headquartered in Atlanta. She recently contacted Professor Harvey Newman with news of internship positions in her department, writing “I enjoy the chance to offer this opportunity to current students.”

Jae S. Brown (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’04) was in the “40 under 40, Georgia’s Best and Brightest” list of business, government, education, nonprofit and arts superstars by Georgia Trend Magazine in October.  Brown is an emergency response coordinator for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins. See his complete profile at

Matt Cochran (## in Economics ‘##) is an account executive at Cookerly Public Relations. Prior to joining Cookerly in 2008, he interned at The Heritage Foundation in Washington. Check out Cochran’s blogs about PR at

Brian James (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies '01) was promoted to assistant director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Strategic Issues team in September 2011. As such, he leads multiple engagement teams and manages a diverse portfolio of federal policy and program evaluations, with an emphasis on tax policy issues.  With the GAO for a decade, James has served as analyst-in-charge on a range of engagement topics, including reviews of foreign countries' administration of the value-added tax, foreign countries' tax treatment of multi-national corporations, the economic efficiency of our nation's surface freight transportation sector, and the effectiveness of our nation's efforts to combat money-laundering and terrorist financing activities. 

Erin A. Marsh (M.S. in Criminal Justice ’11), who is now in the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, presented two papers at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in October. She will also present at the American Criminal Justice Services conference in New York in March.

Alumni Updates November 2011

Joshua Bornstein (M.P.A. ‘05) is an emergency management and security manager for the U.S. Department of Labor in Atlanta. A Presidential Management Fellowship for 2005-2007, Bornstein received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the CDC Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response Honor Award in 2007. He reports to the AYS that his GSU degree “provided me with a strong foundation” for his work in federal, state and local government as well as private consulting.

Anton Flores-Maisonet (Social Work ‘92), co-founder of Alterna, a missional community of U.S. citizens and Latin American immigrants in LaGrange, Georgia, served a church leader in residence at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas, October 30 to November 2, 2011.

David Junger (B.S. in Criminal Justice ‘90), the assistant city manager in the Public Works Services department for the City of Decatur, Georgia, volunteered to speak about his career for the Andrew Young School’s PMAP: Community Network student organization in October. Junger joined the city’s Policy Department in 1990, rising to deputy chief. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he served as public works director until his appointment into city management in 2007.

Paige McKay Kubik (M.P.P. ‘95), vice president for development and communications for Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, was quoted in an October 11, story published in the Atlanta Journal –Constitution, “Slower lottery sales hit Georgia’s pre-k program.”

Alumni Updates October 2011

Gregory A. Adams (B.S. 1981), pictured right, a Superior Court judge in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, was sworn in as one of the newest members of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution on September 1, 2011. Judge Adams was elected to the Superior Court bench in 2004 and previously served as a Juvenile Court Judge in DeKalb County. The commission is the policy-making body appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to oversee the development of court-connected alternative dispute resolution programs in Georgia.

Glenda Crunk (M.P.A. ’08, M.S. in Urban Policy) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist for the United States Military Academy, West Point, in West Point, New York.

Lewis Faulk (Ph.D. in Public Policy ‘11) has joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., as an assistant professor. He teaches nonprofit management courses, including Nonprofit Resource Development. Faulk was named the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Public Policy at Georgia State/Georgia Tech in 2010 and has a “best paper” award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

John Stavick (M.A. in Economics ‘08) is a revenue economist for the Nebraska Department of Revenue in Lincoln, Neb.

M. Kathleen Thomas (Ph.D. in Economics, ’00) has reported to Andrew Young School faculty that after two years of hard work, she has received a Spencer Foundation grant. An associate professor of economics at Mississippi State University, Thomas will spend the next two years examining the impact of high school arts education on achievement.




Alumni Updates September 2011

Jason Airman (M.S.W. ’08) is a START director for the Georgia Department of Human Services - Region 3 Department of Family & Children Services. Region 3 includes Gordon, Bartow, Paulding, Floyd, Polk and Haralson counties.

Mary Femi Ayadi (M.A. in Economics ’96, Ph.D. in Economics ‘01), an assistant professor of healthcare administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, was named a Fulbright Scholar in June. Ayadi will lecture at Covenant University in Sango-Ota, Nigeria, from January through August 2012, during which time she will research interdependencies between Nigeria’s health care expenditures and economic growth.  She also teaches at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.

Amanda Bell (M.S.W. ’02) is a volunteer for the Intown Collaborative Ministries in Atlanta.

Benita Booker (B.S.W. ’04) is a social worker for the Cambridgeshire County Council in Cambridge, United Kingdom. 

Sonji Brown (M.S.W. ’06) is the volunteer coordinator at AseraCare Hospice in Atlanta.

Thomas “T.J.” Christian (Ph.D. in Economics ‘10), a post doc fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University in Providence, R.I., was interviewed for an MSNBC segment titled “Interview with Richard Liu, commuting distance and obesity” after a chapter in his dissertation (“commuting trade-offs”) was mentioned in an online article at

Electra Evans (B.S.W. ’97) is the coordinator of domestic infant adoption for the Lutheran Services of Georgia in Atlanta.

