Leadership

Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Tawana Lee Ware '96
President
Nashville, Tenn.
Ann Glendinning '68
Immediate Past President
Atlanta, Ga.
Helen Nash ‘93
Secretary
Atlanta, Ga.
Kim Vickers '87 (Ex-officio)
Director of Alumnae Relations
Atlanta, Ga.

Elizabeth Ansley Allan '57
Atlanta, Ga.
Lisa Amaker '07
Atlanta, Ga.
Genet Heery Barron '47
Newnan, Ga.
Valerie Case Bayham ‘98
Ellicott City, Md.
Margaret Van Deman Blackmon ’63
Afton, Va. and Atlanta, Ga.
Anne Miller Boyd ‘63
Atlanta, Ga.
Whitney Brown ‘07
Decatur, Ga.
Kimberly Clark Douglas '80
Atlanta, Ga.
Elizabeth Hanson Duerr '58
Houston, Texas
Helen McGowan French ’54, ’74
Atlanta, Ga.
Catarina Gutierrez ’06
Suwanee, Ga.
Sarah Hawk '92
Atlanta, Ga.
Helen Davis Hatch ’65
Atlanta, Ga.
Susan Stevens Hitchcock '67
Suwanee, Ga.
Annie Chanpong Kuo '99
Seattle, Wash.
Addie Price Mathes '78
Atlanta, Ga.
Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba ‘01 
Memphis, Tenn.
Lizanne Edwards Stephenson '84
Atlanta, Ga.
Edna Lowe Swift ‘71 
Decatur, Ga.
Susan Skinner Thomas ‘74 
Rome, Ga.
Barbara Black Waters '73
Atlanta, Ga.
Harriett Schneider Williams ’73x
Greer, S.C.
Carol Reaves Wilson '82
Augusta, Ga.

Student Members (Ex-officio)

 
Lauren Gaia '13
Colonnade Club President
Sally Horne '13
Senior Class President


Member biographies

Tawana Lee Ware '96, President 
Ware graduated with a major in biology. She earned her D.D.S. degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. During dental school, she held many leadership positions including president of the student government association and was active with community service. Ware was awarded a National Health Service Corps Dental Scholarship and inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the distinguished dental honor society. She went on to complete her pediatric dentistry training and obtained the M.S.D. degree at Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind. While in residency, Ware was the recipient of the National Dental Association Foundation/ Colgate-Palmolive Dr. Bessie E. Delaney Scholarship and was featured in Ebony Magazine. After residency, she worked in public health and private practice for eight years. She is now a full-time professor at her alma mater, Meharry, teaching pediatric dentistry to dental students. Ware has held several national leadership positions and currently is vice president of the American Association of Women Dentists. Locally she serves on the board of directors for the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. Her passion for community service has inspired her to participate in dental missions and lead a trip to Jamaica. She has done international presentations on dental public health in South Africa and Guatemala. Ware and her husband, Jermaine, live near Nashville, Tenn., with their new daughter, Nasya.

Ann Glendinning '68, Immediate Past President
After graduating with a B.A. in psychology, Glendinning worked at the Georgia Mental Health Institute for three years. She then completed her M.Ed. and Ed. S. degrees in special education in the areas of emotional and behavioral disorders and learning disabilities and her Ph.D. in special education administration from Georgia State University. She taught students and was an administrator until she retired from the Cobb County School District in 2001 and was Assistant Superintendent for Special Student Services at the time. She has been on the part-time faculties of several colleges and universities and worked for the University of Georgia for three years on a grant with the Georgia Department of Education. She served on the Atlanta Steering Committee for the building campaign, coordinates the Agnes Scott College Book Award for young women in the Cobb County area, and established two awards that are given annually to Agnes Scott students, the Sara Glendinning Journalism Prize (named for her mother Sara Wilson Glendinning ‘33) and the John Hudson Prize in Special Education. She is currently fund chair for her class. She is married to Dale Kelly and has one stepdaughter and grandson.

