#ProfilesOfTenacity: Olga Diaz-Nasser

Olga Diaz-Nasser is a fourth year public relations major with a minor in French and a certificate in public affairs communications. She is also a double dawg and will be getting her masters in public administration. She is heavily involved in and outside of the Grady community, serving as the executive director of University Judiciary, the member relations manager for Women in Media, a Grady Ambassador and a Carolyn Caudell Tieger Fellow for the public affairs communications certificate.

What does “tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity means going after your goals no matter the obstacles that are in your way. To me, it means determination, perseverance, and resilience. It’s something I hope to embody throughout my daily life.

Who is your favorite Grady professor and why?

Professor Watson is definitely my favorite Grady Professor. His public affairs communications classes have helped me explore my career interests and develop my goals for the future. His experience, advice, and kindness have been invaluable as I’ve delved further into the intersection of politics and communications.

Diaz-Nasser gives a speech as the incoming executive director of University Judiciary at their Jenny Penny Oliver ceremony in April of 2022. (Photo:submitted)
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

I’m involved in an organization called UniversityJudiciary and it has truly defined my path here at UGA. University Judiciary has given me a supportive community to encourage me as I work towards my dreams and allowed me to gain the confidence in myself needed to achieve them. I’ve met my closest friends through the organization and the Office of Student Conduct staff have become some of my mentors. Judiciary has helped me grow as a person, leader, and friend.

What are you passionate about?

Helping others! My senses of justice and empathy have always driven me to serve others and that is what I’ve tried to do throughout my time here at UGA. I hope to keep working hard to help underprivileged and minority communities around the nation in my future career.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other Grady students?
Diaz-Nasser poses for a picture with other members of the 2021-2022 University Judiciary executive council. (Photo:submitted)

Getting involved is absolutely essential. Freshman year is tough and your first year when you officially get accepted into Grady is tough too. Having people who support you and encourage you to go for it will be vital to your success and happiness. Grady has so many opportunities for students to get involved, learn new skills, and meet other passionate, driven Grady students. Don’t let any of these opportunities pass you by. Branch out and get involved!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Ok, in all honesty I found this quote on Pinterest but it still echoes in my head every day, “The grass is greener where you water it.” I struggled a lot freshman year. I was shy and nervous about getting involved on campus and making new friends. I had spent so long wanting this ideal version of what my freshman year was supposed to look like, that I forgot that I was the one who was supposed to make it happen. This quote pushed me out of my comfort zone. I realized it was my responsibility to put myself out there, join clubs, meet new people, and water my own grass. I try to live by this quote every day. Everything I do is to water my own grass, because I know if I put in the effort then no matter what happens I’ll be proud of myself.

What motivates you?

My parents are my biggest motivators. My mom is a Colombian immigrant and her story is what has inspired me to want to work in immigration policy. Both her and my dad have always been my biggest supporters and I do everything I can to make them proud. I’m thankful for all of their encouragement; without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Diaz-Nasser smiles for a photo with Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA 6) during her summer internship in Representative McBath’s D.C. office. (Photo:submitted)
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the past year?

This past summer I had the opportunity to intern in the office of Congresswoman Lucy McBath and live in UGA’s Delta Hall in Washington D.C. through the Honors in Washington program. Getting into Honors in Washington is definitely my biggest accomplishment this year. I was so honored to have been a part of the group of talented, passionate students that were in Washington D.C. with me and blessed to have been able to work in the office of my own representative, Congresswoman McBath. This summer was one of the best of my life and I’m so grateful to have been able to experience it alongside the UGA students in Delta Hall.

What are you planning to do after you graduate?

I hope to work in Washington D.C. My studies in the field of public affairs communications has really ignited a passion for policy and politics in me. I’d like to work in immigration policy on a federal level, hopefully in a committee in Congress!

Where is your favorite study spot?

I love to study on the fourth floor of the Main Library. It’s the floor where you can talk or take zoom meetings if you need to, and nobody will get mad if you’re speaking at a normal level. I hate studying in absolute silence so I love being able to study without being afraid of typing too loud or rummaging through my backpack too much.

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Jillian Smalls

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I decided to come to UGA specifically to attend Grady College. Among all the colleges I was interested in, none of them offered a major that was as comprehensive of my interests as the entertainment & media studies major. I grew up writing stories and watching classic movies, so I’ve had a passion for storytelling for as long as I can remember. I loved that the EMST major encompassed so many different aspects of the entertainment industry beyond film production, so I knew Grady would be the place where I could grow and continue to hone my passion for storytelling. 