Marilyn Farley-Thompson (B.S.W. ’05) is a substitute teacher for the DeKalb County School System. Her career goal is to acquire an M.S. W. while working in her field.

Jerry Gonzalez (M.P.A. ‘05), executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, spoke at an event given by the Young Leaders of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization affiliated with GSU and the Robinson College of Business, on August 3 at the Atlanta International School. The topic was “Federal and State Immigration Law.”

Joshua Gruber (M.P.A. ‘04) has been hired by Beaufort County, S.C., as a staff attorney. Gruber has worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in private practice and most recently, as the assistant county attorney for Berkeley County, S. C.

Bertha Harris (B.S.W. ’08) is an executive assistant with the Georgia Board of Regents.            

Ramona Hasan (B.S.W. ’98) is a data integrity specialist for the State of Georgia.

Elizabeth J. Henry (B.S.W. ’93) counsels individuals, children, families and groups through her private practice, Family Outreach Resource Empowerment Services, in Atlanta.

Catherine Ivy (B.S.W. ’89) is Deputy Director of Long Term Care at the Georgia Department of Community Health in Atlanta.

Tracie Herold (M.S.W. ’09) is the family service director at Our House, a childcare and support center for homeless families in Decatur, Ga.

Maurice Jackson (B.A. in Economics ’11) is president of The Jackson Consulting Group in Decatur, Ga.

Maureen Kelly (B.S.W. ’92) is the business and community liaison for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. With the ARC 16 years, Kelly received the Georgia Gerontology Society’s Louis Newmark Award in 2001.

Erin Lewis (M.P.A. ’06) is an associate vice president at the University of Iowa Foundation, where she has been since 2008. She writes to the Andrew Young School that “I was already working in development for GSU when I got my MPA with a focus in Nonprofit Management, but the degree allowed me to move to an executive position that would not have otherwise have been possible.”

Timothy Libby (M.P.A. ’11), a five-year employee at the Atlanta Housing Authority, was promoted to project manager January.

Wanda Rainey-Reed (M.S.W. ’10) is vice president of operations at CaringWorks, Inc., a nonprofit social service agency that supports residents of affordable housing properties in Atlanta. The organization has been featured on TBS STORYline.

Stacey Sinclair (B.S.W. ’01) is a clinical liaison for the Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care in Riverdale, Ga.

Kalyn TeMeka Stephens (B.S. in Criminal Justice ’96) is an attorney with Balint Brown & Basri LLC in New York City, N.Y.

Charles Sterne (M.S.W. ’07) was recently promoted to director, basic needs for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, where he had previously served as investments manager. 

Anna Tam (M.S.W. ’11) is program coordinator for the Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Chamblee, Ga.

Walter Turman (B.S.W. ’06) is a senior family counselor for Youth Villages-Atlanta, a private, nonprofit organization that serves emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families.

Delores Varner (M.S.W. ’01) is a children and families program specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Atlanta, where she has been 20 years. She recently told the Andrew Young School: “the ‘Community-Partnership’-focused M.S.W. has been so helpful as we attempt to have programs move from the ‘silo’ effect to that of meaningful collaboration. Scarce resources have forced what we now refer to at the federal level as ‘interoperability,’ the new buzz word for collaboration.”

Tamekis Williams (M.S.W. ’09) is executive director and founder of Pink ReignTM, an organization created to serve “girls who need the help of other women who have successfully navigated the path from adolescence to adulthood.”

Alumni Updates August 2011

Janet Adams (M.S.W. ’09) is a counselor with Avita Community Partners in Cumming, Ga., which was formed by the 1993 Georgia State Legislature to serve persons experiencing the disabling effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases.

Julie Alexander (B.S.W. ’92) is an early education paraprofessional for the DeKalb County (Ga.) School System.

Avais Arkwright-Jones (B.S.W. ’08) consults as a SafeCare Trainer for the National SafeCare® Training and Research Center at Georgia State University.  

Carmen Armstrong (M.S.W. ’08) is a medical social worker for the Grady Health System in Atlanta.

Jennifer Aszman (M.S.W. ’10) recently accepted a position with Fulton County, Ga., as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for children in juvenile court.

Jessica Bass (M.S.W. ’09) is a social services specialist for the Newton County Department of Family and Children Services in Covington, Ga.

Colleen Beall (B.S.W. ’08) is the assistant director for Camp Wieuca at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.

GiGi Bradford (B.S.W. ’10) is a social services case manager for the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in Augusta, Ga.

Stacy Sexton Chase (B.S.W. ’08) is a medical social worker at the Johnson City Medical Center in Bountville, Tenn.

Tabitia Copeland (B.S.W. ’03) is an I&R (information and referral) specialist for Fulton County government in Atlanta.

Nicholas Forge (M.S.W. ’05) is a visiting professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Judy Futch (Bachelor of Social Welfare, Urban Life ‘72) is president/owner of Judy Futch Consulting, Inc., in Mars Hill, N.C., which she founded in 1991.

