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Members of the Board of Trustees

Steven G. Asplundh '86

Steven is the President of Utilicon Solutions, a subsidiary of the Asplundh Tree Expert Company.  Utilicon is a collection of subsidiaries that provide overhead and underground electric line construction, substation construction and maintenance, gas line construction, meter installation and reading, streetlight installation and other contracted utility related services.  Asplundh is a family-owned and operated corporation headquartered near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Asplundh has grown to employ approximately 34,000 service professionals throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  Steve holds a BA in Management from Stetson University and an MBA in Management from Georgia State University.

 
John R. Bauer '89

John Bauer is the Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Nut & Fruit, a food manufacturer, importer and distributor of bulk and packaged snacks and specialty foods. Tropical sells to hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and contract feeders. The company also owns four Healthy Home Market natural food stores  in the Charlotte area and operates  a retail outlet store called the "Nut House" within its’ plant in Charlotte.  The company was started by his wife's family and is run as a second generation family business. John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State and an MBA from Georgia State. He and his wife, Angela Bauer, have three children.

 
Mark P. Becker

Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in January 2009, President Mark P. Becker has provided a vision for the future of Georgia State and led the institution into a period of marked growth and advancement. Reflecting his vision of the urban public research university for the 21st century, the university adopted a dynamic 10-year strategic plan that has Georgia State well on its way to becoming one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. 

As a first generation college student who began his educational career at a community college, Becker is personally and professionally committed to ensuring that students of all economic backgrounds succeed and are given opportunities to compete on a level playing field. Under his leadership, Georgia State’s graduation rate has already increased by 10 percent, and the university is becoming a national model for undergraduate education. It leads the nation in eliminating disparities in graduation rates based on race or ethnicity, and, as one of the most diverse universities in America, is first in the nation among non-profit institutions in graduating African-American students and is among national leaders in graduating Hispanic and Asian-American students. Becker has aggressively promoted the achievements of the university, making it more visible locally and nationally, and demonstrating the value of a Georgia State degree. Under his leadership, the university has set a series of records for enrollment, graduation rates and total graduates.

Becker’s passion for student success has been matched by his commitment to increasing multidisciplinary research and economic development as facilitated by the creation of new research centers, the Second Century Initiativeā€”an ambitious program to hire 100 new faculty members to serve in interdisciplinary research clusters, and an enhanced emphasis on the translation of faculty research into products and companies. This commitment has brought the university to new heights of research accomplishment, as reflected, for example, in new university records for sponsored research funding and federal research funding. Becker has advanced the campus’ physical development and made Georgia State a major contributor to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta. Georgia State has made major additions to campus housing and dining, research and academic facilities, and intramural and athletics facilities.

Prior to his appointment as president of Georgia State, Becker was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina and dean of the School of Public Health and assistant vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the University of Minnesota. From 1989 to 2000, Becker was a professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, where he also was associate dean for academic affairs. He has held academic appointments at the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University. Becker attended Harford (Md.) Community College, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University in 1980 and his Ph.D. degree in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. Becker grew up in Havre de Grace, Md., near Baltimore. He and his wife, Laura Voisinet, have two adult children, Matthew and Julia.

 
Sandra Bergeron '82

Sandra Bergeron is one of the best known and highly respected women of technology in Silicon Valley. In her ten year career at McAfee, Inc, Mrs. Bergeron held various executive positions within the company including Senior Vice President of US Sales, President of the PGP Security Business Unit, and Executive Vice President of Mergers/Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy. Mrs. Bergeron serves as a director of Sophos PLC, Qualys, Inc. and TraceSecurity, Inc. She previously served as a director of Tipping Point, Netegrity, Nuance Communications, TriCipher, and ArcSight, until their acquisitions. Mrs. Bergeron is actively involved in promoting the role of women in technology though her chairmanship of the Bergeron Women in Technology Mentorship Program at Georgia State University. In 2007, Mrs. Bergeron was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Mrs. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

