Advisory Board

  • Boone Benton

    Dr. Boone Benton

    Dr. Benton is currently a school counselor and a licensed professional counselor in a high school with 3400 students! Dr. Benton received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and has not one, but two Masters degrees! Admittedly, Dr. Benton has been around a while, and he has been working in the counseling psychology field for 26 years in various settings such as group home administration, foster & adoptions, in-home treatment, and private practice. Dr. Benton loves to spend quality time with his family consisting of his loving wife, 14-year old girl, 11-year old boy, and a 4-year old who loves spending time with his sibling. His hobbies include collecting baseball and football cards, watching movies, reading books, and fantasy football!

    • Tanika Valbrun

      Tanika Gray Valbrun

      Tanika Gray Valbrun is the founder of The White Dress Project, which is a non-profit bringing awareness to the uterine fibroid condition. Tanika was instrumental in passing legislation declaring July as “Fibroid Awareness Month” in the State of Georgia. She works as a News Editor for CNN, where she has been awarded three coveted Peabody Awards for her contributions in journalism. She received both Georgia Trend’s and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 "40 under 40" Awards.

      • Beth Hermes

        Beth Hermes

        Beth Hermes received a B.A. in Journalism from Auburn University. She has built her writing career as a newspaper staff writer, magazine contributing writer, and a public relations director for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Since 2008, she has added Freelance Writer, Creative Writing Coach, and Novelist to her resume. As one of our own staff members here at KSU, she teaches creative writing, memoir, blogging, and journaling classes in our OLLI program. Beth and her husband live in Hickory Flat, while their daughter is an artist; their son attends KSU-Marietta campus.

        • Ashley Nealy

          Ashley Nealy

          Ashley Nealy is the Web Team for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mindly Maven, LLC, a creative solutions company. Ashley holds a special passion for exposing students to STEM through her fund at Kennesaw State University where she holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in Information Systems. Ashley has been recognized as an Outstanding Atlantan Class of 2015 and has been featured as one of the "5 Female Web Developers You Should Follow on Twitter.” She is involved with many initiatives across metro Atlanta including serving as President of Young Government Leaders - Atlanta and Vice President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals.

          • Kim Castro Owens

            Kimberly Castro Owens

            Kimberly Castro Owens is a founding member and executive Director for Recovery Outfitters.  Kimberly is a certified master level addiction counselor and certified clinical supervisor who also teaches counselors who are pursuing addiction counselor credentials or are looking to maintain existing credentials. Kimberly earned a master’s degree in Conflict Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kennesaw State University. Kimberly is known for her candid, energetic, inspirational and open approach. Furthermore, she is known for challenging her staff, clients and their families to discover and attain their gifts, goals and mission in life despite obstacles. Developing leaders is one of Kimberly’s passions.

            • Peggy Parks

              Peggy Parks

              Peggy Parks graduated from the London Image Institute, where she is also a Certified Image Professional. She spent more than 20 years in the global corporate world as an international consultant. As the Southeast’s leading Civility Expert, Peggy views good manners, the ability to listen to learn and to appreciate other viewpoints as key elements for civility. Peggy founded The Parks Image Group in 2004 to help others build confidence and success by how they look and behave. Featured in numerous publications, and on radio and TV, Peggy is pleased to count UPS, Southern Company and The Coca-Cola Company among her clients.

              • Jim Wanserski

                Jim Wanserski

                Jim Wanserski received his bachelor and master’s degrees in business from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, where he also served as an adjunct professor. He has authored business articles for a number of periodicals and electronic newsletters, and maintains a business blog, “Practical Wisdom,” available at his website. His career is in big firm consulting and project consulting. He was the 1st-ever non-lawyer appointed by a Federal judge, to serve as Management Trustee overseeing wireless industry transactions, via his nomination by the United States Department of Justice. He has uncovered dozens of fraudulent cases at the regional and Federal levels, which have aggregated to over $300 million in economic value.

                • Howard Winkler

                  Howard Winkler

                  Recently retired from a career in ethics, human resources and communications, Howard Winkler now devotes himself to nonprofit board service, freelance writing and fly fishing. Howard retired as Project Manager in the Office of the General Counsel for Atlanta-based Southern Company, where he was responsible for developing ethics strategy, communications and training.  In earlier roles he led organizations in Human Resources Strategy, Recruiting and Public Relations. Howard began his career in broadcasting.  He holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia.  He chairs the Better Business Bureau Institute in Arlington, VA, and serves on the board of the Blue Ridge, Georgia, chapter of Trout Unlimited.

                  Friends of the Siegel Institute 

                  The Friends of the Siegel Institute support the Institute by volunteering their time, talents, and resources to the activities of the Institute.  The Friends are a group of people with expertise vital to the ongoing work of the Institute and are called upon only as needed. 

                  • Kirk Bogue

                    Kirk Bogue is a progressive executive business leader with 25+ years helping to fix and build organizations across a variety of industries such as business services, HR business process outsourcing, risk management, business / executive coaching, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, media and energy.  He’s served various committee leadership and president roles on boards of trustees for his church and a regional association for his faith.  Kirk has served the advisory group for the Siegel Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Character since its inception. Kirk’s passion is helping people and organizations be more effective.  Kirk has a loving family consisting of he and his wife, Margot, their two daughters, and their dog Scout.


                    • Dr. Taunya Lowe

                      Dr. Lowe is an innovative, insightful, change agent who understands the concept of adding value to others. As a trainer and presenter, she is witty and engaging while offering practical solutions. Dr. Lowe has served in many leadership capacities, which include, most recently, as a Consultant for Wellpoint lnsurance Industries the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation of the Healthcare Exchanges. Dr. Lowe earned a Doctorate degree in General Human Services and a certificate in Diversity Studies from Capella University. She is a trainer of the University of Georgia J.W. Fanning lnstitute Leadership curriculum & a member of the John Maxwell Team. Among her many accolades, she was the Siegel Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Character 2013 Phenomenal Woman.

                      • Deborah Richardson

                        Deborah J. Richardson is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. Deborah has been honored by many organizations for her community service, most recently receiving the "Lives of Commitment Award" from Auburn Theological Seminary and "The Pathbreaker Award" from Shared Hope International.  She is a nationally recognized leader on social justice for women and girls and an advocate to end child sex trafficking.  Deborah has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California and is currently working on a PhD in Public Policy and Social Change from Union Institute & University.