KSU Alumni Board
Welcome to the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association webpage! My name is Steven
Ellis and I have the honor of serving as president of the KSU Alumni Association.
It is a historic and dynamic time at KSU and a great time to be an owl alumni!
A few years ago our university merged with the former Southern Polytechnic State University
in Marietta to form the new Kennesaw State University. Our alumni association has
followed suit and is now governed by a board of directors made up of alumni from both
sides of our family tree who are all working together to serve our 110,000 plus alumni
from both legacy campuses.
Alumni from both the Kennesaw and Marietta campus are now valued members of our owl
alumni family. I hope you will stay connected and involved with your alma mater. We
have so much to offer and there are so many opportunities for alumni to get involved!
Make sure to explore our webpage to see how you can stay connected with KSU.
It is my privilege to serve as the first president of the alumni association’s consolidated
board of directors and I pledge we will always be here to support you after you have
graduated from KSU. Go Owls!
Steven A. Ellis
President, Kennesaw State University Alumni Association
Meet the Board
The Kennesaw State University Alumni Association is governed by a 24-member board
of directors. Seven officers and 17 board members serve the initiatives of the University
and represent the perspectives of a diverse alumni community from both sides of KSU’s
legacy family tree.
Steven Ellis is president of the KSU Alumni Association. Prior to serving as president,
he was a director-at-large from 2010-14 and vice president from 2014-16. He is a 2003
KSU graduate with a B.S. in political science. While at KSU during the 2002-03 academic
year, Ellis served as president of the Student Government Association and was named
the Political Science Student of the Year. He earned his J.D. in 2007 from John Marshall
Law School. Currently, Ellis is an assistant solicitor general, handling all media
relations and governmental affairs for the Cobb County Solicitor General’s Office,
and serves as a part-time professor of political science at KSU. He was named a 2017
Next Generation Award winner by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding work
in the Cobb Community as a young professional. Additionally, he presently serves on
the KSU Political Science Advisory Board and as faculty adviser for the KSU College
Frank Ziller began his term as vice president of the KSU Alumni Association after
consolidation. Previously, Ziller served as president of the SPSU Alumni Association
from 2014-15 and was a member of the board since 2011. He earned his B.S. in computer
science from SPSU in 2007. Ziller has held several engineering and leadership positions
over a 19-year career working in information technology and systems engineering. After
spending time at Ricoh Americas Corporation and at Elavon Inc., he now serves as chief
information officer at Intelliteach.
Barbara Lusk serves as treasurer for the KSU Alumni Association. She earned her B.B.A.
in accounting from KSU in 1995. She has more than 35 years of experience in the areas
of healthcare accounting, budgeting and financial planning. Lusk previously served
as controller with the WellStar Health System for about 11 years. She is currently
serving as manager of financial operations of WellStar Cobb Hospital. Additionally,
Lusk has been involved with the Georgia Healthcare Financial Management Association
and is a charter member of KSU’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.
Thomas Baglivo, secretary of the KSU Alumni Association, is in his second term after
joining the SPSU board in 2012. He earned a B.S. in construction engineering at SPSU
in 2009. For more than 10 years, Baglivo has worked for Geo-Hydro Engineers Inc.,
a company that provides environmental consulting services, geotechnical engineering,
construction materials testing and special inspection. After serving as a co-op/intern
while attending SPSU, he was promoted to a full-time project manager in May 2009.
Teronzo Helm is in his first year as past president of the KSU Alumni Association
and has been a member of the board since 2008. He earned his MBA from KSU in 2002
after receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering technology at Missouri University
of Science and Technology in 1983, graduating with honors from both institutions.
Since 1983, Helm has served in various professional and executive roles for the Hewlett-Packard
Company. His current title is networking tower manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Trent Anderson serves as an executive officer of the KSU Alumni Association in his
role as chair of the Student Outreach Committee. Anderson is in his second term after
becoming a part of the SPSU board in 2013. He received his B.S. in construction management
with a minor in business administration from SPSU in 2012. After graduation, Anderson
began working for Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, one of the largest privately held construction
firms in the country. In March 2015, he became the director of operations at Southeast
Restoration Group in Canton, Georgia, where he previously served as a seasonal intern
Steve Butler became a KSU Alumni Association board member in 2013 and serves as an
executive officer through his position as chair of the Internal Governance Committee.
At KSU, he graduated as a double major with his B.A. in both political science and
history in 2000. Butler founded Connect Public Relations Inc. in December 2004 and
has served as its CEO since that time. Previously, he gained more than a decade of
experience in politics and government with the Grady Health System, Fulton County
Government and Georgia Department of Education.
