Agnes Scott Elects New Members to its Board of Trustees
July 1, 2022 (Decatur, GA)—The Board of Trustees at Agnes Scott College officially welcomed five new members on July 1. Tapaswee Chandele, Katie Kahs, Sandra (Sandy) Gordon and Elizabeth A. (Lizanne) Stephenson ’84 join the board, along with the newly elected Agnes Scott Alumnae Association President Ellen P. Gaffney ’87. These new trustees will each serve a four-year term.
Tapaswee Chandele is global vice president of talent and development at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, where she is responsible for the company’s worldwide talent management strategy. A 20-year employee at Coca-Cola, Chandele has worked in various human resources and talent development roles. After joining the company in India, Chandele quickly rose to positions of increasing responsibility in Turkey and South Africa before relocating to the United States. A trusted leadership coach and business advisor, Chandele actively represents the company at external forums and events on topics ranging from strategic workforce planning to leadership development. She holds an MBA in human resources and industrial relations from Symbiosis International University, and a postgraduate degree in biochemistry and clinical nutrition.
Katie Fahs is a seasoned marketing professional and the intern, fellowships and volunteer coordinator at CARE, a global organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering women and girls. Fahs has also worked with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Intuit and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She serves on the National Center for Civil and Human Rights board and is a former board member of the Harvard Alumni Association and Wilberforce University. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Harvard University.
Sandy Gordon is vice president, human resources for Amazon’s Global Transportation and Delivery Services. In this role, Gordon collaborates across the middle and last mile portfolio of businesses to create a more inclusive and engaging workplace for Amazon employees. Beginning her professional career as a flight attendant, Gordon rose to senior vice president of domestic airport operations at Delta Air Lines before joining Amazon. Gordon is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has served on several boards in Atlanta, including the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She holds a BS in finance from Hampton University.
Lizanne Stephenson ’84 retired following a career in the not-for-profit sector as a fundraiser and grantmaker. Stephenson specializes in relationship building between internal and external stakeholders for organizations and often assists advisory boards with restructuring policies and procedures centered on their grantmaking and fundraising functions. Stephenson has worked for The Imlay Foundation, Inc., The Zeist Foundation, Inc., Pace Academy, The Westminster Schools and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She currently serves on the boards of Mercy Care, Inc., in Atlanta and Seedco, Inc., in New York and as an advisor to L’Arche Atlanta. Stephenson graduated from Agnes Scott with a BA in French.
Ellen Gaffney ’87 serves as president of the Agnes Scott College Alumnae Association and as vice chair of the Ridgecrest Foundation Board of Directors. An active alumna, community volunteer and philanthropist, Gaffney has served on the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research advisory board, on the boards of Path to Shine and the Darlington School, as a Girl Scout leader and as Service Committee chair of the Atlanta Smocking Guild. She has been on the summer central staff at Camp Crestridge for Girls in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, for more than 15 years. Previously, Gaffney served as managing editor for Quilt magazine and as director, then board member, of Wonderful Days Preschool. Gaffney graduated from Agnes Scott with a BA in biology and psychology and did graduate work at Georgia State University in school psychometry.
Trustees ending active service on the board as of June 30 are Ronald E. Alston, Ann Glendinning ’68, Sarah W. Guthrie ’69, Douglas A. Hicks, Giselle F. Martin ’98 and Portia O. Morrison ’66. The board named Glendinning, Guthrie and Morrison trustees emerita during its meeting in May.
About Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 First-Year Experience and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.