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2018-20 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!

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President: Allison D. Mitchell ’08, G’09


Allison Mitchell graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts & Sciences with bachelor's degrees in public relations and Spanish language, literature and culture. She also graduated from Newhouse cum laude with master's in media management. She currently works as the Director of Community Engagement and Marketing for Bon Appetit Management Company at Emory University, responsible for the marketing and community engagement strategies and planning for EU’s dining services facet on the main campus and at the Oxford campus.

As president of the SUACOA, Mitchell is responsible for representing the whole of alumni engagement in metro Atlanta to its fullest extent, on behalf of the Syracuse University brand. In Mitchell’s spare time she enjoys hitting the gym (6 days a week!), playing volleyball, hanging with friends and family, playing the flute and planning her next trip. While at SU, Mitchell was an active executive member of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Student Peer Advising Board; was a Newhouse Ambassador; was a member of the SU Women’s Club Volleyball team; worked at Hillel at Syracuse University throughout her undergraduate tenure; and studied abroad as part of the Mare Nostrum program via Madrid, Spain in the spring of 2007. As a graduate student, she served as vice president of the Newhouse Master’s Association.

Stefanie White

Vice President: Stefanie White G’18

Phone: 678.687.7525

Stefanie White is a graduate of the Whitman School of Management, earning a master of business administration degree with concentrations in business analytics and marketing management. She obtained her undergraduate degree in accounting from Long Island University-C.W. Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in the hotel industry, White is currently the hotel revenue manager for the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. Prior to joining Wyndham, she spent 16 years with Marriott Hotels in roles ranging from front office operations, to event management, to catering sales. 

Outside work, White is an active parent to her 16-year-old son, Devin. She enjoys volunteering, walking for exercise, watching college and high school football, and is learning to play golf. She’s a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Black MBA Association and has previously served three terms on the fund development committee with the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. 

As vice president for the SUACOA, White looks forward to finding new ways to engage the local alumni base, expressing the benefits of a Syracuse education to candidates interested in both undergraduate and graduate studies, and giving back to the local Orange community.

Rachelle Thelusme

Secretary: Rachelle Thelusme ’13


Rachelle Thelusme graduated from the Whitman School of Management with a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration. She currently works as project manager for pep, LLC in downtown Atlanta.   

Thelusme loves to travel and spend as much time as she can with close family and friends. As a student at SU, she was involved in the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble (BCCE), the Haitian-American Student Association (H.A.S.A.), and was a brother of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the world’s oldest and largest professional business fraternity.

Rasheed MarshallTreasurer: Rasheed Marshall ’97


A native of the District of Columbia, Rasheed Marshall has 20 years of experience in financial services—consulting, public accounting, internal auditing, operational auditing, and Sarbanes-Oxley readiness. He is currently lead billing operations analyst within the Finance-Billing Operations Department at AT&T, and his responsibilities consist of providing value-added services in a broad range of industries like telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing and higher education.

Marshall graduated from the Whitman School of Management with a bachelor’s degree in accounting/CPA. He also earned his master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from Clark Atlanta University in 2003. Marshall is a Six Sigma Green Belt Certified by AT&T’s Quality Management System. He’s also a former board of directors chair for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Atlanta, and the immediate past vice president of Xi Chi Sigma alumni chapter for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Marshall is a member of Toastmasters International, the National Black MBA Association, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Eric NathanChair, Events and Programming: Eric Nathan ’02


Born and raised in Atlanta, Eric Nathan earned dual bachelor’s degrees in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and policy studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. While at Syracuse, Nathan wrote for The Daily Orange, where he was the sports editor. After graduating, Nathan taught and coached basketball for more than 11 years at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia. In 2017, he graduated from Georgia Tech with his master’s in business administration and now works as a business analyst for a small technology firm, CEDAR Document Technologies in Dunwoody. Despite the good times at Tech, Nathan always prefers Orange!

As the events and programming chair for the SUACOA, he looks forward to connecting with other SU grads and uniting the alumni base to support both the University and local students heading to central New York. His wife, Robin, is a 2004 graduate from SU. They met while working at The Daily Orange and married in 2006 in Atlanta. They have two children, Abby and Conner (Mom and Dad both hope they’ll SU-bound someday!) and a dog named Foster. 

