Young Alumni Board
The Young Alumni Board (YAB) looks to develop future leaders, and foster and sustain a culture of robust involvement and philanthropy with the Parker College of Business.
The YAB is a diverse group of young professionals under the age of 40 who serve and support current students and recent graduates with programs and communications uniquely tailored to their need, who promote and support the University’s programs and activities in order to cultivate a strong bond among recent graduates.
YAB members speak to classes and student organizations, including hosting sessions during Professional Development Day. Members work with the Georgia Southern Alumni Association to co-host the Southern Value series where recent graduates and students learn new skills and build their professional network. They support the University’s fundraising initiatives, including the recently completed Ensure Our Eagles Finish Strong campaign, which raised nearly $200,000 for student scholarships for seniors who faced financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to student feedback at a board meeting last spring, the Parker YAB recently launched a pilot mentoring program to enhance students’ marketability and increase their professionalism, so that they may be better prepared for their careers and stand out as top candidates for potential employers.
Young Alumni Board Criteria
- Exemplify the aspirations, accomplishments and reach of the Parker College of Business
- Must be a graduate of Georgia Southern University
- Must be under the age of 40 at the time of selection to the board
To be considered as a candidate for the Parker College Young Alumni Board, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/dERtdidJPYNzywQP6
A member of the nominating committee will follow up on your application.
Board Member Expectations
- Commit to serve a 3-year term
- Attend semi-annual board meetings each year (fall meeting in Statesboro / spring meeting rotates around the state)
- Contribute a minimum of $325 to the Parker College for board dues
- Serve on one of the board’s committees: Networking and Development Committee or Student Support Committee
- Actively participate in the strategic initiatives of the Parker College Young Alumni Board
David Attaway is an audit manager at TJS Deemer Dana LLP, in their Dublin, GA office. He is originally from McRae, GA.
David graduated with a BBA in Accounting in December 2009, and Masters of Accountancy in December 2010. While at Georgia Southern, he was in the Southern Pride Marching Band for two years. He adds that the Parker College of Business is the only reason he is where he is today. David’s advisor, Lowell Mooney, Ph.D., professor of accounting and director of graduate programs and MBA, provided valuable guidance and encouraged him to consider a career in accounting. In addition, he and his family are avid Eagle football and baseball fans, taking in as many games as possible during their respective seasons.
Outside of work, music and family are his passions. David volunteers as Treasurer of the Dublin-Laurens Arts Council, and is the drummer for the worship team at Liberty Church in Dublin. He and his family enjoy travelling together and making new memories with his wife (Kristen) and son (Connor).
Katie McGrath Bachmann
Katie Bachmann (MKTG, 2014) graduated summa cum laude. While at Georgia Southern University, she was named Top Marketing Scholar in Spring 2014. Katie was a leader of the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, secretary of the American Marketing Association and a Pi Chi on the Panhellenic Council. She was in various honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega.
Katie joined UBS Financial Services Inc. in 2014 and is a wealth strategy associate. She provides financial planning, investment research and relationship management support. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, she has earned the Series 7 and Series 66 security licenses as well as health, life, long-term care, variable life and variable annuity insurance licenses. Dedicated to professional proficiency, Katie is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Georgia; Georgia Planned Giving Council; and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She volunteers as an American Cancer Society national professional advisor and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta legacy advisor.
D’Angelo Charlton is a senior manager in Wipfli’s audit practice, serving construction, commercial real estate, hospitality and various forms financial institutions. Since joining the firm in January 2013, he has leveraged his experience to manage and execute audits, reviews, internal audits and agreed-upon procedures and provides a wide range of technical accounting services.
D’Angelo graduated from Georgia Southern with his MAcc in the Fall of 2012 and is usually on campus as apart of recruiting efforts for his firm or assisting with recruiting international students from his place of birth, The Bahamas. D’Angelo also serves as a member of Chris 180’s Emerging Leaders Network and the founding treasurer of Atlanta Smart Academy.
