Staff

Matt Borman

Executive Director
mborman@sports.uga.edu
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Matt Borman joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in February, 2017 as the Executive Associate Director Athletic Director - Development. In this role, he will oversee all facets of athletic fundraising at Georgia and serve as the Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club.

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Matt served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at West Virginia University since 2012. At West Virginia, Matt  served as the lead fundraiser for Athletics and he was also the executive director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club, the department’s fundraising arm. He joined the MAC as Director of Major Gifts in August 2008 and was responsible for its major gift operation, which includes premium seating, endowments, capital projects and planned giving projects such as The Jerry West Society.  

Under Matt’s leadership, the fundraising team at WVU increased annual giving to over $15 million and completed projects including a new basketball practice facility, weight room and team room for the football program, and a women’s soccer practice facility. Fundraising since 2012 reached $106 million and included an all-time high of $23.9 million in 2013.

Matt came to WVU from Old Dominion University, where he was the Director of Major Gifts from June 2007 to August 2008. While at Old Dominion, Matt managed donor relationships for the Big Blue Club and helped to raise more than $2 million annually through premium seat sales, annual contributions, endowments and naming rights opportunities.

Prior to Old Dominion, Matt had fundraising stints at Army (2005-07) and James Madison University (2003-05). While at West Point, he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Development and oversaw an annual fund that increased donations by 52 percent to an all-time high of $2.78 million. At JMU, he helped increase the annual fund by 45 percent in 2005.

Matt is a native of Williamsburg, Va., and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lynchburg (Va.) College in 2001 and a master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2003. Matt and his wife, Carter, have two daughters, Mary Carter and Winnie.

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Evin Beck

Assistant Athletics Director for Development
ebeck@SPORTS.UGA.EDU
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Evin Beck joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in August, 2015 as Assistant Athletics Director for Development. In his role, he will assist with all facets of fundraising at Georgia.

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Evin spent over five years at the University of Mississippi with the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. At Ole Miss he helped the Foundation achieve five consecutive record fundraising years. Total cash giving grew from $17 million in 2010 to over $35 million in 2015.  Evin assisted with the planning, launch and execution of Forward Together – a $150 million capital campaign that brought a new basketball arena to Ole Miss, among other facility improvements. He spent his first two years at Ole Miss as a member of the annual giving team, and his final three years as Director of Development for Major Gifts.

Evin joined Ole Miss from Duke University. At Duke, Evin worked with the Iron Dukes annual fund for two years. He began as an Iron Dukes intern and was then promoted to Assistant Director of the Iron Dukes. In 2008-09 he assisted in a $12.6 million record breaking fund-raising year for the Iron Dukes.

A native of Claflin, Kansas, Evin earned his Master's in Sports Administration from Wichita State University. While at Wichita State, he worked in the athletics department as a Graduate Assistant for ticket operations. Evin earned his undergraduate degree from Washburn University where he was also a member of the football team.

Evin and his wife, Kayla, have one son Maddox, and twin daughters Elsa and Emmy.

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Brad Bell

Director of Development
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Brad Bell was hired as a Major Gifts Officer with The Georgia Bulldog Club in May of 2014. In this role Brad worked to build relationships with individuals and corporations interested in partnering with the UGA Athletic Association through financial support. Brad currently serves as Director of Development. 

Prior to joining The Georgia Bulldog Club team, Brad served as the Director of Private Gifts for UGA Student Affairs from 2012-2014. In this role he led the effort to raise private support to enhance the student experience outside of the classroom. Prior to that, he spent five years in the financial services industry with Synovus Bank in the Athens area. 

Brad is a 2007 graduate of Furman University where he majored in Business Administration and was a member of the football team. He is also a proud Bulldog, having graduated with his MBA from UGA's Terry College of Business in 2011.

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Jon Burkett

Sr. Director of Development
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Jon Burkett joined the Bulldog Club in January of 2016, and serves as the Senior Director of Development.  His primary duty is overseeing the William C. Hartman Fund.

Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Jon worked at the University of New Mexico as the Assistant AD for Development.  While at the Lobo Club, Jon and his team reached record levels in total dollars raised along with record membership.  

Prior to his time at New Mexico, Jon served at the University of Missouri and the University of North Texas.  At Mizzou he helped the Tiger Scholarship Fund reach the $10 million mark for the first time in history.  At the University of North Texas, he helped in all aspects of fundraising highlighted by the construction of Apogee Stadium in 2010.  

Jon is a native of Bloomfield, IN and holds a BA in Kinesiology from Indiana University as well as an MBA and MSA from Ohio University.  He and his wife Christine live in Athens with their dog Chip.

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Jessica Deems

Director, Georgia Athletic Hospitality
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As a former Georgia Athletic Hospitality intern, Jessica was excited to return to GAH and The Colonnade Group as Director in January of 2016. Her duties with GAH include premium seating management for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball and the management of venue rentals for the UGA Athletic Association.

