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Spotlight: Amazing Alumni

Nancy Nguyen and Lizcha Walker

Our Master of Business Administration program has made entrepreneurial dreams come to life in Henry County. Clayton State University MBA alumnae Nancy Nguyen and Lizcha Walker have created PÜR Zen Mimosa Wine Bar, focusing on creating great food pairings with wine and mimosa selections.

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Nguyen Kim

When thinking about students leaving Clayton State University, there’s a distinction to be made between those who “drop out” and those who “stop out.” Just because one leaves, does not mean the door is ever closed on coming back and finishing a degree. Clayton State alumnus Nguyen Kim ’19 is a prime example of this difference.

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Adrian Washington

The Clayton State alumni office recently sat down with new member of the Alumni Board of Advisers, Dr. Adrian Washington ’87, to discuss his professional path and how Clayton State University—at the time he attended, Clayton State College—helped him reach his goals.

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Edlin Veras

As an aspiring professor focused on race and racism in the United States and Latin America, Clayton State alumnus Edlin Veras ’13 directly contributes his experience at Clayton State to the professional trajectory he is on today.

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Megan Brock

Megan Brock’s heart is in the classroom. “I love teaching. I love engaging with students. That is what I know I love to do,” says the Lecturer and Academic Coach in the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia at Athens.

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Mary Kate Chapman

Mary Kate Chapman is a 2013 alumna of the Masters of Liberal Arts in English degree program. She is also the Associate Executive at GUIDE, Inc., which oversees the Georgia Teen Institute program.

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Regina Lewis-Ward

For Georgia state representative Regina Lewis-Ward ‘17, who represents House District 109, this past election signaled a new era for women to become the kind of leaders that can make valuable change in their communities.

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Gideon Esuzor

From West Africa to South Atlanta, and other places all over the world, Clayton State alumnus Gideon Esuzor ’06, ’12 has devoted his life to serving others.

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Mikaela Thomas

“I always wanted to be on TV. At least I thought I wanted to be on TV,” says Mikaela Thomas ’14, graduate of the Communication & Media Studies program at Clayton State University and current multimedia and digital content producer for WFXG Fox 54 in Augusta, Georgia.

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Charmaine Niles

Our newest Young Alumni Council president agreed to let us chat with her about her time here at Clayton and take a glimpse into what she has going on now..

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Charmaine Niles

Charmaine Niles graduated in the summer of 2017 with an MBA in Human Resource Leadership from Clayton State University. She started at Waffle House in 2018 as a Manager Trainee after a recommendation from College of Business professor Dr. Leon Prieto.

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Latoya Hubbard

During Alumni Weekend in October, Clayton State alumna Latoya Hubbard ’01 participated in a panel for alumni focused on planning for retirement and building wealth. After the program, the alumni office sat down with her to discuss her Clayton State experience and her career since graduating.

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Anthony Bentils

The Clayton State University Office of Alumni Engagement recently sat down with Anthony Bentil ‘14MBA, Manager of Strategic Projects and Analytics at Collins Aerospace in Charlotte, North Carolina, after he participated in an alumni panel for College of Business students during Alumni Weekend.

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Deandra DeWalt- Alumni Spotlight

During Clayton State’s Alumni Week in October, alumna Deandra DeWalt ’13, along with three other alumni, spoke to several students in the Criminal Justice program about her professional journey and how those students could utilize a degree from Clayton State’s Criminal Justice program to make a career.

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Christina Zolotova

Ferrari. Verizon. South by Southwest (SXSW). The Super Bowl. These are just a few of the dozens of companies and events Clayton State alumna Christina Zolotova ’07 has worked with through her experiential marketing company, ZOLOTOVA.

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Yolanda Keys

Check out this spotlight on Alumni Spotlight on Yolanda Keys '2014.

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Rob Scott

It’s not often people are able to find a career path that is both professionally and personally enriching. And it was not always that way for Clayton State alumnus Rob Scott ’18.

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Darius Thomas

Meet one of the newest members of our Alumni Board, Darius Thomas. Darius is a Fall 2010 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Service

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Michael Montgomery

Clayton State University Master of Business Administration alumnus Michael Montgomery ’17 has spent his professional career in the accounting, advertising, and events management industries in the military, private sector, and higher education arenas.

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Jamairio- Alumni Spotlight 

Jamario Walker '15 started at Clayton State hitting the ground running and he hasn't slowed down yet.

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Letitia Naghise 

Letitia “Tish” Naghise’s educational journey began like that of most young people, and she started college right out of high school.

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Marsha Anderson 

Meet Marsha Anderson ’05,'11. Driving in your car. Sometimes that is all it takes for the lightbulb to turn on that something has to change

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Tatiana Bradley 

Meet Tatiana Bradley '17. I chose to attend CSU for numerous of reasons.

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Dantez Bennamon 

Meet Dantez Bennamon ’19. Active student and even more active alumnus with a degree in Business Management.l. 

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Andrita Brown 

Mississippi native Andrita Brown 12’ is a proud Clayton State alumnus graduating with a BAS in Administrative Management.

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Jacque Terrell 

As Clayton State University celebrates its 50th anniversary, one cannot look back on the impact of the institution without thinking about our professors.

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Jay Richardson

Chef Jay Richardson graduated from Clayton State University in 2002, after completing the 3 degree ladder program in Information Technology.

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Judith Chime

Arguably the greatest keeper in the history of the program, Judith Chime ’11 was a huge reason for the two most successful seasons in Laker women's soccer during her four-year tenure from 2002-05.

