Meet Our Staff

Ellin McDonough Director
Byron Jones
As Director of Student Civic Engagement, Ellin leads efforts to engage students in service to the greater Atlanta community from all six campuses. With more than 15 years of experience working in higher education and social work, she is motivated to develop human talent that is prepared and ready to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. Ellin’s interest areas are strengthening workforce development, increasing literacy, and developing fair and affordable housing. Ellin holds a M.Ed. in Counseling degree from Winthrop University.
Byron Jones Assistant Director
Byron Jones
Byron Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and proud product of the educational system in Georgia. Byron currently serves as the Assistant Director for Student Civic Engagement. Prior to assuming this role, Byron has served in various capacities at several University System of Georgia (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 2020.

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 a member of a plethora of volunteer organizations. Additionally, he serves as an 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.

JP Peters Advisor – Perimeter College
JP Peters
JP Peters is the Advisor for the Student Civic Engagement Office at Georgia State University Perimeter College where he services the five different campuses. The goal of the office is to connect each of our campuses to their communities and the Greater Metro Atlanta Area by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning and leadership development. In his role, JP works with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, the PC Panther’s Pantry locations, Panther Breakaway and the MLK Day of Service to name a few.

Before his time at Georgia State University Perimeter College, JP worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the South Carolina Campus Compact at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Coastal Carolina University. While serving, he focused on the universities’ alternative break program, student veteran services, food desert awareness, and community garden development in the two communities. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Georgia Southwestern State University and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Columbia College (SC).

Paula Brisco Administrative Coordinator
Paula Brisco
Paula Brisco is originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Georgia in 1999. She 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. Soon after she 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 Georgia State University with the University Advisement Center at 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 managing 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 Student Civic Engagement office here at Georgia State University.

Demetria Calhoun MSW Intern – Tutoring and Mentorship Focus
Demetria Calhoun
Demetria Calhoun is a current graduate student at Georgia State University where she is pursuing her Master of Social Work. With her experience in child welfare, case management and homelessness prevention, Demetria is seeking to collaborate with interested agencies to support initiatives towards increasing campus community engagement. Her every day goal is to strive towards serving her community and those around her in need with compassion and kindness. She received her BA in Sociology from Georgia State University in 2017.
Riley McGuire Graduate Assistant – Immigration and Refugee Focus
Riley McGuire
Riley McGuire is a third-year law student at Georgia State University where she is on track to graduate with a Certificate in Public Interest Law and Policy and a pro bono distinction. She has experience in immigration law and a passion for bringing awareness to social justice issues. Riley graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 where she majored in Political Science and International Affairs and minored in Spanish. In her free time, Riley enjoys spending time with her two chihuahuas and working on her record collection.
Sarah Miller Graduate Assistant – Hunger and Homelessness Focus
Sarah Miller
Sarah Miller is a second-year law student at the Georgia State University College of Law. Focusing on Hunger and Homelessness, she is working to connect our students to the community to help serve the needs relating to this issue. Sarah is in her second year of law school at GSU. She is passionate about and hopes to pursue a career fighting social justice issues, especially topics such as institutionalized racism and the prison industrial complex. One day she hopes to work for the ACLU or the Innocence Project. Sarah graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Sociology. Sarah also has a passion for and years of experience working for non-profits, including organizations such as CASA and Camp Kesem.
Liora Posin Graduate Assistant – Voter Engagement Focus
Liora Posin
Liora Posin is a third-year law student at the Georgia State University College of Law. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Liora moved down south to Atlanta after completing her undergraduate in Business and Political Science. She’s passionate about making a change and knows that community involvement is the best way to start! Some of Liora’s favorite ways to build a community is baking for her neighbors and staying informed. She’s excited to be part of the Student Civic Engagement team and is looking forward to a productive semester and year!