Jessica grew up in the town of Douglas, GA prior to attending the University of Georgia in 2008 and has remained in Athens since that time. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a focus in Multicultural American Literature from UGA in 2012. Jessica previously held the position of Senior Event Coordinator within the office of Campus Reservations, Events and Technical Services within Student Affairs. In this role she managed over seven event spaces on campus, the largest being the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. Most recently, Jessica worked in the office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as an administrative specialist for special projects and assistant to the Vice Provost. This position allowed Jessica to work on several university initiatives and plan special events for the Provost's Office.

Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Jarred, and their Chewbacca doppelganger puppy named Chewy.

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Travis Epling

Director of Development
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Travis Epling joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in June of 2014, and currently serves as Director of Development. Travis’ responsibilities include identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association

Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Travis worked for The Big Green Scholarship Foundation at Marshall University from 2010-2014. His responsibilities included soliciting gifts towards a $30 million Capital Campaign and serving as the director of the M Club. He also had an instrumental part in implementing a reseating and reparking plan for both football and basketball. Travis oversaw four regional chapters with the Big Green, as well.

The native of Point Pleasant, West Virginia earned a B.B.A in Marketing from Marshall University in 2008, as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Marshall University in 2010. Travis attended MU as a student athlete running cross country from 04 to 08 where he was named to the All C-USA team in 2008. From 2008-2010, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Travis married his high school sweetheart Whitney Scarberry of Point Pleasant, WV in June 2012, and the couple lives in Athens with their dogs Tucker and Nelly.

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Mylie Hill

Executive Development Assistant
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Mylie joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in January 2016 as an Executive Development Assistant. Under this role she serves as the office manager for The Georgia Bulldog Club and assists the Associate Athletics Director for Development and staff.

Born in Athens and raised in Elbert County, The University of Georgia was like a second home to Mylie. She has been a lifelong Bulldog fan that got to fulfill her dream by earning her bachelor’s degree in Education in December of 2015. Throughout her college career, Mylie was an administrative assistant supporting the University of Georgia Foundation Office of Financial Services.

While residing in Athens, Mylie enjoys cheering on the Dawgs and spending time with her Golden Retriever, Dooley. 

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Barbara Hartman Howell

Development Specialist
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Barbara Hartman Howell joined the Georgia Student Educational Fund staff in 1986 and became an employee of the Athletic Association in July 2000 when the fundraising arm of athletics was taken under the umbrella of UGAAA. Barbara promotes and develops relationships with donors as well as campus and community groups. She is also involved with major gifts as well as annual gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process.

Barbara began her career as an assistant to Leonard Postero and the Leonard’s Losers Radio Show. She was an office assistant for the Georgia Student Educational Fund and became Assistant Director. Barbara worked closely with area Georgia Bulldog Clubs and coordinated the Bulldog Road Tour as well as directed solicitations for the Georgia Educational Enhancement Fund (now the William C. Hartman, Jr. Fund named for her father), the Georgia Basketball Enhancement Fund, and the Gymnastics Endowment Fund.

A native Athenian, Barbara earned an ABJ from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, in 1973. Barbara has a son, Stuart, who graduated from The Terry College of Business in the spring of 2013. Her late daughter, Amanda, was a 2003 graduate of UGA with a degree in Spanish.

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Dolores Hughes

Gift Receiving Manager
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Dolores Hughes began her role as Gift Receiving Manager in 1990 after spending nine years working part time in both the Athletic Ticket Office and the GSEF/Bulldog Club.

Dolores processes and manages all matching gifts for the William C. Hartman Jr. Fund, the Gymnastics Endowment Fund and Basketball Enhancement Fund. Her responsibilities include entering donations for all three annual funds, tracking donations, updating data entry, maintaining donor fund files as well as day to day donor support.

An Athens native, Dolores graduated from Athens High School and Athens Technical College. She is married to Ned Hughes, also of Athens and they have a daughter, Denise, a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia.

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Jasmine Jennings

Operations Coordinator
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Formerly an intern for The Colonnade Group at the University of Alabama, Jasmine has a passion for service and a commitment to achieving excellence in Athletic Hospitality Management.  While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Jasmine has garnered techniques in event management from large athletic programs to intimate special events.  Her duties with GAH will include assisting the director with premium seating management for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball and the management of venue rentals and team members.  

Jasmine is an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and a lover of music, international news, and culture. She brings her dog-hter Kilo, a terrier mix, with her to Athens and they are both ready and excited to Commit to the G! 

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Ken Johnson

Development Assistant
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Ken Johnson joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in March 2016 and currently serves as the Development Assistant. Ken’s responsibilities include donor communication, execution of the Hartman Fund, the Georgia Baseball Fund and the Young Alumni Program as well as providing support for the nearly 15,000 members of The Georgia Bulldog Club.

Previously, Ken worked in the Business Office and Compliance Office of The UGA Athletic Association. In the Business Office, Ken assisted in oversight of revenue and expenses for all 19 UGA athletic programs, spearheaded the creation of the “Dawg Pound” basketball student section, prepared income statements and general ledger reports for all departments of UGA Athletics and compiled financial research used at UGA Athletic Board of Directors Meetings. In the Compliance Office, Ken assisted in the compliance rules education presentation for student-athletes, prepared SEC Medical Hardship Waivers and managed the eligibility of student-athletes.

