Randall Abney has held a variety of media- and technology-related positions since calling football games for radio and TV stations in the 1970s, culminating with the co-founding of the Athens-based SmARTlens Corporation in 1998. The company, which produces innovative photography products, won an Academy Award in 2009 for Technical Achievement.
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.
An Atlanta native, Mary Frances Early transferred to UGA in 1961 after starting postgraduate work at the University of Michigan. At the time, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes became the first African-American students to enroll at UGA, and Early's graduation in 1962 with her master's degree made her the first African-American to graduate from the university. She then went on to receive an educational specialist degree in music education and have an extensive career in music education, most recently serving as music department head at Clark Atlanta University.
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 in Roanoke, Virginia, he started new research programs in science and technology. He holds a doctorate in instructional technology from UGA and today, as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, he has instituted a unique curriculum that includes a senior-year thesis in one of 13 laboratories. He is the author of two books and lives in Alexandria.
Sylvia Hutchinson has spent four decades with the College of Education as a student, professor and administrator. She began as an assistant professor in 1978, moving up to the associate dean role in 1991. She holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, all from the College of Education. Most recently, she is serving as director of academic partnerships and initiatives for UGA Student Affairs. She also organizes mentoring initiatives such as the Coca-Cola Foundation's First Generation Scholarship program and is involved in community organizations such as Kiwanis and Jeanette Rankin Society.
Tom Kenyon spent the first 25 years of his career working in international education and training and the next 25 years as a not-for-profit executive. He has served on many not-for-profit boards as a volunteer representing the interest of children and minorities. Additionally, Kenyon served as the founder and first chair of the America Works Partnership and was a member of the White House Community Service Committee. In 1992, his book, "What You Can Do to End Homelessness" was published by Simon and Schuster. Kenyon earned his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and his master's degree from Georgetown University.
Karen Kenyon spent her career serving both the corporate and not-for-profit world. After graduating from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., she began a 20-year career at NBC Television, first in Washington, D.C., and then in New York City. During her not-for-profit phase, she served as chief of staff for the president of the Environmental Defense Fund in New York and worked closely with the president, staff, and Board of Directors. She was an active volunteer in New York and served as the regional recruiter for Trinity College, Friends of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library, and the National Down Syndrome Society.
Phil Lanoue has been superintendent of the Clarke County School District since 2009, where his innovative partnerships and programs have helped make it one of the top districts in the state for closing the achievement gap between low- and high-income students. Along with revitalizing the Athens Community Career Academy, which brings college-level courses to a high school setting, Lanoue was also instrumental in creating the Professional Development School District with the College of Education. Prior to his move to Athens, Lanoue served in leadership roles in the Cobb County School District and high schools in Massachusetts and his native Vermont.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.