Allison Bass joined Georgia State University in September 2016 to serve as the Assistant Director of Development and Special Events for the College of Arts and Sciences. She was promoted to the Associate Director of Development and Special Events in May 2018. In her role, Bass focuses on annual fundraising and growing the Dean’s Society for the College. Additionally, Bass coordinates special events for the College, including Honors Night and Graduation Ceremonies. Bass was the first full-time Assistant Director of Athletic Advancement for FGCU Athletics. In her role, Bass worked closely with the Eagles Club Advisory Board to serve the approximately 600 Eagles Club members while also bringing additional focus to FGCU’s annual fund and fundraising event efforts. Additionally, Bass spearheaded the Wings Up Women fundraising group and facilitated all special events and hospitality for the department, including the signature Night at the Nest fundraising event. Bass came to FGCU from the University of North Carolina where she served as the graduate intern for The Rams Club. In that role, Bass was on the front line of the customer service experience for more than 15,000 UNC Athletics donors regarding membership and solicitation. Bass collaborated with other staff members to implement more than 30 Rams Club special events throughout the course of the year, including donor dinners, sport-specific galas and Rams Club Days. Prior to her time with UNC, Bass was the event management program coordinator for the University of Georgia Athletic Association from May 2010-June 2012. In that role, she created and facilitated season-long game management plans for swimming and diving, equestrian and softball home events. She coordinated with appropriate personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable game atmosphere, and led hosting responsibilities for several SEC and NCAA championships. A native of Miami, Bass graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration after majoring in Marketing and minoring in History. She received her Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina in May 2014.
Ellie Diaz is Creative Services Coordinator and Brand Steward for the Robinson College of Business. She develops, executes and manages marketing programs to promote Robinson’s brand, as well as marketing campaigns for effective event promotion and student recruitment. She provides design direction and ensures brand uniformity for all of Robinson’s print communications. Ellie has been a member of the Robinson staff for more than 17 years, starting as an Administrative Specialist in the Department of Risk Management & Insurance. She joined the college’s Office of Communications & Marketing in 2015. Ellie holds a B.S. in Sociology/Chemistry from the University of Miami and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University. She holds several professional certifications in graphic design. In her spare time, Ellie builds and models costumes from video games and science fiction movies.
Suzanne Dunn joined Georgia State University’s Facilities Design & Construction Department as a Senior Project Manager five years ago after over 20 years in the private sector managing large construction projects. Suzanne began her career in 1989 after receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan. For over 10 years she specialized in the construction of international airports, working first on the Detroit Northwest Airlines Midfield Terminal, then the Indianapolis International Terminal and finally the Atlanta International Terminal before leaving the public sector to work for Georgia State University.
During Suzanne’s 5 years here at GSU she has been the manager in charge of construction for two of the University’s largest new buildings; The $82M College of Law, which opened in 2015 and now the new $79M GSU Convocation Center which has just started the design phase and is scheduled to be built with a planned opening of April 2021.
As a Senior Project Manager, it is Suzanne’s job to ensure that the construction projects that the University undertakes are designed to serve the University Students, Faculty and Staff as effectively and efficiently as possible while still providing a comfortable and enjoyable space to be in. She also oversees the actual construction ensuring that the facility is built properly to the specified design and that the University’s funds are spent appropriately.
Denise Gouveia is Director of the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services in the School of Public Health. She directs a staff of 6 and oversees academic advisement for graduate and undergraduate students, graduate admissions, and course scheduling. She has previously served as Assistant Director of the Office of Academic Assistance, Administrative Specialist, and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Public Health since 2005. Prior to coming to the school, Denise was an Admissions Counselor in Undergraduate Admissions at Georgia State University. She has also served as Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Interim Registrar, and Funding Coordinator at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Cornell University. Denise received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College, City University of New York, and her Master of Education in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration.
Kimberley Henshaw is the Managing Director of Georgia State University’s Confucius Institute within the Office of International Initiatives. Kimberly oversees the Institute’s finances, directs the visiting staff and scholars from Beijing, and manages the yearly events, including business panels, holiday celebrations, and continuing education courses in Chinese language and culture. She holds an MA in International Studies from Concordia University in Irvine, California and a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to working at Georgia State, Kimberly worked in Shanghai and Beijing, China developing, launching, and promoting The Walt Disney Company’s English training school for children, Disney English. She has also been the Academic Director for an intensive English program for teens and adults at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.”
Kristy Hill is an Administrative Specialist-Academic in the Department of Economics. Kristy has 20 years of higher education experience at Georgia State University (GSU), beginning as a Student Assistant in 1998. In her work at GSU, Kristy previously worked in the Department of Psychology as the Graduate Program Coordinator, overseeing the matriculation of which includes 100+ current students. Additionally, she is a proud graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Sociology. Kristy’s service to the GSU includes serving on the College of Arts and Sciences’ Mentoring & Morale Committee from 2014-2016. Kristy has been married for 10 years and has one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in fun runs, which include the Kaiser Permanente 5k, the Allstate Hot Chocolate 5k, the Girls on the Run 5k, & the AJC Peachtree Road Race 10K.
