Marty Carter began her education career in 1968 as a special education teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, before traveling to teach in Mannheim, Germany for three years and returning to Georgia to teach and work as a data collector for the Regional Assessment Center. After completing her doctoral degree in educational administration in 1984 from the UGA College of Education, she went on to hold positions for UGA and Northeast Georgia RESA, where she served as president of the Georgia RESA Association. She served as a classroom teacher as well as an administrator while working in the Clarke County School District (CCSD). Additionally, Carter served as co-developer and editor of the SDOE Strategic Planning Facilitator's Guide during her tenure at UGA. In 2003, she retired from CCSD and became a trustee for the Foundation for Excellence for CCSD and a board member for the Classic Center Cultural Foundation.
As a member of the Campus Life Executive Leadership Team for Emory University, Dr. David Clark provides strategic direction and oversight for housing, dining, technical services, human resources, finance, and learning. Clark holds an extensive background in higher education, budget management, capital planning and design, assessment, strategic planning, and crisis management. He also has significant experience with academic units and providing leadership to programmatic, co-curricular, and faculty-driven initiatives. Previously, Clark served as assistant vice president for campus life and associate dean at the University of Chicago, where he managed major auxiliary services and programmatic efforts, including dining and college housing. At Wake Forest University, his various leadership roles spanned residential life, human resources, information technology, and facilities operation.
Tonya Cornileus is the vice president, learning and organizational development, at ESPN. She is part of the network's human resources leadership team, responsible for the global learning, talent management and organizational development strategies for ESPN employees around the world. Prior to ESPN, Cornileus served in leadership roles for Turner Broadcasting System and Aegis Communications Group. She holds both a master's and a doctorate from the College of Education and lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
What Merrianne Dyer witnessed when she began her career in education in 1973, during court-ordered desegregation in Jackson (Mississippi) Public Schools, cemented the foundation for her interest in equality and social justice. Today she has 36 years of experience in education, with 18 years as a classroom teacher. Recently retired as superintendent of Gainesville (Georgia) City Schools, Dyer now works as a consultant with the National Dropout Prevention Center, the Alabama Department of Education and the Georgia Charter School System. She lives in Gainesville.
Evan Glazer finds ways to work science or mathematics into a school's curriculum in new and different ways. Previously as a high school principal at STEM magnets, he started new research programs in science and technology. He holds a doctorate in instructional technology from UGA and today, as head of school at Avenues: The World School in New York, NY, he is connecting learning experiences from Nursery to Grade 12 and forming educational collaborations and opportunities around the world. He is the author of two books and lives in New York City.
Lynda T. Goodfellow is a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. She earned a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her doctorate in adult education at the University of Georgia. She was also a 2016 scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in the Health Professions at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of research include chronic pulmonary disease management and education, particularly as it relates to asthma, tuberculosis, tobacco education, and the education of respiratory therapists. Additionally, Goodfellow is the author of several articles in publications such as the Journal of Allied Health, Respiratory Care, Journal of American Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, and Environmental Research.
Triple Dawg June Wilhoit Martin began her career in 1969 at UGA training to teach children with developmental disabilities: a passion, which started at a young age. In addition, she has two daughters and one granddaughter who graduated from UGA and a husband who received an Arch Award for his support of the university. Martin spent 18 years teaching and 10 years in administration. Since her retirement in 1999, she has supported and volunteered with several local charities and nonprofit organizations, including the Salvation Army, Beech Haven Baptist Church, The Classic Center, The UGA Athletic Endowment Foundation, the UGA College of Education scholarship program, and St. Mary's Foundation.
Dave Mullen received a bachelor's in journalism in 1977 and his MBA in 1979, both from UGA. He retired in 2007 as a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where he hired, trained and managed more than 500 financial advisors. In his 27-year career there, he worked with more than 100 million-dollar and multimillion-dollar advisors. Today, Mullen is the founding partner of Altius Learning, a training company that specializes in the financial services industry. He is also the author of two best-selling books on financial services practices. His father, David Mullen Sr., was a professor of education at UGA.