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity means believing in yourself every step of the way towards achieving a goal. I believe that by having self-confidence, you can transcend the impossible. You can achieve anything you want in life if you believe you can achieve it. 

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

My most memorable Grady experience would have to be when I took my first production class in the fall of 2020. I will never forget making a short film documentary from start to finish during a pandemic. The process was challenging and stressful, but I think it was a valuable experience that taught us the importance of work ethic and perseverance to complete a project under unfavorable circumstances. Our documentary was about an art school student and how the pandemic and online school affected their creative process. It was inspiring seeing the positive impact storytelling can have on a situation like the pandemic. I was also grateful for the time I got to have with my teammates as we bonded over our experiences as college students in a pandemic. 

Headshot of Smalls
Smalls, an EMST major, is also pursuing a marketing degree and the New Media Certificate.
What are you passionate about?

I have a passion for serving others. I am a former site leader for IMPACT and that was probably the most fulfilling experience of my life. However, I believe that service can manifest itself in many ways beyond volunteering. I think storytelling is a form of service in some ways because stories that amplify marginalized voices, for example, are a form of service to audiences. 

What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?

Last summer, I was a digital marketing intern for Verint, a customer engagement software company. Even though this was a marketing position, I felt like my storytelling background through EMST is why I stood out from other candidates for the position. During the internship, I was tasked with many projects, but for one of them, I had to write and produce a series of promotional videos for one of their products. I worked in collaboration with animators to write a script and storyboard videos that showcased the features of the software. It was an awesome experience seeing my courses of study work together in the real world. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?

My favorite piece of advice is “stay curious.” It’s a short and vague piece of advice, but that is why I like it. I think it can be applied to pretty much any situation. For me, it means avoiding becoming complacent. I think that in school, work or even relationships we can get too comfortable in a routine. By staying curious and being inquisitive, you will learn new things and open your mind to different points of view. 

What are you planning to do after graduation?
Smalls and a fellow Grady Ambassador checking students in
Smalls, a Grady Ambassador, assists incoming Grady students at the Spring 2022 New Admit Fair.

I will be working full-time at Cox Enterprises in the LEAD Program after graduation. I am excited to bring the skills I acquired from experiences in Grady to LEAD.

What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?

TikTok has been my favorite app lately. I enjoy both music and video, so the way the app fuses the two together is fun and interesting to me. I love that TikTok is showing people the endless possibilities of what they can create with just their smartphone. It’s been inspiring seeing that you don’t need an expensive camera to create successful video projects.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am a huge foodie. I love cooking or baking new recipes in my free time. I also love trying new restaurants and cuisines. Tlaloc and The World Famous are my favorite places to eat and hang out in Athens.

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is the area outside of the Peabody Archive on the third floor of the Grady building. I love the view of Sanford Stadium and Hooper Street from there. It is the perfect spot to take phone calls and wander around when the weather is nice. I think of it as one of Grady’s hidden gems.


#ProfilesOfTenacity: Jane Congfei Lian

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

For me, tenacity means always staying positive when facing tough circumstances or situations. The most important difference I found between human beings and animals is that we are born to be adaptable. I came to the U.S. two years ago across the Pacific Ocean with two suitcases. Studying abroad during college is like uprooting a tree to an entirely new field. Tough times came, with everything being unfamiliar, strange, unexpected and different from what I used to. However, I always reminded myself why I came here. I tried to build connections with new people, get involved in organizations and learn different cultures. I strived to adapt to the new environment and improve my personal development skills. The biggest takeaways from my college experience is to never be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone, to explore all opportunities and to not underestimate how strongly adaptable we can be. 

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

I have countless memorable Grady experiences. My favorite one was the moment I was awarded the New Media Certificate. Standing on the stage with my fellows and professors, I finally became a certificate alumni. This was the first degree I finished at UGA. This certificate not only proves the skills I’ve learned, but also represents the effort I invested in paving my career path.   

What are you passionate about?

Serving people. I have a strong desire to serve as a bridge for everything I’m working on. In Grady activities, I aim to connect juniors who are pursuing media with people in professional industries. As a world leader for International Student Orientation, I aspire to help them make UGA feel like coming home and to connect cultures. When it comes to serving my clients, I want to help them to build relationships with their target customers. To put it briefly, I believe credibility builds relationships.  