 
Kenneth L. Bernhardt

Kenneth L. Bernhardt is Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972.  He previously served as department chair and as Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations.  Earlier in his career Dr. Bernhardt served as Consumer Research Advisor at the Federal Trade Commission.  Dr. Bernhardt has published twelve books and monographs and numerous articles on marketing and consumer behavior.  His other work experience includes consulting and research assignments for a number of organizations including Chick-fil-A, UPS, The Federal Trade Commission, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Holiday Inn, BellSouth, IBM, Southern Mills, Coca-Cola, Snapper, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Engauge Digital, AirTran Airways, and several law firms.  He serves on the Board of Advisors for Honey Baked Ham Company, New Heights Manufacturing, Proving Ground, and What’s Up, an interactive marketing agency.  His other activities include service as past Chairman of the Board of the 45,000 member American Marketing Association, past President and former Executive Secretary of the Association for Consumer Research, and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Marketing Association Foundation.  He is chair of the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, a past chair of the Board of Directors and current Vice Chair of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and immediate past chair of Leadership Atlanta’s board of directors.  He serves as a member of the board of director and executive committee for Junior Achievement of Georgia, is a past chair of the board and a Life Director of the Alliance Theatre and is a former Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau Marketing Advisory Committee. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

 
Frances L. (Mimi) Breeden '80

Frances L. Breeden (Mimi) is the retired Corporate Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources for SunTrust Banks, Inc. Prior to assuming that role in 2006, Mimi lead several lines of business at SunTrust, including Private Client Services, Institutional Trust and In-Store Banking. Before joining SunTrust, Mimi completed the Associate Training Program for Macy’s Department Stores and was a buyer for Davison’s in Atlanta until she left to pursue her M.B.A. Mimi graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and French. She earned her M.B.A. from Georgia State University, with a concentration in Marketing. Mimi has been involved with various not-for-profit boards and councils, including the Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross; The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta; The Atlanta Human Resource Leadership Forum; and Annandale Village at Suwannee, a community that serves adults with developmental disabilities and where Mimi’s brother is a villager. She also creates eclectic objets d’art through her design studio, MBreeden Designs. Mimi is married to Bruce Brittain and has one daughter, Lindsay.

 
Anthony P. (Tony) Burger '71

Anthony P. Burger is a Principal with Pritchard & Jerden, Inc., an Atlanta based Risk Management and Insurance firm.  Tony graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Risk Management & Insurance in 1971.  He specializes in working with business owners who are interested in implementing Alternative Risk Treatment  techniques as opposed to traditional Property & Casualty Insurance programs.  Prior to joining Pritchard & Jerden, Tony worked with the Rating Division of the Georgia Insurance Department along with Underwriting management responsibilities with Amica Mutual Insurance Company.   Tony currently serves as Chairman of the Development Committee on the Georgia State University Foundation Board.  He is a past President of the Georgia State University National Alumni Association along with previously serving as a Trustee on the Georgia State University Athletic Board.  He is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of America, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia and has obtained both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional insurance designations from The Institutes in Malvern, PA.  He currently serves on as a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of The Institutes.  His philanthropic interests include The Atlanta Mission and Food for the Poor.  He continues to be very active in a number of roles at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta.  He and his wife Mary have two children.

 
David A. Deeter '77 '78

DeeterAs a co-founder of Frazier & Deeter, LLC, David Deeter has a major role in facilitating the growth of the firm. From 2001-2009, during his term as Managing Partner, the firm experienced an average growth of 20% annually and became a Top 100 Firm in the U.S. David advises clients in all aspects of financial business management. Working with company owners and executives, he coordinates and analyzes clients' financial information, provides tax planning services with an emphasis on the minimization of corporate taxes and personal income taxes, and offers broad-based consulting services. He has been involved in numerous corporate and partnership organizations and reorganizations. These activities include working closely with clients and their attorneys to obtain the most strategic capital structure. David received his BBA and MBA from Georgia State and was a member of the Athletic Association board.

