The KSU Alumni Association strives to build positive, long-term relationships among
KSU alumni, the University and community; provide value-added services to KSU alumni
through networking opportunities, affinity programs, and KSU-wide events; and support
the long-term objectives of the University through fundraising, fostering community
support, and advocating for KSU.
Six officers and 18 board members govern the association, serve the initiatives of
the University and represent the perspectives of a diverse alumni community from both
sides of KSU’s legacy tree (Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State
David McKoy, President
David McKoy started as vice president of the KSU Alumni Association in 2018 after
serving as a director-at-large. Previously, he served two terms with the SPSU Alumni
Association, which he joined in 2012. He 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. McKoy retired again in 2019, this time as a Retired Georgia Educator, teaching
at the KSU Marietta Campus and Allatoona High School.
Tanjalon Solomon Lewis, Vice President
Tanjalon Solomon Lewis assumed the role of secretary for the KSU Alumni Association
in 2018 after serving as a director-at-large. She first joined the SPSU Alumni Association
in 2014. Lewis 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. She has worked for
a number of large companies as an IT business analyst and project manager. She is
currently an IT Business Consultant with Warner Media (previously Turner Broadcasting
Nathan Humphrey, Immediate Past President
Nathan Humphrey began as president of the KSU Alumni Association in 2018 after joining
the organization as a director-at-large 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 Advisory Board.
Caric Martin, Treasurer
Caric Martin joined the KSU Alumni Association as a director-at-large in 2018. He
obtained an associate’s degree from Kennesaw Junior College in 1976 and went on to
the University of Georgia to receive his B.B.A. in accounting (1978) and MBA (1980).
Martin is a member of the KSU Athletics Association board of directors and has endowed
a scholarship for the men’s basketball program. An avid supporter of KSU athletics,
he can often be found at many events. A 2017 inductee into the KSU Athletics Hall
of Fame, Martin works for Vinings Bank in Smyrna, Georgia, and previously served as
district director for Congressman Barry Loudermilk. Additionally, Martin is a partner
in two local businesses: Dogwood Golf Club in Austell and Connect Media Solutions
Victoria Beber, Secretary
Victoria Beber became a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association in 2018.
With summa cum laude honors, she graduated from KSU in 2018 with a B.B.A. in marketing.
During her time at KSU, she served as Student Government Association president for
two years and was on the search committee for the new president of the University.
Presently, she is a service associate in operations at Morgan Stanley, a multinational
investment bank and financial services company. Beber and her husband, Mitch, who
also earned a degree from KSU in 2017, reside in East Cobb.
Lance Burchett, President's Designee
Lance Burchett is the president’s designee for the KSU Alumni Association, beginning
in 2019. Burchett started as the University’s vice president for advancement and chief
executive officer of the KSU Foundation in December 2018. He reports directly to KSU
President Pamela Whitten and is a member of her cabinet. Previously, Burchett was
vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs and executive director for the
Foundation Fund, a position he began in 2011, at the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences in Little Rock. Additionally, he has held administrative roles at Ringling
College of Art and Design, Northwest Missouri State University and San Diego State
University. Burchett earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication
Board Members (Directors-at-Large)
Greg Barner, a director-at-large of the KSU Alumni Association, is the former secretary
for the SPSU Alumni Association and first became a part of that organization in 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
business 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.
Allan Bishop joined the KSU Alumni Association in 2018 as a director-at-large. He
earned two degrees at KSU, a B.B. in management (1993) and an MBA (2000). Bishop is
currently the director of recruitment and business development for the KSU Executive
MBA program in the Coles College of Business. Prior to KSU, he worked for WellStar
Health System as executive director of retail operations. A Cobb County native, Bishop
presently serves on the board of directors of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the
Northwest YMCA, and is on the LGE Community Credit Union Supervisory Committee. Additionally,
he is a graduate of Leadership Douglas (2008) and Leadership Cobb (2013).
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 also
is a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association
and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Butler has served as a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association since
2013. At KSU, he graduated with his B.A. in political science and a minor in history
in 2000. Butler founded Connect Public Relations Inc. in December 2004 and has served
as its chief executive officer 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.
Heather Corbin started as a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association in 2018.
She graduated from KSU in 1999, earning a B.B.A. in management. In 2009, Corbin became
a certified technology specialist (CTS) and later was selected to the 2018 Audiovisual
and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) Certification Steering Committee. She
has been a part of the audio-visual industry since 1998, holding several administrative
positions. Since 2012, Corbin has served on the Cobb Executive Women Steering Committee
and recently joined the advisory board for the OWL (Outstanding Women Leaders) Circle
at KSU. She lives in Kennesaw with her family.