As a member of the UGA women's gymnastics team from 1985-1989, Debbie Greco Meyerhoff helped claim the program's first two national championships. She later taught elementary school for more than a decade in metro Atlanta, where she found a passion for implementing innovative programs to meet the needs of different learners. Today, she serves on the board of trustees at Trinity School and also on the Gym Dog Legacy Board, which works to continue gymnastic traditions while giving back to the community.
Whitney Myers has spent nearly his entire career teaching and working with children. After receiving his doctorate in 1991, he eventually returned to his home school district of Screven County as principal of its elementary school. Known for its high poverty rate, Myers reversed the school's underperforming track record. He first established Georgia's first elementary technology lab and then, as superintendent, created a partnership with Georgia Southern University to create one of the earliest professional development school districts in the country. Today, Myers is the half-time executive director of Georgia's First District RESA.
Tom Reeves is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education. He is a former Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and in 1995 was selected as one of the top 100 people in multimedia by Multimedia Producer magazine. He has written several books on learning systems and design, and currently serves as consultant for the World Health Organization on the development of e-learning for public health personnel.
Grant Shih graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Georgia in 1998. He is currently vice president of technology services at Carter's/OshKosh B'Gosh, a leading brand of baby and children's clothing, gifts, and accessories. Shih also serves as chair of the National Retail Federation Technology Council and sits on several Executive Advisory Boards, including those of HMG Strategy and RIS News. He recently launched and operates the "IT Girls STEM Club" in Gwinnett County where both of his children attend school. Shih is also president of the Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation.
Melissa Shivers is the vice president for student life at the University of Iowa. The Division of Student Life, comprised of 10 departments, 1,880 student employees, and 598 full-time staff and graduate assistants, fosters student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom. Prior to her arrival at the University of Iowa, she served as the associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a role she held since June 2014. Shivers previously served as assistant vice chancellor for student life at the University of Tennessee, where she helped coordinate the university's ambitious initiative to become one of the nation's top 25 public research universities and oversaw strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, program reviews, and annual reporting on behalf of the division of student life.
Mark Slonaker's career has taken him from the basketball court to the classroom. Before graduating from the College of Education in 1980, Slonaker was a co-captain of basketball coach Hugh Durham's first team at Georgia in 1979. He held several collegiate coaching positions after graduation, ending with an 11-year stint at Mercer University and the school's first Atlantic Sun championship. Today, along with his role as head of the UGA Athletic Association's fundraising arm, he shares his sports knowledge as a guest lecturer for sport management majors.
A native of Atlanta, Cara Snow earned her bachelor's degree at UGA and master's degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. She started her career as an in-house recruiter for regional technology consulting firm, CTS, and became a director, achieving multiple years of explosive growth. After working in senior leadership at a technology re-seller and a startup, Snow joined the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as senior director of sales to explore an economic development and advocacy career and was named Chief Development Officer in 2017. Snow has been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Top 40 Under 40, as well as UGA Alumni Association's Top 40 Under 40. An avid runner and 15-time marathon finisher, Snow is married to husband, Ricky, adores living in the Old Fourth Ward, reading and managing her 5-pound Chihuahua, Toby.
Vasti Torres is a Professor at the University of South Florida and former Dean of the College of Education. Previously she was Professor and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) at Indiana University. Before becoming a faculty member, she had 15 years experience in student affairs. She was the Principle Investigator for several grants including a multi-year grant investigating the choice to stay in college for Latino students as well as a grant looking at the experiences of working college students. She has worked on several community college initiatives including Achieving the Dream, and Rural Community College Initiative. She was the Associate Editor of the Journal of College Student Development from 2008-2015. In 2007 – 2008 she became the first Latina president of a national student services association – ACPA.
Jim Womack is owner of Tri State Florist Supply in Albany and calls both Athens and Albany home. An Eagle Scout, Womack continues to support the Boy Scouts through national organizations.