Callie Gordon Cramer
Callie Gordon Cramer, CPA (ACCT & MAcc, 2007) began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Atlanta, where she learned invaluable skills that carry over into the world of corporate accounting. After three years with PwC, Callie moved to Augusta, where she joined NavCare (formerly CareSouth) and has remained with the company ever since, climbing up the corporate ladder. Currently she is the Controller, where she and her team produce the monthly financials and analysis. When she is not crunching numbers, Callie is always on the go with her husband (Lance) and daughters (Peyton & Madison). Callie loves to shop local, volunteer with the family, attempt to be creative on her Cricut, and use Excel for all personal and professional projects. In addition to the young alumni board, Callie is an active member with the GSU Augusta alumni group.
Matt W. Donaldson
A native of Twin City, Georgia, Matt Donaldson graduated from Georgia Southern University, with a BBA in Finance in May 2013. Before attending Georgia Southern, Matt attended East Georgia State College and graduated Cum Laude with an Associates in Science in Business Administration. Along with Georgia Southern and East Georgia, Matt is a graduate of Georgia Banking School at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Also, Matt completed his studies at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in May 2019. Professionally, Matt is Vice President of Durden Banking Company, Inc. in Twin City. As for public service, Matt was elected to the City Commission of the City of Twin City in 2015, and he was elected Mayor of Twin City in 2019. In 2021, Governor Brian Kemp appointed Matt to serve on the Georgia Board of Education to represent the 12th Congressional District.
Bryant graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a BBA in accounting in 2006. He graduated with a MAcc from Georgia Southern in 2007. While at Georgia Southern, he was involved in various organizations including SOAR, Beta Alpha Psi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key and Gamma Beta Phi. He joined Ernst & Young, LLP in July 2007. Bryant currently is a manager in Ernst & Young’s assurance practice, where he services both public SEC filers and private companies. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Bryant enjoys spending time with family, friends and on the golf course.
Brit Lanier graduated from Georgia Southern in 2011 with a BBA in accounting and 2012 from the MAcc program with a concentration in forensic accounting. During his time on campus, Brit was involved in numerous student organizations, including Southern Ambassadors, Greek Life, and Habitat for Humanity.
Brit began his career at EY in Houston focusing on public upstream oil & gas companies. He then transitioned into equity research at a boutique investment firm covering the energy sector. After a few years in Houston, Brit moved back to Atlanta and began working in the Strategy & Transactions group at EY before moving to his current role at Alvarez & Marsal, where he sits on the Energy & Infrastructure Transaction Advisory team. During his spare time, Brit enjoys playing golf, going to Braves games, and cheering on the Eagle football team.
Meghan Campbell Murray
David Schott graduated in May 2016 with a Doctorate of Public Health and Master of Business Administration. While at Georgia Southern, he served as president of the Graduate Student Organization and published a textbook on supply chain management. Two years after graduation, he was named to the 2018 Georgia Southern University 40 under 40.
After graduation, David continued his training in healthcare administration and is now a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He enjoys mentoring future healthcare leaders and routinely partners with Georgia Southern University as well as other universities to provide on-site internships to students. David lives in Valdosta, Georgia, where he serves the regional health system as chief operating officer.
I currently work on the Main Street Lending Program’s credit team as the Sr. Credit & Risk Analyst. The Main Street Lending Program is one of the emergency lending facilities created by the Federal Reserve in reaction to the economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and is managed by a Specialty Purpose Vehicle created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. I started my career at local bank auditing firm, Steve H. Powell & Company and later moved up to Boston, MA to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. I am a Double Eagle, obtaining both my Finance (2009) degree and MBA (2011) from Georgia Southern. My wife is also a Double Eagle within the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. I currently serve as the Vice Chair of the Parker College of Business Young Alumni Board after serving as the Chair of the Student Support Committee.
Victoria Brooke Sims
Zach has been a recruiter for over 13 years, hiring talent for organizations like Manhattan Associates, Home Depot, Cox, Travelport, and others while leading teams and helping mentor junior recruiters to reach their potential. Currently, he works for North Highland, where he is a Manager, Sr. Recruiter supporting their Process & BA, Technology, and Data & Analytics teams. He graduated from Georgia Southern in 2008 with a BBA in Information Systems while also working for the University as a software developer and IT support technician. He is also a certified DDI Facilitator, a Certified Scrum Master, the Chair of the Young Alumni Board, and most of the clothes he owns has a Georgia Southern emblem or theme.
