Board 2017-2018

  • President, Zipangani M. Vokhiwa
  • Vice President, Sandra McQueen
  • Secretary, Christine E. Stauber
  • Treasurer, Tamie Jovanelly
    Webmaster & Advocacy Director, Brad K. Hounkpati
  • Event Coordinator, Carolyn Bero
  • Alumni Events Coordinator, Robert Torre
  • Member, Sandra Jeffrey
  • Member, Stella Jemna
  • Member, Hamid Elmyar

More information about our board members

Carolyn Bero, served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Madrid from 2013-2014 following her graduation from the University of Alabama. She taught Global Classrooms alongside English, Social Studies, and Science classes to students from age 11 to 14. Global Classrooms teaches global citizenship and public speaking skills and culminates in a Model United Nations conference for participating schools. Carolyn is currently based out of Atlanta working in Accenture’s management consulting practice. Carolyn is looking forward to volunteering with the Atlanta chapter of the Fulbright Association and welcoming grantees to Atlanta to our beautiful city. In the Spring 2017, she joined the Fulbright Georgia Chapter as new board member and will be coordinating events for grantees and alumni.

Hamid Elmyar is a pediatrician with a MPH and a Fulbright scholar born in Afghanistan. His background includes serving in both clinical and public health fields. As a pediatrician, he has provided treatment for children and taught pediatrics at the university in Afghanistan; as a public health professional, he has created community-based initiatives, taught health literacy, designed maternal and child health outreach programs, and connected communities with health facilities. His MD is from Kabul Medical University and he has finished his MPH at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Hamid was on the advisory board for NJ Fulbright Chapter before moving to GA. He established the Fulbright Student Association at Montclair State University during his master’s and coordinated cultural and academic programs for Fulbrighters. Currently, he has been working as a community health specialist for Women to the World, Inc. Dr. Elmyar is a firm believer in community empowerment, health promotion and disease prevention.

Brad K. Hounkpati Agricultural Engineer, he served as an Agricultural Engineer at Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (West Africa). Prior to his Fulbright experience, he was previously Technical Coordinator for Peace Corps Togo in Natural Resource Management Program. He has also served in many roles with organizations working to support agriculture in West Africa, including FAO, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Cashew Espoir Ltd., and Plant Resource Of Tropical Africa (PROTA).

In addition to Fulbright Scholarship, he had been awarded other prestigious awards such as: the WARA travel grant, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) Fellowships Award, the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award and the Graduate Travel Grant from the University of Georgia and nonetheless the U.E Brady Award. His pairs know him as networker or a “to-go person”.

Fulbright Fellow 2011-2013 at University of Georgia (UGA). He is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Entomology, UGA. Since 2011, he has been serving as the national contact for all Fulbright and Humphrey grantees from Togo. Inspired by his Fulbright experience, together with four other Togo Fulbright Alumni, he later created Grain de Sel Togo, Inc., a Georgian 501c3 organization to support underprivileged students in public universities in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and other Fulbright scholars in the US. He is now the GA Fulbright Advocacy Director.

Sandra Jeffrey,  studied Chinese at Johns Hopkins University/Nanjing University and she received a Rotary Scholarship to study in Taiwan. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright -Hays Scholarship to study at the Associated Colleges of China.  After her studies, she remained in China taking private Chinese lessons. She was later hired as the executive director of a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to under-served high schools students to study in China.  She lived in China until 2014 and relocated to Atlanta, GA.  Prior to receiving the Fulbright Scholarship, she worked in New York City as an Attorney focusing on contract negotiations and real estate. Currently, she advises high school and college students interested in study abroad opportunities. In addition to her professional skills in law and international education, she is interested in sharing her overseas experiences with Fulbright students in the Atlanta area.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



Stella Jemna graduated in May 2017 from Georgia State University (GSU), with Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has extensive knowledge and expertise gained from regional and international exposure. She served as a Senior Consultant to the Prime Minister Office in Moldova and has more than 8 years, managing projects funded USAID, UNDP, GIZ and the European Union. She also  served as Program Director for the Women in Politics Program at National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Moldova, promoting women in politics, coordinating trainings with political leaders and organizing special events geared towards promoting more women in decision-making bodies.

