Board of Directors
Attorney, Harris & Davis LLP
Courtney Davis is an Attorney with Harris & Davis, LLP. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology, her M.P.A., and her J.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to becoming an attorney, Courtney spent more than 10 years in nonprofit management, most recently as the Executive Director of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. She has chaired several successful Jeannette Rankin Fund events. Courtney is also a member of the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens and serves on the board of Extra Special People.
Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Georgia
Michelle has launched several projects at the Office of Institutional Diversity, including a certificate program in diversity and inclusion for faculty and staff, a seed grant to stimulate diversity related research, and more. She’s served as co-principal investigator for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a National Science Foundation program that aims to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She previously served as associate dean of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and she has taught in the history department and the Institute for African-American Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton, a master’s in African-American Studies from Yale and a doctorate in history from Duke.
Professor, University of Montana
Betsy is a professor in the department of communication studies at the University of Montana. She received her PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Washington, her Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hope College. She has held several administrative positions at the University of Montana including Assistant Provost, Dean of the Davidson Honors College, and department chair. In 2009 she was elected to, and served, as president of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC. Betsy has co-authored a book on communication in organizations and has published additional book chapters, academic research articles, and other applied research.
Asst. Vice President Academic Affairs Emeritus, University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
Ruth Bettandorff recently retired as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville, GA. She was with UGA for nine years and has held administrative positions at several other universities in Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. She has a Ph.D. in Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration from University of Mississippi and a B.A. in English from Calif. State University-Chico. Her faculty appointment is with the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy and she has an appointment as Senior Public Service Faculty.
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, University of Georgia College of Education
Laura Bierema is associate dean and professor at the University of Georgia where she currently serves as Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the College of Education. Laura has also worked at Michigan State University in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations. Her research interests include adult learning, workplace learning, career development, women's development and organization development.
Laura has written several books and published more than 40 articles that have appeared in both research and professional publications. She is the editor of Women’s Career Development across the Lifespan: Insights and Strategies for Women, Organizations, and Adult Educators; co-author of Philosophy and Practice of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change; co-editor of Critical Issues in Human Resource Development; author of Implementing a Critical Approach to Organization Development; and co-author of Adult Learning: Linking Research and Practice.
Lead Research Scientist, George Washington University
For more than 30 years, Maureen has served in leadership positions in the federal government, philanthropy and the non-profit sector. From 1997-2005, Maureen was the Director of the Health and Human Services program at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she designed and implemented a wide variety of initiatives to address challenges in the fields of public health, foster care and science policy. After leaving The Pew Charitable Trusts, she served as Executive Director of Human Rights First. She worked as Vice President of the Association of American Universities advising presidents and chancellors of 62 public and private research universities. Maureen earned her Master of Public Administration degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts degree at LeMoyne College, magna cum laude.
Principal Speaker Consultant/Co-Founder at Snyder Remarks & REthink Ink
Genie is the Principal Speaker Consultant/Co-Founder of Snyder Remarks and REthink Ink. Her mission is to help move companies and organizations forward. She has a passion for encouraging and inspiring people to what and how they do business. Previously she was a Senior consultant for Financial Supermarkets, Inc., Senior QMC Consultant of BMW and an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for the University of Georgia. After more than 20 years of work she still is inspired by seeing the “light bulb go on” when working through challenges.
Program Manager, Rehab Engineering National Industries for the Blind
Gigi currently works for National Industries for the Blind (NIB) in Arlington, Virginia. At NIB, Gigi is an Industrial/Rehabilitation Engineer and supports 90 non-profit associated agencies throughout the United States that are run by people who are legally and totally blind. Previously, Gigi was an Assembly Manufacturing Engineer Supervisor at Caterpillar, Inc. She received her Masters in Marketing and BS in Industrial Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Some interesting facts about Gigi, she is fluent in both English and Spanish and is Black Belt trained.
Chancellor, Palmetto College, University of South Carolina
Susan has been serving as the Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Palmetto College since 2013. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University, her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in education from Tennessee Technological University. Previously Susan worked at Tennessee Technological University in many different aspects from serving as a Dean to the director of multiple departments. Susan has several professional and educational publications in journals, books, and many other articles. She is very involved in community service and has been a part of numerous community organizations. Susan and her husband, Tommy, have one son and daughter-in-law, and one grandson.
Purchasing Supervisor, Caterpillar Inc.
Robin serves as the Site Purchasing Manager for Caterpillar Inc in Athens, GA. Robin is a member of the Caterpillar Athens leadership team and oversees the purchasing organization whose responsibilities include supplier management and component procurement for the assembly of Small track type tractors and Mini Hydraulic Excavators. Prior to moving to Athens in July 2014, Robin and family resided in Clayton, NC where she began her Caterpillar career in 1998 as a purchasing analyst and progressed through the Supplier Management organization to the Site Purchasing Manager role in 2010. Prior to her career at Caterpillar, Robin taught secondary and college mathematics for a total of 6 years. She obtained her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University.
