About Alumni:

UGA alumni are always welcome to visit, either in person or through this Web site. A good place to begin your on-campus visit is the UGA Alumni Association office, located in the Wray-Nicholson House on Hull Street.

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Drop by for a visit!

Our mailing address is:

UGA Alumni Association
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens, GA 30602-6372

You can also reach us by phone:

706-542-2251 or
800-606-8786 (toll-free)

Atlanta Alumni Center (directions)
3475 Lenox Rd. NE Suite 870
Atlanta, Ga. 30326

404-814-8820
fax: 404-814-8819

Executive Director
One Live Oak Center
Suite 870
Atlanta  GA  30326
404-814-8820
mgurley@uga.edu

Meredith Gurley Johnson has worked in higher education advancement for 11 years. Prior to joining the Office of Alumni Relations, she worked in the central development office and also served as the alumni relations coordinator for UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

 

In 2001, Meredith moved to Atlanta to work for the UGA Alumni Association as its first Atlanta program coordinator based out of a new facility in Buckhead. Over the years, Meredith has put various signature programs into place, from alumni gatherings to Bulldog 100 to the UGA Days Tour. In late 2014, she was named executive director of alumni relations, overseeing all UGA Alumni Association engagement activities, including student programs, young alumni outreach, regional programs, communications, and collaborative projects around campus.

 

Most importantly, she is a proud 2000 graduate of UGA's College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and is currently on her way to becoming a double Dawg as she pursues a master's degree in education. As a student, Meredith was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, serving as membership vice president.

 

Meredith lives in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs with her husband, two children, and golden retriever.

 

President of the UGA Alumni Association
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
alumnipresident@uga.edu

Ruth Bartlett graduated magna cum laude from UGA in 1976 with a bachelor's degree from the J.M. Tull School of Accounting. Ruth has been an audit partner at Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta for more than 25 years. She splits her time between Hilton Head Island, Atlanta and Athens.

She received the Terry College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and is a past president of the Terry College Alumni Board. She joined the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2008 and was instrumental in the formation of a Hilton Head Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association. Ruth has a keen interest in supporting UGA students, including the Student Alumni Council, and is steadfast in her support of fundraising at the university.

Director of Alumni Programs
One Live Oak Center
3475 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta GA 30326
404-814-8820
fbeusse@uga.edu

Frances Beusse has been with the Office of Alumni Relations since 2011. As the director of alumni programs, she is responsible for developing program strategy, especially as it relates to the metro Atlanta area, home to nearly one-third of UGA alumni. She also manages signature events (Bulldog 100,40 Under 40 and the annual UGA Day Tour) and coordinates the Atlanta AlumniCorporate Chapters.
 
Frances has a passion for event planning, program management and the University of Georgia, having previously worked in the university’s Office of Special Events and the Terry College of Business Office of ExecutivePrograms.
 
Frances earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UGA in 2006 while also minoring in music. She has earned certificates in business leadership, and conference and meeting management from UGA. The alumna lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Thomas (AB ’08) and son, Quinton.

Associate Director of Student Engagement
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
Jmg88@uga.edu

Originally from Rochester, New York, Jackie Bokor moved to Athens to begin working with the UGA Alumni Association in January 2013. Jackie earned her bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in higher education and student affairs, both from colleges in Buffalo, New York.

 

Jackie previously worked for Foodlink, a food bank in Rochester, where she coordinated the 2010 Savor Rochester: a Festival of Food. In the summer of 2012, Jackie interned at the Savannah College of Art and Design to plan its student orientation. This is where she fell in love with Georgia, especially the weather! Jackie enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two dogs, reading, and connecting with students and alumni.

Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-4802
jcheney@uga.edu

 

Julie Cheney started her career at the UGA Office of Alumni Relations in 1999 in the membership and marketing department. After serving at the UNC Chapel Hill General Alumni Association and the American Cancer Society, Julie returned to UGA in 2007 as the assistant director of membership - student and young alumni programs. Currently, she is the assistant director of alumni relations where she leads the regional programs and student programs teams in addition to overseeing all that is produced out of the Athens alumni office.  Julie also directs the 40 Under 40 program which is the cornerstone for UGA young alumni cultivation and engagement. Her strategic outreach with student affairs, admissions, athletics and development serves to strengthen the role of, and collaborative opportunities for, alumni relations on campus.

