OAA Staff 2018

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!

Cynthia McPheeters
Office Coordinator
Buttrick Hall Room G15
404 471-6200

Cynthia McPheeters is Office Coordinator of The Offices of Academic Advising and Accessible Education. She joined Agnes Scott College in 2005 and has worked in administrative positions in upper education for 25 years. She works closely with The Office of Accessible Education and is the point person for scheduling testing with accommodations, is the main assistant to Jennifer Cannady, Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Academic Advising.

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.

Courtney M. Burton

Courtney Burton

Courtney has extensive experience in academic advising, student services, career advising, admissions and recruitment. For six years she served as the graduate program coordinator,  administrative faculty member, and key academic advisor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She also served for four years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she conducted both domestic and international recruiting and oversaw various academic and student affairs initiatives. Courtney completed her B.A. in English at Tulane University and her M.S. in Higher Education at Florida State University.

Fun Facts about Courtney:

  • She’s been skydiving twice and plans to make it three times.
  • She once lived in three different states in a single year.

Phone: 404-471-5554
Office: Buttick Hall G29A

Jessamyn Doan

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 G29D

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 G28A

Kai Issa

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 most recently 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-29D

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

Machamma Quinichett

Machamma Quinichett

Machamma is Director of SUMMIT Advisors and Associate Director of the Office of Academic Advising. Her 17 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 loves to snowboard, even though she falls frequently.
  • She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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

Mathavi Strasburger

Mathavi Strasburger

Mathavi’s passion and strong commitment to students led her to Agnes Scott. Prior to joining the advising team, Mathavi was a pre-major advisor and program coordinator of New Student Programs at Duke University. Prior to that, she served as a Fellow for the Office of Undergraduate Education at Duke University.  She also has a wealth of assessment, research and programming experience.  Mathavi completed her B.S.E. in biomedical engineering at Duke University and Ed.M. in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she is currently earning her Ed.D. in Higher Education Policy and Leadership at Vanderbilt University.

Fun Facts about Mathavi:

  • She serves as co-chair of the Duke Atlanta Board.
  • She’s a huge college basketball fan, and she especially loves (surprise!) the Duke Blue Devils - come find her during March Madness!

Phone: 404-471-5553
Office: Buttrick Hall G30A