Meet The Board

The Kennesaw State Alumni Association is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. Five Officers and 12 Board Members serve the initiatives of the University and represent the perspectives of a diverse alumni community.


William ‘Billy” Hayes currently serves as President of the KSU Alumni Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University in Accounting and Finance and earned an Executive M.B.A. from KSU in 2001. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Northside Hospital-Cherokee since 2004. Prior to healthcare, Billy began his career in the transportation industry and continued for seven years in various financial positions ranging from Controller to Chief Financial Officer. In 2006, Billy was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Alumni Association.   

Teronzo Helm serves as Vice President for the KSU Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Missouri Institute of Technology with an Electronic Engineering degree and Kennesaw State University with a M.B.A. in 2002, graduating with honors from both schools. He has served in various professional and executive roles at Hewlett Packard since 1983 and currently serves as a Global Business Critical Systems Unix Operations Manager, Worldwide at HP. He is presently a member of the advisory executive education board and a member of the Executive MBA Student Alumni board at KSU.  

Bil Lako is the Financial Secretary/Secretary of the KSU Alumni Association. He is the Managing Director and Principal of G.W. Henssler & Associates, Ltd. and Henssler Asset Management. LLC. He earned a Bachelor in Business in Finance in 1995. He was named on the Atlanta Five Star Wealth Managers list in Atlanta Magazine in 2011.  He is among the 2% to represent the licensed wealth managers in the Atlanta area.

Linda Caldwell  currently serves as the Past President of the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. She received her Accounting degree from Texas Tech University and her Masters in Business Administration from KSU. A professional with more than 25 years in the accounting and auditing field, Linda is the Audit Officer for WellStar Health System. Linda is a current member of the Healthcare Leadership for the Healthcare Section of the Georgia Society of CPAs, and the regional Executive Committee of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors.

Board Members

Kip Meeboer is a Director-at-Large for the KSU Alumni Association. He graduated in 1990 with a Masters of Business Administration. Kip is a veteran of the United States Navy and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the Civilian Auxiliary to the United States Air Force. Professionally, he serves as the Director for Special Projects and Business Development for Verdant Energy Solutions, Inc. Kip is a SCUBA Advanced Open Water Diver and Airline Transport Pilot.

Amanda Seals serves as a Director-at-Large for the Alumni Association. She is a graduate of Young Harris College with a degree in Journalism and earned her B.S. degree in Media Communication from KSU in 1997. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Government Relations for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Over the past decade, she has served as the Director of Communications for the State Senate, the State Department of Education, and the Georgia Department of Community Health. 

Ashlie Pendley is a Director-at-Large for the KSU Alumni Association. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Ashlie graduated from KSU with a degree in Communications in 1996. She has been the President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 2011. Ashlie has earned awards such as 2011 Georgia Trend Magazine, “40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest” and the 2005 Southeastern Regional Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Achievement: Television Specialized Programming Excellence. Currently, she is an independent freelance writer and producer.

Brad Borum is a Director-at-Large for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. He earned his Masters in Governmental Administration at KSU in 1998. Currently, Brad manages governmental relations at Kaiser Permanente overseeing legislative affairs and public policy. In addition to his work with the Alumni Association, Brad also serves as a member of the Board of Directors with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. 

Brian Cohen currently serves as a board member for the KSU Alumni Association. Brian earned his Executive MBA degree from KSU, his Six Sigma Green Belt certification and his Managerial Coaching certification. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of BRC Associates, Inc., which he founded in 1992. Additionally, Brian serves as president of the Atlanta chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, as well as a board member of the Executive Director’s Advisory Council at Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation.

Steven Ellis is a Director-at-Large for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. He is a 2003 graduate of the University’s Political Science program. While attending KSU Steven was the SGA President for the 2002-2003 school year. Following his KSU experience, Steven attended John Marshall Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2007. Currently, he is the Assistant Solicitor General for the Cobb County Solicitor General's office.

Barbara Lusk serves as a board member for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. Graduating from KSU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Barbara has 35 years of experience in the areas of for-profit and non-profit HealthCare accounting, budgeting, and financial planning. She is currently employed as the Controller for WellStar Health System, Inc. in Marietta, GA. Additionally, she is an advanced member of the GA Healthcare Financial Management Association and a charter member of the KSU chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.

Steve Butler currently serves as a Director-at-Large for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from KSU in 2000. Steve has more than a decade of experience in politics and government, having served with Grady Memorial Hospital, Fulton County Government and Georgia Department of Education. Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of Connect Public Relations Incorporated.

Carly Hutchison serves as a Director-at-Large for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Clayton State University in 2009 and received her Master of Accounting from Kennesaw State University in 2011. Currently, Carly is an Audit Associate for HLB Gross Collins, P.C.

Michael E. Russell serves as a Director-at-Large for the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985 and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Kennesaw State in 1992. Michael is involved in numerous organizations such as the Marietta Kiwanis, Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. He was recently honored with the 2013 National Channel Partners 360° Award. Currently, he is President of Elite Telecom Services.

Caryn Young is the Interim Director for the Office of Alumni Affairs at Kennesaw State University and serves as an officer of the Alumni Association. She also graduated from Kennesaw State, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2001 and a Master of Professional Writing degree in 2008. Caryn joined the Office of Alumni Affairs in 2008 as the Annual Giving Professional, later taking on the role of Associate Director in which she oversees alumni programs and communications.


Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road, MD #5600
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Alumni House Phone: 770-423-6333
Alumni House Fax: 770-499-3639
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