The Agnes Scott Alumnae Association

The mission of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association is to connect Scotties to one another and to the college. The association represents and serves every Scottie, once they are no longer a student. Every Agnes Scott alum is a member; there are no fees or dues to join.

You can find the current Association's Constitution and By-Laws here, (last updated in 2017-18). As with all living documents, we continue to revise and refine these foundational documents. An update is being proposed this year, and will be voted upon at Alumnae Weekend 2021. Find the proposed revision here, as well as a summary of the changes, here.

The Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association occurs every year during Alumnae Weekend.

Be it through attending events, volunteering, reading college communications, or engaging with social media, we invite you to get involved!

2020-21 Alumnae Association Board of Directors

The Alumnae Association is led by the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, commonly known as “the Alumnae Board.” The board supports the mission of the Alumnae Association, and provides valuable insights from the alumnae perspective to the college. 

In particular, the Alumnae Board partners with the Office of Alumnae Relations on alumnae events and initiatives, and engagement with the college.

New board members are invited to serve for a three-year term; slates of incoming directors, as well as the nominee for president-elect, are voted upon during the Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association. Board members are chosen with the purpose of representing every decade of living alumnae, as well as the rich diversity of our alumnae community.

Please consider becoming involved as an active alumna volunteer and play a leadership role at Agnes Scott! Complete the Alumnae Board Volunteer Form, here.


Board of Directors Officers | 2020-2021

Whitney Miller Ott '03

Atlanta, Ga.

Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98

Atlanta, Ga.
Immediate Past President
Read Giselle's Q&A.

Tiffany McKenzie Nuriddin '07
Atlanta, Ga.

Heather Scott '99
Lithia Springs, Ga.

Mary Frances Kerr '93, ex officio
Atlanta, Ga.
Sr. Director of Alumnae Relations


Committee and Strategic Project Team (SPT) chairs

Ellen Gaffney '87
Atlanta, Ga.
Metro Atlanta SPT

Anne Markette '84
Atlanta, Ga.
Metro Atlanta SPT 

Adria Tolliver '08
Denver, Colo.
Alumnae Engagement (Data Collection) SPT

Shilin Zhou '13
Decatur, Ga.
Alumnae Engagement (Data Collection) SPT

Kelly Limes-Taylor '01, MAT '03
Rome, Ga.
Alumnae Events SPT

Charlotte Gillis '75
Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Alumnae Events SPT

Cristina Gutierrez '12
Atlanta, Ga.
Post-Graduate Success SPT

Board of Directors

Louisa Morton Cranford ’14
Charlotte, Nc.
Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66
Atlanta, Ga.
Kelcie Evans ’16
Atlanta, Ga.
Lynn Ezell '74
Atlanta, Ga.
Laura McCrary Hurban '81
Rye, N.Y.
Sue Lile Inman ’58
Greenville, S.C.
Tracy Oliver-Gary '98
Washington, D.C.
Jenny Spencer Parker '80
Atlanta, Ga.
Carolyn Crawford Thorsen ’55
Atlanta, Ga.
Marilyn Little Tubb '65
Gainesville, Fl.
Shilin Zhou ’13
Decatur, Ga. 

Student Members (Ex-officio)

Leah Trotman '21
St. Thomas, V.I.
Tasida Webster '21
Powder Springs, Ga.

Member biographies

Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98, Immediate Past President
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. Read Giselle's Q&A.

Louisa Morton Cranford ’14
Louisa Morton Cranford ’14 graduated from Agnes Scott with a B.A. in economics and organizational management. She is a finance manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where she is responsible for U.S. sales and margin performance analysis and reporting. Outside the office, Cranford is an active volunteer and enjoys rock climbing and attending sporting events with her husband, Matthew Cranford. 

Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66
Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66 received her B.A. in English in 1966. She earned an M.A. in history in 1979 and a Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University (GSU) in 1987. During her years of research and teaching, Curry was compelled by women’s stories, which ultimately led her to create a nonprofit organization dedicated to the special needs of women. Her organization, Women Alone Together, was founded in Atlanta in 2002 and works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of the death of a spouse or a divorce, are single by choice, or are alone because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited. In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about Women Alone Together. Her service to the community also includes work on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where she was also appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Curry also served on the board of trustees of Young Harris College and on the advisory council for Action Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for GSU College of Arts and Sciences. Curry also won an Outstanding Alumnae Award at Agnes Scott and GSU. In March 2014, Mercer University Press in Macon, Ga., published her book, “Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834–1907.”

Kelcie Evans ’16
Kelcie Evans ’16, originally from Eastampton, N.J., majored in public health with a minor in environmental sustainability studies. She is currently a durable medical implementation specialist with Resurgens Orthopedics at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Analyzing the specific needs of patients and clinicians, Evans measures, fits, and dispenses various custom orthopedic braces and prosthesis to ensure pre- and postoperative satisfaction, success and efficacy throughout the practice. During her time at Agnes Scott she was a member of the Public Health Club as well as a captain of the varsity basketball and cross country teams. She completed two internships, one with the Georgia Department of Public Health and another at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Management and Policy in Ann Arbor. She also worked in the Office of Alumnae Relations helping new and old Scotties stay connected as alumnae. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in health policy and administration.

