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.
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.
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.
Business Development Specialist
Courtney Kerrigan’s 20-year career in sales and office management, business development, and marketing has prepared her to provide outstanding service to G/A&A’s clients as a business development specialist. While serving as an owner representative for the Desert Community College District in Southern California, Courtney was part of a team hired to provide oversight of a local bond measure. During her five years with the program, she managed the bond office, coordinated the RFQ and construction bidding processes, coordinated shortlist presentation interviews, and co-facilitated the Citizens Oversight Committee meetings. Because of her varied professional experiences, Ms. Kerrigan has developed first-hand knowledge and valuable insight into the business development processes and requirements of educational institutions.
Ms. Kerrigan has led a life of service. She was especially honored to be selected to serve as Goodwill Ambassador for the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics XXIII in Los Angeles, California. Currently, she volunteers at food banks and charity thrift shops.
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.
Finance Support Specialist
Marie Olney serves as bookkeeper for G/A&A, backed with over 20 years of experience in accounting. She handles accounts payable and receivable and collections, especially on behalf of travel reimbursements for candidates in G/A&A searches. Her work experience ranges from small business owner to paralegal specialist in corporate affairs. In addition to her certification as a paralegal, she is bonded as a notary and is a Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer with the State of Florida.