Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors of the Honors College is a non-governing advisory board whose purpose is to help the Honors College achieve its mission. Board members are drawn from the public, nonprofit and private sectors and include Georgia State graduates as well as others with an interest in education.


Board of Visitor Biographies

Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin is CEO and Executive Creative Director of Tribe, an internal communications company working with national and global clients including UPS, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Porsche, Chick-fil-A and Embassy Suites. Tribe helps large companies build employee engagement, and so Tribe’s own internal culture is a focus as well. Tribe was named this year’s small business winner in the Psychologically Healthy Workplace awards and was runner-up in the Healthiest Workplace awards.

Elizabeth is also the author of several books, including Run Your Business Like a Girl, a study of female entrepreneurs. She has created several products for business owners and other professionals, including the “How To Build Your Brand With Social Media” deck of Starter Cards© and an iPhone application called “Start Your Own Company,” which was ranked in Apple’s Top 10 of paid business apps.

Elizabeth holds a BA in English and History from Emory University, completed a post-baccalaureate thesis through the Georgia State University Honors Program and is a graduate of the Portfolio Center, where she also served on the faculty for several years. She lives in Sandy Springs with her husband Steve, son Sam and border collie Sally. Elizabeth is currently working on a novel about the Underground Railroad.

Dana is an ASCP certified General Clinical Laboratory Scientist licensed in the state of California. She has seventeen years in clinical, academic and research laboratories, with an additional four years in sales support.

Her laboratory experience consists of over six years as a CLS at Stanford University Medical Center Clinical Labs specializing in the Red Cell Special Studies Lab testing for congenital non-immune hemolytic anemias, i.e.; Hemoglobinopathies, glycolytic enzyme deficiencies, and hereditary spherocytosis.

She spent two years as an inside sales representative for a high tech Fortune 500 company and two years in telemarketing for a Florida property developer. Dana is also a veteran of the United States Air Force who spent five years on active duty in the United States and Germany.

Dana earned her BS in Biology from Georgia State University, and is an Honors Program alumna.

Julia MacGregor-Peralta is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Safety Management. Julia has more than 20 years of hands-on business management and development experience. This includes 15 years in the regulatory compliance industry, with a focus on material safety and global compliance through technology. Her unique vision results in scientific, process-based, and client-focused operations that drive sales and profits. As an expert in the regulatory industry, she often speaks at conferences and in webinars on regulatory and compliance issues. She has even served as a substitute speaker for OSHA. She writes articles on compliance and contributes to multiple Blogs. As a Hispanic woman in both an industry and profession that is dominated by males, she cares deeply about minority and women’s issues.

Ms. MacGregor’s record as an entrepreneur dates back to her childhood when at age 7 she started her first business endeavor -attempting to breed and sell hamsters- and it includes tenures with Music on the Move, UNUM Insurance and WordDoc Translations. She is better known, however, for her work as CEO of Global Safety Management, Inc. (GSM), an award-winning, regulatory compliance, Software Company that she co-founded in 2004. GSM reduces the cost of regulatory compliance for companies through easy to use Software as a Service (SAAS) and supporting professional services. GSM is the only company in its industry to have won the Consumers’ Choice award.

Julie herself has received many awards, including the Product Innovation Award from University of South Florida and Outstanding Georgia Citizen from the Secretary of State. She holds a BA in Psychology with a Minor in French from Georgia State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with advanced and research honors, and was awarded the President’s Plaque. She was a member of Who’s Who of top university students, a member of Phi Kappa Phi and, a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. She also holds an MBA from University of Florida and an MS in Entrepreneurship from University of South Florida. She has the distinction of being inducted twice into the prestigious, Honor Society for Business, Beta Gamma Sigma, at both University of Florida and University of South Florida. At the moment, she is finishing an MS in Operations Management from University of Alabama. Julia is multilingual, with native fluency in English and Spanish and expertise in Portuguese and French.

When she is not immersed in GSM’s operations, she spends time with her husband of 29 years and her 2 children. She also enjoys playing golf and painting.

