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Dr. Gaynor Cheokas, Dean, Associate Professor & Director of C.B.E.D
  Business and History Building, Room 212

Dr. Cheokas holds a B.S. in Political Science from Columbus State University, a MSA from Georgia Southwestern State University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Dr. Cheokas joined Georgia Southwestern in the Fall of 2004. She is currently serving as Interim Dean for the College of Business and Computing. As a faculty member, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in small business management, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership. Cheokas is also the Director for the Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED) housed in the College of Business and Computing. She consults one-on-one with entrepreneurs and provides support services to economic development agencies and local governments. ...


Dr. Jim Aller, Assistant Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 211

Dr. Aller received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2017. He holds the SHRM-SCP Certification from the Society of Human Resources and the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute. Prior to academia, he worked in the Corporate HR field for 25 years from such companies as Walmart, The Home Depot and Pep Boys Auto..He was instrumental in establishing the School of Retail at the University of Houston Downtown in 2012 and was the Chair of the Employer Advisory Committee from 2011-2015. Some of his publications include Reshaping Education for the Third World Countries (2020); Maintaining Relationships through Social Media and the Way Forward (2020); Employee International Green Behavior in Public Sector Organization (2020) and Longitudinal Case Study comparing Video Utilization in Qualitative and Quantitative Courses. He has also presented HR Strategy Topics to the Pentecost University in Ghana (2019 & 2020) and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC (2020). He also was a co-author of Exploring the Role of Technology on Organization Ethical Values: A review of literature, unemployment, and underutilization of labor. ...


Dr. Robert Bennett, Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 216

Dr. Robert H. Bennett, III is a Professor of Management at GSW. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scholarly research publications or presentations. Robert was named a Sam Walton Fellow in the Enactus organization and serves on the National Faculty Advisory Board. He was named the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year at GSW. For many years, Robert has taught MBA students at the prestigious Kedge Business School located in Marseille and Bordeaux, France. Bennett served for nearly 12 years as Chairman, President, and CEO of Farmers Exchange Bank headquartered in Alabama. American Banker Magazine recognized FEB in 2005 as one of the top community banks in the country. Bennett served as President and Chairman of the Alabama Bankers Association in 2007-2009 and was a member of the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association from 2008-2013. ...


Dr. Carol Bishop, Associate Professor & MBA Director
  Business and History Building, Room 220

Dr. Carol Bishop transitioned into academia after careers in public, private, and governmental accounting. Her goal is to help students find their niche in accounting and in business. Her classes always involve real-world examples, assignments, and discussions. Her office hours include help with resume crafting, interview advice, and job strategy sessions. As the director of the MBA program, Dr. Bishop encourages students to pursue their dreams and prepare academically so they will be ready to seize the opportunities that come their way. She also advises students in the GSW Accounting Club. Dr. Bishop’s research interests stem from her previous career in accounting. In one research stream she investigates financial statement manipulation and fraud, including various types of pressures that influence accountants to misreport financial information....

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Dr. Allen Brown, Assistant Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 210

Dr. Allen Brown’s interest in management began during his teenaged years at his Father’s business. Given the opportunity to manage at such a young age combined with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Dr. Brown pursued a career in technical management spanning 30 years. With many management opportunities during his professional career, Dr Brown was most interested in the behavioral aspects of management. Most intriguing was the individual’s knowledge with the observation that some share their knowledge while others hide their knowledge. These professional management experiences sparked Dr. Brown’s doctoral human behavior research. Dr. Brown’s research interests include the individual’s decision to hide knowledge. ...


Dr. Suzanne Conner, POPE Professor, Associate Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 217

Dr. Conner received her PhD from New Mexico State University in 2012. She attributes her love of Marketing to work in many industries, including family businesses, from a young age. As an avid people watcher, she has always been fascinated by why people do what they do. This interest has sparked some of her research in Consumer Behavior. She also does research in the areas of sustainability and ethics. She is the Co-Secretary/Treasurer for the Marketing Educators’ Association and serves as an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Global Marketing and Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing. In her spare time, she loves to explore other countries and cultures.


