Meet the Staff

Phillip Smith Assistant Director for Programs | E-mail

Phillip SmithPhillip Smith, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, has been at Georgia State University since February 2012. He graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his Bachelor of Science in business administration/marketing in 2001. A true student-athlete, Phillip played on the NCAA Division II baseball team (1B/P) and stayed active on campus as he served as a Student Development Counselor, HIV/AIDS Trainer and Activities Coordinator. Phillip is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc.

After taking a trial run in the business industry, Phillip found his true passion – “the ability to help young people develop during their college years.” In 2005, he decided to pursue his master’s in higher education administration at the University of Akron (Ohio), where he completed the two-year program in a year and a half. Phillip got his first taste of the student affairs field working as the graduate assistant for Greek Life Programs. Following graduation, Phillip has had the privilege to work at Wichita State University and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

A true family man, Phillip spends his time away from work with his wife Qiana and children Kiara, Isaiah and Lyniah. (Shh… He is also a “Buckeye” fan!!!)

Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” ~ Marianne Williamson

Phillip Smith advises the Spotlight Programs Board and supervises the Cinefest Film Theater.

Chinara “CC” Thomas Administrative Coordinator

Chinara CC ThomasCC Thomas graduated from Georgia State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She currently assists the Assistant Director for Programs with Spotlight Programs Board and other projects as assigned. She has been working with the Student*University Center since October 2007.
Jacquetta Moss Graduate AssistantE-mail

Jacquetta MossJacquetta Moss graduated from Georgia State University in 2012. She is pursuing an MBA program at Georgia State University. Her goals and life plans include launching a successful consulting firm/event production company that specializes in image re-branding, employee retention and program development, starting a symposium for budding entrepreneurs, obtaining a Ph.D. and teaching at a major university.
Jonathan Hart Graduate Assistant | E-mail

Jonathan HartJonathan Hart, originally from Warner Robins, Ga, graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in office administration in 2011. He spent four years as a student leader on campus, serving as a student assistant in residence life, President of the Resident Assistant Council and the Vice President of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Jonathan is currently finishing his second year in graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration. He is currently working as a public relations intern at Dow Lohnes Law Firm. Since moving to Atlanta, Jonathan has participated in volunteer activities in conjunction with the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Tech University, the SEC Conference, and of course, Spotlight!

Professionally, Jonathan would like to pursue opportunities in professional sports. His ultimate goal is to become the general manager or vice president of player operations for an NBA team.

Favorite Quote: “Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.” ~ Unknown

Sarah Beasley Graduate Assistant E-mail

Sarah BeasleySarah Beasley is originally from Madison, Ga. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a BA in women’s studies. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta. She is currently a women’s studies graduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences and an adviser for special events. She aspires to earn a Ph.D. in sociology and become a professor of women’s studies at a major research university. Once she is established in her career, she aspires to be a department head of a women’s studies department. Sarah enjoys reading and going on long walks with her two dogs.