Dolph Goldenburg (B.S.W. ’94) is executive director of Living Room, Inc., a nonprofit housing information, placement and financial assistance agency for low-income people who are or are at risk for homelessness due to HIV/AIDS. During his career, he has been recognized as Visionary of the Year 2005 by Visions Today, Person of the Year 2009 by Philadelphia Gay News, and as one of the 101 best connected people in Philadelphia by Leadership Philadelphia.

Kim Gusse (B.S.W. ’90) is a pediatric nephrology social worker at the Helen deVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hannah Hamby (M.S.W. ’10) is a social worker II at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Jennifer Harper (B.S.W. ’06) is a resident services coordinator for The Habitat Company in Atlanta.

Amber Harris (M.S.W. ’06) is the director of development for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Atlanta.

Ramona Hasan (B.A. in International Economics and Modern Languages ’98) is a data integrity specialist for the State of Georgia.

Jaclyn Hensley (B.S.W. ’00) is a school social worker for the Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga.

Paige Howell (M.S.W. ’08) is leads a Collaborative PATH Team at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Yinghua (Andy) Jin (M.A. in Economics ’05 & Ph.D. in Economics ’09) is a Temporary Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He joined the faculty there in 2010.

Rachel Johnson (M.S.W. ’10) is a school social worker for the Atlanta Public Schools.

Anne Keller (M.S.W. ’01) is an NICU social worker at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Betty Lee (B.S.W. ’96) is a teacher in the Spalding County School System in Stockbridge, Ga.

Kelly Makino (B.S.W. ’06) is a director of North Jersey Moms, Inc., a community of parents of young children.

 Al Marks (B.S.W. ’78) is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church Vallejo in Vallejo, Cal. He went into the ministry after working a decade in the mental health field.

Naomi Mihut (M.S.W. 07) is a grant writing assistant for the Ioan Slavici Foundation for Culture and Education in Resita, Caras-Severin, Romania.

Ginger Minton (B.S.W. ’90) is a social services program director for the Department of Family and Children Services in Georgia.

Nikita Morency (M.S.W. ’10) is a social services specialist for the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, where she was recognized as a lead case manager within seven months of employment.

Mary-Kate Murray (M.P.A. ’10) is the development coordinator for Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

James Nash (B.S.W. ’73), after retiring as an associate pastor, works in the Benevolence Ministry at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Kerry Nolan (B.S.W. ’03) is a social worker in the Northeast Georgia Hospital System in Gainesville, Ga.

Heather Nutter (M.S.W. ’08) is the associate director of homelessness for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Named one of the Top 10 Young Professionals in Douglas County for 2011 by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Nutter is also an alumna of the Leadership Douglas Class of 2011.

Megan Rhinehart (M.S.W. ’10) is a program associate at Anderson Press, Incorporated, a privately held niche publisher in Atlanta.

Deanna Robinson (B.S.W. ’08) is a social services case manager for the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services in Marietta, Ga.

Pam Runkle (B.S.W. ’80) is the executive vice president of Quality Care for Children, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization. She was named the Georgia Association on Young Children Advocate of the Year in 2005.

Andre Scott (M.S.W. ’02) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in East Point, Ga.

Carol Scotton (Ph.D. in Economics ‘00), an associate professor of economics and business and management at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., was recently awarded tenure.

Stephanie Shea (M.S.W. ’10) is a Public Policy Fellow in the Washington, D.C., headquarters for The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT and questioning youth.

Laura Shepard (B.S.W. ’05) is an intensive in home team lead/therapist for Community Innovations, a private corporation that provides person-centered support services to individuals with disabilities, in Lumberton, N.C.

Megan Shumake (M.S.W. ’08) is a clinical trainer for information systems at Ridgeview Institute, a private hospital in Smyrna, Ga.

Christina Sims (M.P.A. ’11) is an academic administrative specialist for the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, which she joined in January 2010.

Carey Smith (M.S.W. ’05) is a children’s social worker at Haven House in McDonough, Ga.

Ursula Stewart (B.S.W. ’09) is a social services specialist for the State of Georgia.

Skye Thompson (M.S.W. ’08) is the benefits outreach manager for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Leah Tioxon (M.S.W. ’10) has recently taken a break from social work to focus on her family photography business,, LLC. Leah, the company CEO, says that the company has been featured on several popular wedding blogs and has had photos featured in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and North Point magazine.

Cassandra Trawick (M.S.W. ’09) is a social services case manager, advanced, for the DeKalb County (Ga.) Department of Family and Children Services.

Anne Umbach (M.S.W. ’07) is the director of family support services at Family Promise of Knoxville, a Tennessee nonprofit that helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.

Deborah Vickery (M.S.W. ’09) is the program services assistant at the Georgia Transplant Foundation in Atlanta.

Nikki Viverette (M.S.W. ’10) is a client advocate at the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville.

Stephanie Webb (B.S.W. ’09) is an executive secretary in the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services in Atlanta.

