Vice President, Academic Affairs
Rebecca Alexander leads the planning, implementation, and coordination for the 140+ academic programs at the College. She provides support to faculty and ensures curricula reflect the mission of Gwinnett Tech, preparing students for successful careers.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech in 2007, Alexander worked in the Career Management Center at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and taught courses in composition, literature and developmental studies at the University of North Alabama.
During her tenure at Gwinnett Tech, Alexander has served as an instructor, program director and dean of education. Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Arts from the University of Mississippi. She is also a 2015 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
Vice President, Human Resources
LaShanta’ Cox leads all Human Resources services for Gwinnett Technical College and oversees the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. Cox is responsible for the planning and implementation in acquiring and developing talent, training, and development of faculty and staff, optimizing human resources operations and providing guidance and support to faculty and staff that includes adherence to best practices for employee relations.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech in 2010, Cox worked in Human Resources at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
During her tenure at Gwinnett Tech, Cox has served as Assistant Director of Human Resources and Director of Human Resources. Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from Southern Illinois University and a Master in Organizational Leadership from Walden University.
Vice President, Economic Development
Melvin Everson leads the College’s economic programming with a plethora of workforce development programs focused on training and education to grow businesses. He oversees continuing education, career services and the Launch Pointe Center for Career Experience.
Everson brings more than 30 years of leadership and economic development in both the public and private sector.
Everson mostly recently served as the College’s Director of Business and Industry Training. Prior to joining the College, he served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and Executive Director of the Georgia Commission of Equal Opportunity. Everson also served as a Georgia State Representative for House District 106, on the Snellville City Council and in the United States Army.
Vice President, Technology and Operations
Galen Martin leads the College’s technology and operations division for two campuses, providing guidance for overall operations across more than 500,000 sq. feet of classrooms, labs, administrative space, and more than 100 acres of grounds. Additionally, his responsibility also covers the College’s safety and security programs (including crisis response) and technology initiatives.
Martin currently serves on the Sugarloaf Livable Centers Initiative and Gwinnett County Transportation Committee.
Since joining Gwinnett Tech in 2006, Martin has worked with College executives, faculty and staff in his information technology roles, including Information Technology director. Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Piedmont College and a Master of Business Administration from Shorter College. He is also a 2014 graduate of Glance Gwinnett, a leadership development program of the Gwinnett Chamber.
Vice President, Administrative Services
Sonya McDaniel oversees the College’s budget, accounting, student financial services, and human resources departments, providing guidance and support to faculty and staff that include adherence to best practices for accounting and reporting. McDaniel joined Gwinnett Tech in 2016 as the Executive Director of Accounting and in April 2017 was named Vice President, Administrative Services.
McDaniel’s leadership extends to numerous committees and boards, including the Executive Committee for the Technical College System of Georgia Vice Presidents of Administration Peer Group and as 2018 Committee Chair for the General Accepted Accounting Principles Committee.
Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech, McDaniel worked for the Technical College System of Georgia as a Senior Accountant. McDaniel has over nine years of experience in higher education accounting and leadership at Georgia technical colleges in northeast Georgia. A native of the Mississippi Delta, McDaniel earned BBA in accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Vice President, Communications
Chuck McKinnon leads the Institutional Advancement division for the College, which includes the Gwinnett Tech Foundation and communications. McKinnon is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of Gwinnett Tech’s marketing and branding strategies, communications, and public relations activities. McKinnon brings more than 15 years of leadership and marketing experience in corporate marketing departments, where he led the development of innovative and targeted messaging campaigns.
McKinnon joined Gwinnett Tech with digital and traditional marketing, media, advertising, mobile application, and website management experience at several leading media and publishing companies. Prior to joining Gwinnett Tech, McKinnon was Audience Development Director at the Elkhart Truth newspaper near South Bend, IN, where he created and executed multi-platform, integrated marketing campaigns and directed the development of interactive, direct mail, online and sales promotion strategies.
McKinnon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Carlow University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport.
Vice President, Adult Education
Stephanie Rooks leads the Adult Education division for the College, which includes English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED. Rooks is responsible for 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation locations in Gwinnett and North Fulton counties which serves approximately 4,500 students each year.
Since joining Gwinnett Tech in 2001, Rooks has worked in Gwinnett Tech’s Adult Education division as an instructor and lead instructor of Adult Basic Education and in 2012, she was named Dean of Adult Education.
Rooks holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Oglethorpe University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Brenau University. She serves as Gwinnett Tech’s representative for the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development and Fulton County Workforce Development boards.