Michelle Adkins brings over 10 years of classified data entry experience to her role as a research specialist for G/A&A. Prior to joining G/A&A, Adkins served the Florida Air National Guard for six years as an aerospace control and warning systems technician and the Department of Labor for six years as a data entry specialist. Adkins received her B.A. in aeronautics and a minor in management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.
Tony Asher has a long career in business and career education and provides management regarding G/A&A's financial and business operations. His responsibilities include managing the office building and property, overseeing finance and accounting functions and supervising investment operations and capital planning to achieve profitable growth. He is also involved with legal and compliance matters, internal audit and control issues, tax planning and financial strategy. Asher joined G/A&A in these roles at its founding in 2004.
Associate Executive Assistant & Research Associate
Allison Baranowski serves Greenwood/Asher as executive associate to the partners, Jan Greenwood and Betty Asher, managing calendars, travel and all communications. Additional responsibilities include providing assistance for searches through research for prospective candidates and sources and preparing materials in support of the candidate selection process. She directs the daily operations of the G/A&A office. Baranowski holds an A.A. from University of North Georgia and a B.A. from Piedmont University, both in business administration.
Finance & Controls Officer
Joanna Dawson serves as the fiscal manager for G/A&A, providing leadership, oversight, and execution of financial matters. Her responsibilities include management of financial controls, fiscal forecasting, payroll and payables, and oversight of billings and receivables. She previously worked as Controller for Legal Services of Alabama where she was responsible for the overall financial management of the organization. Dawson has a background in public accounting and holds a B.S. in Mathematics, and a M.S. in Accountancy.
Business Development Manager
Leonor Dottin manages all business development operations for G/A&A in her role as business development manager. She explores and nurtures new and existing client relationships, prepares proposals, and responds to bid opportunities. Leonor has over 25 years of business operations and management experience within private, public, and non-profit organizations, and seeks to expand G/A&A's business opportunities internationally given her bilingual background in Spanish. Dottin received an M.S. in hospitality management from Florida International University.
Jay Garcia provides support to G/A&A consultants and clients in his role as a research specialist for G/A&A. Some of his responsibilities include gathering extensive research on prospective candidates, organizing candidate documentation for search committees and identifying uniquely qualified prospects in the market. Previously, Jay served several years on active duty and in the U.S. Navy Reserves as an Administrative Office Manager. Jay received an A.A. in General Studies from the University of West Florida.
Mike Griffin manages G/A&A's technology operations. He oversees the day-to-day technology issues including its hardware, software, voice and email systems, website and search committee resource sites. He facilitates the firm's knowledge management system to ensure that the firm's research capabilities and database are integrated and optimized to peak efficiency. He keeps the firm technologically advanced by researching new strategies to expedite search operations and communications via voice, Internet and video. He manages technology back-up strategies.
Sara Meléndez has over 30 years of experience in education and nonprofits. She taught from elementary to graduate school, and served as dean of arts and humanities and vice provost. She has worked tirelessly to improve opportunities for women and minorities to achieve degrees and move up the ladder of education. Sara has been CEO of two national nonprofit organizations, most recently for Independent Sector where she led efforts to strengthen the nonprofit sector, preserve tax deductions and contributions and protect the rights of nonprofits to advocate for their causes. She consulted on multicultural issues and diversity and worked with nonprofits, corporations, foundations and government officials internationally on building the capacity of nonprofit organizations for advocacy. She served G/A&A as an executive search consultant and then transitioned to serve the firm as a senior advisor to the partners. Meléndez has an Ed.D. in education policy and administration from Harvard University.
IT Support Specialist
Morgan Metzger supports the installation and configuration of all G/A&A's software, hardware and operating systems in his role as IT Support Specialist. Morgan researches and updates our security software to ensure client and candidate documentation is protected. Previously serving as an Application Developer, Software Engineer and Penetration Engineer, Metzger has acquired the knowledge and expertise to support G/A&A's team on all matters related to IT. Metzger received a B.S. in Information Technology from University of Kansas.
Renee Nelson provides support to G/A&A consultants and clients in her role as a research specialist. Part of her responsibilities include extensive candidate research, organizing resources for search committees, and facilitating smooth communication between G/A&A and our clients or candidates. Prior to joining G/A&A, Renee served as marketing associate for a nonprofit organization that serves survivors of sexual assault. Renee received a B.A. in communication with a focus on research from the University of Washington Tacoma.