Chandra Roberts White (B.S.W. ’92) is a parent facilitator for the DeKalb County School System’s Office of School Improvement in Decatur, Ga.

Julie White (M.S.W. ’06) is a rehabilitation case manager at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.       

Brittany Williams (M.S.W. ’09) is a rating veterans service representative for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Atlanta.

Charita Williams (B.S.W. ’04) is a social services case manager specialist for the Fulton County Department of Family and Children’s Services in College Park, Ga.

Joyce Wright (Bachelor of Social Welfare, Urban Life ’75) is an aging services program specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging in Atlanta.

Alumni Updates July 2011

Joseph Castaldo (B.S. in Public Policy ’11) has joined the company Xporture, an online networking space for athletes, coaches and fans, in the area of marketing and public relations. He played for GSU’s varsity soccer team while studying at the AYS.

Nathanial Harris (B.S. in Public Policy ’10) was recently hired as a CNN viewer services specialist at CNN’s studio in downtown Atlanta. In his new role, Harris serves as the liaison between viewers and network talent for CNN, HLN, CNNI and

Tiffany Knowlin (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies ‘08) was presented a Young Alumna Service Award at Columbia College, where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 2003. Rev. Knowlin is the pastor of College Place United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., and an adjunct professor at Columbia College.

Jonathan Miller (M.P.A. ’11) has joined Market Street Services, an Atlanta-based community, workforce and economic development consulting service, as a project associate. He joins AYS graduates Christa Tinsley Spaht (M.P.A. ’09) and Will Corbin (M.P.A. ’10), who are also project associates, at the firm.

Lindsay R. Romasanta (M.P.A. ’09), who joined Arizona State University Health Services’ Wellness and Health Promotion staff as a health educator in 2010, now coordinates ASU’s Downtown Campus TRiO Student Support Services.

Joe Vignati (M.P.A. ’92), director of Justice Programs for the State of Georgia, was awarded the Tony Gobar Outstanding Juvenile Justice Specialist Award by the Coalition of Juvenile Justice at its 2011 Spring Conference. Go to to see Vignati’s work online in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Youth Today.

Kashwayne Williams (B.S. in Economics ’08) is a department administrator at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

In Memoriam:

Hailey Rochelle Gill, B.S.W., who was a social worker for the Barrow County Department of Children and Family Services. 

Alumni Updates June 2011

Sandeep Bhattacharya (Ph.D. in Economics ’10) is a visiting assistant professor in the Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, Durham, N.C., where he received his M.P.P. in 2005. His research interests are public finance, development and microeconomics.

Jacob Bowman (B.B.A. in Economics ‘72) is a management consultant to banks and credit unions in the areas of strategic planning, budgeting, outsourcing and information security. Formerly a senior officer with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, he was recently endorsed by the West Goshen GOP/Chester County Republicans in the race for the West Goshen (PA) Township Supervisor.

Alfred S. “Alfie” Meek (M.S. in Business Economics ‘94) in May was named the new director of Community Innovation Services at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, where he will lead Tech’s initiatives in community economic development. Before joining Tech, Meek was the economic analysis director for Gwinnett County.

Jonathan Miller (M.P.A. ’11) recently joined Market Street Services, an economic development consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, as a project associate. He joins AYS alumni Christa Tinsley Spaht (M.P.A. ‘09) and Will Corbin (M.P.A. ’10) at the firm.

Pulkit Nigam (M.A. in Economics ’10) is a GRA and teaching assistant in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. He is working towards a Ph.D. in Economics.

Roman Raab (Ph.D. in Economics ‘08) is a lecturer in economics at Keele University near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England.

Carter Thompson (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’02) was named the new director of planning for the City of Loganville, Ga., in May. Previously she was a planner for the Three Rivers Regional Commission.

Alumni Updates May 2011

Eugene Burns (B.A. in Economics ‘93) is a senior financial/business analyst at Valiant Systems, LLC, in Atlanta.

Syreeta Skelton (M.P.A. ’04) is a technical specialist/evaluation specialist at Macro International, a business process consulting firm, in Atlanta.

Lynn Spruill (M.P.A.) has been the chief administrative officer of Starkville, Miss., for six years. She was an officer in the Navy, a corporate and commercial airline pilot, and mayor of Addison, Texas, before earning her law and M.P.A. degrees at Georgia State.

Alumni Updates April 2011

Verlee Fowler (B.S. in Urban Studies ’90, M.P.A. ’93) owns and manages WeKare Placement Services, Inc. and WeKare Adult Day Service in Decatur, GA.

Kamilah Jones (M.P.A. ’10) is development coordinator for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in Atlanta.

Tamrat “Tim” Kassa Jr. (M.P.A. ’04) is a planning branch chief at the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta.

Russ Lipari (M.P.A. ‘99) is president of Validus Group, LLC, an Atlanta-based Governmental Affairs, Business Development and Strategic Advisory firm. In 2008 the Atlanta Business Chronicle selected Russ as one of Atlanta’s “40 under 40” emerging business leaders.