Helen Nash '93, Secretary
Nash graduated with a B.A. in English with a minor in French and then joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993. In more than 16 years with the company, she has served in a variety of communications roles, ranging from editor to speechwriter to blogger. Helen has worked in the the company¹s Archives, media relations, financial communications and employee communications areas. Since graduation, Nash has served as class secretary and currently is class president. She also helped form After-Hour Readers, a book club for alumnae.

Elizabeth Ansley Allan '57 
Elizabeth Allan graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history. After graduation she taught history in the public schools of Tennessee and Georgia for 30 years. While her husband was the Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, she received recognition for her work with and care for the spouses and families of clergy. Following retirement, she and her husband founded The Work of Our Hands, a nonprofit support and education organization. She continues to be heavily involved with one of its programs, the Mikell Folk School, that each year holds several arts and crafts events in the North Georgia mountains. In 2001 Elizabeth published a book of poetry, “On the Way to the Water Well.” She has held leadership positions in the greater Atlanta Archaeological Society and annually participates in “digs”—most recently along the Savannah River. This year is the 55th reunion of her class of 1957, and she has enjoyed working with the committee planning the celebration. Allan has four children and nine grandchildren.

Lisa Amaker '07
A Woodruff Scholar and native New Yorker, Amaker graduated with a B.A. in women’s studies and an Africana Studies minor. Deciding to remain in Atlanta following graduation, Amaker returned to a career in medical education and communications and now leads a national education initiative for medical professionals through the American College of Rheumatology. An active member of her adopted community, Amaker volunteers with several nonprofits, is vice president of her homeowners association in Decatur and sits on the programming board of the Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends. She is the proud owner of a rescued dog.

Genet Heery Barron '47
After graduation, Barron came back on campus as a Lupton housemother and biology lab assistant while attending graduate school at Emory University. At the end of that year she married Lindsey Barron and moved to Newnan, where she has dedicated 64 years to church and volunteer work. She was state president of the Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union and an adult Sunday school teacher for 50 years. She also served as president of the all women Kiwanis Club of Coweta County and president of the Newnan Reading Circle in the year of its 100th anniversary celebration. In 2011, she was nominated for Citizen of the Year. At Agnes Scott, Barron was a member of Mortar Board and president of the Athletic Association. Recently she served Agnes Scott as a class fund chair and is presently president of her class. Barron has been a widow for five years. Her two sons and their wives live in Newnan, and she also has four adult grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Valerie Case Bayham '98
Bayham graduated with double majors in biology and history. She obtained her J.D. at the University of Chicago and litigated constitutional law cases for four years with the Institute for Justice, focusing on free speech and economic liberty cases. She “retired” to start her family, but still enjoys occasional volunteer legal work with a local legal aid agency. Bayham is a class officer and currently serves as the Chair of the steering committee for the alumnae chapter for the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia region. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband, Chris, and their young son, Gabriel.

Margaret Van Deman Blackmon '63
After graduating with a degree in history, Blackmon taught eighth graders in Texas and earned an M. A. in history at Texas Christian University. She moved to Virginia in 1971, where she taught at the community college and then in the Fredericksburg City Public Schools for 18 years. She earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia and moved to Farmville to be the superintendent of the Prince Edward County Public Schools for the next nine years. During 2005-2006, Blackmon was the president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Superintendent in Germany, and in 2006, she represented Virginia as part of the American delegation to the China- U.S. International Education Conference in Beijing. Following her retirement, she became the executive director of the Women Education Leaders in Virginia, headquartered in Charlottesville, and a consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 2008, her Agnes Scott classmates elected her president of their class. She and her husband, Charles, split their time between Virginia and Atlanta, where their two grown children and six grandchildren live.

Anne Miller Boyd '63
After graduating with a BA in Economics, Boyd began life in Atlanta as a wife, mother and volunteer in her community and church, St. James United Methodist. She has served the College as Co-Fund Chair 1997-2003, served on the Selection Committee for Outstanding Alumnae Award Winners and served on the Selection Committee for Alumnae Director in 2005. She also served on the Atlanta Committee for the Comprehensive Campaign. Her most active community involvement is with Achievement Rewards for College Scientist, serving on the board of this organization which provides scholarships to advance science in America.