Dr. Karen Cook, Senior Lecturer
  Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 204

Dr. Karen S. Cook began teaching at GSW in 2001.  She earned both her B.S. degree and her M.S. degree at GSW.  She earned her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbus State University in 2021.  Before coming to GSW, she held positions as the Systems Administrator for Lockheed Martin and for Card Services at Middle Georgia State College.  She also taught at South Georgia Technical College before returning to her alma mater.  She teaches courses in computer programming, computer ethics, systems analysis, and interface and configuration.  She is also the founding advisor for the computer honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and for the Computer Club.  She enjoys working with the independent living residents at Magnolia Manor and leads a group of students who assist the residents with their computer needs.  She also enjoys traveling to third world countries with local medical and evangelical teams and usually serves at least a week each year doing so.


Mrs. Amber DeBaise, Lecturer of Management
  Business and History Building, Room 209

Mrs. Amber DeBaise has more than 20 years of work experience in management, finance, and accounting in both the private and public sectors. She earned her BA in Marketing from Edinboro University and her MBA from Penn State University. DeBaise teaches courses in management, leadership, and business communications and serves as an advisor for Enactus. She recently co-authored a paper on a cross-curriculum simulation project, which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management. DeBaise is also an active member of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Business Development Division and serves as a board member for the Americus Historic Preservation Commission. She promotes entrepreneurship and small business development in Sumter County and provides consultation services for local small businesses.


Dr. Mohammad Dehzooei, Assistant Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 215

Dehzooei joined GSW in 2019. He teaches economics courses at GSW and his area of interest is Applied Microeconomics broadly defined with a particular emphasis on Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Poverty, Inequality, and Climate Change. Dr. Dehzooei actively contributes to the research community and provides consulting services to help improve economic policymaking. In recent years, he has studied how government policies have affected vulnerable groups in the European Union, the Middle East, and the US. He has also worked on the impacts of weather events on the wellbeing of people, and the relationship between weather, groundwater extraction, and agriculture. . In recent years, his research was supported by grants from the World Bank. Dr. Dehzooei received his Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech in 2016, and before joining GSW he worked at Harvard Kennedy School, The World Bank, and Bloomsburg University. ...


Dr. Wei Ding, Associate Professor
  Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 211

Dr. Wei Ding is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at GSW. Before coming to GSW, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University with several leadership roles. He received Ph.D. in Computer Science with Economics Minor from the Louisiana State University on August 11, 2006. Dr. Ding has 14 years of teaching experience at U.S. four-year universities. He is an IEEE senior member, and member of ACM, IEEE Communication Society, and IEEE Computer Society. He worked as a senior software engineer in China before coming to U. S. for his Ph.D. His recent research covered cybersecurity, health informatics, wireless networks, cyber-physical systems, and Internet of things. He has published two books, five book chapters, and many peer-reviewed papers, most as the first author in IEEE/ACM international conferences or in journals. Dr. Ding served on the Technical Program Committee for many IEEE international conferences, e.g. IEEE WCNC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE ICNC, etc. He also served as a reviewer for IEEE transactions.


Dr. Mark Grimes, Associate Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 214

Dr. Mark Grimes received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), his Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), and his Doctor of Business Administration from Argosy University (Sarasota, FL). He primarily teaches Human Resources courses such as HR Staffing and Current Issues, and MBA courses such as Business Ethics, History and Philosophy of Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Leadership, and other Management or Human Resources courses as needed. His research and publishing interests revolve around volunteerism and the intersection of faith and management. In addition to teaching at GSW, he supports the university by sending his kids there; one of his daughters attended without graduating, another graduated with a degree in Marketing, and a third will graduate soon with a degree in Management.


Mrs. Joni Hammond, Senior Lecturer

Mrs. Joni Hammond has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Columbus State University and a Master of Accountancy from Auburn University. She has experience in public accounting in the areas of auditing, individual, corporate, and partnership tax, and employee benefit plans. She is a licensed CPA in the states of Georgia and Alabama. At GSW, she teaching many accounting courses to include: Accounting Principles, Intermediate Accounting I, Accounting Systems, Internal Controls & Auditing, Income Tax Accounting, Advanced Income Tax Accounting, and Contemporary Issues in Accounting.


