1990s Michele Dowd (Psychology, ’99) was selected as the 2017 Cherokee County School District Counselor of the Year. Dowd has been a counselor at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia, since July 2014. Britt Fleck (MBA, ’98) was appointed to the board of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) by Gov. Nathan Deal. The board, which approves all rules and regulations endorsed by the commissioner, is the general policymaking body for the DDS. Currently, Fleck is the region manager for Georgia Power’s Metro West Region, managing operations for five counties and approximately 175,000 customers. Frances Geiger (Art, ’90) had her artwork on display as part of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center Spring Exhibition in Gainesville, Georgia. The 80-year-old Geiger, a painter, first pursued art when she was in her mid-40s after raising a family in her native Canada. Jeff McCord (MBA, ’93) was named one of five finalists for the position of president at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina. Currently, McCord is vice president for economic and workforce development for Northeast State Community College in Kingsport, Tennessee. Matt Morris (Information Systems, ’97) joined NexDefense, a leading industrial cybersecurity software provider, as vice president of product and strategy. In his new executive role, Morris leads all product management activities and directs a team in defining future strategic development and investment initiatives. Robbie Morrison (Management, ’99) was promoted to chief solution strategist for SBS Group, an information technology innovator and leader. Morrison provides executive-level business and technical leadership to marketing, sales and operations across all SBS Group’s solutions and products. Tonya Sebring (Health and Physical Education, ’94), assistant principal/athletic director at Woodstock High School, was chosen as Georgia’s Class 7A Athletic Director of the Year for 2017. Previously, Sebring was selected as the Region 4-7A Athletic Director of the Year, along with being inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame. A former fastpitch softball coach, she played at KSU and was named to the program’s Circle of Honor in 2006. Katie Smith (Art, ’95) was the featured artist for the month of February at the Art Circle Library in Crossville, Tennessee. Smith uses pastels and acrylics to create art that reflects her inner emotions. She has been an artist since the late 1980s. Liz Tingley (Nursing, ’95) joined eQHealth Solutions as project director for the Colorado PAR (Prior Authorization Request) Program. Tingley has more than 20 years of experience in clinical nursing, population health management, case management, utilization review, quality process improvements and healthcare data analytics. DePriest Waddy (MBA, ’93) was hired as executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity in Birmingham, Alabama. Waddy, who began his new position on May 1, has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in strategic fundraising, operations and marketing. Previously, he served as regional director for United Way of Greater Atlanta. 2000s Moynul Chowdhury (M.P.A., ’08), a local franchisee, plans to open four more metropolitan Atlanta locations of The Halal Guys, which was established in 1990 in the heart of New York City and specializes in platters and sandwiches stuffed with chicken, gyro or falafel. Earlier this year, Chowdhury opened The Halal Guys’ first restaurant in Georgia, located in Chamblee. Cynthia Hannafey (MBA, ’05) was appointed as a managing director for UHY Advisors Inc. in its Atlanta office. Hannafey has more than 20 years of experience with expertise in strategic planning and visioning services, portfolio, program and project management, digital transformation services, shared service implementation and optimization, and post-merger integration. Jenny Kroncke (M.Ed. Adolescent Education, ’08) will join Lancaster Country Day School in Pennsylvania this summer as its head of upper school. Currently, Kroncke is upper school dean of students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Brent McGee (Architecture, ’05) was chosen as a project manager for Crain Construction Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. McGee has served as a project manager or superintendent for Class A office, tenant upfits, healthcare, municipal, parking and high-rise residential projects throughout the Southeast and Texas. Dr. Andy McGuire (MBA, ’01), chairwoman for the Iowa Democratic Party from 2015-16, announced she will be running for governor of Iowa in 2018. Throughout her career as a physician, medical director and business leader, McGuire worked in executive positions for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, American Republic Insurance Company and Meridian Health Plan of Iowa, a Medicaid-managed care company. Mike Pennington (MBA, ’00) was hired as commercial director for Path & Post Real Estate’s new team in northern metropolitan Atlanta. Pennington has more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate. Ron Sinfelt (Criminal Justice, ’09) was promoted to the rank of sergeant within the City of Woodstock (Georgia) Police Department. Sinfelt began his career with the department in 2009 and was appointed as corporal in 2016. Lindsay Youngbauer (Finance, ’04) was promoted to vice president of Diversified Trust’s office in Nashville, Tennessee. Youngbauer has spent more than four years with Diversified Trust, an independent comprehensive wealth management firm with over $5 billion in client assets under management. 2010s Kelsye Acker (Communication, ’16) was selected as a media specialist in the endorsements department for Infinity Marketing, a full-service advertising agency in Greenville, South Carolina. Acker’s experience includes public relations, branding and event execution. Greg Allen (Management/MBA, ’10/’14) was promoted to commercial lender for First Landmark Bank in Midtown Atlanta. Allen joined the bank’s operations department in 2010 while attending KSU as an undergraduate and later served as a credit analyst while completing his MBA. Matt Axelrod (History, ’13) was named the 2016-2017 Sun Belt Conference Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association. Axelrod has been video coordinator for the Georgia State University football team since 2013 after working two years as an intern for the program. Travis Barbee (Sport Management, ’10) was chosen as parks and recreation director for Catoosa County, Georgia. Barbee has worked in the parks and recreation field since April 2011 and is a former graduate assistant men’s soccer coach at SPSU
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