She was President of Fulbright Student Association at GSU and now she is working as a Project Manager at the American Turkish Friendship Council (ATFC) in Atlanta Georgia. During Spring 2017, she joined Fulbright Association Georgia Chapter as board member.

In 2013/2014  Tamie Jovanelly  was awarded a US Fulbright Research Scholar position at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.  The project titled:  Conservation of Ugandan forests through the Water Quality Index was funded by a National Geographic Society Conservation Trust Grant.  Since then, she has published related journal articles in the Journal of Public Health in Developing Countries (in press), Journal of Water and Health: World Health Organization Press (2014), Journal of Cave and Karst (2014), and the Journal of Geoscience Education (2014). Additionally, she received funding through a Rufford Foundation Conservation TrustGrant (2015) that supported her research in Kenya.  The project was titled:  Critical, immediate, and necessary improvements to endangered antelope habitat through water quality assessment.  Furthermore, Dr. Jovanelly has been leading annual undergraduate study abroad trips to Tanzania, Italy, and Iceland since 2006.

Sandra (Sandy) McQueen is a supervisor of student interns and student teachers in the Department of Early Childhood, College of Education and Human Development, Georgia State University. Her background includes teaching gifted and English language learners in the public schools, serving on the Board of Georgia Geography Alliance, facilitating the resettlement of refugees, being a Teacher at Sea for Semester at Sea, being a member of the Georgia Council of International Visitors, and serving in multiple positions at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church. She holds degrees from Presbyterian College, PSCE (now Union Presbyterian Seminary), and Georgia State University. Her Fulbright was in Thailand where she studied the role of women in Thai society. Her interests include fine arts, travel, and meeting people from all parts of the world.




Christine E. Stauber, Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University where she researches environmental health and health disparities. She received her doctoral degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. While a doctoral student, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Dominican Republic where she lived and worked for most of 2005-2006. More recently, she received a faculty Fulbright award to Brazil and traveled with her family to work and do research at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Bahia in 2014. She has recently developed a study abroad to Salvador, Brazil as an effort to engage more students around global health issues.

Robert Torre specializes in the music and cultural history of the eighteenth century, especially the history of opera. His primary research interests center onopera seria (particularly Naples and London), music and transnationality, historical performance practice, as well as on eighteenth-century composers George Frideric Handel, Johann Adolf Hasse, and Leonardo Vinci. He is currently working on a new project, which investigates the role of rhetorical dynamics like translatio studii in the translation and adaptation of opera libretti (especially those of Pietro Metastasio) as they migrated across Europe.

Torre’s research has been acknowledged with grants and fellowships from the U.S.-German Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, Harvard University’s Houghton Library, as well as joint support from the Mellon Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Recent research on opera and translation practices in eighteenth-century London won him the 2015 Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Award from the National Opera Association. In addition, he currently coordinates junior faculty appointments in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Administration and lectures as an Instructor of Music History in the Department of Music.

Zipangani M. Vokhiwa, Associate Professor of Science at Mercer University since 2007. Served as Project Director for Mercer’s Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to Malawi – 2012/2014. Team Leader for Mercer on Mission to Malawi, led students on three service learning projects to Malawi in summer 2010, 2011 and 2013. Assistant Professor of Biology at Kennesaw State University, 2003- 2007. Regional Director & Representative for Southern Africa for the Wild Wide Fund for Nature International, posted to Harare, Zimbabwe -2000/2001 to manage the Southern Africa region’s conservation program. Served the Government of Malawi as Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs -1992/1999, worked on United Nations programs on conservation and sustainable development under the banner of Agenda 21 and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) operationalizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Running for second term on board.