ELAW 2015 Participants
Kathy Bryant-Bonds is the Director of Decision Support Services which is a unit of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. She directs a staff of 8 who support the university data warehouse, IPORT and university reporting. Kathy has over 35 years of higher education experience and has been employed by Emory and DeVry University. She has also worked in several units at Georgia State including the Office of Enrollment Services and the Office of Information Systems and Technology. Kathy has also served on the Staff Council and is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Academy for Women.Kathy has been married for 33 years and has two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with her grandson.
Ann Claycombe has an M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina, and won five state press awards as a crime reporter before coming to Georgia State University. She started her Georgia State career as a PR Coordinator in 2005, and has worked her way up to her current position as Director of Communication for the College of Arts and Sciences. She currently oversees the public relations and creative services functions of the college, including supervising the construction and maintenance of all college and departmental websites. In her spare time, she likes to cook, knit, and play the electric guitar.
Jackie Davis is the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENI), where she contributes to the initiative’s strategy, vision, and marketing efforts. Jackie oversees the unit’s planning and facilitation of events including; workshops, co-curricular programming, speaker series, and university-wide competitions. She also assists the CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization) and Enactus student organizations. Prior to joining ENI, Ms. Davis worked in the Dean’s Office of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business where she supported the institution’s academic initiatives, and served as Assistant Director of the Women Lead program at Georgia State University. Jackie holds an M.Ed. from the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University, and a B.A. (Spanish & International Business) from the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
Jennifer Gerz-Escandón is the Director of National Scholarships and Fellowships for the Honors College. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Miami. At Lynn University, she was the chair of the International Relations Degree Program and the Director of the Center for International Programs and Services. At the University of Evansville she served as Director of International Studies. She also held faculty appointments at both universities and was a 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar in Germany. As director, she will work with students who strive to win national scholarships such as the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and other prestigious scholarships.
Clare Higgins Morton
Clare Higgins Morton is the vice president and director of administration at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, which is affiliated with Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business. Clare oversees the organization’s finances, travel program, membership and marketing efforts, board relations, and Academic WorldQuest competition for high school students. Prior to joining the Council in 2010, Ms. Morton led the publications division of the Southern Center for International Studies for nearly a decade. Clare holds an MA (English) from the University of Sussex, Brighton, England and a BA (English) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Ivy Horn-Gardner is the Manager of Georgia State University’s Employee Relations Department. She received her BBA from Emory University and her JD from William and Mary Law School. Prior to transitioning into Human Resources (HR), Ivy practiced law for over 15 years in various legal arenas such as criminal, immigration, and real estate law. After her law career, Ivy transitioned into HR and received her MBA with a concentration in HR Management from Georgia State University. Ivy’s diverse background allows her to bring a strong knowledge base in reducing and eliminating liability for the University as a whole. The impact of her service has resulted in savings of $1.26 million dollars by defending unemployment claims for Georgia State.
Charlene Jefferson is currently the Assistant Director of Integrated Graduate Student Services within the J. Mack Robinson’s College of Business. In this role, she manages and provides student services for the Global Partners MBA program and Master of International Business program. Charlene has over 15 years of Higher Education Experience that ranges from working in Admissions, Residence Life, Advising, Student Affairs and Program Management. She received her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration at Indiana State University in Terre haute, IN. Charlene resides in Gwinnett where she enjoys outdoor activities and events with her family.
Janice Maxwell is an IT Project Management Leader with over 16 years experience in project management. She thrives on delivering innovative IT solutions and training individuals on the benefits of project management. She has extensive industry experience having worked in both the private and public sector and her focus is on process improvement, process engineering and implementing sound project governance models throughout the entire Georgia State University campus.
Suzanne Paltz is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University Alumni, Suzanne Paltz has worked in collegiate dining for the last 26 years and more recently has overseen the inception and expansion of Insourced Dining Services, since joining the Georgia State community in 2009. Starting out as a Dining Hall manager and escalating her career to Assistant Director of Insourced PantherDining, Suzanne has proven to be a successful leader and manager. Valuing ethics, open communication and customer service above all, Suzanne has seasoned her staff to serve up quality meals while demonstrating a sense of integrity in every aspect of their job.
Kelly Robinsonis the Assistant Director of Enterprise Computing within the Information System and Technology (IS&T) department at Georgia State University. In her role, she is responsible for Platform and Storage Engineering, Database Administration and Data Center teams, which collectively supports the computing infrastructure for Georgia State’s enterprise systems.
Kelly began her career with Marietta City Schools and returned to Georgia State in 2004 to work for her alma mater. During her 10-year tenure at Georgia State, she has served in many roles in including Service Site Coordinator for GIL Library Services Support, System Administrator for Research Computing and Manager of Platform and Storage Engineering. In 2011, she co-authored an article entitled “Sharing computing resources to satisfy multi-cloud user requirements” which was published in the International Journal of Cloud Computing and was the primary developer for Georgia State’s implementation of Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). Kelly holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia State University and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.