Salvador Lopez (Ph.D. in Economics ’96) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of West Georgia.

Ricky McGee (B.S. in Urban Studies ’00) is a manager of technical services at Georgia EMC, where he has worked since 1983. In this position he provides industrial development planning assistance and prospect site planning to Georgia’s communities and 42 member EMC systems.



Winsome A. Packer (M.P.A.’90), who has served as a congressional staffer and an international policy specialist for the Helsinki Commission, among other posts, has written a political novel titled “A Personal Agenda.”  Student & Alumni Updates March 2011

Heather Alhadeff, A.I.C.P. (B.S. in Planning & Economic Development ’98) is a senior transportation planner in Perkins & Will’s Atlanta Urban Design practice, where she moved last year after serving as the City of Atlanta’s director of transportation planning.



Jake Hersko (M.P.A. '11), a newly minted graduate of GSU, was asked to join the Treasury Division of the City of Roswell’s Division of Finance as a treasury analyst in December.

Diana Mwai (M.P.A. ’08) is the national coordinator for the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, a nonprofit based in Nairobi, Kenya.

David W. Pitts (Ph.D. in Public Policy ’05), received the School of Public Affairs Award for Outstanding Teaching at American University in Washington, D.C., where he is an assistant professor of public administration and policy.

Lidija Polutnik (Ph.D. in Economics ‘94) is a professor of economics and division chair at Babson College near Boston, Mass. Her research interests are strategic cost management, labor economics and public finance, and she examines the role of institutions in countries in transition.



Marcela Szymanski (M.A. in Economics ’00) in January 2011 became the new head of communications at Cabinet DN, a political communications consultancy located in Brussels’ EU Quarter, “a few meters from the well-known Place Lux,” she writes.

Solomon Tesfu (Ph.D. in Economics ’10) is a post doctoral researcher for the Upstate Health Research Network project in the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

Alumni Updates February 2011

David G. Allen (Ph.D.) was promoted to full professor at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics in Memphis, Tenn., in September. A three-time recipient of the Suzanne Downs Palmer Professorship award for research, Allen is 2010 past president of SHRM-Memphis, and he was recently elected to the Division Chair Track for the HR Division of the Academy of Management.

Robyn Cox (Ph.D. in Economics ’09, M.A. in Economics ’07) is an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Economics at Spelman College in Atlanta. She moved to Spelman upon completion of her appointment as a postdoctoral associate a Duke University’s economics department.

Adolph “Dolph” Ward Goldenburg (M.P.A. ‘99, B.S.W. ’94) is executive director of the Living Room, a housing information, placement and financial assistance agency for low-income people who are homeless or risk homelessness due to HIV/AIDS.



Jerry Gonzales (M.P.A. ‘05) is the first executive director of GALEO, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, where he develops a legislative agenda and directs programs that promote the involvement of the Latino/Hispanic community in the legislative process. He is also a member of the Class of 2010 for Leadership Georgia. Maria Duarte (B.S. in Public Policy ’09) works with Gonzales as program coordinator for GALEO.

Alumni Updates January 2011

Juan Luis Gomez (Ph.D. in Public Policy ‘10) joined the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, in August as a senior public sector management specialist. In this role, he leads projects in the area of fiscal decentralization reforms in the Southeast Asia region. Gomez was a senior research associate of the Andrew Young School’s International Studies Program while a student at GSU, where he led or worked on multiple fiscal policy projects in countries that included Guatemala, India, Peru and Vietnam.


Roxana Bradescu (B.S. in Economics ’89) is director of Database Security Products for Oracle, where she is responsible for bringing Oracle's database security portfolio to market. In the last two decades, Bradescu has held senior product marketing and management positions at VeriSign, Excite@Home, Sun Microsystems and several startup companies. She started her career at AT&T Bell Labs, where she worked on the NSF InterNIC Directory and Database Services, defining many of IETF standards in use today.

Stephen R. Bradshaw (M.P.A. ‘98), an adjunct faculty member at the Andrew Young School, has published a memoir, “Dear Diane: Letters from the First Gulf War,” in which he offers an engaging account of his tour of duty in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as an Army officer in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm told through letters to his wife. He held a book signing January 13 in Savannah, his hometown.


Mattice Haynes (B.S. in Public Policy ’08) owns The Art of Community, LLC, a consulting practice that helps communities, organizations and governments to engage and work collaboratively with the people who are impacted by the decisions they make.

Adam Reece (M.P.A. ‘07) works in the U.S. Senate on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship as an advisor for Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine. He has lived in Washington, D.C., since 2009 and says that most of his work focuses on the areas of federal procurement, small business contracting and telecommunications issues.

M. Kathleen Thomas (Ph.D. in Economics ’00) is an associate professor of economics at Mississippi State University.

Roger (Rong) Zhang (M.A. in Economics ’95, M.P. Accountancy ‘96) was appointed the new chief financial officer for China TransInfo Technology Corp., a leading provider of comprehensive intelligent transportation solutions and traffic information services in China, by its board of directors effective January 1, 2011.

