AACE Team

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Victor Robertson
Instructional Services Coordinator
Building 3705, Suite 1440
P:770-274-5616 | F:678-240-6309

————————————————————-Atlanta Campus—————————————————————-

Hijrah Hamid, MPA, NIC
Coordinator, Interpreting Services
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Hijrah Hamid is a nationally certified sign language interpreter with more than a decade of experience across the country and globe, specializing in post-secondary and professional education settings. A long-time Panther, she earned an associate’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Georgia Perimeter College and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Georgia State University. Hijrah completed her master’s degree in Public Administration at Reinhardt University where her capstone research examined modern racial and socioeconomic segregation in schools and the criminalization of homelessness. Her volunteer work includes service to the Deaf and interpreting communities on the local and national levels, including serving as vice president of the Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and, later, the Region II representative of the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color member section of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Holly Jackson, M.Ed.
Staff Interpreter, Interpreting Services
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Holly Jackson is a highly qualified sign language interpreter with more than a decade of experience, specializing in post-secondary and video relay. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Clark Atlanta University, Summa Cum Laude, and worked as an IT Consultant for 10 years before returning to school to pursue a budding passion for American Sign Language. She earned a certificate in Sign Language Interpreting from Georgia Perimeter College then became the second African American to graduate from the University of North Florida master’s program in Special Education with a concentration in ASL/English Interpretation. An avid learner, Holly has studied at Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (New York) and Gallaudet University. She has volunteered at various national, regional and local conferences, annually presents at Career Day for K-12 students, and served two years as Editor for Georgia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf where her work earned the national Silver Scribe Award. Holly joined as a Staff Interpreter in 2013 and thoroughly enjoys working with students and collaborating with faculty and staff; for her, the continuous exposure to extra linguistic knowledge from working in classrooms of such assorted content is very gratifying.

Holly Crawford
Access Coordinator, Captioning Services
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Tina Vires, M.Ed.
Director
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

At St. Ambrose University, Tina Vires earned a M.Ed., with a unique focus on providing access for post-secondary students with disabilities. She holds a B.S. in Business Management from Limestone College. She is a member of the national Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), where she co-chairs the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators Special Interest Group. She also belongs to the GA and SC state affiliates, and previously served as the SC AHEAD President. She previously held positions as Director, Office of Accessibility at Limestone College and Winthrop University, where she hosted and chaired the inaugural SE Regional AHEAD Conference, with a Social Justice theme. At the national, state and local levels, Tina has presented on many topics including ADA Coordinators: 7 Essential Components, Investigating ADA Complaints. Animals on Campus, Access Q&As, etc.
Tina enjoys an eclectic assortment of activities, including reading across all genres, hiking and appreciating all things “nature”.
“I am in competition with no one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday”.
~ Selena Gomez

Mark Gross, Ed.S.
Assistant Director
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Melba Richards-Garcia, M.S.
Administrative Coordinator
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Melba Richards-Garcia completed a B.A. degree from Hunter College City University of New York in Human Communication and Sociology. She earned an M.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She has numerous work experience in the social service field, working with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Department of Family and Children Services for ten plus years providing essential services for youth in the foster care system. Following that, she has worked as a supervised therapist administering mental health counseling and behavioral health services to individuals and families experiencing crisis in a community setting. Currently, she supports the Access and Accommodation Center in assisting students toward success with accommodations leading to retention and graduation at Georgia State University.

Donna Hardaway, CLC, ALC
Administrative Coordinator
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Donna Hardaway is a graduate of Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a Licensed Professional Counselor certification and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Georgia State University. She started her career in Virginia as a healthcare recruiter for eight years at one of the largest healthcare organizations in the Tidewater area. She transitioned into education within the same organization, recruiting students for nursing, surgical and cardiology technologist programs. In 2011, she began assisting the Access and Accommodations Center and worked into her current role as Administrative Coordinator for Testing. Her nationality is of the Cherokee Native American heritage. Her goals have always been to give excellent customer service to students, faculty, staff, and incoming guests. Her passion is guiding and counseling young adults towards their desired goals and aspirations. One of her favorite quotes is by Mya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Andrea Wilkinson
Administrative Assistant
Student Center East, Suite 205
P:404-413-1560 | F:404-413-1563