Mrs. Dawn Hart, Senior Lecturer
  Business and History Building, Room 208

Dawn Hart began teaching accounting in March 1993. Ms. Hart carried her love of teaching with her to Oklahoma where she taught at both Northeastern State and Rogers State Universities. While in Oklahoma, Ms. Hart completed her CPA Certification. Returning to Ga in 2002, Ms. Hart resumed teaching at Darton State College. Ms. Hart also served as a Department of Veterans Affairs Fiduciary for Disabled Veterans. Currently, Dawn Hart is a Dougherty County Probate Fiduciary of Conservatorships and Estates. Working in the public sector (in addition to being rewarding) helps Ms. Hart bring relevance to in-class topics.

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Dr. Michael Fathi, Professor

Professor Michael M. Fathi is a professor of management at GSW, where he has taught graduate-level as well as undergraduate courses in Strategic Management, International Business, Operations Management, International Management, Business Strategy, and Business Ethics since 1999. In 2005, his teaching abilities earned him the honor of being named a teacher of the year at GSW and received, “Excellence & Commitment to Teaching Award”. Dr. Fathi has numerous (over 30) publications and presentations including articles in The Journal of International Management Studies, Academy of Business Review, Business Academic World International, International Academy of Business and Public Administration Discipline, Academic Business World International Conference (ABWIC), American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) Conference, The America Society for Competitiveness, and participated in editing and review of 4 current textbooks. ...


Dr. Cecilia Maldonado, Associate Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 218

Dr. Maldonado worked in the private industry in Monterrey, Mexico for almost 15 years as Systems Analyst, in places like local universities, maquiladora industry, brewery and steel company. After teaching some classes, she got passion for teaching and got a PhD. in International Business in the University of Texas. After graduating, she started working in GSW in the School of Business and Computing. Her main interest is in behavioral research, but she adores teaching statistics classes. Her goal is to teach students and support their professional aspirations by getting a college degree. Dr. Maldonado is very concerned in the real word examples and study cases where students can appreciate the application of their learning in the environment they will face in their future.


Dr. Sai Mukkavilli, Assistant Professor
  Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 203

Dr Sai Mukkavilli - My specialization is in the area of “Cloud Security”. Also, my other interests lie in the area of Programming, Network Security, and Network Forensics. I am planning on shifting my focus to the security issues in Cryptocurrency. I plan to continue my current interests on a broader scale in academia. I graduated from Tennessee State University in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Ph.D. in 2016. After that, I worked at the same place for a year as an Instructor in the Computer science department till 2017 summer. Later, I moved to Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department till 2018 summer. In fall 2018, I was hired as an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Computer Science Department at GSW.


Mr. Bill NeSmith, Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Bill NeSmith live in Americus and works in Atlanta serving as Depurty General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia since 2014. He is formerly a court attorney in two counties (Sumter County and Dooly County; a city attorney in three cities (Pinehurst, Richland, and Lumpkin), served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Department of Transportation and represented various other governmental entities and authorities. He graduate of Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology and a Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He served on the Investigative Panel for the State Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Georgia as a member and Chair for seven years. The panel investigates unethical behavior by lawyers in Georgia. ...


Dr. Yangil Park, Associate Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 204

Dr. Park’s work in the field of Management Information Systems focuses on the development of Internet technologies and the investigation of cognitive aspects of technology users. He teaches Information Systems for Management, Micro-computer Applications, E-commerce, and Internet Technologies. Dr. Park has published and presented nationally and internationally. His areas of research interest include cognitive investigation of end-users in the healthcare sector, Internet Technology innovation, Knowledge sharing in the organization, and IT sustainability. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he has consulted the healthcare sector to reduce costs and to increase efficiency. These efforts include the optimization of registering patients, filing claims, surgeries, and transplants. ...