Lian pictured with Women in Media executive board
Lian (front row, right) is the social media manager for Women in Media at UGA.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

Serving as the social media manager at Women in Media has left a deep impact throughout my UGA life. WIM’s mission is to motivate creative women in all forms of media. Through WIM, I have learned we can not only grow ourselves, but also help our peers grow. That is true women’s power.  

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’ve been a big fan of Taylor Swift since I was 10 years old. I have TS on my wall, my clock, my ruler and my blanket at my home in China.

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

The first floor study area near Studio 100 inside Grady. That’s where I spent most of my time to complete my schoolwork. It’s quiet and easy to find a spot. You can see outside from the door and eat snacks from the vending machine when you are hungry. 

What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?

Take an example of when I was serving as a Junior Research Strategist in the Talking Dog Agency. Our client JT Hanna is a family run screen-printing business. My job was to craft a survey on Qualtrics in order to help our client gauge the Atlanta market’s awareness as well as customers’ screen printing preferences. Although I have no previous knowledge on using Qualtrics or creating insightful research, I reached out to other colleagues to gain ideas about what questions I should set up in my survey to reach our client’s goal. Finally, I drafted the survey along with another strategist and got 215 responses. This ultimately helped our client to improve their brand position. 

Lian (pictured second from right) is a former Junior Fetch Strategist for Talking Dog.
What are you planning to do after graduation?

I wish I could land on a job or internship with a structured advertising & marketing agency to enhance my skills. My dream job is to be a brand strategist because I believe brand storytelling is the future of marketing. 

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

Last year I was unable to see my friends or go back home to see my parents. I cannot describe how much I missed home and I cannot see what comes next in the future. But I did not choose to stop, instead, I utilized the gap year to improve my resume, cover letter and portfolio to strengthen myself. I also started to use LinkedIn to build connections with alumni and reach out which helped me find many great school organizations that alumni are involved in. I began to apply to different organizations such as Talking Dog and Women in Media to find opportunities to grow. I couldn’t have reached where I am without the Covid year because it gave me more time to think about what I want to pursue and what skills I should develop to arrive there.   

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?

My father has influenced me in many aspects. He is the one who has strongly supported me to study abroad and pursue what I love. “Go and see the big world, and you will find yourself and who you want to be,” he always tells me. “You learn to be critical by immersing yourself in different places and hearing from a variety of people’s perspectives.”  


#ProfilesOfTenacity: Mennah Abdelwahab

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I came into UGA as an international affairs major, and while I loved my IA courses, I felt I needed experiences that would push me out of my comfort zone. I was always fascinated by the media, particularly how it operates and the power it wields over our lives. I also felt that being a strong communicator would serve me well in any job I would pursue later. My first Grady class was pretty small and very discussion based, which I really loved. I was motivated to continue pursuing my Grady degree because my Grady professors have been incredibly supportive; it has meant a lot to see everyone want you to succeed. 

Who is your professional hero?

I don’t know that I have just one professional hero. I have personally gotten to work with so many amazing people and they have all inspired me in their own unique way. I think one thing they have all shown me is the importance of truly caring about the people you work with and wanting to see them succeed. When people see you are willing to invest in them, they will also be willing to develop a stronger relationship with you. 

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to reach your goals. Whether in Grady or any other college, you will get out of your classes as much as you put in. I remember the first time I had to interview a source for my journalism class; I was terrified. Yet, the more I have interviewed sources, the more comfortable and natural it has become. So, no matter how scary or nerve-racking accomplishing an assignment or personal goal may be, go for it! 

What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?

WhatsApp is definitely an underappreciated tool. It’s pretty popular in other parts of the world but it’s not really that well known in America. Personally, I have found it to be a really great way to stay in touch with my family in Egypt and elsewhere around the world. 

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

During my sophomore year, I was studying for an Arabic test in the PAF, and Dean Davis walked up to me and started asking me questions about what I was writing, what it meant, etc. I think this was the first time I had ever talked to the dean, but I just remember how approachable and genuinely interested he was. As a Grady ambassador, I have gotten to interact with the dean a lot more, and I think this it is always great to see how much he wants to connect with students and learn from their experiences. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member? 

I think the best piece of advice I have received in college is that you don’t have to have it all figured out during college or immediately after graduation. A lot of my professors have taken varying, winding paths to get where they are now. It is great if you know from now what you are interested in and the career you want. It is also equally valuable to know that you are not 100% set on one job or career and to be open to trying new things. 

What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience? 

