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Advisory Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to
  1. Provide advice and input to the Office’s Director and staff on planning, implementation, and operational aspects of the Office;
  2. Ensure that the programs and services of the Office are consistent with and inform the missions of Emory University and Emory University’s Division of Campus Life;
  3. Facilitate communication between the University community and the Office; and
  4. Serve as advocates and ambassadors for the Office’s goals and objectives in creating an equitable and inclusive campus environment. The Director of the Office may seek advice from the Advisory Committee on various matters.

Learn more about the Advisory Committee.

If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, contact Michael Shutt at Several positions on the Committee are kept available for new undergraduate and professionals students each fall.

Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank
Graduate Student
Laney Graduate School

Hanne Blank spends her time thinking, learning, and writing at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her ten books include the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007).

Her work has been featured in periodicals ranging from Penthouse to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, in anthologies ranging from Embodied Resistance: Challenging the NormsBreaking The Rules to Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, as well as in a number of subject encyclopedias and other reference works.  

 A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Mellon Foundation Summer Seminar Fellow, and Fellow of the Tanglewood Institute,  Hanne has taught in various capacities on campuses including Brandeis and Tufts Universities and has been a featured speaker on numerous other campuses including Virginia Commonwealth University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University.  At Emory, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in History.

Lisa Garvin

Rev. Lisa Garvin
Associate Dean
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

An ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, Lisa is committed to ministries of compassion and justice.  As associate dean of the chapel and religious life, she spends her days (and many nights) journeying with students, faculty and staff in their exploration of meaning, identity and vocation.  She enjoys listening to others stories and sharing some of her own.

A graduate of Millsaps College and Emory’s Candler School of Theology, Lisa serves on the boards of Millsaps College, the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Leadership Scholars Steering Committee.   A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Lisa served the Mississippi Conference as Coordinator for Youth, Higher Education/Campus Ministry, and Camping (2003-2005) and Director of Ministerial Services (2008-2012) prior to moving to Emory in October 2012.  She served as chaplain to Millsaps College from 2005-2009.  Her favorite “job” is being aunt to three nieces (7,6,4) and one nephew (3).

When she is not on campus or working for justice in the Church or the world, Lisa enjoys jogging, playing tennis, reading, writing and traveling across the US and around the world. 

Aaron Girard

Aaron Girard
Undergraduate Student
Emory College

Aaron is currently a sophomore at Emory College. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, he attended Viewpoint School, a small, nondenominational school in Calabasas, CA. While he was in high school, Aaron was extremely involved in the community, participating in varsity athletics and creating the first Geocaching club. During his time at Emory, Aaron plans to enter into the Business school and earn a BBA. 

Timothy Holbrook

Timothy Holbrook
Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law
Emory School of Law

Professor Timothy Holbrook graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University, earning a BS in chemical engineering with a life sciences concentration. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as a lead editor and publications director of the Yale Journal on Regulation. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Glenn L. Archer Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Following his clerkship, Professor Holbrook worked in Budapest, Hungary, with the Hungarian patent law firm Danubia. Upon his return to the United States, he associated with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding (now Wiley Rein), where his practice focused on patent and appellate litigation.

Professor Holbrook has published widely on issues of patent law, international patent law and the patenting of human genes. His work appears in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, William and Mary Law Review, Washington University Law Review, SMU Law Review, Indiana Law Journal and twice in Science magazine. He is the co-author of Patent Litigation and Strategy (3d ed.) with Judge Kimberly A. Moore and Chief Judge Paul R. Michel (retired), both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Before joining the Emory faculty, Professor Holbrook was a tenured professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He served as the Edwin A. Heafey Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and also has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). While in Chicago, Professor Holbrook was a founder and the program chair for the Richard Linn Inn of Court. Since arriving in Atlanta, he helped establish the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court. He also has served as an expert or consultant in a variety of patent litigation cases, both in the United States and abroad.

Professor Holbrook teaches classes in Patent Law, International Patent Law, Patent Litigation, Trademark Law and Policy and Property Law.

