Joeleen Akin rejoins Georgia Tech’s athletics administration after 13 years at Agnes Scott College. She served as Agnes Scott’s athletics director and physical education chair for 12 years (2003-15) before being promoted to associate dean for athletics and student activities in February 2015. nge that yield greater social belonging, organizational performance, and possibility.
Prior to her 13-year tenure at Agnes Scott, Akin spent seven years at Georgia Tech as director of women’s basketball operations (1996-98), marketing/operations manager (1998-99), and director of marketing (1999-2003).
During her 12 years as athletics director at Agnes Scott, an NCAA Division III institution in Decatur, Georgia, she oversaw a program that produced eight NCAA Tournament teams and a coaching staff that earned 12 different coach-of-the-year recognitions. Under her direction, Agnes Scott student-athletes maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and participated extensively in on- and off-campus service projects.
As the director of regional development for the mid-Atlantic states, Donna Ashley builds relationships with alumni and donors to align their philanthropic interests with the funding needs of Georgia Tech. Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech in 2012, she served as interim director of development, senior director of advancement operations, and director of development services at Agnes Scott College. Ashley began her career in development at MIT as assistant director of resource development and participated in the Institute’s $2 billion capital campaign.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in English from Boston College.
Since 2012, Marisa Atencio has served as director for international students and scholars (ISSS) in the Office of International Education at Georgia Tech. Previously, she was the director of ISSS at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Atencio has held advising roles at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. At Tech, she leads a team of 10 professionals to serve and advocate for 7,000 international students and scholars.
Atencio has been an active member and volunteer with the Association for International Educators since 2001 and with the Council for Global Immigration since 2013. Her passion for international education is rooted in the desire to be an advocate for and empower international students and scholars as they make impactful decisions while pursuing personal and academic goals. In addition to her work in Georgia Tech's Office of International Education, she is pursuing a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia.
Lori Brown joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014 as the director of corporate relations in the Office of Central Development. As such, her role is directly responsible for the managing the overall partnership and philanthropic engagement of industry partners to the Institute. A large portion of her role focuses on the cultivation of strategic partnerships across campus, helping companies identify needs, and achieve goals in the areas of recruiting, research, thought leadership, economic development, vending, and professional education.
Previously, Brown served four years as the director of marketing and sales for Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor’s degree of journalism in broadcasting from the University of Missouri.
Dian Chung joined Georgia Tech in March 2007 following an already lengthy career in higher education administration. She began her current role, director of administration and HR in the College of Sciences Dean’s Office, in March 2010.
Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Chung also held leadership positions at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and Emory University Vaccine Research Center.
She has a lifelong passion for service and creativity. Her out-of-the-box leadership style led to the Georgia Tech Outstanding Staff Award for Innovation in 2016. As a Georgia Tech Leadership Fellow, Chung advocates for the interests of students and has worked to improve their leadership abilities.
She is deeply committed to community-based outreach and brings a high level of integrity to her coaching and mentoring activities.
Georgette Demes is the director of international operations in Georgia Tech’s Vice Provost for International Initiatives Office. She oversees multiple areas of global operations.
Previously, Demes served as the associate director of research administration in the MIT Skoltech Initiative, which established a graduate science and technology institute in the Russian Federation. Prior to MIT, she served Carnegie Mellon for 25 years as the contracts officer in the Office of Sponsored Programs, program director of Carnegie Bosch Institute, and associate director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and its predecessor, the NSF Engineering Design Research Center.
Carla Gilson serves as the associate director of sports medicine for the Georgia Tech Athletics Association. A member of the Georgia Tech community since 1997, she is a certified athletic trainer, charged with the responsibility of comprehensive patient care and programming for student athletes.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gilson earned her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1993, and received her master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 1997.
An avid believer in team collaboration, her passion and life work is to serve. In her role, Gilson believes that dynamic teams do not just happen. Team health is cultivated with each team member contributing to the success.