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Dr. Shannon Perry, Assistant Dean Online Learning, eMajor BBA - Department Chair, Computer Science

Dr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in both Information Systems and Finance from Georgia Southern University, a master’s degree with a concentration in Information Systems from Georgia Southern University, and a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Perry was awarded the Charles L Faire’s Dissertation of Distinction Award for her dissertation on “The Impact of Online Student Support Services on Retention in the eMajor Bachelor of Business Administration Online Program.”
Dr. Perry was the owner of The Glass Slipper, a women’s shoe store, for several years before stepping full-time into academia. Since then Perry has taught at the Heart of Georgia Technical College and Brewton Parker College, serving as the Microcomputer Specialist Program Chair and Assistant Professor Computer Programming, respectively. After joining GSW, Dr. Perry has taught a variety of courses within the management major while also serving to develop and grow the eMajor BBA online program.


Dr. John Stovall, Associate Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 204

John Stovall, Ph.D., attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his Marketing Doctoral degree in conjunction with the UIC Entrepreneurial Center. His research interests include new product development and entrepreneurship, and he has consulted with many small businesses. John sat on the boards of the Americus-Sumter Chamber of Commerce in charge of Business Development and the Sumter Historic Trust where he worked to “balance the budget” and helped manage the properties owned by the Trust. More recently, John has worked with city officials, the Sumter Historic Trust, and Habitat for Humanity to redevelop neighborhoods in the historic district through his mission-based business, Americus Living, which was established in 2014.


Dr. Irina Toteva, Assistant Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 221

Dr. Irina T. Toteva joined the GSW College of Business and Computing in August 2018. She completed her Ph.D. specializing in marketing at Florida Atlantic University and her B.S. in business administration and marketing at the University of Florida. Dr. Toteva teaches courses on principles of marketing, marketing research, social media, sports marketing. Her research interests are in consumer behavior, emotions, and decision making. Dr. Toteva has presented original research at a number of national marketing conferences, organized by the American Marketing Association, the Society for Marketing Advances, and INFORMS Marketing Science to name a few.


Dr. Qian Wang, Assistant Professor
  Business and History Building, Room 210

Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. She teaches courses in business finance, business statistics, and quantitative management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Wang's current research interests focus on corporate finance with a specific interest in corporate governance, strategic financial decisions, and international behavioral finance. Her articles have been published in the Review of Financial and Economics and Global Finance Journal. Dr. Wang belongs to the Financial Management Association, Eastern Finance Association, and the Southern Finance Association.


Dr. Alexander Yemelyanov, Professor
  Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 207

Dr. Alexander Yemelyanov is the director of the MS in Computer Science Program. He received his Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics and a D.Sc. in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Human Factors. His professional interests include human computer interaction; decision-making and problem-solving under risk and uncertainty; decision support and intelligent systems and their web-based mobile apps; and error analysis. Dr. Yemelyanov has written more than 120 publications, including three books. For his commitment to research, Dr. Yemelyanov received the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award for outstanding Contributions to University Scholarship and Creative Works in 2020.
For more information, please visit his personal webpage.


Mrs. Janie Mooney, Senior Administrative Assistant
  Business and History Building, Room 207

Janie Mooney came to Georgia Southwestern in March 2010 as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Business Administration. She has continued as Senior Administrative Assistant with the Business School and Computer Science Departments merge to the College of Business and Computing in Fall 2019. Janie has served on the Staff Senate, the graduation committee, and on several search committees during her time as GSW. She is currently an active volunteer with SOWEGA CASA, an Ambassador for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Americus Pilot Club. Janie is dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Business and Computing. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her children.


Mrs. Lisa Hensley, Administrative Assistant
  Business and History Building, Room 204A

Lisa Hensley has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, paired with life experiences gained from living and working in five states (Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, and now Georgia). Over the course of 25+ years, her work has focused on administrative assistant and office management roles, including for a large insurance company, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Postal Service. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and taking walks with her husband, Mike, and their two Brittany Spaniels, Persimmon and Willow.


Mr. Jonathan Hobbs, Manager of IT and Faculty Support
  Business and History Building, Room 101B

Jonathan Hobbs joined the GSW College of Business & Computing in 2014. He completed his MSIT specializing in Cyber Security at Kennesaw State University and his BSIT at Georgia Southwestern State University. He manages all technology, online learning management system, and faculty support for the College of Business & Computing.

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