My journalism major has been crucial to many of my professional and extracurricular experiences. Currently, I serve as the Public Relations Director for State Representative Spencer Frye, where a central part of my job is clearly communicating policy issues to a wide audience. In my work with the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, I have helped prepare online content in both English and Arabic. Additionally, my work with the Office of Congressman John Lewis involved preparing internal and external documents to assist legislative staffers and our constituents. These experiences built off of the skills I have attained in my journalism classes. In other roles, such as SGA Senator and Director of DEI, ICNA Relief Clinic Outreach Coordinator, and Honors Teaching Assistant, I have seen myself become a lot more comfortable interacting with new people and thinking of how to communicate my thoughts and opinions.

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

I spent the entire summer in D.C. which was really cool. I definitely pushed myself to be a lot more adventurous than I normally am but actually had a lot of fun. I went kayaking on the Potomac, which was a pretty neat place to go kayaking for the first time. I also got to know a lot of people in Delta Hall, which was also wonderful. Additionally, I really used the skills I gained in my photojournalism class; I think I took 1000+ photos over the summer. 

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have a twin sister, Ayah, who is also an international affairs major (she’s pursuing international affairs and economics). We have taken several international affairs classes together and have also been involved in some of the same organizations, so we have definitely confused a lot of people. Whenever people meet both of us at the same time, they either think we look nothing alike or we look too similar to tell who is who. Since I think we look pretty different, I have never tried assuming her identity for a day, but maybe it could be a senior year goal?  

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

It’s a little farther away than most things, but I think the botanical garden is absolutely gorgeous. I have also had the chance to go to UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography down in Savannah and it is also amazing. One of my favorite experiences I have had at UGA is going there during the Public Service and Outreach weekend where we got to go on a boat tour in Savannah and see dolphins!  

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Nekabari Ereba

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I chose Grady because I had an interest in science communication, but wanted to focus on writing, rather than the actual science. I also enjoyed design work and wanted to work on that skill.

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

My proudest moment in the last year was making President’s List for the first time since I’ve been in college. I worked very hard for it and was happy I was able to succeed.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

A moment that sticks out most is the first time I went to Dawgs with the Dean. I wasn’t even a Grady student at the time. I was just going with a friend, and I remember the ambassadors being so welcoming. I was nervous to talk with Dean Davis, but when I finally did, I found him to be a very kind and down to earth gentleman. I’m glad I’m able to work with him as an ambassador.

What are you passionate about? 

I am passionate about sustainability. I want those who come after me to enjoy the resources I had in the same way, if not better. That includes making sure all people have access to them.

Who is your professional hero? 

My high school mentor, Dr. Latrice McGrady. She’s really helped shape me from a teen to now being a young adult.

What has been the hardest part about adjusting to COVID-19 in your life as a student and future professional?

Nothing is guaranteed, but COVID-19 has added a layer of uncertainty and complexity that I haven’t experienced before. I think being at home most of the time gives people the incorrect assumption that I have more time to do school stuff. While remote work has given me flexibility, I don’t think that means I should have to fill my free time with work. Professionally, I worry about the job market and if the skills I have fit into this new world we live in.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor/mentor/family member?

The advice I give to myself, which is to rest. When I’m tired, I take a nap. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I can’t focus on my work, I watch YouTube videos. I cannot perform at my best when I force my body or mind to do things they don’t want to do. 

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

People always compliment my cooking. My dad makes jokes about how whenever he calls me, I am in the kitchen. Truth be told, I hate cooking. I have never liked it and probably never will.

What are you planning to do after graduating? What is your dream job? 

After graduation, I plan to work in a museum or other conservation organization. I have found a love for art and history and want to continue working in that arena. I do not have a dream job. I just want to have a fun, fulfilling life.

What is your favorite app or social media channel? 

Reddit. I follow a few subreddits that align with my interests in beauty, but also enjoy seeing people post the things that make them happy.

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Suzanne Kebanli

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

Being an Orientation Leader for virtual orientation last summer is one of the accomplishments that I’m most proud of. Working with New Student orientation at UGA has been my dream since I attended my own first-year orientation session in 2017. I knew one day that I would be an OL, and when I finally interviewed and got my acceptance, it was a dream come true! Transitioning to a virtual setting for the entire summer had a unique set of challenges and was certainly not what I expected, but my team and I handled it really well and took all of the obstacles in stride day by day.