Andrea Wilkinson joined the Access & Accommodations Center, Atlanta campus in September 2019, as an Administrative Assistant. She previously worked at City University of New York, College of Technology as a CUNY Office Assistant, serving in four different departments, including Biology, where she assisted students with understanding course requirements, and the Business Office, supporting the Executive Director. As a hardworking professional with over ten years of experience in the field of Administration, she sees every opportunity as a steppingstone to something greater. She attended CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, and completed a program in Administrative Professional Studies. She plans to continue her studies and complete her BA in Public Administration. Andrea enjoys serving others and always seeks an opportunity to give back; hence, she volunteered with several organizations including CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Services, and most recently with Dekalb Youth Services. She enjoys reading, cooking and travelling.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it” William Arthur Ward.

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Julio Cruz, M.S., CRC, LPC, NCC
Coordinator
Building CB, Suite 1300
P:678-891-3385 | F:678-891-3082

Julio Cruz is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with a decade of experience servicing students with disability in Higher Education. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Engineering at Georgia Tech and earned his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. He started his career at Georgia Perimeter College as Technology Coordinator and later expanded his expertise to also include academic accommodations to his role. He correctly serves as the Access and Accommodations Center Coordinator for the Clarkston campus and is also part of the office technology team. He is passionate about counseling and technology and firmly believes that great things can be accomplished when these two fields join forces to help others.

Teresita Warren, M.S., MRC
Assistant Director
Building CB, Suite 1300
P:678-891-3385 | F:678-891-3082

Teresita Warren received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University, a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Capella University. She has an extensive background working with individuals with disabilities. In 2008 she joined the family of Georgia State University working in the Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services (currently renamed Access and Accommodations Center) where she served as the Instructional Services Coordinator and later as the Assistant Director. Currently, Teresita is the Assistant Director of The Margaret A. Staton Access and Accommodations Center, Clarkston campus.

Alice Faye Ellison
Hourly Professional
Building CB, Suite 1300
P:678-891-3385 | F:678-891-3082

Alice Faye Ellison has enjoyed serving over 20 years in the human service arena both for the State of Georgia and the University System of Georgia. She is a proud graduate of Georgia Perimeter College with an Associate Degree in Teacher Education. Faye completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organization Leadership from Mercer University. She has served in various capacities and locations within the University System of Georgia and currently works in The Access and Accommodation Center (AACE) at the Clarkston campus. Although retired, she still enjoys interfacing with students, staff, faculty and the college community at large. One of her favorite inspirations is to “Always leave a place better than you found it”.

Louvenia Stokes
Administrative Assistant
Building CB, Suite 1300
P:678-891-3385 | F:678-891-3082

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Tangie Key
Student Development Specialist Sr
Building SF, Suite 2311
P:678-891-2406 | F:678-891-2867

Tangie Key is the Student Development Specialist, Sr for Disability Services at Georgia State University. She earned a bachelor’s in Sociology and a Masters’s in Social Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University. She also began her career in Disability Services at Georgia Southwestern as a note-taker/scribe. She has 13 years of experience coordinating services for students with disabilities which include but are not limited to reviewing documentation, determining accommodations, administering exams, collaborating with campus departments to promote ADA compliance and conducting workshops for faculty, staff and students.

Mary Davis
Administrative Specialist
Building SF, Suite 2311
P:678-891-2406 | F:678-891-2867

Verneal Powell
Hourly Professional
Building SF, Suite 2311
P:678-891-2406 | F:678-891-2867

————————————————————-Dunwoody Campus————————————————————-

Michael Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Building NA, Suite 2100
P:770-274-5235 | F:770-274-5257

Ortilia Perez-Harris
Administrative Assistant
Building NA, Suite 2100
P:770-274-5235 | F:770-274-5257

Marcia Levy, M.Ed.
Hourly Professional
Building NA, Suite 2100
P:770-274-5235 | F:770-274-5257

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George Wesley Davis
Business Services Professional
Building 2N, Suite 2405
P:678-891-2530 | F:678-891-3624