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Dean NairDr. Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President & Dean
404E Dobbs University Center

Dr. Ajay Nair was previously Senior Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held positions at Columbia University, Penn State University, and the University of Virginia. During his tenure in higher education, he has served in a variety of capacities as faculty member, student affairs administrator, and academic administrator. 

Dr. Nair’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and 2nd-generation Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of 2nd-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.

Dr. Nair was born and raised in Philadelphia. He earned his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees from Penn State University.

Dr. Bridget Guernsey RiordanDr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Assistant Vice President of Development, Alumni Relations, and Parent & Family Programs
403E Dobbs University Center

Dr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan is the Assistant Vice President of Development, Alumni Relations, and Parent & Family Programs. She collaborates with Campus Life units and university colleagues to engage alumni and families in the life of the university. Prior to this position, she served Emory in a number of positions including Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.

Dr. Riordan has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education program at Georgia State University. Prior to her positions at Emory, Dr. Riordan worked in various student affairs positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh and served as a National Collegiate Field Advisor for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity.

A native of Indiana, Dr. Riordan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

In professional associations, Dr. Riordan served as the President of the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA) and has been on the Region III board for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Her areas of research and publications have included alcohol education, Greek letter organizations, and relationship health.

Eric BymasterEric Bymaster, Associate Vice President of Finance, Administration, and Operations
409B Dobbs University Center

Eric Bymaster was named Assistant Vice-President of Finance and Operations in December of 2010. Prior to this appointment, Eric was the Chief Financial Officer for the Division of Campus Life since June of 2008. Currently, he oversees financial operations, human resources, Dobbs University Center, Bookstore Liaison, Technical Services, Food Services, and Student Government financial operations.

Prior to joining Campus Life, Eric was the Director of Finance for the Emory University Libraries. He joined Emory in October of 2001. Before Emory, Eric worked at Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation in different positions involving real estate, finance, grants and contracts.

A native of Indiana, Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue's Krannert School of Management and his Master of Science degree in Higher Educational Administration, also from Purdue University.

Jessi ArnidisJessi Arnidis, Director of Development
409G Dobbs University Center

Jessi Arnidis joined Campus Life as the Director of Development in August, 2014. Prior to this position, Jessi was the Associate Director of Development for the Emory University School of Medicine since July of 2011.  

Prior to Emory, Jessi worked in development for the American Diabetes Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Make-a-Wish Foundation.  

A native of Alabama, Jessi received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and psychology from UAB and a fund-raising certificate from Samford University. She volunteers for Junior League of Atlanta and serves as the placement co-chair for the Center for Visually Impaired. 

Mekeshua NorthMekeshua North, Human Resources Manager
408E Dobbs University Center

Mekeshua North began her Human Resources Career in 1999 after she earned her MHRM (Masters of Human Resources Management).   She has worked in various industries such as Trucking/Transportation, State and Local Government and Aviation/Engineering.  Her Human Resources experience includes Recruitment, Benefits Administration, Employee Relations and Training and Organizational Development.  In addition to her degree, she is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessments, 360 Feedback Assessments, and DiSC Assessments.

Kathy MossKathy Moss, Executive Administrative Assistant
404E Dobbs University Center

Kathy Moss is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President. Kathy joined Emory in 2003 following a "first career" in elementary education & special education in Tennessee and Georgia. Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and completed graduate courses in the area of learning disabilities. She enjoys bicycling, gardening, and reading.

Brenda Kinchen, Administrative Coordinator
409E Dobbs University Center

Brenda Kinchen is Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Chief Financial Officer.

Nichelle Frye, Administrative Assistant
4th Floor CLC Suite, Dobbs University Center

Since July 2008, Nichelle has served as an Administrative Assistant in the Center for Community Partnerships at Emory. Prior to joining the Emory community, she worked as a Conference Center Coordinator and Client Response Representative for the Georgia Power Company and as an Assistant to the Special Event Coordinator at Agnes Scott College.  She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in music and a concentration in vocal performance.

John BrownJohn Baker Brown, Communications Strategist
G18 Raoul Hall

Formerly a writer with Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, John draws on more than 30 years of experience as a communications manager and consultant in corporate, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Emory in 2012, he served for more than a decade as communications director for Faith And The City, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that encouraged interfaith collaboration and civic engagement on a range of public issues.

John’s earlier assignments include consultant and speechwriter with The Coca-Cola Company, vice president for communications with Morehouse College, editor of The Atlanta Tribune newsmagazine, and video producer, corporate spokesperson, and media relations manager with AT&T. He has taught video production, film history, and academic writing at the University of Akron, Georgia State University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center, respectively. John holds a master’s in mass communication and a bachelor’s in secondary education, both from the University of Akron, and a master’s in theological studies from Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

Matt ConeMatthew Cone, Interactive Communications Developer
G18 Raoul Hall

Matt excels at nonsensical filler, given an aversion to actually writing his own biography. This seems like a silly phobia, until you realize that for 23 years, Matt didn't go to grocery store delis because he feared the social backlash of not knowing how to order.

Matt is also CLC's webmaster, videographer, photographer, graphic designer, editor, and communications consultant. He earned his BA in Economics at Emory, and his MPH in Behavioral Science at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. His early post-graduation work included stints in residential student affairs at Emory, and in-house creative at Porter Novelli. He is a native Atlantan, despite no discernable southern accent and a weird insistence on using "Cheers" as his email salutation.