Accounting

Tim Eden

Tim teaches in the area of Managerial and Cost Accounting and has 10 years of experience in government accounting, audit, analysis and cost accounting in a manufacturing environment. Tim is currently employed by Georgia Pacific, LLC as the Controller at their Brunswick Cellulose Mill.

Sally Gilfillan

Sally Gilfillan teaches in the area of Accounting. She retired from Longwood University in 2012 as an Associate Professor. Her focus at Longwood was the Principles of Fraud Examination and Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting. Ms. Gilfillan is licensed as a CPA in the state of Virginia, and was on the Prince Edward County (VA) Board of Supervisors 2003-2009. Other past professional memberships include Virginia Society of CPA’s Ethics Committee and Faculty Athletic Representative at Longwood University.

Her awards include the Chi Commendation, the Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award, and Outstanding Student Advisor for the College of Business and Economics.

Lynne Velie

Ms. Lynne Velie teaches Principles of Accounting I and II and Taxation. She began her college education at Brunswick Junior College and received a BBA in Accounting from Valdosta State College.Before entering the world of public accounting, she received a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia.Working primarily in the area of taxation, she was a practicing CPA in the states of Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.While living in Macon, Georgia, she taught accounting full time at Wesleyan College. Currently she is employed by the City of Brunswick as the Assistant Finance Director.

Criminal Justice

Steve Bius

Steve Bius teaches primarily in the field of Criminal Justice. His most recent employer was the Inspector General Criminal Investigator Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), where he served dual roles as a Training Program Manager and Special Agent. Mr. Bius was also a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and was Chief of the Training Management Division at FLETC.

Susan Busby Thornton

Susan Busby Thornton, J.D., primarily teaches in the area of criminal justice. She currently serves as the Senior Policy and Project Analyst for the Regional and International Training Directorate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Thornton is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, where she prosecuted high profile felony cases. She also served as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable James E. Graham, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.Ms. Thornton earned her Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, graduating magna cum laude in December of 1999.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Thornton was a newspaper editor. She is past president of the Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association and is an active volunteer with Georgia Legal Services, providing pro bono legal counsel to clients.Ms. Thornton serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and is on the Steering Committee for the Tribute to Women Leaders. While at FLETC, she has served as a peer counselor, initiated a HealthierFLETC campaign in 2008, and was named Loaned Executive of the Year in 2005 while serving as co-chair of FLETC’s Combined Federal campaign. She currently leads the Editorial Board of the FLETC Journal. She loves living in the Golden Isles and enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two grown children.

Michael Vesta

Michael Vesta currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia. He has been part of the FLETC staff since January 2006, serving first as the Division Chief for the IT Operations and Support Division prior to his promotion to his current position in 2010. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Vesta served as the Chief of Information Resources Management at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, a facility which services a population of over 130,000 veterans located in northern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas, and northeast Texas. Mr. Vesta played several roles in the National Weather Service prior to his service with the VA. Notable among these, He was the Information Technology Officer at the Las Vegas, Nevada Forecast Office, a Technical Instructor at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and an Electronics and Computer Technician in Hastings, Nebraska. Mr. Vesta was active duty Air Force from 1986 – 1990 where he maintained weather radar, weather sensing equipment, and computer systems.

Mr. Vesta holds a B.S. in Computer Based Information Systems from Park University (1995) and an MBA from Texas A&M University, Commerce (2001). Both degrees were awarded with highest honors. Mr. Vesta is a graduate of the National Defense University where in 2009 he was awarded their graduate-level Chief Information Officer certificate.

Mr. Vesta currently resides in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include playing the guitar and computer programming.

Computer Science

Phillip Hilliard

Phil Hilliard teaches primarily in the area of information technology and business. He is an Information Technology Analyst with the MITRE Corporation. His professional background is in research and analysis, bibliometrics, competitive intelligence, information technology, technical writing, training, and project management. In addition to teaching at CCGA, Mr. Hilliard is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland University College. Prior to working for MITRE, Mr. Hilliard held a variety of positions as a research analyst, most recently in the telecommunications field. He was a Research Associate for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and a Competitive Intelligence Manager and Documentation Team Lead for BellSouth. Mr. Hilliard has a Master of Library and Information Studies from Florida State University, a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and enjoys spending time with his wife and son, reading, cooking, and eating.