Ellen Kinsey joined Georgia State University’s Recreational Services department in 2014 after spending several years in venue and event management at Arizona State University. For three years, she oversaw the daily operations of Georgia State’s off-campus retreat and event center, Indian Creek Recreation Area. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Programs for the Georgia State Alumni Association, where she develops programming and signature events all over the country, serving the university’s 200,000 alumni nationwide. Her event portfolio includes professional development programs, women in leadership events, networking events, alumni homecoming tailgate, and Georgia State’s annual day of service, GSU Cares.
Ellen earned her B.B.A. from The University of Texas and her M.S. from Georgia Southern University. Ellen currently serves on Georgia State’s Staff Council, Homecoming Committee, and Commencement Council.
Emily Lakemaker is the Director of Student Experiences at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Working with a staff of seven, her team supports graduate students throughout their academic career at GSU by developing extra and co-curricular programming. She began her career in higher education 11 years ago, starting at the University of Georgia, then moving to Emory University. She has worked in a variety of capacities including admissions, recruitment, advisement and student life. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Columbus State University. Emily lives in Atlanta with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring local restaurants, attempting to keep plants alive and reading.
Maggie Reeves is the interim director for the Center for State and Local Finance in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She has served in this role since July 2016 and previously was the center’s associate director. She is responsible for the center’s research, executive education program, community relations, funding, and operations. Ms. Reeves leads the team of 14 full-time staff and eight graduate student fellows. She also supports the Dean of the Andrew Young School to launch new, school-wide initiatives. Prior to her time at Georgia State University, she worked in Georgia’s state government for several years in the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Commission on Family Violence. Ms. Reeves received her master’s degree in public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Emory University.
Alyssa Takatori is the Assistant Director of the Student Financial Management Call Center with GSU’s Student Financial Services. She directs a staff of 13 who support students with navigating their Student Accounts and Financial Aid over the phone. Alyssa has 10 years of higher education experience and has been employed by DeVry University and Beulah Heights University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2007 from California State University, Northridge. In 2015 she received an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Alyssa hasn’t been a southerner for long, having lived most of her life in Southern California, and she often wishes she had moved to Georgia sooner. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, fishing, camping, reading, and hiking. She loves to spend time with her family and has two nieces that enjoy bossing her around and keep her humble.
Vanessa Thomas-Meikle earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and has over 15 years of experience in higher education administration. As a higher education professional she has had the unique opportunity to work in a variety of areas which include, alumni development, admissions & recruitment and career services. She is currently the Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Assistance in the School of Public Health. She manages the admissions and recruitment process in addition to coordinating and managing course scheduling for the college. She has previously served as an Academic Advisor in the School of Nursing & Health Professions, Assistant Director of Admissions & Recruiting in the Robinson College of Business and Admissions Counselor/Recruiter at Georgia State University’s College of Law. She has a passion for working with students and helping them to realize their potential. While working at the College of Law she was instrumental in helping to develop a strategic recruitment plan which included assisting in the creation of the Law School Ambassadors. Prior to coming to Georgia State University, Vanessa was the Program Coordinator for Emory University’s College of Law Career Services and the Administrative Specialist for the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture.
Maria Tortolero is the Project Coordinator of WomenLead which is a campus-wide program to empower women students to apply to and achieve leadership roles. Maria’s work in supporting and building the WomenLead program over the past three years has impacted the exponential growth of the program across 8 different colleges at GSU. She is responsible for the coordination of resources; planning and overall execution of key Signature Experiences; new initiatives and special events; assisting the Director in all corporate outreach efforts; managing a growing database of supporters (over 350) who are involved in many aspects of the WomenLead program; developing a marketing strategy and materials for the program; overseeing work of WomenLead Social Media coordinator to create material and implement Social Media strategies; recruiting students to enroll in the program and managing application process; and coordinating awards to WomenLead scholars to name a few.
She started at WomenLead as a graduate assistant while pursuing her MBA with a Marketing concentration at Georgia State University. Maria came to the United States in 2014 to learn English and was enrolled in the English as Second Language program at Georgia State University for 8 months, before that she was working as a forensic journalist in Venezuela, her country of birth, reporting on the gruesome criminal networks in Venezuela, which according to UN’s 2014 Global Homicide Book, had a homicide rate of 53.7%. She also covered politics, economy, and social news.
Cassie Wilcox is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Instructional Innovation and Technology (IIT). She leads a team of creative professionals in communicating the role of innovative instruction and IT solutions at the university. The team helps streamline change management efforts and maintains the IIT division’s websites, support knowledgebase, email, and critical communications as well as social channels. Cassie holds a Masters of Science in Information Design and Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Arts in Technical Communication from the University of Central Florida.