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
Speaker Mark Burkhalter is a Senior Advisor in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice, and plays a significant role in the Firm’s public affairs and economic development initiatives in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Dentons, Speaker Burkhalter spent 18 years in the Georgia General Assembly representing the Atlanta suburb of North Fulton County. He left office as the Speaker Emeritus, after having served as Speaker of the House and the Speaker Pro Tempore since 2004, a position to which he was elected with the bipartisan support of his colleagues. From 2003-2004, he served as Administration floor leader for Governor Sonny Perdue.
Speaker Burkhalter was first elected to the Georgia State Legislature at 31. He played a major and substantive role in developing and helping to pass several pieces of legislation to benefit the economic growth and development of the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. Speaker Burkhalter wrote the city charter and created the new City of Johns Creek, Georgia. He was also the first Republican to author Georgia’s budget since reconstruction.
In 2008, Speaker Burkhalter served on the Platform Committee of the Republican National Convention and was a leader for Governor Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign in Georgia. His political career also included serving on the legislative staff to U.S. Representative Newt Gingrich in Washington, DC.
Speaker Burkhalter has earned many accolades, including being named twice by James magazine as the “most influential politician in Georgia” and named by GeorgiaTrend magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”
Parallel to his service in government, Speaker Burkhalter built a successful career in real estate development.
Harry Dangel joined the faculty of Georgia State University in 1970 after completing his doctorate at Penn State University. His early work was preparing teachers to work with children with learning disabilities, including securing funding to prepare and document innovative approaches. He and an Egyptian colleague were awarded a Fulbright grant for assisting Egyptian universities to initiate programs for teachers who serve children with special needs. The 4-year project included faculty exchanges, workshops for Egyptian faculty, and the translation of a textbook written by Georgia State faculty into Arabic.
In 1995, Harry co-founded the university's Center for Teaching and Learning and served as its director until he retired in 2008. The Center supports instructors across the University in providing effective and engaged instruction that promotes student learning. After retiring he became an active member of the GSU Emeriti Association and its Coordinating Board and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Emeriti Association’s affiliation with the Honors College.
David most recently served as Visiting Community and Economic Development Advisor for Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and now supports the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s mission to secure private, corporate, and philanthropic support to enable the Atlanta BeltLine project, engage the public through programming and outreach, and empower Atlanta BeltLine residents to connect with economic opportunity, housing, and better health.
During his 31-year career, Jackson has worked extensively in affordable and equitable housing and other neighborhood revitalization and community building issues around the country. At the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, he engaged communities to inform policy on blight remediation and durable housing affordability in the Southeast. Jackson previously served as executive director of Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, President & CEO of The Center for Working Families in Atlanta, and worked with the One Economy Corporation, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and The Enterprise Foundation.
Almeera curates compelling video courses for LinkedIn that make training fun and valuable for busy business professionals. She has more than 14 years of experience working in marketing, public relations, film and television, and volunteering to craft diverse stories that engage a broad range of audiences.
Almeera holds a B.A. in Communications from Georgia State University and was named to the university's 40 Under 40 Class of 2019. As a lifelong learner, Almeera is passionate about mentoring others and empowering women. Her credentials include the Campus Atlanta Scholarship, Georgia Executive Women’s Network “Leader of Tomorrow” Award and Scholarship, Martin Luther King, Jr. “Torch of Peace” Award Nominee, 1913 Silver Shield Award, Foundation Scholarship, Best Actress – Campus Movie Fest (Chain Reflection), and Best Actress and Best Drama – Campus Movie Fest (Fate).
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.
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.
Phil graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a BS in business followed 20 years later with an MBA from Georgia State University’s Robinson School Executive MBA program. Much of Phil’s early business experience was in the construction industry. He started at entry level accounting functions and finished that segment of his business life as VP of Finance and Accounting for a mid-size specialty contractor. The last 15 years of working life centered in technology as an independent contractor specializing in data base programing, reporting, and migration. Now retired Phil is a avid GSU sports fan holding season tickets to basketball and football.
Phil is married to Jeanne Oneacre and reside in Brookhaven, Georgia.
Donald Ratajczak is a leading economic forecaster and previously was Director of the Economic Forecasting Center in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business from 1973 until June 2000 as a professor of economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Don retired in 2000 and continues to provide advice to government and non-profit organizations and is on the board of Assurance America, Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Crown Craft Corp., and Citizens Trust Bank.
Don has developed econometric models for the United States, the Southeast, and several individual states. He currently produces weekly and monthly publications for Morgan Keegan, including a weekly economic commentary and forecast and a monthly forecast of short-term national and financial conditions. His commentary on inflation continues to receive prominent attention from the national media. He also contributes articles to several publications. He has been quoted and interviewed extensively by both the print and broadcast media including The New York Times, Journal of Commerce, Business Week, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, NBC and CNBC.
Don has received many prestigious forecasting awards including the Annual Economic Forecasting Award for the most accurate U.S. Blue Chip economic forecast during the previous four years, which is the closest thing forecasters have to a national championship. In the past four years he has ranked in the top 5 of 45 prominent economic forecasters in the USA Today survey.
As president of The Emeriti Association for Georgia State, Don serves as an ex-officio member of the Honors College Board of Visitors.
Deborah is executive director of The International Human Trafficking Institute. She has a 30-year track record in advocacy on women’s rights and economic empowerment for disenfranchised persons. In 2001, Deborah convened a group of women who launched Atlanta’s movement to address child sex trafficking. Their efforts to create awareness on domestic child sex trafficking, change laws, and raise money to open the first safe house in the eastern United States sparked advocacy efforts that continue today.
Deborah is a thought leader who has testified before Congress, worked with more than 30 communities across the United States on planning and executing their human trafficking initiatives, spoken to numerous groups, and written extensively about ending human trafficking. She is the former executive vice president and interim CEO of The Center for Civil and Human Rights.
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.
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.
As the President of Integral’s Community Development Division, Ms. Wilbon spearheads the operation that has distinguished itself in the marketplace by completing some of the nation’s most successful and transformative residential and mixed-use developments through thoughtful and innovative master planning and implementation. She has been responsible for the day-to-day management of Integral’s redevelopment initiatives, many of which have been executed through public/private partnerships with various public entities.