Alumni Updates December 2010

Heather Stultz Tucker (M.P.A. ‘06) emailed AYS Professor Katherine Willoughby in early December to tell her “I think your class may have shaped my future and career much more than I realized at the time, and I just wanted to thank you.” Tucker is the budget manager at Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., where she moved last year after getting married. Upon graduating from GSU, Tucker moved to NYC where she joined the Department of Children’s Services for the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget as a budget analyst. She worked he way up to senior budget analyst, then moved to Charlotte, N.C., and took a job as the communications and business manager for the city’s Finance Department.

Stacy E. Kottman (Ph.D. in Economics ’90) is the president and CEO of Medicat, a leading provider of healthcare information technology to colleges and universities. A privately held company, Medicat is headquartered in Atlanta. Its sales offices and software implementation teams located in regions across the United States. Kottman has long been a generous supporter of the Andrew Young School.

Robert Pierce (B.S. in Public Policy ’09) is the public affairs technology specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta.  

Alumni Updates November 2010

Amy S. DeGroff, (Ph.D. in Public Policy ’09), received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s (NASPAA) Annual Dissertation Award competition for her paper, “New Public Management and Governance Collide: Federal Level Performance Measurement in Networked Public Management Environments.” She was presented the award at the NASPAA conference in Las Vegas on September 29, 2010. The NASPAA award recognizes significant research completed by a doctoral candidate in the field of public administration and public affairs.

Grant Black (Ph.D. in Economics ’01) is an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education.

Jae Brown (B.S. in Public Policy ‘04), is an emergency response coordinator for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  He recently made a presentation about making life-changing choices to a class of high school students that is online at Mr. Brown’s civic activities include serving on the board of the Audio Verbal Center; a public health non-profit organization focusing on improving the quality of life of the hearing impaired. He is a former committee chair for the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals and was awarded as the Urban League of Atlanta’s 2010 Heineken Rising Star.

Bruce Cook (M.P.A. ’78), a retired chaplain for the Crime Victims Advocacy Council in Atlanta, authored Redeeming the Wounded (Xulon Press 2010). He has received national awards from the Office of Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice and from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.

Vincent Davis (B.S. ’80, M.P.A. ’92, J.D. ‘97) is a human services program auditor for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Angela Douglas (M.P.A. ’98) is a lecturer and MPA program coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Maria Duarte (B.S. in Public Policy ’09), program coordinator for the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, based in Atlanta, was featured in August in Mundo Hispanico.

Sandra Francis (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’06), an office manager at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, is a contributing writer for "Yea Though I Walk through the Valley of Debt" and has authored the books, South Africa: Looking Through the Eyes of Compassion, The Journey from Africa to St. Croix to America and  Oral History of the Francis Family (1800-2001).She also edits and writes for Winsome Way Children's Magazine.

Cynetta Freeman (B.A. ’99, M.S. in Human Resource Development ’04) is Associate Director of Employer Relations at Emory University in Atlanta.

Anthony Griffin (M.P.A. ’02) is the executive director of the Berwyn Community Development Corporation in Berwyn, Ill.

Daniel T. Hall (M.A. in Economics ’06, Ph.D. in Economics ‘10) was recently hired as assistant professor of economics in the Earl N. Phillips School of Business at High Point University in High Point, N.C.




Charles Hess (M.P.A. ’04) is a staff attorney in the Office of the Mental Health Advocate for Georgia, in Atlanta.

Lori D. Jones (B.I.S. ’03, M.P.A. ’09) is a faculty member and researcher immigration specialist for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.




Mary-Kate Murray (B.S.W. ’07, M.P.A. ’10), became the development coordinator of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University on March 28, 2011. She is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, and was the director of youth leadership and engagement for GUIDE, Inc., in Lawrenceville, Ga., until she joined Washington State.



Ranada Robinson (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies ‘06) is a project associate at Market Street Services in Atlanta.

Ina Ramasheuskaya (M.P.A. ’07) is communications manager at the British Embassy in Minsk, Belarus.

Robert F. Salvino (M.S. ’04, Ph.D. in Economics ’07), an assistant professor of economics at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., was recently named a research economist with the BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development in the university’s E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration.



Giovanni Taylor-Peace (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’04) is a manager of Disaster Response Field Operations at Habitat for Humanity International, which is based in Atlanta. Check his blog, PlanMetro, for compelling stories about his experiences, including last spring in Leogane, Haiti:

Christa Tinsley Spaht (M.P.A. ‘##), a project associate for Market Street Services in Atlanta, was quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a November 11 story, “Study: Politics deters growth in DeKalb,” in the for her work on the Organizational Analysis and Implementation Plan that Market Street prepared for DeKalb County government: The lead researcher on the plan is Will Corbin (M.P.A. ‘10), a project associate for Market Street who was previously an assistant project manager in the DeKalb County Office of Economic Development.

William “Marvin” Toliver (M.P.A. ’77) is the manager of community relations for MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid transit agency.