Robin also serves in the Athens community as a United Way Loan Executive and as a mentor to other young mothers within her church community. Robin, her husband Andy, and three boys Drew, Alex, and Noah enjoy the outdoors and participate in a variety of sporting events where Robin serves as mom cheerleader and motivator.
Danine Knowles Hodge
Chief Financial Officer, The Georgia Project
Danine Knowles Hodge has more than 15 years of financial experience working exclusively with non-profit organizations with budgets ranging from $3M-$150M to improve finance and personnel internal controls, fundraising and identifying and implementing innovative programs to meet the needs of the clients and the communities served. Danine changed careers from the for-profit financial sector to work in the non-profit sector and effect a change in the world after becoming a single mother of one son. Through her personal struggles she gained an affinity for organizations that champion education, the arts, advocacy, and community development. Danine holds a BS in Business Management from University of Maryland and a MS in Organizational Management from St. Joseph’s College in New York. She is also a graduate of Columbia University’s Non-Profit Executive Management Program. Danine served as a member of the Board of Directors Cypress Hills Collegiate Prep and is currently an Advisory Policy Council Member for GuideStar, Inc.
Investment Advisor Representative, Holland Financial Services
Nelson is the owner and president of Holland Financial Services, Inc. in Athens, Georgia. He created Holland Financial Services, Inc. in the 90’s and was able to incorporate his employee benefit practice with retirement and investment planning. Before starting his own business, Nelson was an agent for Prudential Financial.
Chairman of the Board & EVP Development, PPI
Steve is the co-owner and chairman of PPI, a diversified company that provides more than 600 jobs in Georgia and North Carolina. The company produces a variety of products and services, earning many awards for its sustainable product designs, worker friendliness, community involvement, and contributions to the sustainability of the environment and economy. Steve is an expert on lean manufacturing and work culture. His focus is on creating a collaborative culture that brings together people, process and technology to sustain a high level of innovation.
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Rob serves as the team’s retirement and planning specialist – working directly with individuals and organizations to determine their retirement situations and aspirations, then implementing customized investment strategies to reach them. Rob currently holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation.
Rob joined Merrill Lynch in 2006 as an intern in the Private Banking and Investment Group, after graduating cum laude from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Honors Program with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Finance. Active in his community, Rob served as an officer of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and a donor of his time and resources to his local Ducks Unlimited Chapter and LifeSouth Chapter.
President, Women's College Coalition
Michele became the president of the Women's College Coalition on March 16, 2015. A history and political science graduate of Douglass College, with a Master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers, Michele has more than 20 years of successful leadership experience with organizations focused on the empowerment and well-being of women and girls. She was recently recognized as one of FAST Company's Extraordinary Women of 2013.
For the past three years, she headed up the San Francisco-based membership organization Women's Funding Network, a global network of women's foundations with a membership of 166 women's foundations in 27 countries. Before that, she served for over a decade as President and CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and helped build G-CAPP into the nation's largest state level teenage pregnancy prevention organization. Prior to that, Michele served as a Program Director of the Division of Public Health for the GA Department of Human Resources and as a research associate for the Georgia School-Age Care Association.
Michele has extensive global experience and contacts. She spent over a decade as a Senior Lecturer on the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Nigeria and has been a presenter and moderator at numerous international conferences, from the UN Commission on the Status of Women in NYC to the African Women's Organization for Millennium Initiatives in Senegal to the Association of Women in Development in Istanbul.
Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College and chair of the Women's College Coalition Board of Directors, describes Michele as "passionate about the value of a woman's college education" and uniquely suited to "bring fresh ideas and energy to our work developing strategies to reshape public understanding of women's colleges."
Frank is a Manager at Battelle and has been with the company since 2007. At Battelle, Frank manages over 130 scientific and technical staff. Previously he was a Laboratory Director for Meritech Inc. Frank graduated from Florida State University and now lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Vice President of Transformational Change, Assurant
Libby’s expertise is in leading change management efforts for strategic business transformation – developing and implementing strategies and plans including internal change capabilities throughout organizations. Highlights of her experience include leading Coca-Cola through organizational redesign impacting 60,000 associates, creating an IT Center of Excellence at Coca-Cola, and facilitating the integration of acquired companies into the larger company. She also led Cox Enterprises through change management planning and implementation. Libby has earned the Prosci Change Management Certification and Oriel, Inc., Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Liberal Arts and Management Program at Indiana University, magna cum laude.
Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Human Services, St. Louis Community College
In 1997, Angela received a Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarship that helped her earn her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After graduating in 1999, she went on to receive her MSW and now teaches future social workers as an assistant professor and department chair of human services at St. Louis Community College.
Previously, Angela served as interim executive director of ROWEL, a Missouri welfare reform organization of low-income people and their allies, and as director of programs for Echo Emergency Children’s Home. She also served as a member of Empower Missouri and currently sits on the personnel and public relations board committees of the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County Inc. Angela is actively involved with the National Organization of Human Services, National Association of University Women, American Association of University Women in Community Colleges, Missouri Community College Association, National Black Child Development Corp. and the National Association of Social Workers. Recently, she was presented with the Courageous Educator Award by Educators for Social Justice.