OAA Staff January 2020

Jennifer Cannady
Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Academic Advising and Student Success
Buttrick G15B
404 471-6284

Jennifer is Assistant Dean of the College and Director of the Office of Academic Advising & Accessible Education. She joined the Agnes Scott College community in 1997 as a visiting instructor in Political Science and began work in the advising office in 2001. She enjoys working with students and behind the scenes to support their success. Originally from Connecticut, Jennifer earned her B.A. from Rollins College and a M.A.. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is married and is mom to two young adults.
Fun facts about Jennifer:

  • Jennifer is an avid music fan and has a serious collection of vinyl.
  • Jennifer enjoys scuba diving and snorkeling but is content anytime there is sand in her shoes.

Rachel "Rená" Taylor
Health Professions Advisor
Dual Degree Advisor for Nursing
Buttrick Hall G15A
404 471-5802

Rená joined Agnes Scott College in January 2017 and serves as the Health Professions Advisor. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and discovered her passion for working with pre-health students early in her career. Rena previously worked at Georgia Highlands College and Mercer University within admissions, student services, and clinical education for the health professions. Her most recent position, prior to arriving at Agnes Scott, was Clinical Coordinator for the Mercer University Physician Assistant Program. Rená earned her BA in Child Development and Learning from Maryville College and a M.Ed., CRC in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University.
Fun facts about Rená:

  • During her undergraduate years she was a pharmacy major until she fell in love with psychology and learning theories.
  • The #1 goal on her bucket list is to go to the Bahamas and swim with the pigs on Pig Beach.

Rashad Morgan
Director of Accessible Education
Buttrick Hall G13
404 471-6174

Rashad joined the Agnes Scott College family in fall of 2017 as Director of Accessible Education. Rashad is a first-generation college student who was born legally blind and attributes much of his success in college to student support programs such as TRIO, Disability Services, and student engagement. Rashad received his bachelors in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate and his Masters in Higher Education from Florida State University. While attending FSU, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for their Student Disability Resource Center. He has also worked as a College and Transition Specialist for the Florida Department of Education and most recently served as Assistant Director of Disability Services at Georgia Tech. If you ever meet with Rashad, you may here him say, "you have what it takes"! Rashad is married with two toddlers (Elisha and Aubrey).
Fun facts about Rashad:

  • He loves Chic-fil-A!
  • Some of his favorite games are UNO, Connect Four and Spades!

Kelsey Bohlke

Assistant Director, Office of Accessible Education
Buttrick Hall G13A
404 471-6440

Kelsey Bohlke, MS, CRC, LPC, is the new Assistant Director for Accessible Education at Agnes Scott College. Ms. Bohlke began her undergraduate studies at Oxford College and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Emory University. In 2015, she earned her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to coming to Agnes Scott, Ms. Bohlke was a counselor at the Emory Autism Center in the Emory University School of Medicine. There, she worked with the Education and Transition Services program, providing individual counseling to young adults with autism, engaging in transition support for individuals and their families, and assisting with initiatives to support college students. She lives in Decatur with her very wonderful spouse, Tim, and her very needy cats, Artemis and Spooky.

Taylr Tuggle
Office Coordinator
Buttrick Hall Room G15
404 471-6200

Taylr discovered her passion for education as an undergraduate at Valdosta State University. After transferring to the University of West Georgia (UWG) to complete her degree, Taylr continued her dedication to service by working in the Advising Center at UWG. Over the past four years, Taylr has been committed to the success and progression for students of all backgrounds. Taylr is an Atlanta native with her family residing right here in Decatur. Taylr has a genuine love for the arts, music, film, and people that Atlanta brings together.

SUMMIT Advising Team

Your SUMMIT Advisor remains with you all the way through graduation, guiding you in selecting courses, choosing a major, and discovering special opportunities such as internships, mentored research, and study abroad. Should you have academic difficulty, your SUMMIT Advisor will help you design a realistic plan to get back on track. Goals could include: communicating with the professor, meeting with peer learning assistants for tutoring, visiting one of several campus resource centers, or seeking counseling through the Wellness Center. 

Together, our team will work to:

  1. Collaborate with students from enrollment through graduation to develop a customized educational plan that includes course exploration, major and career goals, service learning, and impactful experiences such as study abroad, internships and mentored research.
  2. Develop a positive relationship with students in a supportive environment.
  3. Provide guidance about opportunities that connect students to meaningful experiences aligned with their passions, interests and life goals.
  4. Prompt students to reflect upon the integration of the liberal arts curriculum, global learning, leadership development, and their major course of study.


Jessamyn Doan Ewing

Jessamyn Doan

Jessamyn's background in teaching and academic advising shape her enthusiasm and commitment for helping students build the skills they need to reach their goals.  Prior to joining the team at Agnes Scott, she served as an academic advisor and a music instructor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Music from New College of Florida and her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pennsylvania, writing her dissertation about race, tourism, and the economics of the contemporary Cajun and Zydeco music scenes in southwest Louisiana.  She owes so much to her advisors at both of those institutions, and hopes to pass along the same care and support to her students here at Agnes Scott!

Fun Facts about Jessamyn:

  • She took accordion lessons for about a week, one time.
  • She's a Quaker--no, they're not extinct, and yes, they do use electricity!

