GHC welcomes 18 new hires this spring

Lynsey Sutton, Staff Writer

There have been 18 new hires at GHC this semester.

Jamie Petty is the Chief Business Officer and VP of Administration and Finance. He brings over 15 years of experience within the USG.

He holds a master’s degree in accounting from Southern Polytechnic State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shorter College.

Regina Davis-Sowers is a part time instructor, teaching Introduction to Sociology at the Paulding and Douglasville campuses. She earned all three of her bachelor’s degrees, her master’s degree and her doctorate at Georgia State University. She was a non-traditional student, beginning college at age 36 and earning her doctorate at age 54.

Monica Burchfield is a new instructor teaching creative writing and composition at the Cartersville campus. She’s originally from Tallahassee, Florida, and attended undergraduate school at Florida State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. Burchfield then moved to Atlanta to pursue her graduate degree in creative writing with a specialty in poetry at Georgia State University.

“I feel it is powerful to be able to communicate through writing, and I adore facilitating the falling in love with words,” said Burchfield.

Dale Tuck is currently teaching World Literature. She retired from teaching after 25 years at Cedartown High School.

Gabrielle Falk is a new part time instructor, teaching anatomy and physiology at the Floyd campus. Falk is a veterinarian by trade with a special interest in exotics and wildlife. Falk started out as a biologist, earning her Bachelor of Science in zoology from UGA, a Master of Science in biology from University of Texas and a DVM from Texas A&M.

Ryan O’Connor is a new part time lecturer of chemistry based on the Marietta campus. O’Connor earned his chemistry degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and later attended the University of Memphis for graduate school.

O’Connor said, “I most enjoy the in-between class times when students bring questions. It always surprises me when a student walks in and starts asking a question with ‘Sorry to bother you….’ Don’t ever think that you are disrupting your professor’s work when you send us questions or utilize office hours, and certainly don’t hesitate if you think you need the help. Personally, it is my favorite part, so bring all the questions.”

Michael Furey is a new Digital Media Specialist at Heritage Hall. Furey

has moved around from Los Angeles, Tampa, Kansas and Miami. He has lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years.

He spent nine years working at Turner Broadcast.

Jordan Fortel is the new assistant softball coach. She helps athletes develop their skills and acts as a mentor for the girls and helps with daily softball staff duties.

Other new hires in the Social Science department include Monica Barbara, Linda Olszanski, Yaw SamKwachie and Michelle Lambert. New hires in the Humanities department include Connie Gibson and Joseph McMahan. In the Natural Science and Physical Education department, Sara Koch, Martha Sanderson and Tameka Weeks have joined the GHC faculty. The Athletics department has added Savannah Sloan and the math department welcomes Robert Burnside.