ELAW 2014 Participants

Colleen Blanchard ELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Colleen Blanchard

Ms. Blanchard serves as the College Finance Officer for the School of Public Health.  As a key administrator responsible for the management and over-site of the School’s financial operations, she brings with her 16 years of direct budget and financial management experience.  Colleen holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Georgia State University.





Kristina Clement

Kristina Clement is the Assistant Director for Leadership Development at Georgia State University.  In this role, she provides training and personal coaching to assist students in developing their leadership potential.   Previously, she worked in residence life and housing and served as an instructor for first-year seminar and leadership courses.   Originally from South Carolina, Kristina graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science.   She received her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Ohio.  She recently received a Certificate in Strengths Based Education from the Gallup Organization and enjoys helping students learn about their natural talents.  Outside of work, Kristina enjoys hanging out with her husband and four daughters, scrapbooking, and running!  She recently completed her first marathon.


Terry Coniglio

Terry Coniglio lives and breathes social media, and for the past three years she has used her digital skills to tell the story of Georgia State University. Before she arrived at Georgia State, there was no centralized social media presence for the university; Terry has been able to tweet and like the brand to the top of the conversation. She has more than seven years of higher education administration experience through her time at Duke Corporate Education, Cornell University and Georgia State University. Additionally, she has worked abroad in both the United Kingdom and Japan and has a plan to bake her way out of a zombie apocalypse.

Sharry Conroy ELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Sharry Conroy

Sharry Conroy serves Georgia State University as an Associate Director within the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Career Management Center, Sharry oversees undergraduate career management and employer relations. Additionally, Sharry leads the recruitment and selection for two of Robinson’s Signature Programs:  Panthers on Wall Street and Panthers in the City – London.  Both programs are designed to immerse Robinson’s most promising students in the heart of two of the world’s leading financial districts – Manhattan and London.

Prior to joining Robinson College of Business, Sharry’s professional career focused on the insurance and technology sectors primarily in talent acquisition and career mobility. Having worked predominately as an in-house corporate recruiter for two of the world’s largest and leading Risk Management & Insurance brokers as an officer, Sharry brings a global business perspective to her role at Robinson.  As an assistant vice president during her years at MARSH, Sharry managed the south region college recruiting efforts and co-managed the national summer internship program. After two years, she was promoted to overseeing hiring of exempt and non-exempt level professionals for MARSH’s Global Specialties division to include recruitment within Aviation & Aerospace, Finance Professionals, Global Marine & Energy, Trade Credit, Political Risk and Captive Solutions. Sharry also served as assistant vice president and senior recruitment specialist at Willis North America, where she managed talent acquisition efforts for the southern and western zones, as well as supported frontline hiring needs for their Employee Benefits and Personal Lines practices throughout the United States.

Wendy Cromwell ELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Wendy Cromwell

Wendy Reiser Cromwell leads the Office of Communications for the College of Law. In that role, she maintains the college’s website and social media channels; as well as coordinates the college’s biannual magazine, event and admissions collateral and media relations. She joined the College of Law as director of communications in August 2012. Cromwell previously served as the associate director of publications at Emory University School of Law for four years. A former newspaper journalist, she has worked for Georgia Institute of Technology in its Professional Education Unit and with Agnes Scott College in its communications department.

In her newspaper career, she worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Albuquerque Journal, Augusta Chronicle, Albany Herald and The Jonesboro Sun in various capacities including reporter, copy editor and designer. Cromwell holds a B.S. in journalism from Arkansas State University.


Charmaine Daniels

Charmaine Daniels has been the Director of Student Accounts at Georgia State University since 2010.  Over her thirteen years in the student financial services industry, Charmaine has developed and led the implementation for innovative award-winning initiatives to help students and parents better manage their finances. While at Georgia State, Charmaine has led successful implementations of an online billing and payment system, a debit card refund program, and an internal collections due diligence system.  Prior to her time at Georgia State Charmaine spent almost nine years with the University of Illinois administration in their Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations division.

Charmaine earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois.

Tene Davis ELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Tene Davis

Tene Davis currently serves as the Associate Director of Georgia State University’s Early College Program.  Prior to her appointment she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant to the Early College program while pursuing her Ph. D. in Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University.  Her research interests including the history of education in the South, the history of Black education, urban education, curriculum and instruction, educational policy, and college readiness were more fully developed within her program as she presented on these topics at various scholarly and professional conferences throughout the nation.  Her publication in the Journal of Negro history further solidified her interest and authority in these areas.  Dr. Davis has garnered an African American Male Initiative grant which has allowed for further work in her stated areas of interests.  While serving as the Associate Director, Dr. Davis has also served as an instructor within the Educational Policy Studies Department at Georgia State University.  Before her work at Georgia State, she worked in the Atlanta Public Schools system as an elementary school teacher. Dr. Davis holds a M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Howard University.


Felecia Donald

Felecia Donald is the Assistant Director Payroll, Benefits & HRIS overseeing the ADP Human Resources system and the Personnel Records for Georgia State University.  Felecia is committed to ensuring the university has integrity of data in the ADP system, seamless ADP interfaces to other systems on campus, and she strives to maintain confidentiality of all personnel records.   Felecia has over 25 years of experience in higher education, the non-profit sector, and for-profit organizations.   Felecia’s experience includes System Implementation, Document Management, Project Management, Contract Negotiations, Business Process Reengineering, Performance Management, and much more.   Felecia holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Business Administration/Management.  Felecia is native of Atlanta, which is a rarity.  In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.


