Class notes are the perfect way to share your news with friends and classmates. Read about your classmates in this issue of GSU Magazine, then share your own news, achievements, accomplishments and photos. Mail your class notes to GSU Magazine, P.O. Box 3983, Atlanta, GA 30302-3983 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Michael Buchanan (B.S. ’77, M.A.T. ’83) has won the 2010 Mom’s Choice Gold Award and National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Teens for his latest novel, “The Fat Boy Chronicles.” A movie adapted from the novel will be released in January 2012. Buchanan will be keynote speaker for the 2010 National Anti-Bullying Conference.
- Ron Cooper (B.B.A. ’77) has been promoted to director of security and compliance at BlueCross BlueShield in Tennessee. Cooper has been with the company since 2009.
- Frank P. Jozsa Jr. (Ph.D. ’77) recently published “A Hoosier’s Journey,” a book about his experiences, priorities and values as an athlete, student, teacher and author from the 1940s to 2010, with Dog Ear Publishing.
- Michael Lapresi (B.B.A. ’78) will serve as managing director, head of underwriting for the commercial lending division of AloStar Bank of Commerce. Lapresi spent the previous 11 years at Suntrust Bank.
- Joy L. Rogers (M.B.A. ’72) recently returned to Atlanta after completing a 15-month assignment in Istanbul, Turkey, as business development executive for IBM Outsourcing Services.
- John E. Thompson (B.A. ’75), a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012.
- Gregory A. Adams (B.S. ’81), a Superior Court judge in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, was sworn in in September as a member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. The commission is the policy-making body appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to oversee the development of court-connected alternative dispute resolution programs in Georgia.
- Edwin Bode (B.B.A. ’84) has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer at Physiotherapy Associates. Bode most recently served as CFO at Vista Health Systems.
- Brad Douglas (M.B.A. ’88) recently accepted a senior executive role with SunTrust Bank as senior vice president, Strategic Sourcing. Douglas previously served in former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s administration as commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services where he transformed various back office functions for the state.
- Joan Cohen Jones (M.A.T. ’88, Ph.D. ’95) is the author of the newly published textbook, “Visualizing Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Methods.” The text is part of the Wiley Visualizing Series.
- William Scarborough (M.Tax.’80, M.P.A. ’93) recently successfully completed the examination for Certified Valuation Analyst professional designation and certification. Scarborough is an associate chief accountant in the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and is on the adjunct accounting faculty at George Washington University.
- Joe Wells (B.B.A ’88), director of intelligence and communication for the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau and commercial airline pilot for United Continental Airlines, has been promoted to major general.
- Mary Femi Ayadi (M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’01) assistant professor of healthcare administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Ayadi will lecture at Covenant University in Sango-Ota, Nigeria, from January through August 2012, during which time she will research interdependencies between Nigeria’s health care expenditures and economic growth. She also teaches at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Gale Buckner (B.A. ’99) was recently appointed to serve on the Murray County Hospital Authority Board. Buckner is a past recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from GSU and a recipient of the Secretary of State’s Outstanding Leadership as a Georgia Woman in Public Safety Award.
- Sabrina Nizam (B.A.’99) has joined the firm of Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C. as an associate in the domestic relations and family law group. She represents clients in all aspects of family law and related domestic issues.
- Stuart D. Noel (M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’03) was named interim dean of humanities and fine arts at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta. He is an associate professor of English and has served as humanities department chair since 2006.
- Ann Pickren (MBA, ’97) has joined MIR3 as vice president of solutions. Pickren previously served as executive vice president at Firestorm Solutions.
- John Reed (M.S. ’92) recently published a new book titled “Pinpointing Excellence: The Key to Finding a Quality Executive Coach” with Bright Sky Press.
- Nicole Sage (B.A. ’98) program director for the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, N.J., married John P. Kayes, facilities director for the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, in October.
- Linette Singleton (B.B.A. ’95) former manager of strategic communications planning at the American Cancer Society, now owns Singleton Consulting Group, a provider of communications, marketing and public relations services to small nonprofits.
- Paul White (Ph.D. ’90) recently published a book, co-authored with Gary Chapman, titled “Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People” with Northfield Press.
- Boonghee Yoo (Ph.D ’96) was promoted from associate professor to professor of marketing in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.
- Chris Ashe (M.B.A. ’01) has joined New York Life as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Retirement Income Security. Prior to joining New York Life, Ashe spent 16 years at Prudential Financial.
- Glenda Crunk (B.S. ’04, M.P.A. ’08) is an Equal Employment Opportunity specialist for the United States Military Academy, West Point, in West Point, NY. Angie R. Fox (J.D.’08) welcomed baby Auden Evangeline, born May 30.
- Danica G. Hays (M.S. ’02, Ph.D. ’07) and Anneliese A. Singh (M.S. ’02, Ph.D. ’07) recently published the text “Qualitative Inquiry in Clinical and Educational Settings” with Guilford Press.
- Marilyn Robinson (M.Ed. ’04) co-authored “Making a Way,” with Ulysses Byas. The publication highlights the first black school superintendent in the Southeast and his fight for educational reform.
- William Snowden (B.B.A. ’01) has joined the Atlanta office of commercial real estate broker Lee & Associates.
- John Stavick (B.A.’05, M.A. ’08) is a revenue economist for the Nebraska Department of Revenue in Lincoln, Neb.
- Charles Sterne (M.S.W. ’07) was recently promoted to director of basic needs for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, where he previously served as investments manager.
- Andre Young (B.A. ’01, M.E.D. ’02) has combined his individual practice with Earnest DeLoach to create the new law firm of Young DeLoach PLLC, serving the Orlando and Daytona Beach, Fla., areas.
- Jennifer Aszman (M.S.W. ’10) recently accepted a position with Fulton County, Ga., as a court-appointed special advocate for children in juvenile court.
- Lewis Faulk (M.S. ’10) has joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., as an assistant professor. He teaches nonprofit management courses, including Nonprofit Resource Development.