Greg Barner, a director-at-large of the KSU Alumni Association board, is the former
secretary for the SPSU Alumni Association and was a member of that board since 2012.
In 1973, he obtained his B.S. in industrial engineering technology from SPSU. Barner
currently owns and operates The Bubbling Creek Company Inc., a promotional products
company in Atlanta, after working for 17 years in the electrical industry doing product
application engineering, manufacturing engineering and new product development, specializing
in the use of new materials and assembly methods to improve costs.
Brad Borum serves as a director-at-large and is the former secretary of the KSU Alumni
Association. He received his M.P.A. in 1998 from KSU after earning a B.A. in political
science at the University of Georgia. Borum is a former legislative staffer with the
Georgia General Assembly and currently oversees the legislative affairs and public
policy in Georgia for Humana Inc., a Fortune 100 health insurance company. He is also
a board member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association and Georgia Chamber
Johnny Camp is in his first term as a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association
after becoming a member of the board in 2014. He obtained a B.S. in history education
(2010) and his B.B.A. in finance (2005), both from KSU. As an undergraduate student,
Camp was crowned KSU’s homecoming king. He is presently working as a real estate agent
with Keller Williams Realty Partners in Woodstock, Georgia. Before entering the field
of real estate, Camp was a teacher at Creekland Middle School in Canton, Georgia
Robert Graham is a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association after serving
two terms as vice president for the SPSU Alumni Association, a board he joined in
2010. He received a B.S. in civil engineering technology at SPSU in 2005 and went
on to earn an M.S. in civil engineering/transportation from Clemson University in
2007. Graham, certified as a professional engineer in Georgia, has worked for the
Georgia Department of Transportation since January 2008 and presently serves as a
senior design engineer in the Office of Design Policy and Support.
Dustin Grau serves as a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association and after
joining the SPSU board in 2014. He received a B.S. in computer science at SPSU in
2002 and was a resident assistant while on campus. Since June 1996, Grau has worked
for BravePoint Inc. in Norcross, Georgia, under the title of principal solutions consultant,
where he is a web application developer for various clients. An avid photographer,
he also formed Dustin Grau Photography in 2010 with his specialty being concert/event
Nathan Humphrey is a director-at-large and one of the newest members of the KSU Alumni
Association, joining in 2016. He acquired his M.P.A. at KSU in 2006 after earning
a B.A. in communications with a minor in political science from Bryan College in 2003.
Since October 2015, Humphrey has been state director of the National Federation of
Independent Business, overseeing government affairs operations on behalf of more than
7,500 small businesses in Georgia. Before that, he was executive director of government
and community affairs at KSU. Humphrey also currently serves on the KSU Public Administration
A. Tyler Isgett
A. Tyler Isgett, a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association, joined the SPSU
board in 2011 and served as its president from 2014-15. He acquired a B.S. in construction
management at SPSU in 2009 while minoring in business administration. In his final
year as a student at the university, Isgett served as an intern at New South Construction,
a commercial general contractor in Atlanta, and has been with the company since 2008.
He has steadily moved up in the organization and is now a preconstruction manager,
a position he has had since August 2013.
David Jett is in his second term as a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association
after becoming an SPSU board member in 2013. In 2010, he received his B.S. in construction
management, along with a minor in business administration from SPSU, where he was
a part of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served as a resident assistant. Jett
joined the Parsons Corporation as an estimator and a software application manager
in August 2012 and three years later was named a senior estimator working with project
Betsy (Freeman) Madrerohon
Betsy (Freeman) Madrerohon recently joined the KSU Alumni Association as a director-at-large
in 2016. With cum laude honors, she graduated from KSU in 1999, earning a B.B.A. in
business management/entrepreneurship. Presently, Madrerohon is an assistant vice president/commercial
lender, a position she has held since 2013, for IBERIABANK (formerly Georgia Commerce
Bank) in Marietta. A Cobb County native, she has worked in the community banking industry
for more than 15 years and is very active in community organizations.
David McKoy is a KSU Alumni Association director-at-large who was in his second term
with the SPSU board, which he joined in 2012, before consolidation. McKoy earned his
M.S. in quality assurance at SPSU in 2005 after 22 years of active service in the
U.S. Marine Corps. In the past, he held an administrative position and was an adjunct
instructor at SPSU. His daughter, Tiane McKoy, graduated from the university in 2012,
the same year she was chosen as Miss SPSU. Currently, Master Sgt. McKoy is a naval
science instructor in Allatoona High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer’s Training
Corps (NJROTC) program.