Marius Jackson

Chair, Generation Orange: Marius A. Jackson ’17


Marius Jackson graduated from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) with a degree in industrial and interaction design. He works as a content and design strategist at Sol Design Company, an Atlanta-based agency specializing in strategy, design and interactive. As the Generation Orange chair, Jackson is responsible for employing creative strategies to fully engage young alumni who graduated within the past 10 years on behalf of the Syracuse University brand.

Jackson enjoys reading and writing poetry, studying fine art, design and new technologies, cooking cultural foods, playing tennis, and loves all animals. He’s an avid consumer of Black culture as it relates to the geography and history of Atlanta.

While at SU, Jackson was an Ambassador for VPA and worked in it’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions as a work-study student for three years. He was a member of the Renee Crown University Honors Program, a member of Verbal Blend—Syracuse’s premier Spoken word poetry collective; he was a full-tuition Posse Merit-Leadership Scholar, a designer for the Syracuse chapter of Say Yes to Education, and was a desktop developer for ITS Spiders.

Currently, Jackson is involved with the Metro Atlanta Urban Farm in College Park, dedicating his time to the Campbellton Road Community Garden project. He also volunteers as a coach for his high school’s speech and debate team.

Vanzetta Evans

Chair, Marketing and Communications: Vanzetta Evans ’00, G’01

Vanzetta Evans is a New England girl now living in the south. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She then earned her master’s in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

After more than a decade in broadcast and digital news in upstate New York, New England and Atlanta, Evans now works in marketing and communications at Morehouse School of Medicine. As the marketing and communications chair, she’s excited to use her experience to share the great things SUACOA does with area alumni, the University, and our community.

While at SU, Evans joined Campus 7 News as a weather reporter and anchor, served as a campus representative for University 100, and was a teaching assistant for PAF 101. She also worked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, wrote for The Black Voice, and pledged the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Outside work, you can find Evans cheering on her favorite professional sports teams and working with her sorority. She also enjoys spending time with her family and trying to convince her two young nieces to follow in her footsteps and attend SU.

Nyotwa ShamapandeChair, Mentorship: Nyotwa Shamapande ’98


Nyotwa Shamapande graduated from the Whitman School of Management with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She works in risk management and compliance for Wells Fargo & Company in Atlanta. As mentorship chair, her responsibilities are to create innovative and thoughtful strategies to engage and teach 1) younger alumni at the beginning of their professional careers and personal journeys as adults; and 2) alumni seeking new professional and personal opportunities to grow and prosper, with the help of the Syracuse University family in Atlanta.  Shamapande’s main goal is to broaden experiences and expose local SU alumni to the myriad opportunities within the metro Atlanta market.

Glenn KollerChair, Nominations: Glenn R. Koller G’76, G’78

Phone: 918.549.8711

Glenn Koller graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) with a master’s degree in geochemistry, and also earned his Ph.D. in potential-fields physics from A&S. He’s currently living the dream of retirement, but his career mainly focused on risk assessment for all aspects (technical, environmental, logistical, cultural, organizational, legal, political, construction, regulatory, engineering, financial and commercial) for initiatives involving various governments, businesses, and projects worldwide. Koller is the author of five books based on risk assessment as well. 

As nominations chair Koller will handle strategies and create plans to recruit new board membership and committee members. He enjoys flying through the skies as a private pilot, bowling, walking four miles every morning, hiking, occasional consulting, and playing Grandpa to three (out of six total) grandchildren. Besides devoting his time and energy to the SUACOA, Koller is a member of the Northwest Unitarian Congregation, serving on many committees and the board. An active bowler, he fervently participates in several bowling leagues in North Atlanta.

Samuel Bailey

Chair, Philanthropy: Samuel Bailey ’16


Samuel Bailey graduated from the College of Engineering and Computer Science with a degree in electrical engineering and minors in computer engineering and theatre (from the College of Visual and Performing Arts). He works at Panasonic Automotive in Peachtree City, Georgia, as associate electrical engineer. As philanthropy chair Bailey will work with fellow board members to create fundraising and community service opportunities for local SU alumni. 

Bailey loves to write music, play basketball, volunteer with several non-profit organizations, and dance. While a student at Syracuse, he was a member of First Year Players, U100, Syracuse Cru, and Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club.