Nancy R. Mansfield serves as the Director of the Women Lead Program and Senior Faculty Associate for Women’s Leadership Development. Professor Mansfield has long been committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education and to experiential learning as part of the university experience. She brings significant depth and breadth of experience to the women’s leadership initiative. Throughout her career in education, Nancy has built curricula and programs across disciplines, including developing and teaching courses on business, law and ethics.

Nancy joined the Georgia State University faculty in 1981 as the Legal Studies Academic Coordinator in the Robinson College of Business. Most recently, she has served as Professor of Legal Studies, Department of Risk Management and Insurance, and Faculty Associate for Scholars in the Honors College. During her tenure at GSU, she also served as the Director of Freshman Studies for Georgia State from 2001-2003.

Nancy’s scholarly work focuses on the legal and ethical obligations of the employment relationship and a related body of research exploring the obligations of companies to shareholders, especially in the context of the corporate scandals that resulted in new and substantial shifts in professional liability exposures for many industries in the U.S. She also has published award-winning work on pedagogy and curricular design and effective ways of teaching ethics

Nancy has won a number of national, college and university-wide awards for her excellence in teaching, research and service, including the Outstanding Service to Students Award at GSU. She serves as a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI) at Georgia State University, and as the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Girls School. Nancy earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her J.D. from the University of Georgia, School of Law.

Petrina Hall McDaniel represents diverse private and public companies and governmental entities in a variety of commercial transactions on the state and federal level. Petrina has successfully litigated complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country involving a wide range of matters, including breach of contracts actions, business torts, trade secrets, consumer fraud class actions and governmental disputes, with a particular emphasis on privacy litigation.

Atlanta Magazine honored Ms. McDaniel as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” in General Litigation in 2012, 2014, and 2015.During law school, she was inducted into the Moot Court Honor Society and was recognized with numerous awards and scholarships including the Earl Warren Legal Education Scholarship, Finalist in First Year Oral Argument Competition, Honors in the Litigation Practicum, and the “Best Oral Advocate” award given by the William McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. Petrina was also chosen as one of four students from the Georgia State University College of Law to participate in the Georgia Law School Consortium Fellowship Program.

Petrina is a co-founder of the R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Award (f/k/a Legacy Scholarship Foundation, Inc.), created for the benefit of high school students in Albany, Georgia. Petrina was also a founding trustee of Young Leaders Collegiate Academy, a proposed charter middle school for South Fulton County, Georgia. She regularly volunteers with Lead Atlanta, Young Professionals for Educational Equity, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She has also participated in United Way's Volunteer Improvement Program, which focuses on training community leaders to serve on non-profit boards, and served in the Big Sister mentoring program. Atlanta Magazine honored Petrina as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in General Litigation in 2012. She was also selected to participate in the 2011-2012 GAWL Leadership Academy, a leadership training program for women attorneys.

Petrina is also an Honors Program alumna.

Derek Medlin is a part of the Mobile Commerce division at Elavon, Inc, providing leadership for the strategy and market deployment of mobile commerce products for merchants and partners globally. He has more than nine years of experience in developing and delivering growth strategies in the telecom, technology and financial services industries. While at Elavon, he has held various leadership positions centered on emerging payments, market analysis and technology partnerships. Most recently, Derek was VP, Global Strategic Planning with responsibility for corporate strategy development.

Prior to Elavon, Derek was a senior consultant for Pyramid Research, a boutique consulting and research firm focused on providing growth strategies for clients such as Google, Cisco, Saudi Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, America Móvil and Telefónica. Engagements included business model discovery and planning, M&A due diligence, market sizing & segmentation, competitor intelligence, regulatory planning and CAPEX planning for service providers, vendors and regulators in the ecosystem. Derek also gained extensive experience in financial analysis, audit & assurance services for multinational companies while at Ernst & Young’s Santiago, Chile office.

Derek received a MA in International Business and a BA in Spanish from Georgia State University and is an Honors Program alumnus.