Keith Horbatuck

Keith has been teaching at the College of Coastal Georgia since the Spring of 2014.His focus with the college has been teaching the online course, ITEC 2100, Computer Applications for Business.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the College of New Jersey, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Florida, and is currently in pursuit of a PhD in Systems & Engineering Management from Texas Tech University.

Keith also supports naval operations at the nearby Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base (Kings Bay, Georgia) where he is an Engineering Manager.His efforts support submarine deployment and various focused Department of Defense initiatives. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Member of the National Management Association (NMA). When not working, Keith enjoys outdoor sports and traveling both domestically and internationally.

Lee Southard

Mr. Lee Southard teaches computer classes online. He has a Master’s Degree from Boston University. He retired from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years and while in the military he served several positions dealing with early computing systems.After retiring from the military he taught computer classes at Brunswick Jr College, Coastal Georgia Community College and College of coastal Georgia until retirement after teaching over 25 years. During that time he taught computer classes in computers to include programming, Applications, networking and Microsoft Server. Currently he is an adjunct professor and Charter Captain.

Economics

Belete Muturo

Mr. Muturo works full time for the College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) as the Director of TRIO Programs. He teaches Principles of Economics (Macro & Micro) on demand a class a semester in Camden Center. Mr. Muturo’s Undergraduate and graduate program major is Economics from the University of Akron in Akron, OH.

His expertise includes Grant writing, reviewing and managing federal programs designed to serve low-income and first generation college students.

Finance

Clint Darby

Clint Darby teaches primarily in the area of Finance. He spent 40 years in banking, most of which was in residential and commercial lending. Prior to this, he was an engineer with a large company in Atlanta, and also served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Darby has taught at several Colleges and Universities before coming to College of Coastal Georgia. He is retired, but currently works for several Banks as a Construction Inspector and Advisor. He holds an Associate Engineering degree, an Undergraduate degree in Business, and a Graduate degree in Finance. He enjoys golf and running.

Health Informatics

Ian Easton

Dr. Easton teaches in the areas of Accounting and Healthcare Informatics. He recently retired from the College of Coastal Georgia after having spent 25 years in Healthcare Administration at the following Academic Medical Centers: The University of Florida Health Science Center- Gainesville, Fl, Vanderbilt University Medical Center-Nashville, TN and Loyola University Medical center-Chicago, IL. His primary research interest is in the Financing of Healthcare.

David Mock

David R. Mock primarily teaches in the field of Health Informatics. He works as a Systems Architect at Southeast Georgia Health System here in Brunswick. His education includes a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of North Florida and an MBA –Healthcare Management, from Brenau University. His certifications include: RedHat Enterprise Linux Administrator, Microsoft Exchange Administrator, Tivoli Systems Administrator, Cerner Support Administrator/Medical Device Interfaces, IBM - AIX Administrator, and Cloverleaf Interface Administrator.

David is a U.S. Coast Guard Desert Storm Gulf War Veteran and has served as a Board Member for the American Red Cross. He is also a self-described “golf hack.”

Management

Jannett Bradford

Dr. Jannett Bradford has served since February 2014 as Chief of the Facilities Management Division (FMD) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), headquartered at Glynco, GA, where she exercises managerial oversight over the nearly 60 men and women who provide real property, design, construction, operations and maintenance, and disposal support for the 6 million square feet of facilities at the FLETC sites.

Prior to her arrival at Glynco in February 2001, Dr. Bradford served on active duty in the US Air Force, retiring in August 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. An active volunteer, Jannett is a member of the United Way of Coastal Georgia Community Investment Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors, Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Foundation, Inc. In addition, Dr. Bradford is the Southeast Regional Vice President Elect of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for the states of Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She completed the Certified Government Financial Management (CGFM) designation, awarded by AGA, in 2012. Jannett earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Baylor University, the Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Engineering in 1993 from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Mark D. Johnson

Mark D. Johnson teaches Business Law and Ethics and is a partner with the Gilbert Harrell Law Firm Litigation Practice Group since 1994, and is also part of the Governmental Affairs and Real Estate Practice Groups. Previously, Mr. Johnson practiced with King & Spalding on the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Team. He has also been actively involved in governmental affairs, including assisting clients with local and state government officials. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the American Bar Association Litigation Section.

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, in International Business from the University of Georgia, and received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr. in the Southern District of Georgia.

