Matrix Capital Markets Group added David Corbett (MBA '03), CFA, as a director in its downstream energy and convenience retail investment banking group.
After working for The Home Depot for four years impacting the in-store and digital experience, Brian Moore (B.A. '13) recently accepted a role as Senior, Product Management at Macy’s Technology, headquartered in Atlanta.
Andrea Wightwick (B.B.A. '04) has launched her first business, Hapsy. Hapsy is a consumer-packaged goods company that offers USA-farmed Hemp CBD products. Prior to starting her own business, she spent 20 years working in marketing consulting for many brands, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Chobani, Nestle, New Belgium and many more.
Clarkston Consulting has recently promoted Peter Tzefronis (B.B.A. ‘94) to associate partner. Tzefronis joined Clarkston as a manager in 2007, and became a client solutions executive in 2019. He is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
David S. Young (M.Ed. '92) has created a new "Smart Guidance" School Counseling program called Wha Cha Wanna Do, published by Youthlight, Inc. The interactive program allows kids to work their way through three moral dilemma problems, choosing various ways to react and seeing the consequences of each decision. This is Young's ninth school counseling product, which also includes four books and four therapeutic card games.
J.D. '14, MBA '14
Emily Edwards (J.D. '14, MBA '14) is a senior director with Alvarez & Marsal Taxand in Atlanta. She specializes in multi-state tax matters and has four years of experience advising clients on state and local tax planning issues related to various tax types including income, franchise, and sales and use tax. Edwards is a member of the Georgia Bar.
B.A. '16, M.P.P. '18
Deja Velasquez (B.A. '16, M.P.P. '18) recently started a new role as a Grants Program Administrator for the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL). In this role, she will coordinate and manage the ATL's Federal Transit Administration Grants Shared Services Program on behalf of the Authority and in support of regional subrecipient partners. Prior to this role, Deja served as a Fiscal Policy Analyst with the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, where she supported the Technical College System and the Professional Standards Commission.
Sasan Zamani (M.Tax '12) has been named the new Office Managing Partner for the Nashville office of Frazier & Deeter, a Top 50 accounting and advisory firm.
W. Franklin Evans
B.S. '84, M.Ed. '87, Sp.Ed. '88
Dr. W. Franklin Evans (B.S. '84, M.Ed. '87, Sp.Ed. '88) assumed the presidency of West Liberty University in Liberty, W.Va., Jan. 1. Evans is the university’s 37th president, and the first Black president in the 183-year history of the university. Evans was most recently president of Voorhees College. Evans also served as interim president of South Carolina State University, in Orangeburg, S.C., where he also served as the provost and chief academic officer.
Tiffany P. Porter
Tiffany P. Porter (MBA '09) was elected to the Office of the Tax Commissioner for Gwinnett County (Ga.), the first African American to do so in the county’s history. Prior to being elected tax commissioner, Porter served as the first African American judge in Duluth Municipal Court and founded two law firms. In addition to serving on the bench and practicing law, Porter appears weekly as a legal analyst for the Court TV network.
M.P.P. '12, Ed.S. '19
Jatisha Marsh (M.P.P. '12, Ed.S. '19) was selected to the 2020 Class for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leaders.
Ashley Corban (M.Tax. '04) has been promoted from director of business operations to chief financial and people officer for SignatureFD. Corban has more than 15 years experience in financial management and operations, including eight years as controller for Frazier & Deeter, SignatureFD’s partner CPA firm.