Whitney Brown ‘07 
Brown graduated with a Psychology and Music (History) double-major. She worked various jobs her first year out of college, and, in 2008 began working at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit. She worked her way up from a Marketing intern/Box Office Associate to the Communications & Development Manager. After three years at Theatrical Outfit, Brown recently began a job at Agnes Scott College as the Faculty Administrative Assistant for the Music Department. While an undergrad at Agnes Scott, she was a member of Collegiate Chorale, Tower Council, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, and was Editor-in-Chief of The Silhouette. She currently is the President of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and volunteers as a Suzi Bass Awards Recommending Judge, the Atlanta theater awards. She is also her class’ co-fund Chair and is active in the Decatur Alumnae Chapter.

Kimberly Clark Douglas '80 
While majoring in psychology at Agnes Scott, Douglas discovered her passion for industrial/organizational psychology and later earned her Master of Science. She founded FireFly Facilitation Inc., 11 years ago and is a nationally recognized team effectiveness and innovation expert. Over the past 25 years, she has collaborated with hundreds of leaders at organizations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, McKesson, AT&T and even the U.S. Marine Corps. She holds the certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Professional Facilitator. John Wiley & Sons just published her book, The Firefly Effect, and she is a frequent contributor to management and leadership publications, including Investors Business Daily, Leadership Excellence, American Management Association, Yahoo Finance and USA Today. Douglas has served as a volunteer leader and board member in several nonprofit organizations. She gives back to her community through pro bono work with the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, The Westminster Schools, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Agnes Scott. She and her husband have one daughter who is in ninth grade at Westminster.

Elizabeth Hanson Duerr '58 
Duerr received her B.A. degree in German and then returned to Houston where she worked for Humble Oil (now Exxon) in the production research department as a research librarian and document translator. After living in Germany for a year with her husband and children, Duerr became active in music, pursuing post-baccalaureate studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. A lifelong Presbyterian, Duerr was a member of a church music staff for 18 years as well as having served as an ordained deacon and elder. Current activities include serving on the Institutional Review Board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and on the Board of The Houston Friends of Music as well as other civic and cultural organizations. Always active with the Houston Chapter of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association, she has served as chapter president. Now a widow, Duerr has a son and grandchildren in Atlanta and a daughter, also an Agnes Scott alumna, in Greensboro, N.C.

Helen McGowan French ’54, ’74
When the Return-To-College program was initiated in 1972, French returned to Agnes Scott to complete her degree in English, which had been put on hold twenty years earlier. She then earned a master’s degree in medieval art and theology from the Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory. She has served as a Girl Scout troup leader, Meals on Wheels driver and past member of the Administrative Board and the Staff/Parish, Long-Range Planning and Pre-School committees at her church. She has recently completed 25 years as a volunteer at the Buckhead Christian Ministry.

Catarina Gutierrez ’06
Gutierrez graduated with a B.A. in economics and business and studied the effects of virtual economies on real-world markets. Her wide range of experience in legal research, financial planning and sales landed her a position at online bookseller, Better World Books in 2009. She currently manages the Academic Library Division that acquires books from college and university libraries in the U.S. and Canada. She has also worked with public libraries, bookstores and college students to help raise money for literacy initiatives and non-profits worldwide. In her free time, Gutierrez enjoys yoga, traveling to various sporting events, concerts and car shows. She also enjoys volunteering for DeKalb Habitat for Humanity and Books for Africa.

Helen Davis Hatch ’65
After graduating with a B.A. in mathematics, Hatch received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She joined tvsdesign (Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates) in 1973 and has had an exciting career as an architect specializing in the design of hotels, conference facilities and convention centers. A highlight of her career was having the opportunity to lead the architectural teams that designed the Alston Campus Center and McCain Library renovation and expansion on Agnes Scott’s campus. She is currently focused on the firm’s expansion in China. Hatch is past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has been elevated to Fellow in the AIA. Hatch has served on the alumni council of Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Advisory Council for the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Auburn University College of Architecture Advisory Council. Hatch is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and has been named Outstanding Alumna of Agnes Scott College for her career achievements. She and her husband, Ted, live in the Ansley Park neighborhood of Atlanta.