Mr. Johnson is a member of St. Simons Wesley Methodist Church where he has served on the Administrative Board and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, the Glynn County United Way, and the University of Georgia National Alumni Association. Mr. Johnson is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Magnolia Manor.Mr. Johnson is married to former Virginia (Ginny) Ray of Americus and has two sons and two daughters. He is a IFR rated private pilot and enjoys golf and snow skiing.

George Ragsdale

George teaches Business Law and Ethics. After earning his BS in Chemical Engineering, he began his career journey with Scott Paper Company and Brunswick Pulp & Paper. During this time he discovered his love for the law and went back to college to earn his J.D. from Delaware Law School while working full time for Scott Paper. He left Scott paper to work as general counsel for a privately held firm, then moved on as in-house counsel for Georgia Pacific.

George has remained active in community matters on St. Simons Island following his retirement from Georgia Pacific as Assistant General Counsel.He and his wife enjoy an active life playing golf, reading, teaching, travelling and spending time with their grandchildren.

Marketing

Cheryl Hargrove

A 35-year travel industry veteran, Hargrove currently serves as Tourism Project Manager – The Coast for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, assisting the region enhance, expand and market unique tourism experiences for domestic and international visitors. Hargrove is best known as the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s first Director of Heritage Tourism. While at the National Trust, she developed the key steps and principles for sustainable tourism focusing on history and culture. She recently served as Associate Director of National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations where she assisted destinations develop and market their place-based experiences, along with producing several Geotourism MapGuides. Other work experience includes Travel South USA, America’s oldest and largest regional travel promotion organization, as both Director of Public Relations and as manager of their UK office; promoting a World’s Fair; opening a convention hotel; and as a special events/ public affairs consultant.

Hargrove currently serves on the Society of American Travel Writers’ Phoenix Committee and is a lifetime member of the International Association of Business Communicators. She holds a Masters of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, is also a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, and holds a Certificate for Tourism & International Cooperation for Development from the UNWTO Themis Foundation and The George Washington University. She currently has a book contract with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; the book on Cultural Heritage Tourism is slated for publication and distribution in early 2017.

Public Management

Bill Weeks

Mr. Weeks teaches in the area of government finance and budgeting. His background includes forty years of experience in the private, non-profit, and public business sectors. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, he went on to earn his MBA from Columbia University. He was employed in the forest products industry with various manufacturing, marketing, sales, financial control and general management responsibilities. For ten years prior to retirement in 2015, Mr. Weeks served in County and Municipal government in capacities including Capital Projects Manager, Director of Community Development, Assistant City Manager and for four years as the City Manager for Brunswick, Georgia.

Not content to fully retire, Bill now manages a local marina, and is a charter boat captain specializing in offshore adventures. In addition to being an avid angler, he and his wife enjoy scuba diving, traveling, various outdoor activities, and spending time with family. He is also a member of the Finfish Advisory Panel, is a published, amateur archaeologist and stays active searching history for missing pages, as well as other community activities.

Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham

Upon retiring from CCGA as the first Associate Professor of Public Management, Mary Eleanor Wickersham was conferred with the honor of Professor Emerita. She has been a key faculty member in the development of the Public Management degree program and concentrations in Public Sector Management, Nonprofit Management, and Public Policy. She holds a B.A. in Geology from Emory University, the M.A. in Public Affairs from Georgia College and State University, a Certificate in Clinical Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.

She has much experience in public affairs, having run a weekly newspaper and worked in public relations, training and development, community relations, and public affairs for a school system, a college, county governments, hospitals, and several nonprofits, trade groups, and private sector businesses. Her various roles included Director of Ancillary Services, Physician Liaison, Director of Business Development, and Corporate Compliance Officer for large long-term care corporations. She also has experience running political campaigns and referendums and acting as an entrepreneur to start several health-related businesses for her employers. Employing her experience in public affairs and health care, she served for two years as the health and Human Services Advisor for Governor Sonny Perdue, while working on her doctorate at VSU. Upon graduation, she became a faculty member in Public Administration at VSU, before transferring to the College of Coastal Georgia to help start the new Public Affairs (now Public Management) major.

Dr. Wickersham has been very engaged in the community, assisting local and state organizations with planning, research, and facilitation. She has written and presented extensively on health care related issues and ethics, her two major interests. She values the college’s focus of experiential learning and has been an active participant in service-learning and supervising student internships.

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