Coastal Directory



Michael Thrower

Michael Thrower
Skilled Trades Worker

Lori Tigani

Tigani, Lori

Instructor of Biology

Dr. Melissa Trussell

Melissa Trussell

Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Trussell received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Prior to that, she received her MPA from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at GSU, and her Bachelor’s in Discrete Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Trussell’s teaching philosophy comes from her mentor’s admonition to multiply her passion. She is passionate about improving lives through economic development and providing students an incentive to learn by teaching them the details of economics and showing them the relevance of those details to their every day lives. She has spent time in Liberia, Africa, studying the impacts of child soldiering experiences on education and employment, the relationship of peace and trust, and local economic development in Liberia.

LaTonia Turner


Dr. Jason Umfress

Jason Umfress

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Dr. German Vargas

German Vargas

Assistant Vice President for Academic Student Engagement, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Vargas earned his Ph.D. Applied Mathematics from Wichita State University. He has an M.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Physics. His interests are computational fluid dynamics, mathematical modeling, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, and anything related to scientific computing.

Antonio Vazquez Herrera

Antonio Vazquez Herrera

Financial Aid Counselor, Veterans Affairs Certifying Official

Antonio received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in French from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He began his career at the College in 2021 as a Financial Aid Customer Service Clerk.

Dalila Vazquez Herrera

Herrera Vazquez, Dalila

Academic Advisor

Brandy Vereen

Brandy Vereen

Tammy Vicent

Tammy Vicent

Admissions Assistant

Dr. Tyra Warner

Tyra Warner

Chair, Department of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts
Associate Professor

Dr. Warner is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Hospitality & Tourism Management. She is internationally known as an expert in liability and crisis preparedness issues that affect hospitality, tourism, meetings, and events.

Dr. Warner earned her B.S., Business Administration from Georgetown University and her M.A., Tourism Administration, from The George Washington University. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from Oklahoma State University. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism. She is actively involved with the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Meeting Professionals International, and the Events Industry Council.

During her career, Dr. Warner has been a professor, an attorney, a meeting and event planner, a catering manager, a convention and visitor’s bureau sales manager, and an association executive. She is one of only two people in the world who has a Ph.D. in Hospitality, is a practicing attorney, and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

Jesse Watkins

Watkins, Jesse

Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Dr. Lydia Watkins

Lydia Watkins

Southeast Georgia Health System Distinguished Chair/Dean of the School of
Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Lydia Watkins is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as a Professor of Nursing. She has worked as a registered nurse since 1997, first in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and then as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, MI. She was an adjunct instructor with the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine prior to joining the faculty at College of Coastal Georgia. Since joining the College, Dr. Watkins has served in other roles such as the BSN Program Coordinator, Interim Program Director of Radiologic Sciences, and Chair of Nursing and Health Sciences, prior to becoming the dean.

Dr. Watkins holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (research focus: Pediatric palliative care and hospice), a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (research focus: Music therapy to reduce pain in pediatric oncology patients), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Samford University. She is also a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing.

Her research areas of interest, including regional and national presentations/publications, centers around student success, best practices in teaching, and service-learning. She is active with the Georgia Center for Nursing Excellence (board member), Academic Advisory Committee on Nursing (treasurer), Golden Isles College and Career Academy (foundation board member), and Georgia Association of Deans and Directors.

Hannah Watson

Hannah Watson

Bursar/Director of Student Accounts

Rachel White

Admissions Assistant

Dr. Christopher Wilhelm

Professor of History

Ph.D., American History, Florida State University, 2010.
M.A., History, Florida State University, 2005.
B.A., History, Florida International University, 2000.

Dr. Wilhelm specializes in modern U.S. history, environmental history, and the history of the U.S. South. His research has mostly examined the Everglades. He is finalizing a book manuscript on the creation of Everglades National Park entitled From Swamp to Wetland. His recent publications include: “Conservatives in the Everglades,” in Journal of Southern History; and “For the Birds: Challenging Wilderness in the Everglades” in Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. His next project looks at the history of marine preservation in Florida. He recently presented a paper on this topic entitled “Florida’s Aquatic Preserves,” at the Florida Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.
Courses regularly taught:
American History I and II
Georgia History
US Political History American Environmental History

Scott Williamson

Scott Williamson

Professor of Practice, Marketing and Communications

Scott Williamson is Professor of Practice, Marketing and Communications at the College of Coastal Georgia.

Williamson retired from Coca-Cola North America in 2017 as Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, and brings a wealth of “real world” experience to the classroom. During his 25-year career, he directed communications initiatives for the Company’s brands, sports and entertainment properties, and multimillion dollar investments and acquisitions.

Originally from Brunswick, Ga., Scott is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies, and of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, where he earned a Master of Mass Communications degree.

Michael Woodbury

Director of Residence Life and Housing, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Charles Workman

Landscape Technician

Bridgette Worst

Records Management Specialist