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.

Quinn Hudson is the founder of Hudson Group, Inc., a corporate communications and crisis management consulting firm based in Atlanta. His approach to effective communications is to “frame issues for executives who want to make a difference,” based on the premise that all organizations (public or private, profit or nonprofit) are impacted by certain driver issues, and that the way an organization manages those issues will determine success.

Quinn has worked extensively with businesses, public officials and philanthropic organizations in Atlanta and throughout the country. His client work includes Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group, BCD Travel, Xerox, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport among others.

His community work includes service as a founding board member of the Global Soap Project and founder of the Arrendale Women’s Prison Ministry. Quinn serves on the boards of the Committee of 100 for the Candler School of Theology, Synchronicity Theatre and the operating board of the Commerce Club of Atlanta. He is past chair of the Administrative Board for the Decatur First United Methodist Church where he has taught adult Sunday School for 25 years and is a Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference.

He has written on communications issues including Overcoming Fear and Trembling: New Rules of Engagement for Executive Messaging and Communicating in an Anti-CEO Environment.

A graduate of Georgia State University, Quinn resides in Decatur with his wife. They have four daughters, a son-in- law, three grandchildren and a cat named Oreo.

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.

Petrina Hall McDaniel is an associate in Long and Aldridge LLP litigation department where she focuses on commercial disputes and government/public policy litigation. 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. Ms. McDaniel 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.

Angelic Moore began her career 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; and in 2004, was the Republican nominee for Clerk of Fulton County Superior Court. Professionally Angelic is a communications and research expert, who has also worked with the former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor Matt Towery, as Vice President of Insider Advantage and Internet News Agency.

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.