 
John Dyer

John DyerJohn M. Dyer is the president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.

A 37-year Cox veteran, Dyer is responsible for the company’s four major subsidiaries: Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader Group, as well as the Cox Family Office and corporate functions including financial operations, human resources and administration. Dyer also serves on Cox Enterprises' board of directors and its executive strategy committee.

In his most recent roles as chief operating officer and before then, chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, he led a realignment of the company’s executive management team, strengthened the company’s balance sheet and oversaw more than $1 billion in acquisitions. Dyer joined Cox in 1977, spending most of his career in increasingly expansive financial and operational roles to help build the company’s broadband and entertainment subsidiary into the third-largest cable provider in the nation. As the chief financial officer at Cox Communications, Dyer was responsible for financial planning and also managed the company's commercial services and cable advertising divisions: Cox Business and Cox Media respectively.

Prior to that position, he played a critical role as senior vice president of operations in managing the company’s mergers and acquisitions as it integrated $10 billion in cable operations in the central and southwestern regions of the country. Dyer briefly worked for Times Mirror Cable, where he was vice president of operations, and returned to Cox when it acquired the company in 1995.

Dyer holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of West Georgia and a master's degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Dyer is a member of the Marcus Autism Center board of trustees, Atlanta Committee for Progress board of directors and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.

 
Brad Ferrer '81

Brad Ferrer is executive vice president of finance and administration for CNN Worldwide. Based in Atlanta, he was named to this position in June 2000 and is responsible for financial and administrative matters for each division within CNN. Since joining TBS, Inc. in 1995, Ferrer has also provided financial and administrative oversight of the construction of Turner Field and Philips Arena and due diligence on potential digital and other business investments. From 1981-1995, Ferrer was a CPA for Price Waterhouse in the accounting and auditing group. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors to the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and previously served as President of the Georgia State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ferrer holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Georgia State University.

 
David H. Flint

David Flint is a founder of Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint, LLP, an Atlanta law firm. He represents clients in antitrust, first amendment problems, land use and zoning, eminent domain, construction claims, white collar crime investigations, and complex business disputes.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association and frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Flint is a member of several business and civic organizations, among them being the American Opportunity Foundation, the Atlanta Law School Foundation, the Arnold Foundation, the Shepherd Center, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, Georgia Primary Bank and Westside Bank (Chairman). He is married to the former Sandra Lee Love and has two sons – one an attorney and the other a real estate developer – both of whom live in Atlanta, and four grandchildren. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in 1967 from West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) in Carrollton, Georgia, and a Juris Doctorate degree (first honor graduate) in 1971 from Emory University.

 
Ron Freeman

Ron FreemanProviding legal services since 1986, Attorney Freeman’s primary focus is in the area of business and construction litigation and dispute resolution involving the public and private sectors. Additionally, he serves as General Counsel to a number of businesses that are confronted with employment and construction related issues. Even more, Attorney Freeman has been recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” and one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite”.  He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on legal issues in the media involving government officials and the private sector.

Attorney Freeman graduated with high honors from Morehouse College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Furthermore, he received his Juris Doctor in 1985 from Georgia State University College of Law as a Regents Opportunity Scholar.

 
Timothy J. Gunter '83

Tim Gunter is the former president and chief executive officer of IDI, a full-service industrial real estate developer based in Atlanta, providing strategically located properties throughout North America.  Tim set the strategic direction for IDI, as exampled by the 2009 launch of IDI’s newest business service, investment management, which provides fee-based asset management to select institutional investors.  In 2008, Tim was honored by Commercial Property News as one of the top three executives in industrial real estate.  Tim is very involved in the Atlanta community. He was selected to Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2010; one of the city’s most prestigious organizations, Leadership Atlanta inspires members to take on new challenges that benefit the community.  Tim serves on the Board of MillionMile Greenway, an organization which strives to achieve a balance between incredible population growth and conservation of land and water resources. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Batson-Cook Development Company and on the Endowment Board of the Paideia School.  Tim is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Sustainable Development Council and an active member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. He earned his BA from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Georgia State University.  Tim and his wife, Kathy, live in Atlanta and have three children, Maddie, Greg and Maura.