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the journalism and mass communications field, so upon coming to UGA, I knew Grady was the college for me. I quickly fell in love with the people here and could feel their passion for the industry.

What are you planning to do after graduation? What is your dream job?

After graduation, I want to move to London or New York City. I’d love to either work at an advertising or communications agency doing Account Management or for an event planning company.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m Turkish. I was born in Turkey, and my whole family lives there! I grew up going there during the summers, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means pressing on and fighting for something even when it’s hard.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

During my first year at UGA before I was even accepted to Grady, I took Dean Davis’s career explorations class and it was one of my favorite classes to date. At the end of the semester, he invited us to his “Dawgs with the Dean” event on the Grady lawn. It was — and still is — one of my favorite Grady experiences because it made me feel so welcomed and included.

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

I was an Orientation Leader at UGA during the summer of 2020, and my supervisor, Tori Tanner, had a huge impact on my life. We met my junior year and she has been one of my biggest mentors and role models ever since. She taught me a lot about myself, about my work and leadership style and about tenacity and perseverance. 

What are you passionate about?

I’m really passionate about storytelling and hearing what people are passionate about. I love hearing what others love and what makes them excited.

What is your favorite app or social media channel?

I love Instagram because of its versatility. There are always new updates and changes to the app, and it’s fun seeing how quickly it grows and evolves. It’s hard to get bored on Instagram because of the number of ways there are to actually consume the content, whether it’s through stories, IGTV, Live Videos, Reels or just my regular feed. There’s always new content to see and share, and it’s super interactive.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Herty Field is one of my favorite places on campus. During my first and second years on campus, I spent a lot of time sitting on those black benches in the red gravel around Herty Fountain. A lot of my classes used to be on North Campus, so that was always my go-to spot to unwind and relax after a long day of classes. The sounds and smells and that spot in general is really nostalgic to me, and I love it. 

Who is your professional hero?

Tori Tanner was my supervisor when I worked for UGA Orientation last summer, and since meeting her I’ve learned so much about myself professionally and as a leader. She’s helped shaped me and grow me over the last year to be the best version of myself in professional settings and tackle new responsibilities and leadership roles. She is one of the strongest and most hardworking women I know, and I aspire to be like her in my career in the future.

Grady College announces 2019-2020 Grady Ambassadors

Grady College is happy to announce the 15th group of Grady Ambassadors. Students involved in the 2019-2020 program come from a range of undergraduate degree programs and have strong academic records.


“I think being an ambassador benefits students because we are lucky to have a platform where we can share our Grady experience,” said Myan Patel, who is entering his second year as a Grady ambassador. “Storytelling is one of the cornerstones of the college, and Grady ambassadors gives us a chance to tell [our stories].”


As ambassadors, students act as the face of the college and are present at many university events. Throughout the year, the students will interact with prospective students and their families, special guests and potential donors, among others.


These are the 2019-2020 Grady Ambassadors, listed with their majors and hometowns:




Shelby Brand, Dallas, Texas

Jazmin Carswell, Macon, Georgia

Hanh Nguyen, Morrow, Georgia

Daley McCallum, Canton, Georgia

Anna Kate Newall, Alpharetta, Georgia

Olamide Ogunjobi, Jonesboro, Georgia


Entertainment and Media Studies


Grace Bedsole, Healdsburg, California

Grace Donelson, Morresville, North Carolina

Katherine Hoovestol, Brookhaven, Georgia

Jennifer Peña, Dallas, Georgia

Rachel Yuan, Fountain Valley, California




Yash Bhika, Cartersville, Georgia

Ashley Carter, Conyers, Georgia

Cat Hendrick, Orange County, California

Peyton Lewis, Stockbridge, Georgia

Skylar Nicholson, Newnan, Georgia

Myan Patel, Knoxville, Tennessee

Ashley Soriano, McDonough, Georgia

Lauren Swenson, Toccoa, Georgia

Lainey Tagliaferri, Danville, California

Ashlyn Webb, Tallapoosa, Georgia

Megan Wahn, Marietta, Georgia


Public Relations


Cade Anderson, Atlanta, Georgia

Madeline Coley, Peachtree City, Georgia

Madeline England, Grover, North Carolina

Austin Gibbons, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Kelsey Nicholls, Cumming, Georgia

Marquan Norris, Fitzgerald, Georgia

Lauren Willis, Canton, Georgia

Grady College announces 2018-2019 Grady Ambassadors

Grady College is pleased to welcome its 14th class of Grady Ambassadors, student leaders who present a positive and lasting image of Grady. These positions of service and leadership reflect academic dedication and Grady pride.