He loves spending time with his wife, Liz, his family who live in Metro Atlanta, his 3 cats (Pablo, Summer, and Wolfie) and 2 dogs (Sammie and Pickles). In his spare time he plays a lot of video games, does wood working in his garage, and enjoys spending time in Downtown Decatur and Oakhurst.
Clay Turner is a native of Atlanta and a 2009 Graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Marketing. During his tenure at Georgia Southern, Clay was involved with many different student organizations including the Student Government Association, Southern Ambassadors, Inspire Leadership Consultants, and was on the leadership team of First Baptist Statesboro college ministry. As a senior, Clay represented Georgia Southern at the National Collegiate Sales Competition, placing 16th nationally.
Upon graduation Clay began his career with the Tom James Company Atlanta office. His experience with Tom James span from clientele development, sales leadership, and talent acquisition. After 11 years Clay shifted professional directions and joined the OxBlue Corporation as an Account Executive servicing the construction industry.
Clay married his college sweetheart, Rachael Turner, in 2010 and they have two children, Brooks and Smith. Clay and Rachael live in Dunwoody with their border collie Tux. The Turners helped plant and now attend Christ Covenant in Buckhead where Clay served as a deacon for two years.
Matthew Whaley received a BBA in economics and a minor in information systems from Georgia Southern University in Fall 2012. Following graduation, he joined TEKSystems as an IT consultant in Atlanta. While at TEKSystems, Matthew worked contracts with clients such as Georgia Pacific and its subsidiary Koch Business Solutions until hired by Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) as an application developer to support and deliver custom business solutions and applications in Salesforce.com that support the global sales and service teams. At NWL, he also serves as a project leader for an inter-company group focused on volunteerism and community outreach called Give Serve Grow. Some of Matthew’s accomplishments outside of the workforce include serving as a youth counselor for middle to high school students at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Norcross.
Curtis J. Williams
Curtis J. Williams (IS and LOG, 2010), referred to as Curtis J, is a brother, a son, a mentor and an aspiring philanthropist. He is an astute entrepreneur with over a decade of experience. Normally, that wouldn’t mean much, but considering his wisdom at his age, accomplishments, and awards, his track record of success is noteworthy.
Originally from Augusta, GA, Curtis J began his first company at the age of 14, when he purchased a manual hand powered ice shaver that allowed him to make and sell flavorful snow cones. “I would have my mother drive me to local events and parks on the weekends. I would set up on picnic tables or benches and sell cups of flavored ice.” Curtis J went on to create a wholesale and drop shipping business specializing in novelty items and wrist watches before being accepted to Georgia Southern University.
“College is something I wanted to complete; I would be the first of my family to do so.” During his tenure at Georgia Southern University, Curtis J had many accomplishments including dean’s list honors, member of various honor society’s, and becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. It was also at Georgia Southern University where Curtis J was introduced to the business world of entertainment. This exposure is what led him to begin a company from his dorm room alongside current business partner, Elliston Clarke.
That entertainment company, HHE Holdings which he holds the title of Chief Operating Officer, now serves as the holding company for various entities that produces events, concerts, music management, music distribution, and branding campaigns for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Over the past four years, in addition to breaking barriers in the entertainment world, Curtis J has discovered a true passion for educating individuals on wealth building concepts and financial education. Curtis J & Associates currently have education centers in multiple states in the U.S.
By focusing his talents and knowledge across two industries that he is highly passionate about, it has provided him with an opportunity to educate and empower individuals with financial education, knowledge on investments and the importance of entrepreneurship and business. He calls it, “the merging of two worlds, Music and Money.”
In addition to Music and Money, Curtis J ensures to make time to give back whenever possible, whether through mentoring, speaking engagements, seminars or raising funds for the less fortunate during the holidays.
From snow cones to Music Executive to Financial Professional, Curtis J is a man on a mission. He is truly an individual to have in your corner when it comes to business and finances.
Last updated: 9/22/2021