Alumnae Association Board of Directors
Officers for 2016-2017
Pam Tipton ’86
|Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67
Immediate Past President
|Diane Rickett Sandifer ’84
Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.
|Kim Vickers ’87 (Ex-officio)
Director of Alumnae Relations
Board of Directors - Returning members and newly elected members as of April 16, 2016
|Meredith Goodman Ash '10
Menlo Park, Calif.
|Jane Bigham ’06
|Nancy Brock Blake ’57
|Sarah Bowen '11
|Whitney Brown ’07
|Sharon Jones Cole ’72
|Ellen Parker Gaffney '87
|Sally Bynum Gladden ’65
|Vivian Hays Guthrie ’55
Avondale Estates, Ga.
|Helen Davis Hatch ’65
|Lora Hawk ’04
|Nitya Jacob '95
|Marianne Lyon ’77
|Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98
|Adele Dieckmann McKee ’48
|Tiffany McKenzie ’07
|Whitney Miller Ott ’03
|Penny Powell ’97
|Helen Tzow '10
|Harriett Schneider Williams ’73x
Student Members (Ex-officio)
|Sarah Eiler '17
|Miller Lansing '17
|Kayla Sloan '17
Pam Tipton ’86, President
Pam Tipton ’86 is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott with a B.A. in economics, and a Beta Gamma Sigma M.B.A. graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She is the director of executive programs at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she is responsible for the design and delivery of custom and open enrollment executive education programs. Previously, Tipton served as executive director of consulting at Pathbuilders and held a number of leadership roles for BellSouth/AT&T Corp.
She serves as president of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Atlanta and is a past executive committee member of the Board of Directors of the Executive Women of Goizueta. Additionally, Tipton offers her time and talents to others by serving as a mentor to Goizueta Business School M.B.A. candidates, as class president of ASC’s class of 1986, as a consultant for nonprofit organizations through the Community Consulting Teams of the Atlanta Business School Alliance and by serving others through local and international outreach ministries at her church.
Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67, Immediate Past President
After graduating with honor from Agnes Scott with a B.A. in psychology, Hitchcock completed a 25-year corporate management career with BellSouth. Her second career began in 1992 with the Turknett Leadership Group as VP Client Services where she helped expand services, grow revenue and significantly increase the client base over an 18-year tenure. She also introduced a highly regarded executive development program for women including a monthly Women in Leadership Seminar Series now in its 10th year. In 2003, Hitchcock played a key role in Turknett’s launch of its Leadership Character Awards program—a highly regarded annual event that recognizes outstanding leaders in the business, education and non-profit sectors. As a community activist for four decades, she has served as a mentor, an adult literacy tutor, child advocacy counselor and fundraiser. Her past leadership roles have included the boards of the Atlanta Women’s Network, Georgia Executive Women’s Network, Possible Woman Foundation International and Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta. In addition to the Agnes Scott Alumnae Board, Hitchcock currently serves on the boards of the Global Ethical Leadership Foundation and the Georgia Women’s Institute. She’s also a partner/member and former VP of the Atlanta Chapter of CEO Netweavers, a national non-profit organization based on the principles of servant leadership. For the past three years, Hitchcock has served as a judge for the Women of the Year in Technology Awards and is an adviser with Emerge Scholarships, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to non-traditional women across the country. Recognized in 2012 as a Womenetics POW Award recipient for her advocacy of women’s equality and advancement, Hitchcock is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership. Her special passion for this subject resulted in the “SHEroes project”—interviews and profiles of more than 50 inspirational female role models in fields from A to Z. In 2010, she began Act III of her life, which she calls her “time of 100 percent flexibility.” In addition to selected professional and community activities, she spends time with her husband of 40 years, enjoys reading, traveling, keeping up with her two daughters and four grandchildren, mentoring young women, flower gardening and HGTV!
Diane Rickett Sandifer ’84, Secretary
Diane Rickett Sandifer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who majored in mathematics and completed a certification in secondary education. After a career in management consulting, Sandifer stayed at home raising two sons while simultaneously serving on the Harris County Board of Education. While serving as president of the Georgia School Boards Association, Sandifer was elected to the National School Boards Association’s Board of Directors.
Sandifer co-chaired one of the major components of Georgia’s Vision for Public Education, worked on a three-year education research project with the Wallace Foundation, graduated from the Disney Leadership Institute and served as the president of NAMI GA (National Alliance for Mental Illness). In 2011, she was named the Agnes Scott College Outstanding Alumna for Service to the Community. Sandifer also graduated from the 2013 Education Policy Fellows Program through the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is a member of the Serenbe Institute Board.