 

Julie earned her undergraduate degree from UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in Communications Studies, M.Ed. in Organizational Development in Higher Education from the College of Education, and recently started her Ph.D. in Organizational Development in 2013. She is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Athens (2012) and serves on the Board of Directors for Nuci's Space. Previously, she has served on the boards for Hands On Northeast Georgia and the Friends of Southeast Clarke Park. Julie lives in Winterville with her husband, Jim, and two irrevocably spoiled dogs. 

 

Director of Alumni Programs
Wray-Nicholson House

  
(706) 542-8054
lbcook@uga.edu

Lauren Cook joined the Office of Alumni Relations in May 2015. She serves as the director of alumni programs, leading the office’s programming strategy, overseeing student and chapter engagement activities, and guiding the planning of several key events, including Founders Day, Dawg Trot and the Alumni Awards Luncheon. Prior to joining the team, Lauren worked in the Office of Special Events and served as the Event Coordinator for Georgia Museum of Art. 

 

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Lauren followed her older sister to UGA for college and never looked back. She holds a bachelor's degree in history, an MHP in historic preservation and a graduate certificate in management of nonprofit organizations. 

Associate Director of Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-3267
ddowning@uga.edu

 

Danielle Downing joined the UGA Alumni Association staff in December 2011. She serves as associate director of alumni Chapters, working with more than 120 alumni chapters across the world. In this role, she helps cultivate new alumni chapters, train leadership boards and assist chapters with event planning. Like many people with a master's degree in social work, she is relationship-focused and loves meeting new alumni.

 

Graduate Assistant - Student Engagement
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
nne08794@uga.edu

Natalie comes to UGA from the University of South Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in UGA's College Student Affairs Administration program, pursuing her M.Ed. As the Graduate Assistant for Student Programs, Natalie's responsibilities include working with the Student Alumni Council (SAC) and the UGA Alumni Association to aid in the planning and execution of various events and programs.

 

Natalie's hobbies include listening to live music, watching scary movies, and traveling (though she's never been out of the United States). A Florida native, she also enjoys going to the beach and traversing through theme parks.

 

Assistant Director of Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
dianaf@uga.edu

Diana Fontaine (AB ’15, BS ’15) joined the Office of Alumni Relations in June 2015. As assistant director of alumni chapters, she organizes and trains regional chapter leaders and serves as a resource to cultivate meaningful alumni engagement nationwide. She also assists with programs such as the Alumni Leadership Assembly, Freshman Send-Offs and game watching parties.

Diana was a lifelong resident of Nashville, Tennessee, prior to enrolling at the University of Georgia, where she graduated with undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology. During her time as a UGA student, she interned in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and was a member of the Arch Society. Diana enjoys the Classic City’s vibrant music culture and the rich traditions of her alma mater.

Administrative Assistant
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-4710
mrj@uga.edu

 

Marcus Jennings joined the Alumni Association staff in the spring of 2003. Through his role as an administrative associate, he provides a number of contributions that impact alumni engagement and stewardship. Prior to his time with the Alumni Association, he spent the first two years of his UGA career managing the administrative office at the UGA Bookstore.

 

In addition to his office duties, Marcus has represented the Division of External Affairs on the University-wide Staff Council and has chaired that division's local Staff Representative Group. He has also served on several other subcommittees, all pertaining to staff rights and promotion. 

 

Business Manager
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2745
slanders@uga.edu

Shea Landers joined the UGA Alumni Association staff in 2000 as business manager. She began her University of Georgia career in 1985 with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She enjoys working with her fellow staff members to execute great alumni events and she also enjoys getting to know alumni and members of the UGA community.