Sarah Hawk '92 
After graduating with a B.A. in English and Classical Languages and Literature, Hawk received a M.A.T. from the college. She then taught Latin for four years in Cobb County. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to Italy and studied at the American Academy in Rome. She received a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, and is a corporate immigration attorney, previously at Alston & Bird for eight years and currently a partner and chair of global immigration at Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta. She serves as legal counsel on the board of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia Inc. She was recognized by “Who’s Who in Asian American Communities.” She is also on the Board of GAPABA (Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association) and on the Executive Board of NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals), Atlanta. Hawk is listed in Chambers 2009, 2010, Top Business Attorneys in the US, 2009 Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2010. She has run nine marathons and travels for work and pleasure and also enjoys volunteer work, most recently teaching English to children in Tanzania.

Susan Stevens Hitchcock '67 
An honors graduate with a B.A. in psychology, Hitchcock completed a 25-year corporate career with BellSouth. Her second career began in 1992 with the Turknett Leadership Group as vice president of client services. She helped quadruple business revenue and introduced a highly regarded executive development program for women. In addition, she helped create a statewide Leadership Character Awards program now in its seventh year. Always active in the community, Hitchcock has served as a teen mentor, an adult literacy tutor, child advocacy counselor and fundraiser. Her leadership roles include the boards of the Atlanta Women’s Network, Georgia Executive Women’s Network, Possible Woman Foundation International, Georgia Women’s Institute and Literacy Volunteers of America in addition to her current role as vice president of the Atlanta Chapter of CEO Netweavers. A loyal supporter of ASC, she has mentored numerous students and hired several at Turknett. Hitchcock is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and her special passion for this subject resulted in the “SHEroes project” – interviews and profiles of more than 50 inspirational female role models. Effective January 1, 2010, she began Act III of her life in which she’s “semi-retired” and plans to travel more, work on a book and spend more time with family including her four grandchildren.

Annie Chanpong Kuo ‘99
Kuo graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in International Relations and Spanish. While a student, she founded the organization that is now Asian Women at Agnes Scott. Her last semester was on exchange at Mills College in Oakland, California, which brought her to the coast that she now calls home. Kuo holds a public relations certificate from the University of Washington and a M.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Kuo was editor-in-chief of the 2009 academic journal and a Lagrant Foundation scholar. In 2006, the Public Relations Society of America named her the Puget Sound region's Outstanding Young Professional. She has worked at Edelman and Ogilvy, two global agencies for marketing and public relations. Previously, Kuo was an arts administrator at Portland Taiko, an Asian American drum performance company, and Kennedy Center Jazz in Washington, D.C. Kuo is now a marketing consultant based in Seattle, where she is also a Young Adult Advisor to the Seattle Art Museum and a 2011 class member of Project LEAD and the Asian Community Leadership Foundation. 

Addie Price Mathes '78
Mathes graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1978 with a B.A. in History. In 1987, she and her partner started Prime Power, Inc., a company that provides critical support services to standby emergency power generation systems. With offices in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Prime Power Services distinguishes itself as the largest independent generator service provider in the southeast and was named Cobb County’s Small Business of the Year as well as Small Business of the Year for the state of Georgia. In 2003, Mathes was named Atlanta’s Woman Business Owner of the Year. Mathes is married to Richard Knittel and has two sons: Benjamin, 28, who is an actor in Los Angeles, and Adam, 26, who is a Marine Infantry Officer, veteran of three combat tours in Iraq, and future employee of Prime Power Services.

Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba '01
After graduating with a major in international relations and a minor in English, Sciubba earned her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. From 2005-2007 she served as a demographics consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Following this appointment she received a fellowship to further her study at the International Max Planck Research School for Demography in Rostock, Germany. She is currently the Mellon Environmental Fellow in the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College and has recently published her first book, The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2011). Sciubba is active volunteer with the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She is married to Paul Sciubba.