Rebecca Serna Woiderski (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies ‘07), executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, has joined the board of EarthShare of Georgia, which raises donations for environmental organizations through employee giving.

Megan Zang (M.P.A. ’08) is a project accountant at Phillips Partnership, P.C., an architecture and planning firm located in Atlanta.

Alumni Updates October 2010

Jim Barnhart (Ph.D. in Economics ‘04) The U.S. Agency for International Development swore in Dr. Barnhart as its new mission director for Lebanon in September 2010. Stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Barnhart oversees USAID programs to help Lebanon strengthen its democratic institutions, promote economic growth, improve education and health services, and support water and environment programs. The USAID/Lebanon budget totals $109 million annually. Go to

Tamisha Blake (B.S. in Economics ’10) is a financial services representative at SunTrust Bank Inc. in Atlanta.

Blake Dettwiler (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ‘05) became the new community development director for the City of Sandy Springs, Ga., in November. An employee of CH2M Hill, Dettwiler  had helped with the start-up of the new city and had served as the city’s assistant director of land development. Dettwiler was certified as a professional planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners in January 2010.

Mark Edwards (B.A. in International Economics with Certificates in International and Analytical Economics  ‘07) is a help desk analyst at the Atlanta office of Intelliteach, an IT customer support firm that serves the legal profession.

Valerie Hepburn (M.P.A. ‘87) is president of the College of Coastal Georgia, a University System of Georgia campus, in Brunswick. In her welcome to students this fall, Hepburn noted that the school is enjoying record enrollment and that the school now offers bachelor’s degree program in Biological Sciences and Health Informatics. CCGA converted from a two-year community college to a four-year state college under her leadership. 

Elnora D. Kelly (M.P.A. ’07) is a graduate teaching assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is affiliated with the Contextual Analysis and Situational Assessment Lab within the School of Psychology.



Terence Lewis (B.A. in Economics ‘04) was named president and CEO of Trust One Bank, Synovus Financial Corporation’s community bank in Memphis, in August. He moved to One Trust from the Bank of North Georgia, another division of Synovus Bank, where he was executive vice president and regional community executive. Lewis has 20 years of experience as a banker in metro Atlanta.

Robert McNab (Ph.D. in Economics ‘01) is an associate professor in the Global Public Policy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca., which he joined in 2000. His research interests include the outcomes of fiscal decentralization, the reform of budgeting and tax administration systems in developing and transitional countries, and the economics of insurgent movements.



Beth Newman (B.S. in Public Policy ‘99) is a transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.




Michael Tuller (M.S. in Urban Policy Studies ’94) is the community development director for the City of Dunwoody, Ga.

Joe Winter (B.S. in Urban Policy Studies ‘06) is co-founder of C4 Atlanta, a nonprofit arts service organization whose mission is to build a foundation of research, technology and education for a sustainable, creative economy in the Atlanta region. Programs and services of C4 Atlanta include research, education and professional development, and technology infrastructure. See Winter’s blog at

Alumni Updates September 2010

Hamid Bastin (Ph.D. in Economics ‘89) is a professor of economics at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1989.

Grace L. Chikoto (M.P.A. ‘04, Ph.D. in Public Policy ‘09) is an assistant professor in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Eva Galambos (Ph.D. in Economics ‘69) The Georgia Municipal Association awarded Dr. Galambos, Sandy Springs, Georgia mayor, its “People, Place and Purpose” award during its annual meeting in Savannah in June. Forbes magazine has named Sandy Springs one of its “Top 25 Towns to Live Well” under her leadership.

Todd H. Greene (M.P.A. ‘93) The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta named Todd Greene vice president for economic and community development in its research division in April. He serves as the bank’s community affairs officer and co-director of its Labor, Education and Health Policy Center. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Greene had served as the director for Community, Policy and Research Services at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Brett E. Katzman (B.S. in Economics ’91) is a professor of economics in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Judson L. Hawk (B.A. in Economics ’85) Dolce Hotels and Resorts appointed Judson Hawk general manager of the Aspen Meadows Resort – home of The Aspen Institute, an influential nonprofit policy organization “dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue” – in March.

Keith Leggett (Ph.D. in Economics ‘87) is a vice president and senior economist at the American Bankers Association, where he analyzes the structure and performance of the financial services industry and monitors conditions in the macro-economy and credit markets. He joined the association in 1994. Check his blog, Keith Legget’s Credit Union Watch (



Alfred S. “Alfie” Meek (M.S. in Business Economics ‘94) is the economic analysis division director for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. His division develops and maintains forecasting models for planning, provides economic analysis and research to support county management and publishes the newsletter Gwinnett County Economic Indicators ( monthly.

Nara Francoise Monkam (Ph.D. in Economics ‘08) is deputy director of the African Tax Institute (ATI) at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and the program director for the ATI’s Francophone short-course programs in taxation. She is also a senior lecturer in the University’s Department of Economics. The ATI is devoted to training, research and technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration on the African continent.


Kathy E. Rocker (M.P.A. ‘91) is a senior manager in human resources at Altea Therapeutics in Tucker, Ga.

