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Meet Our Staff

Lovell Lemons Director
Lovell Lemons
Lovell Lemons leads Civic Engagement in engaging students in service to the greater Atlanta community. Prior to assuming the duties of director, Lovell was the assistant director of Cooperative Education and an employment counselor in Career Services at the university. Lovell received both his B.S. in education and his masters of education in guidance and counseling from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He currently serves on The Wesley Foundation Board and the advisory board of Project Healthy Grandparents.

Lovell is past president of the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metro Atlanta. In 2002, he was appointed to the Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism as a commissioner by then Governor Roy Barnes. He serves as adviser to the following student service organizations: Big Brother Big Sister, Circle K International, Global Peace Youth Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Club and Redeemed Gospel Choir.

Lovell believes in practicing what he preaches, so he invites you to join him and other Georgia State students as they reach out to the greater Atlanta community.

Bryon Jones Student Affairs Advisor II
Byron Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and proud product of the educational system in Georgia. Byron currently serves as the Student Affairs Advisor II for the Civic Engagement office. Prior to assuming this role, Byron has served in various capacities at several USG institutions including admissions recruiter and counselor, international recruiter and student advisor just to name a few. Byron received a B.A. from Morehouse College and his M.Ed. from Mercer University. He is currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership with an anticipated graduation date in December 2018.

Byron is a former Fulton County Youth Commissioner where he developed a passion for service and giving back to communities both locally and internationally. He currently serves on various nonprofit boards and is member of a plethora of volunteer organizations. Additionally, he serves as on campus advisor for the following student organizations Big Brothers Big Sister, C.L.O.U.T., Hands on Atlanta, Panther Breakaway, and the YMCA.

Byron is an ethical leader who models daily what he wants from the students he serves at Georgia State University and he encourages everyone to get involved and Make a STATEment.

Dawn Edwards Student Affairs Advisor II, Perimeter Campuses
Dawn Edwards joined the Civic Engagement office in February 2018 as the student affairs advisor II for the Georgia State University Perimeter Campuses. Prior to joining Georgia State University, she served for one year as the registration coordinator & SEVIS immigration advisor in the Intensive English Program at Kennesaw State University and eight years as the program coordinator for volunteerism in the Volunteerism and Service Learning office (formerly Volunteer Kennesaw State University) at Kennesaw State University.

Dawn earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in conflict management from Kennesaw State University. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Kennesaw State University and expects to graduate in December 2018.

Dawn started volunteering at a very young age with the Dougherty County School System in Albany, Georgia. It was during her years’ of service with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia that she realized all the benefits associated with volunteering.

Dawn is an active volunteer with numerous organizations in the Metro Atlanta area. She is passionate about animal rights, helping immigrants and refugees adjust and integrate to living in the United States, and advocating for individuals that are considered invisible and voiceless.

Dawn is excited to join Georgia State University and is looking forward to working with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners to promote civic engagement throughout Metro Atlanta.

Paula Brisco Administrative Coordinator
Paula Brisco is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Paula moved to Georgia in 1999. Paula started her career in higher education in 2009 at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia as a Student Affairs Assistant for the Registrar’s office; as part of their front-line crew. Paula eventually was promoted to Student Affairs Assistant for their back-office team where she managed and processed all official transcripts for their eight campuses’ as well as assisted with graduation, open registration and enrollment verification.

In January of 2017 Paula accepted a position here at GSU with the University Advisement Center-Dunwoody campus; as their Customer Service Specialist II. Paula was responsible for supervising all Federal Work Study students for the UAC-Dunwoody campus as well as managed the entire front office. She has also assisted with open registration and new student advisement. Paula is very dedicated to providing a high level of excellent customer service to all students.

Paula is confident that her experience and training with Student Affairs and the University Advisement Center has made her well prepared to be the Administrative Coordinator for the office of Civic Engagement here at Georgia State University.