Cecile Janssens

A. Cecile J.W. Janssens
Professor of Translational Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health

Professor Cecile Janssens was born, raised and trained in the Netherlands. She has a bachelor degree in Economics and master degrees in Psychology and Epidemiology. She obtained her PhD from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Before joining Emory in 2012, professor Janssens was a tenured professor at the Erasmus University Medical Center. She currently has a joint affiliation at the Free University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The research of professor Janssens concerns the translation of genomics research to applications in clinical and public health practice. Her work focuses on the genetic prediction of multifactorial diseases (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma) and on the assessment of the predictive ability and utility of genetic testing, including commercial genetic tests.

Cecile Janssens has published over 160 papers in international scientific journals, and received several prestigious career grants including from Erasmus University, the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research and most recently from the European Research Council Starting grant, together totaling over 3 million dollar.

She is a lecturer in graduate and post-graduate courses in local, national and international programs. She teaches Prediction Research and Critical Assessment of Science Communication at Emory.

A recipient of Emory’s Public Voices Though Leadership Fellowship, professor Janssens recently started writing about her research for the general public. Her commentaries have appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, the Conversation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Magazine, and others.

Carlton Mackey

Carlton Mackey
Assistant Director, Ethics and Servant Leadership
Emory Center for Ethics

Carlton Mackey is the Director of the Ethics & the Arts Initiative, the Assistant Director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL), and the Assistant Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies at the Emory University Center for Ethics.

Carlton serves on the Board of Directors for Wonderroot Community Arts Center and Foreverfamily, a non-profit focused on children with an incarcerated parent or parents and supporting them as they, their parents, and caregivers work to remain a family.  At Emory University, Mackey serves on the Advisory Board for the Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) and LGBT Life Committee.

Carlton is also a professional photographer and local filmmaker.  His work has been commercially recognized, but is also used as an extension of his community engagement and social activism.  This year Mackey produced all the photographic images for the FROM WHERE I STAND campaign --a national, multi-media campaign by AID Atlanta and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the goal of empowering young black gay men to make optimal sexual health choices see themselves in a more positive light.

In 2010, Mackey was awarded a grant from the Emory University Center for Creativity and the Arts to create a photography exhibit to accompany his documentary 17 DEGREES AIN’T NOTHING, an intimate profile of 5 individuals living on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.  For this work, Carlton wasawarded the first Emory College for Creativity & Arts Emory University and Healthcare Staff Creativity and the Arts Award.

Carlton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University and a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Carlton is alum of the LEAD Atlanta for Young Professionals Class of 2011.  He lives in the West End with his wife and son.

Robert Malmborg

Ifeayinwa Odelugo

Ifeayinwa Odelugo 14Ox 16C
Undergraduate Student
Emory College

I was born and raised in Newark, NJ where I attended North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. While in high school, I was a part of many different activities ranging from student government to various management positions in the high school musicals. I am currently a philosophy major and English minor. For my future, I plan on entering law school and earn my JD

Leah Anderson Roesch

Leah Anderson Roesch
Lecturer, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Leah Anderson Roesch earned her PhD from Emory’s Neuroscience program in 2007. Dr. Roesch’s graduate work focused on gene and environment interactions that contribute to Parkinson’s disease susceptibility. In addition to her research interests in the molecular basis of neurodegnerative disease, Dr. Roesch is driven to improve science education and literacy. She uses student-centered, active-learning teaching methods and supports students in inquiry-based exploration of the topics. She teaches undergraduate courses for NBB majors, non-science majors, first-year seminars, as well as graduate courses on mentoring and teaching.

