ELAW 2016 Participants
Tiffany Ashby’s background includes more than 15 years of talent development and management experience including corporate training, development, recruitment, staffing, and program management within the engineering consulting, convenience store, global consumer beverage, and higher education industries. Ashby has worked with large organizations such as Randstad, Racetrac and The Coca-Cola Company in various Human Resources functions. She has assisted with developing career management processes and tools while working with executives and the executive management team. She joined the J. Mack Robinson College of Business in 2013 as a Graduate Career Counselor. In 2014 she became Senior Graduate Career Counselor and joined the Integrated Student Services team partnering with admissions, facility management and faculty to implement the new STM model. She is currently, as an Associate Director for the Integrated Graduate Recruiting and Student Services team, responsible for the Managerial Cluster; her focus is aimed at achieving recruitment and enrollment goals, managing the student services outcomes and satisfactions, and increasing the alumni engagement for five graduate programs. Ashby’s passion for human development has carried over into her personal and professional affiliations as she volunteers with several local metro-Atlanta non-profits to promote workforce development and career management. Ashby has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.A. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. She grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago, and currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
Jill Borland, Associate Director in the Office Sponsored Proposals & Awards, brings nearly 18 years of experience in research administration to this position having worked for a variety of organizations including a nonprofit foundation, a hospital, and for-profit organizations, in addition to Georgia State University. Borland joined Georgia State University in 2010 and has twice been promoted within OSPA. She serves as the university’s proposal submission expert overseeing the OSPA team handling Department of Health and Human Services as well as National Science Foundation proposals and awards. Ms. Borland is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and a Notary Public. She is also a member of several professional organizations.
Yessenia Calle is the assistant director of the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. In this role she primarily handles student and alumni services. Calle is in charge of working closely with current students, faculty, and the EMBA Alumni Board members. Prior to coming to Georgia State, Yessenia worked for Kennesaw State University as an interpreter and project manager for the KSU community clinic helping low-income Latinos. She was also the ambassador for Promotores de Salud (Health Promoters) and Project IDEAL – a program designed to educate Latinos about diabetes. She created a chapter of the project’s book and taught that part of the program. Yessenia continues to volunteer in health screenings at KSU/WellStar. Yessenia holds a B.S. in Communications with a Minor in Spanish from the Kennesaw State University.
Dana R. Carter is the Human Resources Officer in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She is responsible for all HR functions in the College of Business including processing and onboarding all faculty and staff hires and oversight of the Promotion and Tenure process for faculty. Her department handles of all HR processes for 200 full-time faculty and 175 staff.
Dana has over 20 years of experience in higher education including Human Resources, Management, Graduate Student Recruiting, Faculty Records, and Student Employment and Network operations. She joined Georgia State in 2009 after holding positions at both Kennesaw State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
Jaya Franklin, assistant director of communications, is responsible for managing Georgia State Law’s websites, writing stories, assisting with social media channels and helping promote the College of Law. She joined the college in August 2014. Franklin is a former news reporter; having worked at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Voice Newspaper, Henry Daily Herald and Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. In addition, her background includes television producing for Fulton County Government and Clark Atlanta University’s television stations. She launched an online arts magazine that relies heavily on social media components. Franklin received a B.A. in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University.
Annahita Jimmerson serves as the director of communications for the Honors College at Georgia State University. She oversees and maintains the college’s internal and external communication channels including the website, digital channels and print collateral. She previously served as the senior educational specialist and public relations coordinator for the Honors College and brings more than a decade of experience working with educational and corporate entities with marketing and educational efforts. Jimmerson holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida.
Crystal Maddox serves as the College Finance Officer for the College of Education & Human Development. In this role, she oversees the college’s overall budget and is responsible for developing and submitting budget amendments to Georgia State University’s Office Of Budget and Planning. She also works with the CAO in developing the budget for each fiscal year, In addition, she serves as a resource for the business managers for any budget or finance related question as well as entering and reconciling all prior period adjustments for the College of Education & Human Development. Crystal received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 2004. While working at GSU she received her Master of Public Administration in 2008. Crystal first joined the College of Education & Human Development in 2004 and has worked in various departments as a Business Manager and an Accountant. Prior to her time in the Dean’s Office, she worked as a Budget Analyst in the Office of Budget & Planning.
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Catherine Seekins is the Deputy Chief Audit Officer and Associate Director of University Auditing and Advisory Services. Cathy leads five staff members while partnering with the Director and Chief Audit Officer to promote accomplishment of university objectives by reviewing and advising on financial and operational risk management, policy, regulatory compliance, internal controls, and efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Before arriving at Georgia State University in 2014, Cathy headed internal audit operations at the University of Hartford for six years. She is a certified public accountant who spent much of her professional career in several regional CPA firms in Connecticut. Her base is consultative, strategic, creative and entrepreneurial, with competencies in auditing, taxation, business start-ups, and management. Seekins graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut – Storrs, earning a B.S. degree in accounting after changing her major from photojournalism in her junior year. She still pursues creative non-fiction writing and photography whenever she has the chance to travel. In 2006, Cathy achieved her dream of being published by the National Geographic Society when she won an action photography competition that was published in the print and online editions of Adventure Magazine.
Anna Varela is the Director of Communications for the School of Public Health and a member of the School’s Leadership Team. She has an extensive background in communications, including roles as a reporter, editor and web producer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press, AOL/Patch and other news outlets. Varela holds B.A.’s in Political Science and Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She is currently working on an MBA in Marketing at Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business. In her spare time, she enjoys running, kayaking, gardening, cooking and travel. She serves on the board of the Community Center of South Decatur.