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.

Charlotte Gillis ’75
Charlotte Gillis graduated from Agnes Scott with a biology degree and completed a Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Georgia in 1984. Early in her career she worked in the private sector as a landscape architect for large engineering and planning firms. In 1993, she joined the US National Park Service as a landscape architect in the Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta. Her career at the NPS included many exciting and rewarding projects. In addition to providing landscape architectural services to the parks in the Southeast, her main focus was on rivers, trails and conservation assistance to communities in the nine Southeastern states that made up the Southeast Region of the National Park Service. In 2017 she was awarded Conservationist of the Year by the Georgia River Network for her work on water trails in the State of Georgia. She retired from the NPS in 2016 after 23 years of service.

Charlotte served as president of her class from 2005-2010 and coordinated the planning for their 35th reunion. Married for 25 years, she and Tracy live in Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta.

Cristina Gutierrez ’12
Cristina Gutierrez ’12 received a B.A. in psychology and her M.A. in industrial organizational psychology from the University of West Florida. After leaving the graduate student beach life in Pensacola, Gutierrez moved to Stamford, Connecticut, to work for the Starwood Hotels and Resorts corporate office as the assessment and impact manager on the Global Learning and Development team. Following her time in hospitality, Gutierrez worked at McKinsey & Co., leading learning analytics initiatives for the People Operations team. Currently, she is on the People Operations team at Kabbage, a financial technology startup in Atlanta, responsible for enhancing the team member experience by building relationships and offering coaching in career development, employee engagement and leadership development. Outside of work life, Gutierrez enjoys volunteering her time at Agnes, traveling with her wife, cooking new delicious recipes, playing sports and loving her two rescue pups.

Kelly Limes-Taylor  ’01, M.A.T. ’03
Kelly Limes-Taylor crossed the stage of Agnes Scott’s 2001 commencement with her B.A. in history. Her first child was born two weeks later. When Kelly crossed the stage in 2003, this time with her M.A.T, she was pregnant with her second child. In the nine years that followed, Limes-Taylor established herself as a high school English teacher and had two more children. Her experiences as a young mother of color from a working class background caused her to prioritize social justice in her daily teaching practice. Coming out as queer further shaped her professional and personal mission of equity for all people, regardless of social status.

In 2016, Limes-Taylor earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, and currently serves as an assistant professor of education at the University of North Georgia. She teaches pre-service teachers about the foundational elements of schooling and how to better serve marginalized students. In addition to teaching, she has published numerous creative and academic articles and chapters, and presented at multiple academic conferences. When away from campus, she continues her work toward education justice–from co-organizing education conferences and events to participating in an inclusive chaplaincy program. Limes-Taylor believes that her varied life experiences have afforded her an empathy that propels her work in social justice and educational access. She counts her five children as the reason she does this work.

Sue Lile Inman ’58
Sue Lile Inman, a native of Little Rock, Ark., graduated from Agnes Scott College in1958 with a major in English. She earned a Masters Degree from Clemson University (1978) and has taught English at Clemson and Furman universities. She’s published prose and poetry in regional magazines and journals. A founding member of Emrys Foundation, she served as the Emrys Journal’s first editor and is a past president of its board. For thirty years, she’s led Writing-on-the-Spot Workshops in her home and elsewhere. Her first novel, “Year of the Snake: 1989”, was published in 2015. Her other published books include poetry — “Voice Lessons” (1998) and “Miriam in the Wilderness” (2005), and nonfiction — “Growing in Faith: A History of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1947-2007.”

An active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., she is an elder and, currently, member of the Pastor Nominating Committee. Inman also serves as chair of the Heritage Lecturer Series. Since 1963, she and her husband, Sam, have made their home in Greenville and have four adult children and four grandchildren.

Anne Markette ’84
Anne Markette ’84 holds a B.A. in economics from Agnes Scott College and is a certified financial planner at Americus Georgia. Markette is a retired senior vice president in the Private Banking Group at Atlantic Capital Bank, where she provided private banking services to principals of the bank’s corporate clients and established Georgia families. Markette’s background includes over 30 years of retail and private banking experience. Her banking career began in 1984 following her graduation from Agnes Scott College. Her first banking job was at C&S Bank, and was followed by a 13-year career at Wachovia, where she was a managing director in the bank’s Wealth Management Group and a risk manager in the Bank’s Risk Management Group. Prior to joining Atlantic Capital Bank, Markette spent five years as a senior development officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she had volunteered for many years. In her spare time, Markette chairs the Marcus Autism Center Advisory Board and is active in fundraising for the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Agnes Scott College.

Tiffany McKenzie Nuriddin ’07, Secretary
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, President
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.

