Bonnie Sawdey (B.B.A. '15) is a recipient of Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2018 HR Hero Award. Winners were chosen from nominations submitted to Atlanta Business Chronicle by a panel including representatives of the Society for Human Resource Management Atlanta chapter and the editorial staff of the Chronicle. Sawdey has more than 28 years of experience with Crawford & Company. In 2014, she became vice president of human resources and was named Benefit Manager of the Year in 2015 by Business Insurance magazine.
Hanson Borders (MBA '98) former office partner-in-charge and financial institutions group leader for the Birmingham office of Mauldin & Jenkins LLC, will transition into the firm's managing partner position. Borders began his career with the firm in 1989 and has 29 years of auditing, tax and consulting experience, primarily in the financial services area. He was appointed as partner-in-charge of the Birmingham office in 2004.
The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County (N.C.) has honored Suzanne Williams (MBA '91) (pen name Suzanne Adair) with a $1000 Professional Development Grant, which she’ll use to travel to scheduled author events through June 2019. In March 2018, her crowdfunding campaign to cover production costs of Killer Debt, book four of her Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery series, was 127 percent funded ($1900). The book was released in May 2018 to critical acclaim.
The Mariposa County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors recently announced the selection of Kimberly Williams (B.A. '96) as the County’s next director of human resources. Williams comes to the County after eight years at the United States Department of State, where she focused on human resource management, leadership development, communications and general operations in assignments around the world.
Erin Ascher (M.S. '95) recently joined Baltimore-based Remedi SeniorCare as the senior vice president of Human Resources. Ascher brings more than 25 years of human resources experience to the Remedi organization. In her most recent position as chief human resources officer, she led the HR function for Gentherm, Inc.
David A. Dodd
B.S. '71, M.S. '77
David Dodd (B.S. '71, M.S. '77) was announced as the Chairman, President and CEO of GeoVax, a human vaccine development company, effective Sept. 1, 2018. Dodd has served as the Chairman of GeoVax since January 2011.
James J. Chaffin, Jr.
James J. Chaffin Jr. (MBA '68) was recently inducted into Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s Order of West Range during their 2018 International Convention. The Order of West Range recognizes outstanding alumni of Pi Kappa Alpha for achievement in their careers, service to society or service to the fraternity.
Deborah Brigham (M.S. '89) has been promoted to Senior Vice President with Segal Consulting. Brigham is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary.
(B.S. '12, Ph.D. '18)
Vitali Mindel (B.S. '12, Ph.D. '18) has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business.
Sp. Ed. '12
Kimberly Premoli (Sp. Ed. '12) is the new principal at Cambridge High School in Milton, Ga. Previously she was named Northwest Learning Community Assistant Principal of the Year.
Dr. Tosha Williams
Dr. Tosha Williams (B.A. '99) will continue serving at Edwards Middle School, in Conyers, Ga., in her new position as principal. Williams previously served as an assistant principal at Edwards Middle School from 2016-18 and at Anne Street Elementary School in Griffin-Spalding County from 2014-16.
Dr. Hardray Dumas
Dr. Hardray Dumas (Ph.D. '14) was recently named principal at Hillside Elementary School in Roswell, Ga.