Lindsay R. Romasanta (M.P.A. ‘09) joined Arizona State University’s TRiO Student Support Services at the Downtown Phoenix Campus in 2011. In her coordinator role, she provides retention and graduation support services to low income, first generation students and students with disabilities. TRiO is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.



Carol R. Scotton (M.Ed. ’86, Ph.D. in Economics ’00) is an assistant professor of economics and business and management at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., which The Huffington Post in September named one of the “10 Colleges You Should Know About.” Her research interest is the value that people place on a good, such as the value people place on reducing their risk of death from natural or man-made disasters.

Susan R. Snyder (Ph.D. in Economics ‘01) is a senior health economist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently the Evidence-Based Performance Evaluation Team Leader in the Laboratory Practice Evaluation and Genomics Branch, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, & Laboratory Services. Snyder has worked on health services research for the Georgia Health Policy Center.

Jaime L. Theriot (B.A. in English ’98, M.P.A./J.D. ’01) is a partner in Troutman Sanders LLP’s Complex Litigation Practice Group in Atlanta. Among her corporate and individual client work, she also represents governmental entities in civil rights litigation involving constitutional claims and election matters.

Alumni Updates August 2010

Rhonda Belser-Davis (M.P.A. ’08) is a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where she has worked the last two years. She has also embarked on a new venture and opened her own company – Vin Vino Wein, LLC – a wine distributor that focuses on artisanal wines from all over the world. Rhonda says she always enjoys hearing from AYS students and graduates.


Candice Duggan (B.S. in Public Policy ’09) is a development officer at Habitat for Humanity’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Mark Flenoury (B.B.A. in Economics ’05) is an insurance manager with Generation Mortgage Company in Atlanta.

Michael Halicki (M.P.A. ‘09) joined Southface Energy Institute in August. The Atlanta nonprofit’s first chief operating officer, Halicki previously worked as a senior associate with an Atlanta public affairs firm and in several environmental organizations. Nonprofit management was his M.P.A. concentration.



Sarah Jacobson (Ph.D. in Economics ‘10) joined Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., the fall of 2010 as an assistant professor of economics.




Gordon Kenna (B.S. in Urban Government & Administration ‘82) is the CEO of Georgians for Passenger Rail, which has worked closely with Professor David Sjoquist on oversight and management of an economic feasibility analysis for the proposed Macon-Atlanta line. GSU Provost Risa Palm sits on the organization’s board. Go to



Jimmy Parson (M.P.A. ’02) is a senior business consultant with the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, where he’s been since 2005.

Amy Sriuthai (M.P.A. ’08) is a program evaluation and risk analyst with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., which she joined upon graduating from the AYS.

 Alumni Updates July 2010

Muhammad Nasir (M.S. in Economics ’03) recently graduated from the University of Bonn, Germany, with a Ph.D. in Economics. His book, The Impact of Efficiency Improvement and Technical Change on The Growth of Indonesia’s Economy, was published by Cuvillier Verlag in Germany in 2008.

Bruce Yandle (Ph.D. in Economics ‘70), Dean Emeritus and the BB&T Scholar at Clemson University, has published the report, “Everyman’s Deficit: Spending Beyond our Means,” (Mercatus Center Special Study, July 2010), which finds that each American citizen’s share of the debt is $40,000. During his career, Dr. Yandle has been a senior economist for the President’s Council on Wage and Price Stability (1976-1978) and executive director of the Federal Trade Commission (1982-1984).

Kwaw Andam (Ph.D. in Public Policy, '08), was selected to join the World Bank's prestigious Young Professionals Program. The program is highly selective, choosing only 30-40 people annually from an applicant pool of more than 12,000. Andam is the third AYS alumnus to join the World Bank through this program; Pablo Saavedra (Ph.D. in Public Policy ’09) and Abdu Mwonge (Ph.D. in Economics ’07) have entered the program in previous years.

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, (Ph.D. in Public Policy ’09) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor in Public Safety Management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington.



Alumni Updates June 17, 2010

Juan Luis Gomez Reino, research associate (International Studies Program) and Ph.D. student (Public Management and Policy) has accepted a position as senior public sector management specialist with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. He will be leading work on fiscal decentralization reforms in Southeast Asia.

Spencer T. Brien, Ph.D. student (Public Management and Policy), was awarded the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy's Dissertation Fellowship for his dissertation proposal entitled “Three Essays on the Formation and Finance of Local Governments.”

Jake Hersko, graduate student (Public Management and Policy), was awarded the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship from the Government Finance Officers Association in the amount of $10,000. The Goldberg scholarship is one of several significant awards he has received in the last year for academic excellence in public finance. More>

Justin Hargesheimer, graduate student (Public Management and Policy) was assigned as a Peace Corps International Student beginning May 2010 to Guatemala as a Municipal Development volunteer until October 2012.

Christine Moloi, alum (Ph.D. Economics ’06), has been appointed by the Central Bank of Botswana as an advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is on assignment as advisor to the executive director of the African Constituency 1 Department.


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