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Jodi Kennedy

Director

Jodi Kennedy is the Director of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. She coordinates the Leadership Lecture Series, LEAD Scholarship program, and the BUILD program. Jodi earned her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee.  Jodi is originally from California and has been at Georgia Southern since July of 2006.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: jmiddleton@georgiasouthern.edu

John Banter

John Banter

Associate Director

Dr. John Banter is the Associate Director of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. He directs the Southern Leaders Program, supervises Sustainability Programs, and teaches leadership courses. John earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern and his research endeavors focus on leadership behavior development, the gamification of leadership, and the use of student-centered design for programmatic development. His other graduate degrees are in the fields of Leadership and Homeland Security Management.

John is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, a certified EQ-i 2.0/EQ-i 360 facilitator for emotional intelligence development with MHS, a certified Enneagram facilitator through Cloverleaf. and a certified facilitator of the Student Leadership Practices Inventory.  In his spare time, John is an active board member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club and the Coastal Georgia Camellia Society in Savannah.  He has been at Georgia Southern since June of 2011.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: jbanter@georgiasouthern.edu

Urkovia Andrews

Assistant Director for Service-Learning

Dr. Urkovia Andrews is the Assistant Director for Service-Learning in the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. Urkovia coordinates the Service-Learning Advisory Board, Service-Learning Faculty Fellows, and the Service-Learning Student Facilitators. Urkovia is a Triple Eagle with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, a Master of Public Health, and a Doctorate of Public Health degree from Georgia Southern University.

Prior to assuming her current position, Urkovia served as a faculty member in the Communication Arts Department and then as Executive Director of the Hearts and Hands Clinic, a local non-profit. Having worked with service-learning as a faculty member and as a community partner, Urkovia is committed to assisting faculty and community organizations in the development of service-learning opportunities for Georgia-Southern students.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: uandrews@georgiasouthern.edu

Kira Jatoft

Leadership Educator

Kira Jatoft is the Leadership Educator in of the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. She teaches LEAD classes, coordinates the Student Leadership Institute and works with the Southern Leaders program. Kira earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and her Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. Prior to this position, Kira served as the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Kira is originally from California and has been with Georgia Southern since September of 2020.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: kjatoft@georgiasouthern.edu

Kasie Thompson

Alternative Breaks Coordinator
Kasie Thompson is the Alternative Breaks Coordinator. She coordinates the planning and execution of the Alternative Breaks program. Kasie earned her Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design, Marketing, and Communication from Western Illinois University. She earned her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration and Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Illinois State University. Kasie started this position in June of 2021.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: kasiethompson@georgiasouthern.edu

Emily Tanner

Community Engagement Coordinator
Emily Tanner is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. She helps coordinate our local service initiative program – Serve912. Emily is a Double Eagle, and graduated from Georgia Southern with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2017, and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration in 2020. Emily has been in this role since June of 2021.
Prior to this role, as a graduate student, Emily worked with the Academic Success Center at Georgia Southern to facilitate their Peer Mentor Program and in September 2020, she came onboard with Georgia Southern full-time as an Academic Advisor in the Waters College of Health Professions.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: etanner@georgiasouthern.edu

Lynn Reaves

Lynn Reaves

Senior Administrative Secretary

Lynn Reaves is the Senior Administrative Secretary in the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern in 1981. Lynn is married to Paul Reaves, also a GSU alumnus and employee, and has three sons – Brandon, Ben, and Andrew.

Upon graduation Lynn was employed by Sea Island Bank for eleven years providing financial reporting to regulatory entities. After homeschooling her children for five years, Lynn held several jobs including office manager of the GSU Baptist Collegiate Ministries, a church children’s director, and a high school bookkeeper before accepting her current position in May 2011.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: lreaves@georgiasouthern.edu

Brandi Hoffman

Coordinator of Leadership & Community Engagement – Armstrong Campus

Brandi Hoffman is the Coordinator of Leadership & Community Engagement on the Armstrong campus. Brandi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania then headed over to Ohio to complete her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. Brandi joined the OLCE Team in July of 2016.

Office Location: Student Union Suite D234, Armstrong Campus

E-mail: brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu

Cami Sockow

Coordinator of Sustainability Programs

Cami is a Georgia transplant from Southern Illinois, but a Michigan native. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC). After finishing her Bachelors in Leisure Services Management with a focus in Outdoor Leadership in 2012, she taught experiential learning in Southeast Minnesota. She then returned to SIUC and obtained her Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Resources with a focus in Sustainability.  Her role consists of managing our student sustainability leaders to help educate and illuminate sustainability issues, while overseeing all sustainability events/programming on the Statesboro campus. She also manages the sustainability grant program and builds partnerships across campus to elevate sustainability within their departments.  She resides in Savannah and is actively engaged in her community through co-chairing two non-profits: the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and the Climate Reality Project.

Office Location: Russell Union 1056, Statesboro Campus

E-mail: csockow@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 9/13/2021