Under the leadership of Karen Andrews (ABJ’03, MA ’11), Grady College director of special events and student leadership, the ambassadors lead tours, interact with alumni and potential donors, special guests and prospective Grady College families.

The 2018- 2019 Grady Ambassadors are:


Jazmin Carswell, Macon, GA
Ellie Harding, Marietta, GA
Anna Kate Newall, Alpharetta, GA
Dalena Nguyen , Lilburn, GA
John Wesley, Griffin, GA


Cassidy Chakroun, Johns Creek, GA
Tony Phan, Morrow, GA
Samuel Tingle, Knoxville, TN


Ellie Cash, Roswell GA
Lauren Diaz, Lawrenceville, GA
Mae Eldahshoury, Alpharetta, GA
Jillyan Gillard, McDonough, GA
Vira Halim, Roswell, GA
Cat Hendrick, Orange County, CA
Myan Patel, Knoxville, TN
Maddie Ray, Columbus, GA
Caitlyn Richtman, Effingham, GA
Casey Rose, Snellville, GA
Mallory Thomas, Valparaiso, IN
Erin Valle, Kennesaw, GA

Public Relations

Mereille Bishop, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Sehar Ebrahim, Tucker, GA
Kera Felton, Montezuma, GA
Ellie Fields, Cartersville, GA
Marcella Genut, Marietta, GA
Ellie Holt, Albany, GA
Jillian Jones, Monroe, GA
Maya Jones, Cartersville, GA

2017-18 Class of Grady Ambassadors ready to serve

Grady College celebrates its 13th class of Grady Ambassadors, student leaders who present a positive and lasting image of Grady. These positions of service and leadership reflect academic dedication and Grady pride.

Under the guidance of adviser Karen Andrews (ABJ’03, MA ’11), Grady College director of special events and student leadership, the Grady Ambassadors have a strong presence at many college events and give back to Grady by leading tours, facilitating guests and interacting with alumni, speakers and prospective Grady College families.

“Grady College’s Ambassadors represent the best and brightest of our incredible student body, and offer their time and energy time and again for the betterment of our program,” said Dean Charles Davis. “I am honored to work closely with this group of students, and bonds are formed that last a lifetime.”

The 2017-2018 Grady Ambassadors are:


Sarah Huynh
Sophie Litchman
Emily Noles
Elizabeth Ponson
Kathleen Rigsbee
Adiel Santibanez


Julie Bernard
Demour Breen
Alyssa Gill
Austin Joseph
Sam Tingle


Mary Carol Butterfield
Gabrielle Coward
Mae Eldahshoury
Jillyan Gillard
Vira Halim
Noelle Lashley
Emily Middleton
Caitlyn Richtman
Casey Rose

Public Relations

Kyla Brinkley
Sehar Ebrahim
Kera Felton
Marcella Genut
Li Anne Harris
Jillian Jones
Samuel Pereza
Katie Pilson
Sean Stewart
Jensen Strandberg

Grady College announces 2016-2017 Grady Ambassadors

Grady College celebrates its 12th class of Grady Ambassadors, student leaders who present a positive and lasting image of Grady. These positions of service and leadership reflect academic dedication and Grady pride.

The ambassadors have a strong presence at many college events and give back to Grady by leading tours, facilitating guests and interacting with alumni, speakers and prospective Grady College families.

“Having the ambassadors attend events is a great asset to Grady,” said Karen Andrews, Grady Ambassadors adviser and director of special events and student leadership. “Alumni and special guests find it so meaningful that we have students who are willing to sit down and talk about the experiences Grady has provided them. We have an incredible group of students and I’m very excited about the year ahead.”

The 2016-2017 Grady Ambassadors are:


Ansley Silva

Sophie Litchman

Elizabeth Ponson

Sarah Huynh

Samantha Keitt (returning ambassadors)

Nicole Chrzanowki

Brooklyn Mackenzie

Chinazor “Chi Chi” Offer

Taylor Bookstaff

Jake Carnes

Li Anne Harris



Samuel Tingle

Emily Middleton

Michelle Baruchman

Lauren Herbert

Evan Greenberg (returning ambassador)

Eva Claire Schwartz

Martha Michael

Camren Skelton



Deja White (returning ambassador)

Shelby Silverman

Caroline “Callie” Kaltz

Michael Joseph

Julie Bernard