The Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) has a staff of five to fulfill the strategic plan set forth by the Board and respond appropriately to other member-driven requests.
Dr. Susanna L. Baxter, President
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Ms. Lisa Macke, Vice President for Member Services
Lisa Macke joined GICA in October 2012. Prior to coming to GICA, Lisa served as the Dean of Students at Cumberland University in Tennessee, which was the capstone of her career in Student Affairs. She earned a B.A. in English from Indiana University and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lisa’s role with GICA involves collaborative services, including organizing professional development events for the staff of member institutions, overseeing procurement contracts and scholarship programs, and writing grants.
Lisa and her husband Bill live in Peachtree City with their children. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling to the beach whenever possible.
Dr. Carolyn Sloane Mata, Vice President for Research
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Carolyn Mata joined the Georgia Independent College Association in December 2010 after serving as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of Central Florida, an M.Ed. in Education from Rollins College, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Central Florida. In addition, she holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from The Florida State University. In her role as Director of Research, Dr. Mata is responsible for keeping abreast of state and national studies on higher education and providing statistical and analytical support for a variety of research projects in order to emphasize the importance and value of independent education in Georgia.
Carrie lives in Alpharetta with her husband, son, and three beautiful stepchildren. She enjoys volunteering at their school and traveling as much as possible.
Mr. James M. (Chip) Moore, III, Director of Research & Operations
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Chip joined GICA in March of 2012 as an employee of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement on loan to GICA to assist in the development of the GA-AWARDS State Longitudinal Database. Prior to joining GICA, Chip was employed for 23 years with BellSouth Advertising & Publishing in Atlanta and most recently with UnitedHealth Group in Hartford, CT. His background is in Systems Design and Implementation with emphasis on Quality Assurance. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Chip and his fiancé, Neva enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and home improvement projects.
Mr. Darrian Jones, Event Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
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Darrian joined GICA in January 2016. He holds a degree in studio art with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in marketing from Georgia State University. His role at GICA consists of office management, event coordination and making sure all meetings and conferences hosted by GICA run as smoothly as possible. Previously, he worked at the International Center for Public Policy in which he was their graphic designer and event coordinator. He has had the opportunity to assist in facilitating the Mandela Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative program, as well as meet various government officials from around the world.
In his free time, Darrian likes to practice his photography and design while exploring the different cultures and art the world has to offer.