Meredith Goodman Ash ’10
Ash graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in history. She started her career at Georgia Tech, working at the College of Computing in higher education administration and corporate relations with several other Agnes Scott alumnae. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at a social media marketing startup called Wildfire that was acquired by Google soon after. She’s now a project manager at YouTube, a Google company, working on the subscriptions team and doing significant amounts of event planning and logistics. In her free time, she works with some local animal rescues and enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking the beautiful California coastal trails with her rescue dog and Yellow Jacket husband.
Jane Bigham ’06
Bigham graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and Spanish. After graduation, she worked for the Carter Center Mental Health Program for five years. Her involvement in the program’s first international initiative in Liberia inspired her to pursue a Master of Public Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In 2011, after graduating from Emory, Bigham received a Presidential Management Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She currently works in the CDC Washington office and handles congressional relations for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Nancy Brock Blake ’57
Blake majored in Bible and served in several capacities in student government. After graduation, she joined the Agnes Scott College staff as an assistant to the dean of students until her marriage, a year and a half later, to Otis Blake Jr. and her move to Griffin, Ga. An active member of First Baptist Church, she is a Life Deacon, a teacher and a founding director of the Endowment Foundation. She also serves on the organizing Board of the Georgia CBF Foundation, on the Board of Visitors of Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology and the Board of Advisors of McAfee’s Center for Teaching Churches. Blake is also a Trustee of the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation and a Life Trustee of the Georgia Independent College Association. The Agnes Scott experience was so pivotal and transforming that Blake is grateful young women today have the same opportunity. Blake shares her loyalty to the college with one of her daughters, Nancy Blake Tiller, who graduated in the Class of ’82. Blake has chaired three of her class reunions and has served as class president. She enjoys travel of all kinds, and especially when any of her children or eight grandchildren are involved.
Sarah Bowen ’11
Sarah Bowen majored in economics and organizational management and graduated from Agnes Scott in 2011. Upon graduation, she attended Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where she received her master’s degree in work and organizational psychology. Bowen returned to Atlanta in 2012 and worked as an associate consultant at Turknett Leadership Group while serving as the Alumnae House hostess at Agnes Scott College. In 2014, she accepted a consulting role with Hogan Assessment Systems, a global personality assessment distributor, and relocated to Jacksonville, Fla. Most recently, Bowen accepted a role with Ergometrics Applied Personnel Research and relocated to the greater Seattle area. As a consultant with Ergometrics, Bowen supports the development and administration of promotional assessment centers for public safety officers. A Florida native, she enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest and all that the area has to offer, including hiking, kayaking and camping. She is also a craft beer enthusiast, avid cyclist and world traveler.
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.
Sharon Jones Cole ’72
Cole graduated summa cum laude in English. From 1973-1981, she worked as a legal assistant in the antitrust department of what is now Alston & Bird. She left the legal world to manage family-owned property in Atlanta until 1995 and then continued in consultation with her brother until the property was sold in 2005. Cole served previously on the ASC Alumnae Board as Fund Chair in the 1980s. During her younger years, she was involved in the Atlanta community in many ways, including several executive positions with the Atlanta Junior League. She was a trustee of Young Harris College for 20 years. Currently, she is very involved with the Good Samaritan Health Center, serving as Auxiliary president.
Cole splits her time between Atlanta and Cashiers, N.C., where she is on the executive committee of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust and on the board of the Cashiers Village Green. Throughout her adult life, she has been active at Northside Methodist Church, having been chair of Staff Parish and on the Trustees and Nominating committees. She played handbells for 15 years and continues to sing in the choir (22 years and counting!)Cole has been married to Madison F. Cole, Jr, "Matt," for almost 40 years and they have a 30 year old married daughter and a 25 year old son.
Ellen Parker Gaffney ’87
Ellen Parker Gaffney ’87 graduated with a B.A. in biology/psychology and did some graduate work at Georgia State in school psychometry. She has been married to Chris for 28 years and they have raised four children together, ages 21-27. She is a weekly volunteer in the office of the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and recently chaired their largest fundraiser. For the past 12 years, she has served on the summer central staff at Camp Crestridge for Girls in North Carolina. Previously Gaffney served as the managing editor for Quilt Magazine and as a pattern designer and photo stylist for the same publication.
Gaffney describes herself as a professional volunteer. She is class president for ASC’s class of 1987. She has been a Girl Scout leader since 2000. She has been involved with Wonderful Days Preschool for more than twenty years. She currently serves as board chair for the tuition-free preschool for underserved children in Marietta. She also serves on the Camp Crestridge Alumnae Board and is curator for the camp museum and archives. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and recently served on the student experience committee for strategic planning. She serves as president of the Daughters of the King chapter at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta. Gaffney has put her lifelong love of needlework to use as the service committee chair for the Atlanta Smocking Guild, distributing more than 600 gowns and blankets annually to premature and stillborn babies in local hospitals.