Phone: 404-471-6546
Office: Buttrick Hall G29 B

Elizabeth Henry

Elizabeth Henry

Elizabeth’s advising experience, coupled with her research in women’s history and longtime volunteerism, led her to Agnes Scott College in 2015. Prior to joining the advising team, Elizabeth worked as an academic advisor at the College of Charleston and East Georgia State College – Augusta and has served as a graduate history instructor at Georgia State University and a part-time instructor at Kennesaw State University. She completed a B.S. with highest honors in History, Technology, & Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology and received her Ed.S. in Teaching & Learning and Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University.

Fun Facts about Elizabeth

  • She coached Georgia Tech’s three time conference championship women’s rowing team.
  • She’s a member of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

Phone: 404-471-6521 
Office: Buttrick Hall 105

Kai Jackson

Kai Issa

Kai has spent her entire career teaching and mentoring undergraduates. She has served in faculty and administrative positions at the New School for Social Research, Spelman College and Morehouse College. Most recently, Kai was a visiting scholar at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference and directed the Writing and Academic Success Center at Bauder College. Kai received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she pursued studies in literature, women’s studies and African-American studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University.

Fun Facts about Kai:

  • Chocolate is her favorite food.
  • She is the author of an award-winning children’s biography, Howard Thurman’s Great Hope.

Phone: 404-471-5549
Office: Buttrick Hall G30B

Kaitlin Jacobson


Kaitlin looks forward to building relationships with Agnes Scott students centered on reflecting on their goals and connecting those with meaningful academic and co-curricular opportunities in order to make the most of this exciting phase of their educational journeys. Kaitlin served as an academic advisor at the University of California Santa Cruz where she had the opportunity to cultivate a philosophy of advising grounded in engagement with how students' identities and backgrounds shape their academic experiences. Kaitlin earned her B.A. in History and Russian Language and Culture from Duke University and M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington.

Fun Facts about Kaitlin:

  • She loves to cook and is always looking for recommendations of new cookbooks or food blogs.
  • She read the whole 7th Harry Potter book on the night it was released.

Phone: 404-471-5548
Office: Buttrick Hall G-28 A

Tanzania Nevels

Tanzania Nevels

Tanzania Nevels believes wholeheartedly in the empowerment of students and is passionate about helping them succeed. Since 2007, she has served as the Student Records/Cross-Registration Specialist in the Registrar's Office at Agnes Scott. Tanzania also has served in advisory roles for several campus organizations, including Strong Sisters, a co-mentoring group with Decatur High School and the Woodruff Scholars for non-traditional students over the age of 25, and was a facilitator for Think, Live & Engage, an intercultural dialogue series. Tanzania completed both her B.A. in English and Organizational Communication and the M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Fun Facts about Tanzania:

  • She is a poet and spoken word artist and has performed at various venues around the Atlanta area.
  • She loves a variety of music and especially loves to dance. She tries to go dancing as often as possible.

Phone: 404-471-6117
Office: Buttrick Hall G29C

Cliff Poole

Cliff Poole

Cliff Poole has worked in higher education for over 20 years. He advised and taught for major universities in the Southeast, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Emory University. He also enjoys presenting and leading workshops on topics related to diversity and inclusion. Cliff is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University with a dissertation focus on Black Spirituality's manifestation in the persistence, retention, and advancement of Black faculty and staff at predominantly white institutions. 

Fun Facts about Cliff:

  • He is a minister in his spare time and has officiated over 150 weddings. 
  • He is an energetic (but poor) disc golf player.

Phone: 404-471-5554
Office: Buttrick Hall G29D

Machamma Quinichett

Machamma Quinichett

Machamma is Director of SUMMIT Advisors and Associate Director of the Office of Academic Advising. Her many years of dedicated higher education experience centers on partnering with students to accomplish their personal and academic goals. She joined Agnes Scott College in 2005 and has served as the Assistant Director and Student Disability Services Coordinator. Prior to working at Agnes Scott, she rose to the rank of Captain as a clinical social worker in the United States Air Force, directed the clinical services for a community mental health clinic in Princeton, provided clinical treatment services at inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment centers before serving as the Associate Director of the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Machamma earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fun Facts about Machamma:

  • She enjoys experiencing and learning about new cultures.
  • She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Phone: 404-471-6150
Office: Buttrick Hall G28 B


Kayla Whitter

 Kayla Whitter

Kayla's passion for student success derived from her undergraduate experience as a student orientation leader. After obtaining her bachelor's degree, she served the University of West Georgia (UWG) working directly with transfer student records in the Registrar's Office and often collaborating with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for campus events. Kayla served as an academic advisor in the Advising Center at UWG.  Her strengths focus on relationships and rapport building, skills she is excited to put to use as a SUMMIT Advisor at Agnes Scott College. Kayla earned her B.S. in Mass Communications and her M.Ed in Counseling - College Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia. 
Fun facts about Kayla:
  • She once stayed overnight on a sidewalk outside a Moe's Southwest Grill to win free burritos for a year.
  • Her favorite place on earth is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, though she's only been once (for her honeymoon). She's a Hufflepuff.

Phone: 404-471-5553
Office: Buttrick Hall G29-A