Marilyn Santiago has been in the relationship-building business since she can remember. She is an HR professional with 15+ years of in-depth knowledge of all HR functional areas with experience in fortune 500 companies like GE Capital, Honeywell, and ADP. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Graduate Career Management Center for all MBA/Master students at Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She helps Business students and alumni manage their career, develop excellent job search skills and connect with high-quality job opportunities, while providing employers with an outstanding recruiting experience. Marilyn is the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Atlanta Vice President of Career Connections.
Jessica Summey joined Georgia State Student-Athlete Development Department in 2010. In her five years she has been assigned with multiple teams, while coordinating other academic projects and programs. Summey has advised and mentored multiple teams, including women basketball and football. In addition to the role of academic advisor, she oversaw the student- athlete development community service component. The Georgia State student-athletes reached over 5,000 hours of community service annually for the past two years under her leadership. Summey also serves as the SAAC Coordinator, working with the team leaders to develop their goals. Summey graduated from Appalachian State in 2005 and earned a master’s degree in college student development in 2008.
Karen Simmons is the Business Services Officer for the Honors College. As a member of a dynamic and collaborative unit, Karen manages college operations and helps to support innovative curriculum efforts, including the Digital Literacy Initiative and the AB/JD program, as well as Honors College recruitment efforts. She also serves as the chief data steward for the Honors College, and works in concert with the Office of Admissions, Student Financial Services, IS&T, and Decision Support Services to provide data analysis and reporting to the campus community. Prior to joining the Honors College, Karen spent more than 15 years as a small- to mid-sized business consultant, advising clients on tax, planning, audit and mergers.
Karen earned a B.A. in English Literature from Furman University, and holds numerous professional certifications. She enjoys advising the Georgia State URGE chapter and is a proud Panther parent.
Patsi Turner is no stranger to Georgia State University, as she is proud alumna who earned a Master’s Degree at Georgia State. She remembers a campus that is significantly different from her days here in the past.
Patsi’s career has led her on a positive journey which afforded her the opportunity to work for BellSouth, AT&T, and The Coca-Cola Company in roles with increasing responsibility–such as managing day-to-day operations in a nine-state region and corporate staff positions in management and human resources. In addition, for 11 ½ years, she was a consultant and business owner of her own HR boutique consultancy.
Patsi has nothing but positive comments regarding her work experiences and the colleagues and friends whom she has met along the way. Earlier in her career she lived in Garden City, NY, Chattanooga and Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. As a life-long learner, she has been a member of, or been associated with many organizations that contributed to her growth, including The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Atlanta Women in Business (AWinB), the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
Now, in her current role in Human Resources at Georgia State University, she serves as the Organizational Development (OD) and Change Management Consultant. In this internal consulting role, Patsi works with managers and leaders on designing and implementing organizational and team interventions to improve business results. Patsi says that every day at Georgia State brings a new opportunity for learning and growth, and that she is pleased to be a working Panther.
Elizabeth Weaver is the rare Atlanta native. Coming from a long line of Elizabeth’s (6 generations) here in Atlanta, Liz’s roots are deep within the Atlanta community. In the spirit of reaching out to her community, and before entering a graduate program at Georgia State, Liz started her own consulting firm, TOGA (we Take Over, you Get Accepted) dedicated to helping high schoolers in the Atlanta area get into college. Skills acquired while running TOGA include fundraising, operation management, process workflow, market strategy development and business plan development.
Liz wanted to go back to school to study a lifelong interest in Neuroscience. While working toward her Master’s here at Georgia State in Neurobiology, Liz was a fellow with the Center for Disease Control in the Healthy Brain Initiative as well as an intern at Child Neurology Associates, where she took part analyzing data for a Tourette syndrome study. Toward the end of her Master’s program, Liz found a way to incorporate her love for science with her desire to give back. Neuroscience Institute faculty member, Dr. Kyle Frantz, gave Liz the break she needed as a coordinator for the Atlanta Neuroscience Expo. Her passion for science education quickly grew. After completion of her Master’s, Liz knew she wanted to work outside the lab promoting and further developing science education initiatives. With the development of the Neuroscience Institute, Liz found a niche as an education specialist for the Brains & Behavior Area of Focus. While continuing to work for Dr. Frantz on her education outreach programs like BRAIN, NET/work, and ION, Liz eventually took over management of Brains & Behavior (B&B) and stepped up to the position she now enjoys as Associate Director. Going on 8 years here at Georgia State, her duties now include Editor & chief of the B&B Potential magazine, leading professional development and team building workshops /seminars /symposia, developing curricula for science retreats, organizing on and off campus graduate retreats, tracking student and alumni progress /research /presentations, developing software infrastructure & databases to understand trends in student progress and demographics, recruiting a diverse student body at national conferences, website management, streamlining and managing annual seed grants, managing social networks, branding, and artwork for both Brains & Behavior and the Neuroscience Institute.