Meet Our Recruitment Team

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 (Ph.D.)



Geovani Ayala, M.Ed.Geovani Ayala (Geo)

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


Deborah Martinez, M.Ed.

Graduate Recruiter

Hometown: Clinton, IA

Undergraduate Institution: Loras College

Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Sports Management & Administration

Graduate Institution: Iowa State University

Graduate Degree: M.Ed., Educational Leadership, and Policy Studies




David Stanley, M.Ed.

Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Undergraduate Institution: Morehouse College

Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Psychology

Graduate Institution: University of Georgia

Graduate Degree: M.Ed., Professional Counseling (Community)

Current Institution: University of Georgia

Current Program: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

Research Interests: Qualitative methodology, racial/ethnic minority mental health, multicultural issues, diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, advocacy, and resilience.



Katy Janousek, M.S.Katy Janousek

Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Tech

Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Psychology

Graduate Institution: James Madison University

Graduate Degree: M.S., Public Health Education

Current Institution: University of Georgia

Current Program: M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests: Integrated behavioral health, sexual health, healthy relationships, LGBTQ health, couples counseling, and health psychology.