Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Officers for 2018-2019

Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98
Atlanta, Ga.

President
Read Giselle's Q&A.

Pam TiptonPam Tipton ’86
Decatur, Ga.
Immediate Past President
Diane SandiferDiane Rickett Sandifer ’84
Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.
Secretary

Kim VickersKim Vickers ’87
(Ex-officio)
Atlanta, Ga.
Director of Alumnae Relation


Board of Directors - Returning members and newly elected members as of April 21, 2018

Meredith Goodman Ash ’10
San Carlos, Calif.
Jane Bigham ’06
Arlington. Va.
Nancy Brock Blake ’57
Griffin, Ga.
Sabrina Cintrón ’08 
Bethesda, Md.
Eleanor McCallie Cooper ’68
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Carolyn Newton Curry ’64/’66
Atlanta, Ga.
Kelcie Evans ’16
Atlanta, Ga.
Ellen Parker Gaffney 87
Atlanta, Ga.
Charlotte Gillis ’75
Atlanta, Ga.
Vivian Hays Guthrie ’55
Avondale Estates, Ga.
Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson ’01, 
M.A.T. ’03
Atlanta, Ga.
Sue Lile Inman ’58
Greenville, S.C.
Nitya Jacob ’95
Decatur, Ga.
Vernita Bowden Lockhart ’76
Decatur, Ga
Marianne Lyon ’77
Sylva, N.C.
Linda Marks ’67
Memphis, Tenn.
June Hall McCash ’60
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Tiffany McKenzie ’07
Atlanta, Ga.
Whitney Miller Ott ’03
Atlanta, Ga.
Penny Powell ’97
Denver, Colo.
Helen Tzow ’10
Washington, D.C.

Student Members (Ex-officio)

Tassia Drame '18
Fayetteville, Ga.
Jessica Levine '18
Chicago, Il.

Member biographies


Giselle Fernandez Martin ’98, 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.

Pam Tipton ’86, Immediate Past 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. 

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.

Sabrina Cintrón ’08
Sabrina Cintrón majored in political science and graduated in 2008. After graduation, she completed the post-graduate Year Five program. In 2010, she moved to the DC metro area and worked as a policy research intern for the lobbying firm Capitol Partners, Inc. She later became the executive assistant to the managing partner at the Nagle & Zaller law firm in Columbia, Md., before accepting a position as an administrative assistant in the commercial practice at the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She currently works as a senior resource manager within Deloitte’s Federal Advisory practice, with a focus on staffing practitioners within the Business Risk and Accounting & Financial Reporting service areas.

In her free time, she is involved with Deloitte’s Georgetown School of Continuing Studies mentorship program, helping students network and enter the consulting workforce. Cintrón is also actively involved with the YMCA of Silver Spring and teaches swim classes to students ages 3–12.

Eleanor McCallie Cooper ’68
Eleanor McCallie Cooper left Agnes Scott in 1968 as an English major with a teacher’s certificate, which her mother said she could always fall back on. She taught English in Japan, and then served as a guide at the World’s Fair, Expo ’70, in Osaka, before traveling around the world by herself. She started working for the American Friends Service Committee in San Francisco when she realized that she could work for a nonprofit and still be an educator, but instead of teaching in the classroom she educated about social issues in the community. As Executive Director of Earthwork, a center on food issues, she helped promote a shift toward direct marketing locally-grown, healthy foods.

The first day back to her hometown of Chattanooga, she met the man she married a year later and they raised two daughters. In Chattanooga in the 1980s, Cooper was fortunate to be part of the early “renaissance” of Chattanooga as Vice President of the Lyndhurst Foundation and Executive Director of Chattanooga Venture. Today she is a consultant in Racine, WI, as a community visioning and engagement strategist. She’s the co-author of “Grace: An American Woman in China, 1934-74.” She has an M.A. from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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.

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.

Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson ’01, M.A.T. ’03
Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson 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, Henderson 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, Henderson 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. Henderson 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, and her wife, Christina, as her biggest supporter. Henderson and her family live in Atlanta.

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.

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.

Vernita Bowden Lockhart ’76
Vernita Bowden Lockhart ’76 majored in chemistry and started working at The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Atlanta one week after graduation. She retired in June 2013 with just over 37 years with TCCC. Her first position was junior staff chemist and over the years she held several roles within the Quality Department—her last being director of customer and consumer quality. She was a founding member of the African-American Technical Network at TCCC.

Lockhart is a member of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society and has previously served as treasurer, Herty Arrangements Committee member and Minority Affairs Committee chair. During her tenure as chair of the Minority Affairs Committee, the Georgia Section won two ChemLuminary Awards for excellence in programming and outreach to chemistry students and professionals in the metro-Atlanta area. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dekalb County and most recently served on the Atlanta committee for “The Greatness Before Us” campaign.

Lockhart has two children, Alfred Jr. and Allison, who live in the Glenwood Park area of Atlanta. She and her husband, Alfred, and their cat, Princeton, live in Decatur. Her hobbies are cooking, listening to music and traveling.

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.

Linda Marks '67
Linda grew up in Memphis and is a graduate of Hutchison School. At Scott, she majored in English, accompanied the Glee Club, and was active in student government. After graduation in 1967, she got her M.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught both high school and college English. In 1986, she received her J.D. from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, and became a patient rights advocate and conflict resolution specialist during her many years in Portland, ME. In 2004, she returned to Memphis and began working at the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), an organization founded in 1968 after Dr. King’s assassination for the purpose of helping to heal the community. Her position as MIFA’s Inter-Faith and Community Outreach Officer has given her the opportunity both to appreciate the distinctiveness of many faith traditions and to offer opportunities to bring diverse groups together to support MIFA’s vision of uniting the community through service. Starting in the classrooms and practice rooms in Presser and the beloved Hub, Linda has continued to play the piano for choruses, soloists, church choirs, and community theater.

June Hall McCash ’60
June Hall McCash, after graduating from Agnes Scott in 1960 with a B.A. in French, completed her M.A. in French and Ph.D. in comparative literature at Emory University. She went on to become a university professor of French and humanities. Since retiring from her academic career in 2004, she has become a fulltime writer. Now the author of 13 books of nonfiction, historical fiction and poetry, she has twice received Georgia’s Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association for her historical novels.

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.

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.