 
David F. Haddow '82

David Haddow, CRE, is the president and founder of Haddow & Company. He has represented individual and institutional clients in real estate investments since 1979, including seven years at Landauer Associates, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President in charge of the real estate consulting practice in the firm's Atlanta office. He has an undergraduate degree from Emory University and master's degrees in city planning and business administration from Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, respectively. A former mortgage banker and city planner, he serves as a part-time instructor in the College of Business Administration at Georgia State University and the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. His articles have appeared in numerous real estate journals and periodicals. He is a licensed real estate broker and a member of the prestigious Counselors of Real Estate. Active in civic affairs, Haddow has served on numerous boards and volunteered considerable time to non-profit organizations.

 
Richard J. Jacobson '80

Richard Jacobson is the retired senior vice president of finance of Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. Jacobson joined Cox in 1982 and served as assistant to the treasurer, manager of treasury operations, assistant treasurer and treasurer respectively. Jacobson serves on the advisory board of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and on the boards of the Dunwoody Medical Center and The Chattahoochee Nature Center, where he also serves as treasurer. A cum laude University of Florida graduate, Jacobson holds a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting. He also has a master's degree with honors in finance from Georgia State University.

 
Elizabeth A. Kenny '99

Elizabeth Kenny (Beth) is a retired litigation paralegal having worked for the Atlanta law firm of Neely & Player. In 1994, Beth enrolled in Georgia State University and studied psychology and gerontology. In 1999, Beth graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State with a B.S. in Psychology and a Certificate in Gerontology.  Beth was also awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in Gerontology. She has served on the Gerontology Alumni Development Board and is a founding member and current member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State. Beth volunteers at The Link Counseling Center, which is a nonprofit community counseling center that provides affordable, confidential counseling, psychotherapy and support groups to all ages. Beth is also active in her neighborhood association and is currently serving as President. She has previously served as the association’s Vice President of Community Affairs and Secretary. Beth and her husband, Mike, believe in the critical importance of education and understand the need for scholarships based on academic and financial need. Consistent with this belief and based on their commitment to Georgia State, Beth and Mike fund three scholarships at the university; The Harold V. and Anna Marie Little Scholarship in Gerontology; the Elizabeth A. Kenny Scholarship in Psychology, and the Elizabeth and Michael Kenny Scholarship, which is a university-wide scholarship based on both need and merit. Beth and her husband Mike reside in Atlanta and are very proud of their family, which includes their daughter Alicia, son-in-law Kevin, and two grandchildren; Michael and Emma.

 
Marjorie F. Knowles (Faculty)

Marjorie Fine Knowles is a Professor Emeritus of Georgia State University’s College of Law, where she served as dean from 1986 to 1991. Formerly, she was a professor of law at the University of Alabama College of Law. She was a member of the court-appointed task force to monitor implementation of the settlement in the race discrimination suit against Coca-Cola, and served on the committee on Shareholder Rights of the International Corporate Governance Network. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of TIAA-CREF. She is a member of the International Coporate Network Foundation US Board and the ICGN Business Ethics Committee. She holds an A.B. from Smith College and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School.

 
Donna Lee

Donna LeeDonna A. Lee recently retired as the Chief Marketing Officer of Business Markets of AT&T Southeast (Formerly BellSouth Corp.). Ms. Lee was responsible for strategic planning, business development, market research and competitive analysis, pricing, billing, and product and lifecycle management for BellSouth’s voice, advanced data and Internet services. Prior to that, she served as President of BellSouth’s entrepreneurial data technology services company, Managed Network Solutions Inc. She joined BellSouth in 1998. She served more than 20 years at AT&T in a variety of engineering, operations and product development positions. She currently serves on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lee served as Director of Radiant Systems Inc. from March 14, 2007 to August 24, 2011. She previously served on the Boards of BeVocal and the Atlanta College of Art. Ms. Lee graduated summa cum laude from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. She is married to Howard Ehni and has 2 children. Ms. Lee and her family reside in Johns Creek, Georgia.