The native of Augusta, Georgia earned his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree from Augusta State University. Ken is also a graduate of The University of Georgia School of Law.

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Michelle Jones

Director of Stewardship & Special Events
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Michelle Jones joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in December of 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Stewardship and Special Events.

Prior to joining the Georgia Bulldog Club, Michelle managed athletic premium seating for 7 years through an outsourced company, Colonnade Group. Michelle began her premium seating career at UGA as an intern in April 2009. Michelle then moved on to serve as the Gamecock Suites Director at Jacksonville State University for four years prior to finding herself back between the hedges in January 2014 as Director of Georgia Athletic Hospitality.

Michelle is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in May 2009. While in school, she was a member and captain of the UGA Equestrian team and helped win two National Championships.

Michelle’s husband, Anthony Jones, is also a proud UGA Athletic Association employee in the Grounds department. They have a young daughter, Adelyn Rose, and several four legged family members.

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T.J. Alford

Development Assistant
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T.J. Alford joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in June 2016 and currently serves as the Development Assistant. T.J.’s responsibilities include overseeing the Young Alumni Program,  facilitating donor communication, as well as providing support for the nearly 15,000 members of The Georgia Bulldog Club.

Prior to joining UGA, T.J. worked for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association in sales and service for ticketing. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he contributed in ticket sales through creating and maintaining relationships by phone, conducting stadium tours, as well as face to face appointments. T.J. was responsible for maintaining relationships with 1,000+ season ticket holders ensuring that their requests were met. While in college, T.J. has completed internships with the Southern Illinois Miners in Marketing & Promotions as well as SIU Athletics in Ticketing and Operations.

T.J. grew up in a military home spending a majority of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois. He has earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sport Administration from Southern Illinois University. 

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Mark Slonaker

Executive Director of Athletics Alumni Relations
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Mark Slonaker was named Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club in July of 2011. Since being named Executive Director by J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, Greg McGarity, the Georgia Bulldog Club has implemented an Advisory Committee, a Young Alumni Ticketing program, an Endowed Named Coaching/Administrator program, and restructured the Endowed Scholarship program. In 2014, The Georgia Bulldog Club completed a capital campaign of over $5 Million dollars raised for the revival of Foley Field. Two premium seating areas were added to Foley Field and a new ticket priority program was put in place for Georgia Baseball. Total giving to Athletics in 2014 and the recently completed 2015 William C. Hartman Fund campaign each achieved the second highest totals in Athletics history.

From 2008-2011, Slonaker served as a Regional Director for Principal & Major Gifts on the staff of the UGA Development Office. As part of the University’s Central Development team, Slonaker spent most of his time in the major cities on the west coast identifying, cultivating, and soliciting UGA alumni and friends for major gifts.

A native of Rahway, N.J., Slonaker lettered for the Bulldogs (1975-79) and was co-captain of Coach Hugh Durham’s first team at Georgia in ’79. After graduation, he coached basketball at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia State University, University of Georgia as an assistant, Head Coach at Pensacola Junior College, and 11 years (1997-2008) as the Head Coach at Mercer University. His 2003 team won 23 games and captured the school’s first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Slonaker was named National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com at the end of the season.

Slonaker also served as color analyst on the Georgia Basketball Radio Network from 2009-2013, earned his B.S. degree in Education from UGA in 1980 and his Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Georgia State in 1989. He and his wife Kathy have three grown children: Michael, Meaghan and Patrick.

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Loran Smith

Major Gifts
loransmith@sports.uga.edu
 


Mitchell White

Associate Director of Development
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Mitchell White joined the Bulldog Club in January of 2016 and currently serves as an Associate Director. His primary duties include oversight of the Basketball Enhancement Fund, the Georgia Baseball Fund, management of premium seating options for Women’s Basketball, as well as assistance with the William C. Hartman Fund. 

Prior to joining the Bulldog Club, Mitchell worked in the athletic development office at Boston College. While at Boston College, Mitchell assisted with all facets of annual giving, as well as the coordination of Luxury Suites sales. Prior to his time at Boston College, Mitchell worked as an account executive with the Tennessee Titans ticket office. 

Mitchell is a native of Bowling Green, KY and holds a BA in Marketing and MA in Leadership Dynamics from Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, Mitchell served as a Graduate Assistant with the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation.  He and his wife Courtney live in Athens. 

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Riley Hart

Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant
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Riley is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia as part of the Class of 2016.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Education for a degree in Sport Management.  Throughout his senior year, Riley worked with UGA Athletics as a part of the Marketing and Sales staff.  Now, Riley is excited to join the Colonnade Group as a Georgia Athletic Hospitality Assistant.   He assists the rest of the GAH staff in the management and operation of all hospitality and premium seating areas for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball as well as helping with facility rentals for the UGA Athletic Association.

 

Riley spent most of his life in Georgia and is originally from Carroll County.  He tries to live a life dedicated to Faith, Family, and Friends.  Riley is a sports enthusiast who most certainly bleeds Red and Black along with the rest of Dawg Nation.  Riley is looking forward to this experience with Georgia Athletic Hospitality, hoping to learn as much as possible while also gaining experience as he begins his sports career.

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