R. Gene Morris
R. Gene Morris, a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association, became a part
of the SPSU board in 2012 and was serving his second term before consolidation. He
attended SPSU from 1963-65 and worked for Lockheed-Georgia Company in Marietta for
six years. Morris started a precision metal fabrication company, Morris Manufacturing,
and was a reserve deputy with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. After
31 years in the manufacturing business, he sold his company and worked full time with
the sheriff’s office, retiring in 2005. Morris presently serves on the board of directors
for the North Georgia State Fair.
Mandy (Reed) Moyer
Mandy (Reed) Moyer is in her first term as a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni
Association after becoming a member of the board in 2014. She acquired a B.S. in political
science from KSU in 2008 before receiving her J.D. at the University of Georgia three
years later. Moyer currently serves as staff attorney and chief deputy clerk for the
Honorable Judge Lynwood Jordan Jr. in Forsyth County, Georgia. A Cherokee County,
Georgia native, Moyer is also the past president of the Junior Service League of Woodstock
(Georgia), an organization she has been involved with since 2013.
Chisom Ohiagu, a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association, joined the SPSU
board in 2013 and was in her second term when consolidation occurred. She obtained
two degrees from SPSU, a B.S. in computer engineering technology in 2005 and her M.S.
in software engineering four years later. Ohiagu was active in many organizations
while on campus, including the SPSU Ambassadors and dance team while also serving
as the chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (SPSU chapter). She has worked
as a software developer since October 2010 at RIB U.S. Cost.
Ashlie (Wilson) Pendley
Ashlie (Wilson) Pendley has been a KSU Alumni Association board member since 2011
and is in her second term as a director-at-large. She earned her B.S. in nursing (2015)
and a B.S. in communication (1996), both from KSU with cum laude honors. In 2008,
Pendley was recognized with a KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. Presently, she is a
staff nurse at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta. From June
1997 until January 2013, Pendley worked for Georgia Public Broadcasting, the last
nine years as a senior producer.
Mike Russell is in his first term as a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association.
He received his MBA at KSU in 1992 after acquiring a B.S. in criminal justice from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. Russell formed Elite Telecom
Services in 2002 before rebranding his company to ETS Solutions in 2014. He is a certified
telecommunications professional who is also involved with KSU as an advisory board
member for the Coles College of Business and the executive advisory council chair
of Coles’ Entrepreneurship Center.
Tanjalon (Solomon) Lewis
Tanjalon (Solomon) Lewis is a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association after
serving on the SPSU board from 2014 until consolidation. She acquired her M.S. in
information technology at SPSU in 2002 after earning a B.A. in mathematics/economics
from Agnes Scott College in 1995. Lewis has worked for a number of large companies
as an IT business analyst and project manager. In 2015, she was hired as an IT business
consultant with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. after working with the WestRock Company
in Norcross, Georgia.
W. Reid Wilborn
W. Reid Wilborn is a director-at-large and one of the newer members of the KSU Alumni
Association, joining the board in 2016. He graduated with a B.A. in international
affairs from KSU in 2000. As a student, Reid was elected president of the KSU Global
Society, which led to overseas educational opportunities, and belonged to Phi Alpha
Theta, a national history honor society. He worked as a political consultant specializing
in communications and election operations before going into the private sector. Since
2011, he has worked in digital media and business systems for radio broadcasting company
Cumulus Media Inc.
Ben Phillips is an emeritus board member of the KSU Alumni Association. In 1966, he
received his A.S. in electrical engineering technology from SPSU. Phillips is retired
but active in volunteering for the Marietta Civitan Club, Cartersville-Bartow Civitan
Club and as a part of the adult choir at Roswell Street Baptist Church. He worked
for many years with applications and design, and was a private systems design consultant
for engineering firms. Phillips’ wife, Mary, retired from SPSU in 2012 after serving
as the executive assistant to the president.
Ray Pinkerton is an emeritus member of the KSU Alumni Association board. He acquired
his A.S. in electrical engineering technology at SPSU in 1961 before moving on to
earn a B.B.A. (actuarial science, 1970) and an M.S. (business management, 1990), both
from Georgia State University. Pinkerton spent nearly 32 years with the Federal Aviation
Administration, starting out as an electronics technician before retiring as the manager
of the Southern Region Airways Facilities Division. He now works part time as a senior
engineer at Robison Aviation Inc.