Sally Bynum Gladden ’65
After graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in History, Sally and husband Joe moved to Charlottesville, Va. While there she was employed by the Virginia National Bank and the American Association of Medical Clinics. When they returned to Atlanta in 1968, she worked at the college in admission and participated in a number of civic activities: Advisory Board, Atlanta Mission; board member, The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University; Board of Visitors, Emory University; member of the National Advocacy Board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation; Board of Visitors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation; Atlanta Junior League; Board member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists.
Gladden has stayed in close touch with the college over many years and most recently the evolution of the Women's Global Leadership Initiative has captured her attention. Gladden moved back to Charlottesville, Va., in 2004, where she has served on the Board of The Corporation for Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest and as co-chair of the Monticello Cabinet Level of Membership. Currently she and husband Joe operate an equestrian training and boarding facility on their restored 1769 farm outside Charlottesville where they frequently host their 5 grandchildren. They split their time between Charlottesville and Atlanta.
Vivian Hays Guthrie ’55
Guthrie graduated with a degree in psychology and enough education courses to qualify for a teacher’s certificate. After teaching elementary grades for nine years, she went to work at Trust Co. of Ga. Bank to write a teller training manual and then to make college loans through the Government Insured Loan Program. Later, she entered Georgia State University, where she obtained a master’s degree in counseling. During her studies at GSU, she became the first paid employee at The Galloway School as she opened their office in a trailer on the front lawn. Following graduation from GSU, Guthrie became the Galloway counselor for the upper grades until she married her husband, Shirley Guthrie, in 1972. Called upon by a friend starting a school, she worked at the Children’s School teaching reading until she retired to have her son, Tom. After staying at home for several years, she became a counselor at the Career Development Center, where she stayed for nine years. At that time, her family went to Cambridge, England, for her husband’s yearlong sabbatical. There she worked in a bakery packing chocolates! Her interest in life has always been with children, young people, education and teaching—all of which have given her enormous satisfaction. Now she travels all over the world as much as possible.
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.
Lora Hawk ’04
Originally from Social Circle, Ga., Hawk majored in International Relations and French and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia State University. She has served various elected officials in the Georgia General Assembly, including a House Hawk, House Majority Caucus Secretary, the Senate Majority Leader and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Hawk has worked on, consulted and or managed numerous state and local campaigns within Georgia. She has lobbied for the Georgia Pharmacy Association as well as the Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association prior to starting Scarlet Hawk Consulting.
Nitya Jacob ’95
Nitya Jacob ’95 was a biology major at Agnes Scott and graduated with honor and Phi Beta Kappa. Jacob continued her higher education at The Ohio State University where she received her Ph.D. degree in 2000. Jacob’s own transformational experience at Agnes Scott inspired her to pursue a career in teaching at the undergraduate level. From 2000 to 2002 she was a teaching postdoctoral associate at Knox College, a four-year liberal arts college in Galesburg, Ill. Currently, she is an associate professor of biology at Emory University’s Oxford College where she has served as the chair of her department since her tenure in 2008.
Jacob has had a successful teaching career at Oxford College since 2002. In 2011, her work was recognized with the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching honor given to a faculty member at Emory University. That same year she also received the Inquiry-Based Instruction Prize from the leading research journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jacob’s passion for working with undergraduate students has been the driving force for her involvement and leadership in several national organizations. She serves as a Partnerships in Life Sciences Education Leadership Fellow and is currently in her second term on the Council on Undergraduate Research as a Biology Division Councilor. Jacob came to Agnes Scott as an international student from Ahmednagar, India. She is now a proud resident of Decatur, Ga., which has always been her home away from home.
Marianne Lyon ’77
Marianne Lyon graduated with a B.A. in English. She lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for ten years, where she volunteered for The Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange, counseling Malaysian students who wished to pursue higher education in the United States. After later living in Norway, Scotland and England, she returned to the U.S. in 1991. For the past 22 years she has been actively involved with the Company OnStage Theatre in Houston. Lyon has acted in and directed numerous productions, as well as served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors and most recently as Dramaturge. She has served as her ASC class reunion chair for the last two class reunions. She currently lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and their four rescued cats.