Jeffrey Sowder

Jeffrey Sowder
Head, Woodruff Technical Services
Woodruff Library

Jeffrey Sowder is Head of Woodruff Technical Services  in the Content Division of Emory University Libraries. Prior to joining Emory in 2010, Jeffrey's career in librarianship spanned sixteen years in academia at University of Central Florida and Columbia University in New York City. In 2000, he shifted his interest and focus to corporations and internet startups, acting as Metadata Manager at in Houston and as Digital Asset Manager with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in Manhattan for nine years.  Managing library technical services operations is Jeffrey's area of expertise. At Emory, Jeffrey is responsible for bringing innovation and leading change in the library's cataloging and acquisitions units whose managers and staff purchase and provide access to Emory's print and electronic resources. He enjoys the day-to-day management challenges presented by rapid change in the library industry with new vendors and products always on the horizon. Jeffrey received a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Florida in 1984 and an M.A. in English in 1993 at University of Central Florida. He has held professional offices as Chair and Vice-Chair of the ELUNA Aleph Product Working Group and V.P. and President of New York Technical Services Librarians (NYTSL). Jeffrey is a supporter of Lamda Legal and he's committed to the cause of Marriage Equality. Jeffrey and his partner of 14 years were married on April 1, 2014 in Manhattan. 

Corinne Watts

Corinne Watts14Ox 16C
Emory College

Corinne is a junior at Emory College working to complete a double degree in Anthropology and Theater Studies. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, she plans to attend graduate school after graduating from Emory University. While attending Oxford College of Emory University, she served as the Vice President and Treasurer for the campus Pride group.​

Cynthia Whitehead-Laboo

Dr. Cynthia Whitehead-LaBoo
Associate Director for Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology
Student Health and Counseling

Dr. Cynthia Whitehead-LaBoo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  She received her BA from Spelman College and her MA and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University.  She has worked at the Emory University Student Counseling Center for 19 years and is currently serving as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. She has presented on various topics related to eating disorders, body image, and psychotherapy with African American women and authored a chapter in Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter.

Mary Williams

Mary Williams, 17T
Graduate Student

Mary Williams graduated from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in Anthropology and Theology.  When she completed undergrad, Mary moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to work at a homeless center and shelter as part of a service year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  After this year of service, Mary worked as a sports and recreation facilitator for children with physical disabilities at a local non-profit.

In March of 2013, Mary traveled to El Salvador for the first ever LGBT legal conference in the country.  Since then, she helped found and has continued working with the Cleveland-Latin American LGBT Solidarity Committee to organize around issues of advocacy and policy.  As part of this effort, Mary helped raise funds for Salvadoran and Colombian athletes to travel to Cleveland to compete as the first Latin American teams in Gay Games history.

Mary is in her first year of Divinity school at Candler School of Theology and hopes to also pursue a Master’s in Development Practice.  She is interested in learning the stories of LGBT people around the world and having conversations about policy transformation through a faith-based lens.

Allen Woods

Allen L. Woods, 15L
Law Student

Allen was born and raised in Nashville TN.  He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.  He is currently a third year student at Emory School of Law.  Allen plans to focus his practice on constitutional issues, employment disputes, and public interest law. He aspires to be an advocate for civil rights and equality for all.  After law school Allen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy.  He has worked with organizations such as Nashville CARES, United Way, Young Brothers United, Lambda Legal, and a host of other organizations who champion the cause for equality and justice.

Sei Yoshioka-Cefalo

Sei Yoshioka-Cefalo
Associate Director of Student Affairs, Evening MBA Program
Goizueta Business School

Sei Yoshioka-Cefalo is an Associate Director in the EvMBA Program and joined Goizueta in July 2013. He has over 12 years of experience working in higher education student services and advisement. Prior to Emory, Sei worked in MBA Career Services for Full Time Programs at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. A native of New York, NY, Sei has a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from New York University and a BA in Psychology from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Sei is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York. He is bilingual in English and Japanese.

Hoyt Young

J. Hoyt Young

Hoyt Young is a native Georgian with a degrees from Emory College and Emory School of Medicine. In addition to his degrees from Emory, he also has a law degree from Georgia State University. Hoyt was recently presented the Warren Aiken Outstanding Alumni Contribution Award by the Emory Barkley Forum at the 2013 Glenn Pelham Foundation dinner. Hoyt was a member of the inaugural class of the Barkley Forum under the leadership of Glenn Pelham.