Lizanne Edwards Stephenson '84
Stephenson attended Agnes Scott as a “Return to College” student (now Woodruff Scholars Program) and earned a B.A. in French while raising her two young daughters. Her active volunteer work in the Atlanta community led her to a career in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector including work for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a private foundation, and independent schools. She is program director of development for the Imlay Foundation and continues to volunteer and serves as a community advisor trustee for the Junior League of Atlanta’s endowment fund.

Edna Lowe Swift ‘71
Swift graduated with a BA in Spanish and earned an MA in Spanish Language and Culture in 2001 from the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. She completed her ESL endorsement in 1991 and the Translation Certification Program in 1999 – both at Georgia State University. Her teaching career with Atlanta Public Schools spanned 28 years. She retired in 2005 but continues to work part time doing Substitute teaching, tutoring, translating and interpreting. Swift serves on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys her affiliation with “Witkaze” and was Agnes Scott’s first Black graduate.

Susan Skinner Thomas '74
After graduating with a B.A. in psychology, Thomas earned her B.S. and M. Arch. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an architect and arborist, Thomas currently is involved in the real estate and timber businesses. Rome’s Historic Preservation Commission, Downtown Development Authority, Heritage Foundation, Tree Board and the Rome Rotary have all been part of her civic participation. She has also served on the State of Georgia’s National Register Review Board and was appointed by Gov. Perdue to the Capital Construction Task Force. Thomas has been involved with Agnes Scott since graduation including serving as class officer and executive board treasurer as well as serving on the Outstanding Alumnae Awards Committee and a past presidential search committee. Thomas also worked with Henry Howard Smith, architect, on the renovations of Buttrick Hall and McCain Library. She and her husband, Lanny, have two children, Page and Brightman, and enjoy their involvement with the First Presbyterian Church and Unity Christian School.

Barbara Black Waters '73 
Waters graduated with a degree in English and pursued her goal of a career in journalism. She wrote for local newspapers in northern New Jersey as both a feature writer and reporter for two years before taking the helm of a weekly for five years as editor-in-chief. Volunteer fundraising experience was simultaneously affording her new interests and professional opportunities in the field of nonprofit development, work she has continued for 16 years. Waters has served as a fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy, The Bostonian Society (Boston’s historical society), the Island Alliance (a national park encompassing the Boston Harbor Islands), the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Georgia State University College of Law and Atlanta Girls’ School. She and her husband, Michael, have three children. Of historical note, their initial house as newlyweds, located on Ansley Street, was razed to make room for the college’s parking deck! She is a co-fund chair for her class and is an active member of St. Anne’s Guild of the Cathedral of St. Philip.

Harriett Schneider Williams ’73x
Williams started her undergraduate work at Agnes Scott and completed her B.A. in English and secondary education at University of South Carolina. After pursuing an M.A.T. in English at Tulane and teaching high school English for seven years, she received a Ph.D. in English education from the University of South Carolina. Her research focus was rhetoric and composition, an interest which led her to a 28-year career teaching writing at USC and to becoming a National Writing Project site director as well as a national consultant for NWP. This organization, headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley, is a nationwide network of university educators working with teachers K-12 to improve the teaching of writing in the nation’s schools. After retirement from USC, Williams and her husband, Blake, moved to the Greenville, S.C. area where their daughter, Julia, her husband, Todd Cunningham, and granddaughters, Beattie and Sullivan Cunningham, live nearby. Williams is active with ASC alumnae in her area and with her church, Greer First Presbyterian, and she and Blake enjoy traveling and reading.

Carol Reaves Wilson '82 
After graduating, Wilson had several work “careers” before beginning her best and most successful career as a stay-at-home mom with her three children. She has served extensively as a volunteer at church, preschool and the school library. She also has dabbled in most crafts including needlework and basketry and is attempting to learn how to spin yarn. She’s been the fund chair for her class and is presently the secretary, enjoying reconnection with classmates through all sorts of new communication methods. She uses parts of her economics degree to manage a financial planning office on a part-time basis and loves working with the clients in service and support. Agnes Scott is in her blood as her great-grandmother was there on the first day of the first class and her daughter graduated as a fifth generation Scottie.