W. Kent Guion, MD, MA
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Guion leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which focuses on institutional
diversity and on the implementation of enterprise-wide cultural competency training.
Guion chaired GRU’s Work Group Diversity and was a member of the Work Group on Global
Health. His prior appointments and experiences involved issues of gender equity, disabilities,
under-represented student progression and campus-wide wellness. He is a fellow of
the Health Research and Education Trust Cultural Competency Leadership Program, member
of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and currently
serves on the Board of Regents Advisory Committee of Chief Diversity Offices. He is
a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Augusta Program.
Melissa Duckett, BBA
Melissa is the business manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She began
her career at GRU in 2010 as support personnel for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation. Prior to coming to GRU Melissa worked in
human resources at a health care system in northwest Georgia and as the Corporate
Administrative Assistant for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield
Counties. She is an active participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and
continues to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Torri is the office associate for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She began
her career at GRMC in March of 2010 as a greeter in the department of Patient- and
Family-Centered Care. Before coming to GRU Torri also worked at St. Luke United Methodist
Church as the administrative assistant. She volunteers in her free time helping the
young people in the Harrisburg community.
Lorraine Evans, PhD
Healthy Perspectives Faculty
Dr. Evans is faculty for the Healthy Perspectives program. Evans graduated from the
University of Georgia with a PhD in Sociology. Her research focus is on worker socialization,
specifically the impact of the culture and structure of preparation programs on workers
future occupational understandings. Over the previous decade Dr. Evans has taught
courses and worked to educate students on the importance of recognizing and understanding
difference and cultural diversity on both personal and public levels.
Madison Gates, PhD
Healthy Perspectives Faculty
Dr. Gates is faculty for the Healthy Perspectives program. Dr. Gates received his
PhD in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky where
he investigated the socialization of cultural competency between attending and resident
physicians; what physicians understand culture to mean; and, the impact culture may
have on patient encounters. Dr. Gates’ has taught courses on cultural competence,
ethics, and health disparities. Dr. Gates’ research interests also include the impact
that social factors (social epidemiology) have on the health of populations and the
institutionalization of incarceration on prisoners’ health, specifically women and
their mental wellness.
Louise Thai, MD
Healthy Perspectives Faculty
Dr. Thai has a joint appointment with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Office
of Medical Education. Thai—a graduate of Sechenov Medical School in Moscow, Russia—has
over 20 years of experience in teaching, advising and mentoring students of diverse
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to joining GRU, Dr. Thai had directed
Medical Microbiology and Immunology course and a Pathophysiology Block in the Problem-Based
Learning curriculum at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (MU-SOM). She
is a recipient of the 2002 William Kemper Fellowship (the highest recognition of excellence
in teaching at MU) and the 2006 Jane Hickman Teacher of the Year Award (MU-SOM).
Employment Equity Director
Glenn is the Employment Equity Director for the Office of Employment Equity (OEE).
He has over 20 years of HR experience at the division, and corporate levels in mining,
chemicals, oil and gas, and higher education. His special interest is in performance-based
Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations and Diversity/EEO. He is a certified instructor
in Crucial Conversations, Mediation, and Diversity Training; having received additional
training in Succession Planning and Talent Review, AchieveGlobal Leadership, DDI's
Interaction Manager, Targeted Selection, and Positive Discipline.
Judy Spencer, MS, SPHR
Employment Equity Specialist
Judy is the Employment Equity Specialist for OEE . Spencer graduated from The University
of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Nova Southeastern University
with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Prior to joining GRU she spent
her entire career at Savannah River Site and gained experience in the Administrative,
Communications/Public Relations and Human Resources fields. She is a certified Mediator
and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification. She is active
with the CSRA Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors and
has served as certification chair, communications co-chair and is currently serving
as Vice President of Membership.
Employment Equity Analyst
Antoinette is the Employment Equity Analyst for OEE. She began her career back in
1997, under MCG as a Lab Assistant. Prior to accepting her position as Analyst, she
worked as Desk Operation Specialist for GHS Hospital and Clinics. Her background is
in Medical Administration which includes 5 years as Manager for one of nation’s leading
laboratories. In her free time, Antoinette enjoys mentoring young people and implemented
the S.O.F.AB (Speaking Out Freely Against Bullying) campaign at her local church.
L.D. Newman, MA, JD
Director of International and Postdoctoral Services Office
LD is Director of the International and Postdoctoral Services Office (IPSO). She
has been an administrator in Higher Education since 1980, working in Student Affairs
Administration, Living/Learning Programs and International Services. She was the
founding director of IPSO at the then, Medical College of Georgia, in 2000. She has
lived and studied abroad throughout her life and had the pleasure of teaching a children’s
Mandarin Chinese class at the Augusta Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
for 6 years where she remains an active member.
Beverly Tarver, MPA
Senior Coordinator of International Services
Beverly is the Senior Coordinator of International Services. She began her career
in higher education administration in 1989 at the University of Georgia coming to
MCG in 1991. Mrs. Tarver graduated with a MPA from Augusta State University. She
is a member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors and the Georgia
Association of International Educators. Her community service has included directorates
on the Augusta State University Foundation, the Augusta Jazz Project, Sacred Heart
Cultural Center and the Morris Museum of Art. She is also a member of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.
Coordinator of International Services
Jonathan is the Coordinator of International Services. A Navy veteran, he has over
15 years of experience in international operations and management, including three
years spent in China. He is a certified Chinese linguist with degrees from the University
of Hawaii and the Defense Language Institute and certificates from Hainan University
and the Beijing Institute of Economic Management. Prior to joining GRU, he worked
in the international medical evacuation field. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys
traveling and spending time with international friends and family.
Katrina is the Administrative Assistant of the International and Postdoctoral Services
Office (IPSO). Prior to coming to GRU she worked as a Spanish Interpreter at the Joseph
M. Still Burn Center and as a Student Assistant in the Study Abroad Office at Augusta
State University. She has spent the majority of her life living abroad and in the
summer of 2011 studied abroad in Spain and China.