Dr. Lorraine Evans, PhD
Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Evan leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which focuses on institutional
diversity and on the implementation of enterprise-wide cultural competency training. 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.
Sharmen is the Office Specialist for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Sharmen
began her employment with GRU as an Office Specialist in the Director’s Suite of the
Cancer Research Center. Prior to coming to GRU, she worked for 5 years with the City
of Augusta as an Administrative Assistant and she is also a licensed Property and
Casualty agent in the state of Georgia. She is a former member of the Greater Augusta
Arts Council, where some of her work has been featured and also a life-long member
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sharmen spends a good bit of her time volunteering
with her church and she is also a trained Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Advocate.
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.