Lisa Sperling, Ph.D.

Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives

  • Hometown: Staten Island, NY
  • Undergraduate Institution: Emory University
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., English
  • Graduate Institution: University of Georgia
  • Graduate Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Graduate Degree: College Student Affairs Administration (PhD)


Geovani Ayala, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Retention and Diversity Initiatives

  • Hometown: Paterson, NJ
  • Undergraduate Institution: Montclair State University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Family & Child Studies: Concentration in K-5 Education
  • Graduate Institution: The University of Georgia
  • Graduate Degree: Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration


Whitney Barr, PMP

  • Hometown: Columbia, SC
  • Undergraduate Institution: Spelman College
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Graduate Institution(s): University of Georgia
  • Currently Enrolled In: Master of Landscape Architecture (expected graduation date May 2021)


Dionne Mitcham

  • Hometown: Frisco, TX
  • Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Graduate Institution(s): University of Georgia
  • Currently Enrolled In: Pursuing a Master of Public Health in Disaster Management


Joel Thomas, MBA, PMP

  • Hometown: Berlin, WI
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Communication Minor: Spanish
  • Graduate Institution(s): Florida International University
  • Currently Enrolled in: Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)

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