 
Lee A. Macenczak '84

Lee Macenczak is the retired Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Delta Airlines. After joining Delta in 1985, he held numerous leadership positions within the company, specifically in Information Technologies, Cargo Marketing, Agency Sales, and Distribution Planning. He served as Delta's Vice President - Customer Service, Vice President - Reservation Sales and Senior Vice President - Sales and Distribution. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he received his undergraduate and master's degree in management from Georgia State University and holds a doctoral degree (DBA) in management from Kennesaw State University.

 
Cynthia Maloy '76

Cindy Maloy, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, is the Southeast Assurance and Advisory Leader for the Consumer & Industrial products industry group. She serves some of the firm’s most complex manufacturing clients in the Southeast Region. With her extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, systems, and inventory accounting methodologies, Maloy has assisted a number of clients with mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and financing transactions.

Maloy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.

She serves on the Board of the Alliance Theatre and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a former board member (secretary-treasurer) of the Georgia State University Alumni Association Board.

 
Walter Massey

Walter Massey came to Georgia State University after a 22 year career at Florida State University, where he served as vice president of the foundation and had significant roles in two major campaigns that raised $300 million and $600 million, respectively. He has spent 32 years in higher education, and served as Dean of Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before moving to development. He has served as Chair of the board for the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services and has been on the boards of Special Olympics of Prescott Arizona, and The Stubbs Education Foundation. He has conducted board workshops for various foundations including Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, Tallahassee Museum of Natural History, Sacred Heart Hospital and North Florida Land Trust. Walter was awarded the Circle of Gold, Florida State’s Distinguish Alumni Award.

 
Peter D. Miller '73

Pete Miller is the retired Regional CEO for Regions Financial Corporation and now works at Willis Investment Counsel as an investment  portfolio manager.  Miller began his banking career in 1972 as a bank examiner with the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. He joined First National Bancorp in Gainesville, Ga., in 1977 in the trust and investments area, eventually becoming president and chief administrative officer in 1992. He became a regional CEO for Regions when the company acquired First National in 1996.  He is the Chairman of the Brenau University Board of Trustees.  Mr. Miller earned his BBA in Finance from Georgia State University in 1973.  His wife, Catherine, has a Master’s Degree from Georgia State in Early Childhood Education, subsequently earned an Interior Design degree at Brenau University and presently operates Cathy Miller Interiors.

 
Dale Palmer

Dale Palmer is assistant treasurer and chief financial officer of the Georgia State University Foundation and assistant vice president for development at Georgia State. Prior to joining Georgia State, he was the senior associate vice president and controller of the Arizona State University foundation. Dale previously held positions at the Iowa State University foundation and the University of Northern Iowa foundation. He is a CPA with a degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

 
Jerry Rackliffe '83 '88 '05

Jerry Rackliffe is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Georgia State University. Mr. Rackliffe has been at Georgia State University for 24 years and has held several positions including Director of Budget and Financial Systems, Associate Director of Grants and Contracts and Acting Assistant Vice President for Finance. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting and earned his MBA and JD from Georgia State University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting license in Georgia.