Amy Herron serves as an associate controller for Georgia Tech. She is responsible for the financial compliance activities managed by the Controller’s Office as well as the accounting and financial reporting of Georgia Tech’s capital assets, capital debt, and four of Georgia Tech’s affiliated organizations – Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures, Georgia Tech Facilities, Inc., Home Park Learning Center, and Georgia Tech Global.
Herron earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in public accounting and higher education at Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern Mississippi prior to her current role at Georgia Tech.
Jennifer Hirsch joined Georgia Tech in August 2015 as the inaugural director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in the Office of Undergraduate Education. She is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, collaborative governance, community development, networks, and experiential education. Hirsch is recognized nationally for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability and climate action, using methods from anthropology, popular education, asset-based community development, participatory facilitation, and museum education. At the Center, she aims to create a culture of collaboration in which students, faculty, and staff collaborate with community, municipal, and industry partners to build sustainable communities.
Hirsch holds fellow appointments with The Institute of Cultural Affairs, USA and The Field Museum’s Science Action Center and serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.
Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman serves as the director of health behavior in Community Health and Well-Being at Georgia Tech, and she is a licensed psychologist.
Hughes-Troutman received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has more than 15 years of experience as a clinician, training consultant, and lecturer on student and staff mental health and development, mental health outreach, and diversity for professional organizations, university groups, faculty, staff, and students in higher education.
Hughes-Troutman is a fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association, and was selected as a diversity delegate for the American Psychological Association’s State Leadership Conference.
Maria Hunter is the associate director of information technology services in Georgia Tech’s Office of Information Technology. She leads a management team responsible for all customer support areas including the technology support center, IT services for executives and administration, technology support services, IT asset and licensing, directory services, and distributed support. In 2011, Hunter received the Georgia Tech Administrative Service Award.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 1999, she worked at Tulane Hospital and Clinic, Shell Oil Company, and AT&T. Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Florida A&M University and master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University.
Cynthia Jennings currently serves as the assistant dean/director of New Student and Sophomore Programs for Georgia Tech’s Division of Student Life since 2013. Her office oversees FASET, Wreck Camp, Sophomore Programs, Transfer Programs, and other programs that assist students in their transition to life at the Institute. Jennings has been in the field of student affairs for 20 years, which has taken her from the South, where she grew up, to New Jersey, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, and back to Georgia.
She received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Georgia and master’s degree of human services administration from Rider University in New Jersey.
Keona Lewis serves as the programs review and research manager for Institute Diversity at Georgia Tech, where she oversees research and assessment for the department. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching both anthropology and criminology courses.
In addition to her time in academia, Lewis worked as an educational consultant contributing to a number of K-12 projects as a subject matter expert in the areas of mixed-methods research, program development and evaluation, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
She holds a master’s degree in criminology and Ph.D. in applied anthropology focusing on the social construction of race and its effects on both education and crime. At her core, Lewis is an educator and mentor having worked with both high and low-achieving students as they negotiate who they are and who they aspire to become. Her research interests also include ethnicity, education, and the school-to-prison pipeline with specific interest in African-American males’ identity construction and their academic and professional aspirations.
Connie Masters came to Georgia Tech in 2009, and currently serves as director of talent management at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where she is responsible for six functional areas: human resources, organizational development, employee performance, diversity and inclusion, recruiting, and ethics and compliance.
Her 25 years of experience are on the people-side of business in areas such as management consulting, assessments, coaching, performance management, training and development, succession planning, talent review and calibration, and human resources.
Masters received a master’s degree in human resources development from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
Patrice Miles is the assistant dean of business operations for Georgia Tech Professional Education. She oversees the following departments: business/finance, IT, operations, project management, marketing, communications, and Global Learning Center sales.
Prior to joining Tech, Miles had a successful 20-year career at Delta Air Lines as a corporate officer of the company. She was the vice president of consumer marketing, leading a global team of more than 150 personnel.
Miles graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas with additional course work at Mary Baldwin College. She also participated in a semester study abroad program in London, England.
Cynthia Moore is the director of OMED: Educational Services, which reports to Institute Diversity. As director of OMED, she provides oversight and leadership of programs and initiatives that address the transition, retention, and academic performance of underrepresented students.