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Roodgine Bray

Meet Roodgine Bray Attorney and Counselor at law. She is a Spring 2008 graduate of Clayton State and has let her experience there launch her into her very accomplished career.

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Maria Gabriella

While a young student at a high school located in Ecuador, Maria Gabriella Mosquera become one of 80 candidates to receive a student scholarship sponsored by the Georgia Rotary Club of which her father was a member.

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Angelita Howard

“Clayton State was such a great foundation for my journey. I was the first person from my immediate family to graduate college. At the time, I didn’t realize how important this was, but it would eventually be a pathway from my other siblings to complete their studies."

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Ryan Marsh

Clayton State University alumnus Ryan Marsh ’14 has taken the skills he learned as a Laker student into the supply chain field and is quickly rising the ranks among his peers.

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Robert McQueston

About 10 years ago, the global recession was in full swing. At the time, Robert McQueston '12 was a 20-year veteran in the hospitality and travel industry and was a sales manager for Delta Air Lines.

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Nicole Clark

Nicole Clark ’18 is an Associate Broker and realtor for the Clark Global Realty Group. She obtained her degree in Integrative Studies and now helps people find their dream home and offers sound advice to future homeowners.

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Marquez Allen

Growing up on the west side of Atlanta can be a challenge. While striving to play an intricate part in the community, it can be rather easy to make the same life changing mistakes as others around you.

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Oscar Hopkins

Oscar Hopkins III ’16 remembers the day he moved to Jonesboro, Georgia from southeast Queens, New York with nothing but his clothes and his clippers with the hopes of one day being able to afford to finish the English degree.

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James Jernigan

Entering its 50th year, Clayton State University has graduated over 25,000 former students and seen many of them become active alumni.

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Ezekiel Jones

For two-time alumnus and Alumni Board member Ezekiel Jones ’13, ’15, Clayton State was always in his backyard.

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Xavier Smith

Getting into the Human Resources field can be difficult, but for Clayton State alumnus Xavier Smith ’15 started his career as a student as an intern in the Clayton State Human Resources department and then became the first HR intern at the Georgia Aquarium.

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Claire Monroe

Growing up the daughter and granddaughter of nurses, Clayton State alumna Claire Monroe ’15 had an interest in medicine at an early age.

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Hiba Elhag

A member of the new Clayton State Young Alumni Council, alumna Hiba Elhag ’11 knows the importance of being involved and giving back.

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Katy Bell

For Katy Bell ’18, the restaurant business has been a part of her life since she could remember.

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John Starr

Some would say that for John Starr ‘16, his path toward a career at Chick-fil-A began at 14-years-old with a little faith.

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Like many students who have attended Clayton State University, Lisa Conley ’02 arrived as a nontraditional student.

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Behind her sparkling silver rhinestone crown and her candy apple red trimmed sash is a woman with a noble purpose.

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The transparent economy we now live in has changed the way you need to present your skills, strengths, and your ability to get the job done.

Read more about Michelle.

Having received four degrees and certificates from Clayton State University, as well as three degrees from other universities, few in education are able to talk to students about the importance of lifelong learning as Dr. Lateshia Woodley ’03.

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Asked what it’s like to be her own boss, Clayton State alumna Meredeth Jones ’04 needed only a one-word response. “Freeing,” she said.

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October is a time for costumes, hayrides, and pumpkin everything. It’s also a time for ghosts, monsters, and zombies.

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Growing up an avid Atlanta sports fan, joining Atlanta United FC as the team security manager was an honor for Clayton State alumnus Scott Ashworth ’15.

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For newly installed Alumni Board of Advisers President Crystal Billingslea ’11, Clayton State may not have been the first university she attended, but, as a nontraditional student, it was the perfect fit for her.

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Hannah Williams

Hahnah Williams, Esq, RN ’00 always knew she wanted to become a nurse. Her mother was a nurse, and the love and passion she displayed for her career led Williams to pursue the same professional path.

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Matika Holmes

Most people spend their birthday eating cake, partying, or just relaxing at home. Not Clayton State alumna Matika Holmes ’13.

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Rejahn Foard

Being a full-time student is hard enough. Being a student and involved in seemingly every student activity on campus makes the time Rejahn Foard ’16, ’18 spent at Clayton State all the more impressive.

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Lauren Huff

Going back to school as a non-traditional student, Lauren Huff ’05 knew she wanted to attend a college that would offer smaller class sizes.

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Nancy Nguyen

It doesn’t take much to see how Clayton State alumna Nancy Nguyen ’13 has a passion for helping others become exposed to and understand the Vietnamese culture that has such a large impact on the community surrounding the university.

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Gantt Thomas

Some students enter college knowing exactly what career path they plan to take. Others have opportunities and events placed before them that cause those plans to change.

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Jen Web

Standing on one side of the glass wall, you can hear the sound of giggling and “aww” from children and adults alike as they watch, star-struck.

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Kandis Webb

When I attended Clayton State, I was a Communications & Media Studies major, worked a full-time job at SunTrust bank, and completed two internships

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Perry Slaughter

When your manager calls a team meeting to tell all employees their jobs are in jeopardy, many individuals would be scared or simply wait it out and hope for the best.

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Jerald Butler

As a digital content engagement specialist for Cox Media Group, Jerald Butler relies on the leadership skills he developed from his Greek days at Clayton State to reach new audiences.

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Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson, senior branch manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance, realized during her years as Alumni Association board president that being an alumna strengthens her degree.

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Kevin Young

From Laker point guard to assistant coach for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, Kevin Young began college thinking he would become a high school PE teacher and then wound up coaching in the big leagues.

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