 
Deepak Raghavan '09

Deepak Raghavan co-founded Manhattan Associates, Inc., a global leader in supply chain solutions, in 1990, where he conceptualized, designed and developed the industry's first "packaged" distribution management software for the consumer supply chain. While continuing to provide strategic and governance oversight as a director, Deepak left full-time employment at Manhattan Associates in June 2002 to pursue his passion for astronomy. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy at Georgia State University in 2009 and currently serves as adjunct professor in the Physics & Astronomy department. Deepak received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, in 1987. From 1987-1990, he served as Senior Software Engineer at Infosys Technologies Limited, where he designed and implemented information systems for the apparel manufacturing industry. He received his MBA from Georgia State University in 1998. As president of the Deepak Raghavan Family Foundation, he is actively involved in supporting the foundation's priorities of education, animal conservation and children's healthcare. Deepak serves on the boards of Woodward Academy and Georgia State University Foundation, as well as the advisory board of the Robinson College of Business at GSU. He is a founder, mentor member, past president and past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Chapter of TiE, a global entrepreneur organization. He has served as vice chairman of the board of Zoo Atlanta, advisory board member of the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council, and director of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Deepak resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

 
Julio Ramirez '75

Julio Ramirez had an expansive career with Burger King Corporation, spanning 26 years, under five different owners. Ramirez left the company in late 2010, following its acquisition by Brazilian equity firm, 3-G Capital. At Burger King, Ramirez worked his way up in the corporation from an entry level marketing manager in 1984 to a senior executive for 16 years, including two terms as President of the Latin America/Mexico/Caribbean division as well as two years as senior executive of franchise operations and development in North America and Executive Vice President for Global Operations. Upon leaving Burger King in 2011, Julio founded JEM Global, Inc., a company that specializes in assisting start-up brands in franchising and developing new countries and the US. In his first major project, Julio set up 4 new franchise groups in key cities in Mexico & Colombia for “100 Montaditos”, a Madrid based authentic Andalusian restaurant/brewery, which is expanding in the Americas. Julio recently received the prestigious “Alumni of the Year” Honors from Terry College of Business from the University of Georgia.

 
Douglas F. Reid

Doug is Chief Executive Officer of Analytic Solutions LLC, providing data management and business reporting services to businesses in consumer products, financial products, real estate, and wholesale distribution.  Doug is also President of Right-Way Services, a general management consulting practice.  He is a trustee of Atlanta's High Museum, a board director of St. Jude's Recovery Center, and board director of several businesses.  Patty and Doug have two grown children, Jill, living in New York City, and Tommy, attending the University of Virginia.  Doug earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and MBA from Stanford University.

 
Joe Reinkemeyer '81 '87

Joe is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers after 36 years of service with the firm. During his career, he held various leadership positions including Southeast Technology and Telecom Tax Leader and Atlanta Private Company Services Tax Leader. He currently is a part time instructor for Georgia State University in the RCB. Joe has been actively involved in Junior Achievement of Georgia for over 25 years holding various leadership positions on the Board of Directors including chairman of the board from 2012 through 2014. Joe also serves as a board member on both the Georgia State University Athletic Association and the Panther Athletic Club. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of taxation degree from Georgia State University.

 
Joseph D. Sansone '79

Joseph D. Sansone is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Pediatria HealthCare, LLC (PHC), a privately held company focusing on day treatment centers for medically fragile children and pediatric private duty home nursing services. PHC has offices in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Massachusetts with over 1,200 employees. Mr. Sansone is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a resident of Johns Creek, Georgia. He dedicated his career to the healthcare services industry after training at The University of Chicago and becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Pursuing his management ambitions, Mr. Sansone graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a BS in Healthcare Administration, and received an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 
T. Dallas Smith '86

Dallas Smith is the founder and president of T. Dallas Smith & Company, a commercial real estate brokerage firm that focuses on Tenant/Buyer Representation. He has 30 years of commercial real estate experience structuring and closing real estate transactions. He was the first African American to work with Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia in 1989, serving local and national companies such as Jostens Learning Corporation, the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Arthritis Foundation with their office leasing and acquistion needs. He also pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company in 1995 and worked directly with Herman and Jerome Russell. T. Dallas Smith & Company is licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. Helping companies make real estate decisions that positively impact their bottom line, is the company’s main focus.