J. Bart Miller is a founding Principal of Sterling Risk Advisors an Atlanta-based regional Property and Casualty Insurance Brokerage firm. Prior to entering the insurance business he was Vice President of Atlanta’s Northside Hospital.

Bart attended the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University where he earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Health Administration and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He subsequently served as part-time faculty member of the Institute of Health Administration at Georgia State University and in 2015 received the Institute’s Professional Achievement Award.

Before college Bart attended The Baylor School in Chattanooga. He has remained active at Baylor over the years receiving its Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

He also served on the Board of Trustees of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta from 1999 to 2006 and currently serves on its Board of Advisors. Bart was given the school’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and was named to the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Athletic Wall of Fame in 2010.
Bart also served on the Board of Trustees of the George West Mental Health Foundation from 1990 to 2011. The Foundation operates the three Skyland Trail mental health facilities in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bart has long been active in the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout, a Scoutmaster, and as Camp Chief of Wood Badge Training. He currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 232 in Atlanta. The Boy Scouts of America presented him with the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth in 1978.

Bart is a member of University Yacht Club on Lake Lanier and was Club Commodore in 1987. He and his wife Carol are parish members at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and have three children: John, Elizabeth and Bartley and seven grandchildren.

Angelic Moore began her career over 20 years ago in public service by volunteering on various campaigns – she has worked at the State Republican Headquarters; with Mike Kenn, the former Chairman of the Fulton County Commission; at the State Capitol; was the 2004 Republican nominee for Clerk of Fulton County Superior Court; chaired Atlanta for Newt Gingrich’s 2012 Presidential Campaign; and continuous to tirelessly advise and work.

Professionally Angelic is a communications and research expert and budget analyst, who has also worked with the former Democratic Lieutenant Governor Pierre Howard and former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor Matt Towery, as Vice President of Insider Advantage and Internet News Agency.

Currently, Angelic is an advisor and continuous to assist on political campaigns as well as political organizations across Georgia. Along with her political endeavors, Angelic appreciates the value of mentoring and especially imparting the importance of civility. She is the Co-founder and CEO of Manners Made Modern School of Etiquette.

Bill graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia and received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967. He taught Economics at UNC Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, College of William and Mary and Georgia State University. He spent 26 years at Georgia State University and served as the Bernard and Eugenia Ramsey Chair of Private Enterprise from 1990-2000. He also served as the Director of the International Center for Entrepreneurship from 1986-1999 and the Executive Director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Education at Georgia State University from 1974-1981.

Bill has been published numerous times and is frequently called upon to be an expert witness on matters involving economic entrepreneurship and education. He is married and has four children.

Baoky has lived in Atlanta for more than 30 years. In 1975, his family left Saigon prior to the collapse of South Vietnam to Communist North Vietnamese forces. They were fortunate enough to be able to leave by plane eight days before the climatic surrender of Saigon. After spending a brief time in the U.S., the family moved to Sydney, Australia, but eventually resettled in the United States and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1978.

Currently, Baoky is a principal of ESSE LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in Atlanta. In the recent legislative session, he served as policy advisor to State Representative Bjay Pak (R). Baoky had previously served in various capacities, including director of research and portfolio manager, with A. Montag & Associates, from 1996 through 2008.

Baoky holds degrees from Georgia Tech (BS’90) and Georgetown University (G’95). His current affiliations include: Chairman of the Board of Bonanza Goldfields, Leadership Georgia (2008), member of DeKalb County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections, Visiting Nurses Health System Board of Directors, Emory University Board of Visitors, member of NAAAP-Atlanta, and the Georgia Group. He was an honoree in the inaugural 2006 Who’s Who in Asian-American Communities.

In August of 2001, Baoky was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. He has appeared as political guest commentator on CNN, and been often cited in local and national papers including USA Today, the Washington Times and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

He and his wife Anh live in Decatur with their two children.

Carol Walker is a 2003 Honors Program graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Political Science. After her experience in the Honors Program, Carol went on to earn MA and PhD degrees in Political Science, also at Georgia State. She is currently putting her political science education and Honors Program experience to use working for the federal government in Washington DC.