Karen JohnstonELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Karen Johnston

Karen Johnston is the Assistant Director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in the College of Law.  The Center’s mission is to advance interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban, environmental and growth management issues.  Karen is responsible for planning and managing international initiatives such as the annual Study Space workshop and study abroad programs; conferences; the Urban Fellows Program; the certificate and dual degree programs; and all Center communications.  She has published a handful of journal articles, including a recent article from the Study Space Program in Istanbul that was published in both Turkish and English.  Karen is an active member of the university’s Council for the Progress of Cities.

Prior to joining Georgia State University, Karen worked for The Home Depot in a variety of environmental, health and safety roles.  She also worked for Camp Dresser & McKee (now CDM Smith) as an Environmental Engineer for nearly four years primarily designing water and wastewater treatment systems.

Karen holds a J.D. from Georgia State University as well as a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and its Environmental Law Section, having served as an Associate Editor of the Environmental Law Newsletter.  Karen lives in Brookhaven with her husband Erik and their three daughters, Ella, Kate, and Anna. She enjoys cooking, running and playing tennis.


Minette Kirkman

Minette Kirkman is the Director of the Department of Safety & Risk Management, who provides daily operational risk management and loss control services throughout Georgia State University. In this role, she also provides Risk Management services to the Cooperative Organizations such as the GSU Foundation, GSU Research Foundation, Athletic Association and Alumni Association. Her professional background includes experience in claims adjudication, third party administrator services, human resources and employment practices, employee benefits, and loss control. Prior to coming to Georgia State University, Ms. Kirkman was the Risk Manager for the largest county in Georgia.

She is an active member of University Risk and Insurance Management Association (URMIA), DOAS . Risk Management Advisory Council (RMAC) comprised of the USG, DOT, DOC, CSB and DHR to establish programs that support the State mandated CLCP (Comprehensive Loss Control Program) and Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). As a cohort in the 2014 GSU Executive Leadership Academy for Women, she looks forward to being a mentor or advocate to other women in the pursuit of their professional development and career paths.

Minette earned a BBA, majoring in Industrial Relations, minor in Risk Management, from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.


Pauline McKenzie-Day

Pauline McKenzie-Day has a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida where she resided for four years. Pauline is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselors’ Supervisor in the State of Georgia.  Pauline is a native of The United Kingdom and has been a citizen of the United States since 1989.  She is the mother of four grown children, two daughters, one son and one step-daughter. Pauline has worked with a diverse clientele which include groups, couples, individuals and families. She has facilitated workshops and trainings in effective discipline techniques, parenting skills, pre-marital support and divorce recovery. Pauline is the founder of Inspired Lives Counseling LLC where she promotes holistic healing through the treatment of mind, and spirit for balance, wellness and improved quality of life. Pauline is currently the Assistant Director of Training at The National SafeCare® Training and Research Center, in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.  As a passionate advocate for healthy families, she hopes to support the eradication of child-maltreatment through her work with social service providers and others.

Alison NorsworthyELAW, executive leadership academy for women

Alison Norsworthy

Alison Norsworthy is the Director of the Educational Research Bureau to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects which is housed in the College of Education.  In this role she supports faculty efforts to acquire and administer external funding for research. Some of these duties include managing external funding searches for the College, proposal development, serving as a liaison to funding agencies and other Universities/partnering agencies, and managing a portfolio of projects.

Alison is a graduate of Georgia State University where she acquired an M.S. in Human Resource Development.  Prior to working at GSU, Alison worked for the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, which was the legacy organization to the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.  She has worked for Georgia State University since 2000. She is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators. In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time with her family.


Daphne Orr

Daphne Orr serves as the Assistant Director for the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Some of her current responsibilities include immigration advising, academic advising, and cultural and service-learning programming for international students. Daphne received her B.A. in German from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has previously taught ESL/EFL in a variety of settings and places including New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, and Germany. In 2009, she received her Master’s in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. Daphne was recently granted a Fulbright award to participate in the International Education Administrators seminar in Germany.


Shannon Sanders

Shannon Sanders is the Assistant Director for College of Arts and Sciences academic advisement at the University Advisement Center (UAC). In this role, she supervises sixteen academic advisors who assist sophomore and junior students with course selection and academic progress, develops and tracks metrics regarding advisement, and communicates frequently with academic departments and the Office of Academic Assistance to coordinate services for students. Shannon has been with the UAC since its inception as a targeted initiative to centralize advisement across campus and reduce student-to-advisor ratio. At the National Academic Advising Association annual conference in 2013, she co-presented on the extensive training program developed by the UAC management team for the sixty-two advisors who were hired as part of advisement restructuring at Georgia State. Prior to her current role, she was an academic advisor with the Office of Academic Assistance.

Shannon holds a B.A. in English from University of Mississippi and M.S. in counseling psychology from University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, Shannon served as graduate hall director, her first position in higher education. After completing her master’s degree, she held residence life professional positions at University of Memphis and Georgia State University. Shannon greatly enjoys helping college students to achieve their goals and has over fifteen years of experience in the field of higher education. In November 2013, she took on her most rewarding personal role as a first time parent, which has kept her very busy and fulfilled in her hours away from work.