Moore started at Tech in 2004 in business services where she was responsible for administrative and financial management. She was a member of the Womenetics Academy, a leadership forum for professional women.
Moore has earned several professional development certificates within diversity leadership, management development, professional management, and supervisory development. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA from Saint Leo University.
Susan Morrell is the director of treasury and student services for Georgia Tech’s Administration and Finance division. She oversees cash receipts for the Institute, manages customer service for student accounts, and assists with treasury functions such as managing and reporting Institute investments and capitalized expenditures.
Prior to joining Tech eight years ago, Morrell worked at Georgia State University where she was the director of student accounts.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Virginia University and master’s degree in geography from Georgia State University. Morrell has an interest in women’s role in the global economy and their positioning within cultures.
Pamela Rary serves as one of the managing attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs at Georgia Tech. She has more than 20 years of experience providing advice to Institute clients on a wide range of matters relating to administrative support for business, academic, and research programs. In this role, Rary provides advice to research faculty on issues relating to compliance with export laws and regulations and conducts export reviews on research proposals and foreign visitors.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked as the enforcement attorney for the Georgia Office of Commissioner of Insurance and legal assistant for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. Rary graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in allied legal services and received her juris doctor from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.
Mia Reini is the director of enterprise risk management at Georgia Tech. In this role, she works with senior leadership to help mitigate risk and facilitate compliance at the Institute. Reini has managed the Compliance and Risk Management Network and Institute Risk Inventory since 2011. She also launched the Georgia Tech Policy Library, Institute Policy Steering Committee, and Compliance Partners Group.
Reini received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her juris doctor from American University. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Massachusetts.
Reini is a member of the 2014 Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class and has been a reading mentor for Everybody Wins! Atlanta since 2011.
Ann Maureen Rouhi
Ann Maureen Rouhi is Filipino by birth, Iranian by marriage, and American by choice. She comes from a family of African-Americans, Caucasians, and Asians, which includes gay/lesbian/straight professionals, manual workers, and a tattoo artist.
Rouhi has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of London, in England. After a brief stint as an assistant professor of chemistry in the University of the Philippines, she landed in science communications. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America as a student, researcher, lecturer, scholarly publishing editor, multimedia education producer, science journalist, magazine editor-in-chief, and magazine business developer.
Rouhi joined Georgia Tech in January 2016 as director of communications for the College of Sciences. Her vision is for the College of Sciences to be the first choice of students and researchers worldwide for education and discovery in sciences and mathematics. Her mission is to raise the visibility of the College of Sciences’ achievements, activities, interests, and influence.
Jana Stone is the founding director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services at Georgia Tech, which opened in September 2013. In this role, she develops programming and policies to enrich the postdoctoral training experience at the Institute.
Stone is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Postdoctoral Association.
She earned a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Indiana University. As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, her research focused on DNA replication.
Kimberly (Kim) Toatley
Kimberly Toatley currently serves as the director of business operations for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and has worked at Georgia Tech since 1989. In this position, she directs the activities of the Lab Business Operations teams who support GTRI’s financial administration activities. Toatley also ensures compliance with state and Institute policies and procedures.
With her more than 27-year career at the Institute, she has held several positions of increasing responsibility within GTRI.
Toatley received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia Tech and MBA from Georgia State University.
Michelle Tullier is the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Career Discovery and Development. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2014, she was with Right Management, a global outplacement and human capital consulting firm for 13 years, progressing from career coaching to regional leadership roles.
Her early experience includes Monster.com’s first online campus career coach, career counselor with Barnard College and New York University, and recipient of a U.S. State Department award to establish career centers at 20 universities in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Tullier holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UCLA.
Kate Wasch is a managing attorney in Georgia Tech’s Office of Legal Affairs. She practices primarily in the areas of employment, Title IX, and student affairs. Wasch regularly facilitates training on topics including Title VII and Title IX.
She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and currently serves on the publications committee. Wasch is the chair of the City of Atlanta Board of Ethics, an independent board of citizen volunteers, charged with cultivating a culture of ethics within city government.
She received her juris doctor and master’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University, and bachelor’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie-Mellon University.