 

Shea lives in Jefferson, Georgia, with her daughters, Renee, Jennifer and Paige, and her grandson, Jaxxon.

Administrative Assistant
One Live Oak Center
3475 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta GA 30326
404-814-8820
tamanuel@uga.edu

Tanera Manuel joined the Alumni Relations staff in February 2013. As an administrative assistant, her responsibilities include compiling data for various alumni events as well as assist with the planning and execution of several Alumni Association signature events.

 

In May of 2009 she began her collegiate career at Georgia Southern University and by May 2012, she attained a bachelor's of sciences in hotel and restaurant management with a minor in business administration. As her love for the hospitality industry grew, she was also fascinated by how the University and the surrounding community merged to create a culture within itself. That same atmosphere is what drew her to work for the University of Georgia. 

 

Tanera's hobbies include reading, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with family and friends.

Athens Program Coordinator
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-8149
knewmeyer@uga.edu

Kate Newmeyer joined the UGA Alumni Relations staff in August 2015. Her responsibilities include planning key events such as the Dawg Trot 5K, Founders Day, and the Alumni Awards Luncheon. A Virginia native, Kate graduated in 2014 from Christopher Newport University with a degree in business administration and a minor in leadership studies. Following graduation, she moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, for a position in strategic communications and executive affairs in the NCAA's national office.

Kate is a Navy brat and enjoys anything related to boats and the beach. She looks forward to experiencing all the Classic City and UGA have to offer.

Director of Alumni Career Services
One Live Oak Center
3475 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta GA 30326
404-814-8820
bjbagley@uga.edu

Bethany Bagley joined the UGA Career Center staff in June 2010. Before being named director of alumni career services, she was a UGA Career Center career consultant for the College of Education, undecided students and students in fine and performing arts. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified in the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Her knowledge and skill set includes career counseling and exploration, career assessments, teaching/presentations, job search strategies, networking, employer relations, supervising, and training student interns and new staff members.


Bethany finds joy in helping UGA alumni and students navigate the career exploration process and providing the resources to help them reach success. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned her Master of Science in Counselor Education and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education.

 

Strategic Communications Intern
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
lsteffes@uga.edu

Lauren Steffes is the strategic communications intern for the UGA Alumni Association. She discovered her passion for alumni relations while working as a student fundraiser for the Georgia Fund.

 

Lauren is pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her younger brother followed her to Athens two years ago, and they have enjoyed making UGA memories together.

 

When she isn't writing, Lauren enjoys visiting the Jittery Joe's coffee roaster, biking around Athens, reading on her porch, and making new friends.

Atlanta Programs Coordinator
One Live Oak Center
3475 Lenox Rd. NE
Atlanta GA 30326
404-814-8820
gms89@uga.edu

Originally from Albany, Georgia, Margaret Sullivan joined the Alumni Relations Atlanta staff in October 2012. She serves as a Programs Coordinator, working specifically with the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter, Women of UGA, Dawgs on the Move, and Young Alumni members. She also plays a role in planning and staffing Alumni Association signature events. As a Double Dawg, Margaret graduated in 2011 from the University of Georgia, earning a BSFCS in consumer journalism with a focus on child and family development and public relations, and in 2012 with master's in nonprofit management.

 

Hailing from an avid bunch of Bulldogs, Margaret is the twelfth member of her family to attend UGA and spent much of her childhood visiting Athens. With a deep-rooted love for UGA, dedicating her career to the university seems natural! Margaret loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and get to know others-both personally and professionally. 

Associate Director of Alumni Partnerships
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-8055
eptighe@uga.edu

Evan currently serves as the Associate Director for Alumni Partnerships, and works with schools, colleges, and departments across campus to develop strategies for alumni engagement and giving. He also coordinates UGA's class gift program, Senior Signature. He began working with the Alumni Association in 2012, previously serving as Assistant Director of Student Programs.

Although his family has deep ties to Southeastern Conference rival LSU, Evan has long pledged his allegiance to UGA where he received his bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in international relations and political science.

