Meet the Staff

Phillip R. Smith, Assistant Director for Programs, Student Center

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate School: Shaw University
Graduate School: the University of Akron and Rutgers University
Degrees: B.S. – Business Administration, M.Ed – Higher Education Administration, MBA – Business Administration (Fall 2019)
Areas of Responsibility: Advisor of Spotlight Programs Board, Cinefest Film Theater, Student Center Student Training
Email: psmith48@gsu.edu

 

Michelle Z. Canales, Student Affairs Advisor II

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School: West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA)
Graduate School: Nova Southeastern University
Degrees: B.S. – Communication, M.Ed – College Student Affairs
Areas of Responsibility:  Spotlight Programs Board – Arts & Culture, Live Entertainment, Membership, Spirit & Traditions,  Manages the Student Center Art Gallery.
Email: mcanales@gsu.edu

 

Yabsera Demissie, Student Affairs Advisor

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate School: University of South Florida
Graduate School: Nova Southeastern University
Degrees: B.S. – Public Health, M.Ed – College Student Affairs
Areas of Responsibility: Spotlight Programs Board – Cinema & Gaming, Daytime, Panthers After Dark, Panther Connections.
Email: ydemissie@gsu.edu

 

Kodasha Thomas, Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Undergraduate School: Oregon State University
Graduate School: Georgia State University
Degrees: B.S. – Public Health, MPH – Public Health (May 2018)Areas of Responsibility: Spotlight Programs Board – Marketing, Grad & Spirit Events.
Email: kthomas112@gsu.edu

 

Edward Besse, Graduate Assistant

Hometown:
Undergraduate School: University of South Florida
Graduate School: Georgia State University
Degrees: Areas of Responsibility: Spotlight Programs Board – Arts & Culture, Student Center Art Gallery.
Email: ebesse@gsu.edu

 

Chinara “CC” Thomas-Earle, Senior Administrative Coordinator

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Undergraduate School: Georgia State University
Degrees: B.S. – Psychology
Areas of Responsibility: Spotlight Programs Board – Administrative needs, Student Assistants & Cinefest Attendants.
Email: cthomas32@gsu.edu

 

Lauryn Jackson, Student Assistant

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Classification: Sophmore
Major:  Accounting

 

Skylyn Houde, Student Assistant

Hometown: Scottdale, Georgia
Classification: Freshman
Major:  Sports Management

 

Spotlight Programs Board
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
404-413-1610 – Phone
404-413-1608 – Fax
Email

Mailing Address:
Georgia State University
PO Box 3973
Atlanta, GA 30302-3973

Delivery Address:
Georgia State University
Spotlight Programs Board
Student Center East, Room 316
55 Gilmer St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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