Heather I. Scott, Ph.D. ’99, Member-at-Large
Heather I. Scott ’99 graduated with a B.A. in theatre, an M.Ed. in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in educational leadership with a higher education specialization from Mercer University. Scott is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Leadership Studies Program at Kennesaw State University. She has been named as a Coles College of Business Women and Leadership affiliated research faculty at Kennesaw State University. Additionally, Scott has been awarded the Catherine and Kenneth Kiesler Service Award at KSU for demonstrating a quality of teaching and service to the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies above the ordinary. Scott conducts research in the area of women and leadership and focuses on ascension patterns and experiences of women who have achieved the role of board of trustee chair at private colleges and universities, leadership identity development of girls and women, and authentic leadership. Scott is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International Incorporated (Douglas County), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (Douglas Carroll Paulding Alumnae Chapter) and the International Leadership Association. In 2013 she was named the Junior League Provisional of the Year. In 2018 she was awarded the Junior League of Douglas County’s Eager Leaguer award for her above and beyond service to the league and for always being eager to help. Scott serves as the Brownie troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 6647 and PTO president at Beulah Elementary School. In addition to her civic engagement as a volunteer, she serves as a member of the executive leadership team of the Women’s Leadership Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association, as a board member of the Douglas Health Futures Foundation, and on the Leadership Editorial Board for Sage Publishing. Scott is a member of Mt. Prospect Baptist Church and resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. She is a voracious reader and a patron of the arts.

Carolyn Crawford Thorsen ’55
Carolyn Crawford Thorsen ’55 majored in music and is a lifelong Scottie. Her growing-up years were spent in Maryville, Tennessee, part of a family of Presbyterian ministers, lawyers and musicians. Music remains an integral part of her life. Professionally, Thorsen has been a church organist-choir director and an accompanist. A vocalist herself, she sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw. Thorsen continues her musical involvement at Canterbury Court, her active retirement community, where she helped organize the Canterbury Choristers (consisting of 35-40 residents); she also plays and accompanies other musicians at various events. Professionally, Thorsen was both an elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school teacher of mathematics. Once she entered the Georgia Institute of Technology as a graduate student, Thorsen became an assistant dean of engineering, responsible for developing programs to increase the number of women and minorities enrolling in one of Tech’s engineering colleges. During her 25-year career at Tech, Thorsen served as executive director of Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME), a consortium of engineering college deans from universities in eight southeastern states. Its mission was to work with secondary school administrators and teachers who would encourage minority students to enroll in courses required for them to become engineering and science majors in college. SECME worked, successfully linking deans, school superintendents, corporate representatives and minority students. Its success was recognized nationally, and in 1985 Thorsen was selected by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (an organization made up of CEOs from large corporations) to receive their highest award: the Reginald H. Jones** Distinguished Service Award. At Canterbury Court, Thorsen chairs the Scholarship Committee, which encourages an expanding group of employees wishing to further their education by offering tuition scholarships. Currently, 34 employees participate in this program, which is supported by residents who have contributed over $300,000 in the past five years. Thorsen received two graduate degrees: one from the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, and one from Tech’s Industrial and Systems Engineering College. But the best school she ever attended was Agnes Scott College. It prepared her for being a homemaker and mother, for educational pursuits, and for leadership of committees and large organizations. Agnes Scott prepared her for life. Carolyn is blessed to be the mother of two sons and two daughters, and grandmother to seven grandchildren.

**Mr. Jones was CEO and Board Chairman of General Electric and an organizing member of NACME. After his death, the GE Foundation set up an Endowment to fund this annual award.

Adria Toliver ’08
Adria Toliver ’08 graduated with a B.S. in psychology and received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
In her role as HR manager for Frito-Lay’s North America division, Toliver is responsible for the culture, talent and capability strategy for headquarters and field finance and HR employees. Toliver began her career as a consultant at an executive assessment firm, where she conducted research on cognitive assessment test batteries, assessment center simulations and leadership characteristics. From there, Toliver worked as an external consultant, where she was helping leaders improve their effectiveness through individual assessments and coaching. For the three years prior to joining Frito-Lay, she was a senior psychologist at AT&T, responsible for developing and implementing hiring solutions and conducting organizational research. Most recently, Toliver worked on Frito-Lay’s Talent Management and Development team, where she led the selection work for Frito-Lay’s frontline recruitment process outsourcing, including shortening pre-hire assessments and moving them to a mobile-friendly platform, and streamlining the internal application process to support PepsiCo transfers and Frito-Lay promotions. Toliver is co-author of the article “The Character to Lead: A Closer Look at Character in Leadership,” published in the December 2010 issue of Consulting Psychology Journal. She was the fund chair for her class from 2008–2018. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and sewing.

Shilin Zhou ’13
Shilin Zhou ’13 graduated with a public health major and film & media studies minor. Zhou received her M.S. in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on health communications. Zhou worked as a public health consultant with ICF International evaluating national health programs for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before taking on her current role as a human capital consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Zhou helps organizations with people strategies and guides management through major transformations through the lens of behavioral change communications. Zhou is a native of Shanghai, China, and is a frequent visitor to campus alumnae events and career panels, and a proud mentor of several aspiring Scotties. In her spare time, Zhou also works with the nonprofit Global Dialogues, which empowers marginalized youth through storytelling around the globe.