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Meet the Office

W. Kent Guion, MD, MAW. 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.

Travis Delgado

Travis Delgado, MBA
Business Manager

Travis is the Business Manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Before joining GRU, he began his career at AP Wealth Management, a local financial services firm, as an associate in September of 2011. In that time he was able to complete his MBA at the Hull College of Business in May of 2013. He is an active member of Young Professionals of Augusta, and the CSRA Community Foundation. 

Torri LampkinTorri Lampkin
Office Specialist

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, PhDLorraine 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.

Louise Thai, MDLouise 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).

Glenn PowellGlenn Powell
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 SpencerJudy 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.

Antoinette LewisAntoinette Lewis
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, JDL.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 TarverBeverly 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.

Jonathan HarwoodJonathan Harwood
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 WrightKatrina Wright
Administrative Assistant

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. 

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