 
Kurt Travis '94

Kurt Travis is RelayHealth Senior Client Executive. As Senior Client Executive, Travis oversees relationship management and assists with business development and strategy of the organization’s eHealth business. Before joining RelayHealth, Travis served as Director of Business Development of Anchor Hospital, a Universal Health Services Hospital. Previously, Travis spent more than 10 years in various executive healthcare positions, including Director of Relationship Management / Operations with Prime Health Systems.  He helped build Prime Healthcare into a market leader resulting in a subsequent merger with Banyan Corporation. Prior to Prime, Travis was Senior Practice Management Consultant with DeKalb Regional Healthcare System where he developed the concept, managed the design and construction and launched the International Medical Center. Travis currently serves on the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission Marketing Committee and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs ePrescribing Task Group.  Travis received a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

 
Geri Thomas '85

Geri Thomas is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Georgia Market President for Bank of America.  She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion globally and serves on the bank's Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.  As Georgia market president, Thomas is responsible for driving business integration opportunities across Georgia to grow market share and deliver the full power of Bank of America to individuals, companies and institutional investors.  She also oversees the company's corporate social responsibility strategy locally, including philanthropic grants, community development lending and investing and volunteerism activities. Thomas joined Bank of America in 1970 in Consumer banking support. Progressing through a number of Human Resources leadership roles, she became global diversity and inclusion executive in 2002, and was named the Georgia market president in 2009. She is a member of the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University, where the country's first diversity masters program resides.

 
Ray Uttenhove '72 '75

Ray Uttenhove is Executive Vice President and Managing Principal for SRS Real Estate Partners. She joined SRS Real Estate Partners in June 2005. Prior to joining SRS, Uttenhove was executive vice president with CB Richard Ellis. Uttenhove has been in the real estate business for 30 years now, having made the transition from middle school teacher and school psychologist. She leads the Atlanta office and serves on the SRS Board of Directors. She has a significant record of achievement in providing comprehensive real estate and consulting services to users and owners of retail real estate. Her client list has included many multi-million dollar deals and companies, such as TJX Companies, Gap Inc., Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom and Toys R Us.

Ray is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Symphony Board of Directors, Past President of the Atlanta Women's Foundation and Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta. She holds a BA in History from Mary Baldwin, a MA in History and MED from Georgia State.

 
Christopher Valianos

ValianosChris Valianos has practiced business and real estate law in Atlanta for over 25 years and currently concentrates in mediation and arbitration of business and real estate disputes. His legal experience and expertise is further enhanced by his over 15 year association with one of Atlanta’s largest private equity investment firms where he served as managing partner of the company’s real estate funds. Prior to his legal and private equity career, Chris served as a planning and budget analysts with the State of Georgia’s Governor’s Office, and before that as an analyst with the Office of the Comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of the Army at the Pentagon. Prior to his government service, Chris served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications and cryptology officer, until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and received his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. Chris’ linkage with Georgia State University is his wife, Aileen Valianos, who earned both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in business from Georgia State before starting her health insurance business. Chris and Aileen have established an estate planned gift residuary bequest for the benefit of the Georgia State School of Music. Last year they endowed a music scholarship fund for outstanding undergraduates, and currently they are endowing a Fellowship in Music for Georgia State graduate students.

 
Jeffrey L. Warwick '85

Jeff Warwick is Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Compass Real Estate, an Atlanta based boutique private equity firm, former CEO and President of BentleyForbes, a Los Angeles based real estate investment firm, and former Managing Director of Portman Holdings, an Atlanta based real estate investment firm. Jeff retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2011 as Region Executive of Global Commercial Real Estate Banking, after a progressive 20-year career in senior executive leadership roles. He has originated, negotiated, and closed over $50 billion of real estate capital, led numerous IPO/M&A transactions throughout the US, and held FINRA Series 24, 7, and 63 securities licenses. Jeff earned a BBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University in 1985, serves on the GSU Real Estate Department Honorary and Alumni Boards, and earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He serves on numerous industry and community organization boards and is a frequent conference speaker and panelist. Jeff and Cindy live in Alpharetta, and their daughter works in higher education at Samford University.