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2017-18 Alumni Club Board Members

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Welcome! The Syracuse University Alumni Club of Atlanta (SUACOA) club officers encourage all metro Atlanta alumni to stay in touch.

Have ideas for a new event? Want to help serve on one of the club committees? Or are you simply looking for more information about the SUACOA? Contact your officers anytime!

Kathryn Stone photoPresident: Kathryn Stone L’07

Phone: 603.387.6259

Kathryn serves as chief of staff for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, a trade association representing hoteliers owning more than 40% of the hotels in the United States. Kathryn hails from New Hampshire, but has lived in Atlanta off and on since 1999. When she’s not cheering for the Orange, you can find her dancing the Lindy Hop or performing with the Atlanta Master Chorale.

Fun SU fact:  Kathryn won a halftime contest during a basketball game at the Carrier Dome!

Taqiyyah Ellis photoSecretary: Taqiyyah Ellis ’93, G’95

Phone: 770.851.8860

Taqiyyah is a project manager at CHAMP Cargo Community Systems with responsibility for several multi-national projects. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Syracuse University, and a master of business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. In 2009, she completed her PMP certificate and is a certified project management professional. Taqiyyah enjoys volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends. She’s married with two children ages 20 and 14. 

Fun SU Fact(s): Using her family’s secret recipe, Taqiyyah baked and successfully sold bean pies (she recruited her roommates and friends to help) to make extra money while a student at SU. Taqiyyah also enjoyed Reggae Nights at Sutter’s Mill...those were the days!

Don Vassel photoTreasurer: Don Vassel ’89

Phone: 770.329.6301

Don is CEO of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a mentoring organization that provides empowerment programs for youth living in at-risk environments. He’s also the former CEO of two leading cinema entertainment and advertising companies, Screenvision and Cinema Screen Media. Don previously held corporate development and strategy vice president positions with ADP and Thomson S.A. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse and a master’s degree in engineering economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Fun SU Fact: Don is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and participated in a winning step team at Greek Freak at Manley Field House. His favorite food while a student was steak and cheese subs from Zorba the Greek off Marshall Street!

Allison D. Mitchell photoCo-Chair, Events Committee: Allison D. Mitchell ’08, G’09

Phone: 440.281.0808

Allison currently serves as marketing communications manager at Morehouse School of Medicine. In this role, she’s a dynamic and detailed marketing, communications, and advertising professional, with almost nine years of hands-on experience in promotions, market research, project management, public relations, and developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic marketing and advertising campaigns. Allison is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and is also a member of the Generation Orange committee. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, experiencing new restaurants and events around Atlanta, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.

Fun SU fact:  Allison was very active, both academically and socially, while attending SU. “I was known as the ‘work hard, play hard’ girl—I was the student who would be out at Chuck’s every Thursday or Friday night, a frat party on Saturday night all night, fit work in between the partying along with studying and writing 10- to 20-page papers, and graduated within four years with honors (and graduated the next year cum laude with my master’s, doing the same social-academic thing). Thanks ’Cuse for the full college experience!”

Rachelle Thelusme photoCo-Chair, Events Committee: Rachelle Thelusme ’13

Rachelle is an account executive for Phase 3 Marketing Communications, an integrated marketing agency. She also worked as an account executive for TMP Worldwide before landing the job with Phase 3 Marketing Communications. As a student at SU, Rachelle was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, including serving as social committee chair. Rachelle also was involved in the Haitian American Student Association, the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble, and the American Marketing Association.

Fun SU Fact: Rachelle’s favorite memories from her time at SU included the Mayfest and Juice Jam concert weekends.

Kimberly Williams photoChair, Generation Orange: Kimberly Williams ’14

Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While at Syracuse, Kimberly immersed herself into the entrepreneurship scene which helped her branch out as an independent designer in Atlanta. When she’s not working to assist nonprofits and businesses across the country with her skill in design thinking, graphic design, and sustainability, she’s creating one of her crazy cake creations in her kitchen and making videos for her YouTube channel. Kimberly is an advocate for social positive change and implements empathy into everything she does. Connect with her on social media at

Fun SU fact: While at Syracuse, Kimberly was an RA in Brewster, Booth, and Sky halls, a Student Leadership Institute mentor, attended Alternative Spring Break in D.C., was a peer mentor advisor for Full Circle, and served as president of the USGBC student chapter. Talk about being involved!