Adele Dieckmann McKee ’48
Adele Dieckmann McKee graduated from ASC with a double major in music and Latin after serving as vice president of student government in her senior year. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and Eta Sigma Phi classical society. She received a master’s degree in Latin from Wellesley College in 1949 and in 1955 a master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music. McKee is also a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. Her first job was as a teacher of Latin, music theory and chapel organist/choral accompanist at the Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts. In 1955, she returned to Atlanta where for a time she taught Latin at the Westminster Schools while becoming director of music/organist of Trinity Presbyterian Church. The latter soon became a full-time position where she stayed for 27 ½ years. In 1985, she became organist/ choir master at St. Luke’s Presbyterian in Dunwoody. She served on the National Council of the American Guild of Organists and the National Board of the Choristers’ Guild. In 1970, she was elected to be the first national president of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Her last work in music was as a volunteer at the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde where she was president of their board for four years, guiding fundraising resulting in an endowment fund of a quarter million dollars. She was married to Dr. Dean G. McKee, former president of the Biblical Seminary in New York and later professor of Biblical exposition at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98
Martin graduated with a B.A. in International Relations. Since graduation she has held various roles throughout the private sector and higher education. After college, Martin spent a few years with IBM as a territory sales manager covering the midwest, and parts of the Caribbean. Following this work, she transitioned to higher education; she served as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech where she led key strategic initiatives and scholarship programs; she served Tech in her last role as Director of Enrollment and Community Enrichment, managing enrollment and student development goals for the College of Computing. In 2005 she was the recipient of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) "Rising Star Award. After eight years at Tech, Martin spent three years managing a multimillion dollar higher education and youth development portfolio for one of the largest Georgia based private foundations. These experiences have all led her to her current role at Emory University as the Associate Dean of Admission responsible for global initiatives and key scholarship opportunities. Giselle also holds a M.S. in History and Sociology of Science and Technology from Georgia Tech. She and her husband Chris live locally and escape to their beloved Spain whenever possible.
Tiffany McKenzie ’07
McKenzie graduated magna cum laude, with a double major in economics and international relations. McKenzie received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida and received a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University. Currently, she is an attorney practicing at the international law firm of Bryan Cave, LLP’s Atlanta office. She practices in the Private Client and Fiduciary Litigation Client Services Groups advising clients in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, charitable giving and fiduciary litigation. McKenzie is an active volunteer with Dress for Success Atlanta, the Fernbank Museum and the Cobb Justice Foundation, where she takes on pro-bono cases helping victims of domestic violence. In her free time, she teaches indoor cycling classes at Vibe Ride, an indoor cycling studio located in Midtown , Atlanta, of which she is also one of the owners.
Whitney Miller Ott ’03
Ott majored in history and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott. In 2003, she joined the full-service marketing communications firm Jackson Spalding. Since then Ott has become a go-to resource for clients’ strategic planning, coaching and facilitation sessions, as well as internal communications. She has led high-profile projects for The Coca-Cola Company, including the move of its secret formula to The World of Coca-Cola and the company’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, in addition to an award-winning cause marketing campaign for our Orkin Residential business. Her previous experience researching and copywriting for NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s Special Projects has contributed to her success in landing top-tier news placements for her clients. Internally, Ott serves on Jackson Spalding’s Management Team and, in 2014, became the seventh member of the JS ownership group. Externally, she has served on the board of the American Marketing Association’s Atlanta chapter. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Buckhead, was the club’s 2012-13 Program Chair, and was part of the January 2010 Rotary Group Study Exchange to Gujarat, India, where she spent four weeks immersed in the culture. She is married to a Georgia Tech engineer and has a two-year-old named Miller.
Penny Powell ’97
Taking the road less traditional, Powell interrupted her university education to marry and raise six children. She was also a buyer for the family owned business and later started her own travel agency. After nine successful years, she sold her company to begin a journey of another kind…pursuing a college degree. As a “return to college student” (now referred to as a Woodruff Scholar) at Agnes Scott, she was able to realize her dream, including a summer study abroad. Graduating in 1997 with High Honors, Powell earned a B.A. in History and Art History. Invigorated by her years at Scott, she returned to her Florida home where she began working as a teacher’s aide for a private elementary school, was hired as a manufacturer’s representative for interior designers and had the good fortune to be a “hands on” grandmother.
Today she maintains a long-standing position as General Manager of a real estate partnership. She is also a member of several social organizations, a world traveler, bridge player and great-grandmother. With her large extended family scattered, Powell lives with husband Ed (and teenage dog Zoey) in Denver near her 100 year-old mother. Still proud to be a “Scottie,” she cherishes her time at Agnes Scott as a highlight of her adult life. Grateful for the experience that a woman’s college offers, she believes that women of all ages and cultures can realize a more meaningful and knowledgeable life through an education at Agnes Scott.
Helen Tzow ’10
Helen Tzow ’10 graduated cum laude with a major in sociology and anthropology. After graduation, she completed a Fulbright in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, teaching English at the Institute of Finance and Economics. In 2011, she moved to Washington, D.C., to teach middle-school math in a low-income community through Teach for America. She currently works at DC Public Schools (DCPS) Central Office as the School Planning Coordinator, preparing all the schools in the district for opening day and implements new schools/models of education for DCPS. Tzow volunteers with Girls on the Run, a non-profit focusing on girls’ empowerment by teaching life skills through goal setting and running games. She also volunteers with Eyes Wide Open Mentoring, a one-to-one mentoring program for homeless youth in DC, tutoring students in SAT math and planning fundraiser events for the organization. In her spare time, she can be found tandem biking throughout the city!
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.