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Kudos for Colleagues: Fall 2017

December 5, 2017

December 2017: Issue 7

Brandi Benton, MPH, specialist in Health Promotion, passed the certification exam to become a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), demonstrating competencies in seven required areas in addition to work experience and academic preparation.

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November 2017: Issue 6

Krystyna Kylah Jordan 17C accepted the position of program coordinator with the Office of Student Success, Programs and Services. As a recent graduate of Emory College, Jordan brings a fresh understanding of the student experience to her new position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Mingxuan Li joined Campus Life Communications as web developer. She comes to Emory from Kennesaw State University, where she led visual design for the KSU website and developed sites for departments. Li holds a master’s in computer science from Georgia Southwestern State, a bachelor’s in visual communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor’s from East China University of Science and Technology.

Reisha E. Moxley joined Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as a staff psychologist after serving two years in that role at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center, where she completed her doctoral internship. She earned her PhD at the University of Georgia and master’s degree at Vanderbilt University.

Moses Ngungu is the new senior customer services representative at the Raoul Hall lobby front desk for Housing Operations. His previous positions include communications specialist with Navex Global, a third-party reporting agency that documents compliance and workplace claims. Ngungu holds an MDiv from Beulah Heights University and is working toward his EdD at Regent University in Virginia.

Courtnay Oddman and Adrienne Slaughter were each recognized with Emory’s 2017 Award of Distinction. The annual program recognizes 10 to 15 employees for outstanding contributions to the university community. Recipients are honored at a special dinner and receive a $1,000 award. Slaughter is director of the Office of Student Success Programs and Services. Oddman is an assistant director with Residence Life. Read about our Campus Life colleagues and other award recipients in the Emory Report.

Peter Paquette joined the Student Involvement, Leadership and Transitions (SILT) team as the Emory Integrity Project specialist. He served formerly as assistant dean and director, Office of Student Integrity for Georgia Tech. Peter is completing his dissertation for a PhD in counseling and student services; his research explores college presidents who were first-generation college students.

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October 2017: Issue 5

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September 2017: Issue 4

Jonathan Dinkins joined the Housing Operations team as senior customer service representative on the Clairmont Campus. Jonathan earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and has been a teacher for the last several years.

Janell Goodwin-Farley begins her new role as the event coordinator for meeting services with the University Center, helping internal and external clients to plan their events in our large meeting spaces.

Kerry Milhaven joins Emory Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) as associate director of development, Campus Life and Athletics. Kerry comes to Emory from Make-A-Wish Georgia, where she spent the last three and a half years as director of golf and most recently the director of signature events.

Sharon Myers, the new coordinator for meeting services at with University Center, comes to Emory from Georgia Tech where she had more than 10 years of experience scheduling and planning events.

Mekeshua North has been appointed senior manager for Campus Life Human Resources, after serving most recently as manager for human resources. Her responsibilities include supervising HR staff and confirming that employment, compensation, employee relations, and affirmative action practices comply with established requirements.

Chanel Craft Tanner was recently promoted to director of the Center for Women at Emory (CWE). Chanel, and Emory PhD candidate, has produced collaborative intersectional programs that explore the interplay of gender, race, and power since joining the CWE in 2014.

Natalie Turrin has been named coordinator for gender and sexuality programs in the Office of LGBT Life and the Center for Women. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory.

Lina Vargas has been appointed senior director of finance shared services, responsible for leading and managing Finance Service Center operations. She will support business units throughout Campus Life, work with financial partners across the university, and ensure the center’s services meet or exceed customer expectations.

Tia Williams has been appointed program coordinator for the Center for Women (CWE). She served previously as undergraduate program coordinator in the Emory Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. With a master’s in education from the University of Georgia, Tia is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at UGA.

Sonia Parra Zuña joined the Finance Service Center in August as a senior business manager with a focus on Athletics and Recreation. She has over 16 years of financial experience in academic environments, serving most recently with Emory’s Office of Global Strategy. Sonia holds a bachelor’s in business management from Cornell and an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

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August 2017: Issue 3

Romero Huffstead will join the Emory community in September as a staff psychologist. He received his PhD in counseling psychology from Auburn University, where he served for more than five years in residence life. 

Kyle Lastovica joins the Barkley Forum team this month as assistant director of debate. He received his master’s in communication studies with a focus on strategic communication and bachelor’s in government from George Mason University. He has taught debate at Gonzaga University and George Mason University.

Flor Martinez joins Emory in July as complex director for Complex Hall. Flor comes to Emory after working five years in residence life at the University of Texas-Pan American, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and Reinhardt College in Georgia.

Jason Sigalos, new debate coach with Barkley Forum, was formerly the Melissa Maxcy Wade Fellow with Barkley Forum for the 2016-2017 school year. Jason was also an assistant debate coach at both Woodward Academy and Westminster School in Atlanta. He received his bachelor’s in political science from Emory in 2016.

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