Evan and his wife Linnea, also a UGA graduate, enjoy spending most of their free time outdoors with their two dogs, Delilah and Samson.

 

Administrative Associate
Wray-Nicholson House

  
706-542-8165
matryman@uga.edu

Martina Tryman joined the Office of Alumni Relations in April 2014. As an administrative associate, her responsibilities include providing administrative support for the executive director and program staff, managing meeting logistics for staff members, and representing the Office of Alumni Relations over the phone and in the reception area.

 

Martina was born and raised in Mississippi. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University.

 

In her spare time, Martina enjoys reading, baking and cheering for her favorite athletic teams.

Atlanta Programs Coordinator
One Live Oak Center
Suite 870
Atlanta GA 30326
404-814-8820
rwatters@uga.edu

Realenn is a native of Lithonia, Georgia, a Chamblee High School graduate and the second Bulldog in her family. Realenn earned her sociology degree from UGA in December 2004 and began working as an event coordinator with the UGA Atlanta Alumni Center in October 2007. As an Atlanta program coordinator, she enjoys working alongside the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter, Multicultural Programs, UGA Alumni Educator Appreciation Program, undergraduate admissions alumni representative programs and supporting signature programs.

 

Realenn enjoys learning and recently earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Convention Industry Council, as well as a UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. In her spare time she is presiding partner in her investment club, enjoys reading books, discovering new music and spending time with family. 

Graduate Assistant - Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
298 S. Hull Street
Athens GA 30602
706-542-2251
alyssa.zasada@uga.edu

Alyssa Zasada joined the UGA Alumni Association staff in 2015 and is the graduate assistant for alumni chapters. She works to develop and support alumni chapters across the country. She is a native of Platteville, Wisconsin, and came to UGA to pursue a master's degree in college student affairs administration. She earned her undergraduate degrees in sociology and political science from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys browsing thrift shops, playing the cello and exploring Athens.

Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)

Executive Director
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
mgurley@uga.edu

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Ruth Bartlett (BBA '76)

President of the UGA Alumni Association
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
alumnipresident@uga.edu

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Frances Beusse (BS '06)

Director of Alumni Programs
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
fbeusse@uga.edu

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Jackie Bokor

Associate Director of Student Engagement
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
Jmg88@uga.edu

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Julie Cheney (AB ’00, MED ’11)

Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-4802
jcheney@uga.edu

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Lauren Cook (AB '04, MHP '08)

Director of Alumni Programs
Wray-Nicholson House
(706) 542-8054
lbcook@uga.edu

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Danielle Downing (MSW ’11)

Associate Director of Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-3267
ddowning@uga.edu

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Natalie Emerson

Graduate Assistant - Student Engagement
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
nne08794@uga.edu

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Diana Fontaine AB ’15, BS ’15

Assistant Director of Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
dianaf@uga.edu

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Marcus R. Jennings

Administrative Assistant
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-4710
mrj@uga.edu

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Shea Landers

Business Manager
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2745
slanders@uga.edu

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Tanera R. Manuel

Administrative Assistant
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
tamanuel@uga.edu

more info »

Kate Newmeyer

Athens Program Coordinator
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-8149
knewmeyer@uga.edu

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Bethany Mills

Director of Alumni Career Services
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
bjbagley@uga.edu

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Lauren Steffes '15

Strategic Communications Intern
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
lsteffes@uga.edu

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Margaret Sullivan (BSFCS ’11, MA ’12)

Atlanta Programs Coordinator
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
gms89@uga.edu

more info »

Evan Tighe (BSED ’08, MA ’11)

Associate Director of Alumni Partnerships
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-8055
eptighe@uga.edu

more info »

Martina Tryman

Administrative Associate
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-8165
matryman@uga.edu

more info »

Realenn Watters (AB '04)

Atlanta Programs Coordinator
One Live Oak Center
404-814-8820
rwatters@uga.edu

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Alyssa Zasada

Graduate Assistant - Alumni Chapters
Wray-Nicholson House
706-542-2251
alyssa.zasada@uga.edu

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