Inger Eberhart assumed the role of a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association
in 2018. She earned her M.A. in integrated global communication from KSU in 2015 after
receiving an MBA at Shorter University and a B.S. in psychology from Georgia State
University. Eberhart has experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors of finance,
operations management and board governance. In the government sector, she has worked
in government affairs and as a copywriter. Currently, Eberhart is the executive assistant
to Cobb County’s District 3 commissioner, along with being a member of the International
Association of Business Communicators and American Writers and Artists Inc. Additionally,
she volunteers for political, civic and academic organizations in her spare time.
Robert Graham is a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association. He joined the
SPSU Alumni Association in 2010 and served two terms as the organization’s vice president.
Graham 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 civil engineering
group manager in the Office of Design Policy and Support.
A. Tyler Isgett
A. Tyler Isgett is a director-at-large for the KSU Alumni Association. He first joined
the SPSU Alumni Association in 2011 and served as the organization’s president from
2014-15. Isgett acquired a B.S. in construction management at SPSU in 2009. In his
final year as a student at the University, he served as an intern with New South Construction,
a commercial general contractor in Atlanta, and has been with the company since 2008.
Isgett has steadily moved up in the organization and is now a preconstruction manager,
a position he has held since August 2013.
Barbara Lusk is a director-at-large and the former treasurer for the KSU Alumni Association.
She earned her B.B. in accounting from KSU in 1995. Lusk has more than 35 years of
experience in the areas of healthcare accounting, budgeting and financial planning.
She currently serves as manager of financial operations with WellStar Cobb Hospital.
Lusk previously was a controller with WellStar Health System for about 11 years. Additionally,
she has been involved with the Georgia Healthcare Financial Management Association
and is a charter member of KSU’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.
Betsy Madrerohon has been a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association since
2016. With cum laude honors, she graduated from KSU in 1999, earning a B.B.A. in management.
Presently, Madrerohon is a vice president/commercial lender for IBERIABANK (formerly
Georgia Commerce Bank) in Marietta. She is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Cobb
program. A Cobb County native, she has worked in the community banking industry for
more than 17 years and is very active in local organizations.
Wayne McGary started serving as a KSU Alumni Association director-at-large in 2018.
He is a U.S. Army veteran and licensed professional engineer in Georgia. McGary acquired
a B.S. in civil engineering technology from SPSU in 1999. He has worked in many aspects
of the civil engineering field, including private residential and commercial design,
municipal regulatory compliance, road design, and program management. Currently, McGary
is employed by Croy Engineering in Marietta. In the community, he is a member of several
professional and civic organizations, and an alumnus of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce
Honorary Commanders Association and Leadership Cobb program.
Ashlie Pendley has been a KSU Alumni Association director-at-large since 2011. 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.
Kryss Roch became a part of the KSU Alumni Association as a director-at-large in 2018.
She graduated from KSU in 1999 with her B.A. in international affairs and a minor
in geography. Roch went on to earn a J.D. through the Georgia State University College
of Law in 2006 and has come back to KSU as a volunteer judge for the mock trial program.
Since 2006, she has served as senior assistant solicitor general with the Cherokee
County Office of the Solicitor General in Canton, Georgia. Active in her community,
she is a past president of the Canton Optimist Club.
Mike Russell has served as a director-at-large with the KSU Alumni Association since
2016. 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 founding chair of
the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center.
During his time as president from 2016-18, Steven Ellis oversaw the successful consolidation
of the SPSU and KSU alumni associations. He also represented alumni on the KSU presidential
search committee in early 2018. Prior to his time as president, Ellis 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 in 2003. He earned his J.D. in 2007 from John Marshall Law School.
Currently, Ellis is the Solicitor for the Sandy Springs, GA municipal court. He previously
served as an assistant solicitor general for the Cobb County Solicitor General’s Office
from 2012 to 2021, and currently serves as a part-time professor of political science
at KSU. He also serves as president of the non-profit Sober Streets, a board member
of the Restoring Lives Alliance and is chair of the KSU Political Science Advisory
Board. Ellis was named the 2017 Next Generation Award winner by the Cobb Chamber of
Commerce for his outstanding work in the Cobb Community as a young professional. In
2018, Georgia Trend magazine named Ellis to their “40 Under 40” which recognizes 40
outstanding young professionals in the state of Georgia under the age of 40 every
Teronzo Helm took over as treasurer of the KSU Alumni Association in 2018. He is a
former president of the organization who first became a member of the organization
in 2008. Helm 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, he has served in various professional
and executive roles for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Helm’s current title is Global
Operations Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Alpharetta, Georgia until his
retirement in May 2019.
Ben Phillips is an emeritus 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. 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.