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CUL Staff

Here's some brief information on our staff. When you're in the KSU Center taking a class or dropping by the Resource Library, please stop by to meet us in person!

linda lyons
Linda Lyons
As the Director of the Center for University Learning, Linda is charged with coordinating and managing all training and enrichment programs for KSU employees. She is heavily involved in the development and delivery of educational workshops and leadership programs that are mandated by the Board of Regent’s University System of Georgia and also serves on many campus and state-wide committees that focus on adult learning initiatives.

Linda’s education consists of a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University. Linda is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Georgia in Adult Education with a focus on Human Resources and Organizational Development.(click here for full bio)
linda lyons
Lisa Lewis-Fears
Associate Director

Lisa joined the Center in October, 2010. She has worked for various organizations in the private sector, higher education and state government, including Turner Broadcasting System, AT&T, Georgia Perimeter College and the Georgia Department of Labor.  Her background is in Human Resources, Learning & Development and Organizational Development.

Lisa has several professional certifications and designations.  They include the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), designation as a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified, certified FranklinCovey facilitator, and state of Georgia Customer Service facilitator.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Boston University and her graduate degree in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and assisting with leadership, career development and mentoring activities for youth.

paula billups
Paula Billups
Senior Training Specialist

Paula joined the team in April, 2009 as Senior Training Specialist. In this role Paula will be responsible for delivering the ongoing training initiatives provided by the Center for University Learning. She will work collaboratively with the ITS department to upgrade the Element K Learning Management System (LMS) and evaluate future LMS online options for the University. Additionally, Paula will work with the University to develop customized training as required. Paula joins the University with over 15 years experience in Information Systems, Project Management, Change Management, and Training Design and Delivery.

Paula graduated from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and from the University of Missouri- Rolla with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. She also received a certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Georgia. Paula is a Cobb County resident and a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Cobb class.

maxayn smothers
Maxayn joined the University staff in June of 2001 as an administrative assistant in the department of University Studies. In August of 2004, she accepted the brand new position of Project Coordinator in the Center for University Learning. In this role, Maxayn coordinates the training schedule for all standard training courses and certificate programs and manages and/or produces all marketing and promotional materials. She is also responsible for the coordination and support of all technical needs for the Center.

Maxayn graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a Masters Degree in Information Design and Communication and from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Psychology.

Maxayn Smothers
Project Coordinator

anita jackson
Anita joined the CUL staff in July of 2005. She joined the KSU staff in August of 2003 as a Record Coordinator II in the Office of Financial Aid. Prior to accepting a job at Kennesaw State University, Anita was an employee for seventeen years at Lucent Technologies, formerly known as AT&T Network Systems. Her vast work experience has enabled her to sharpen and develop ample secretarial skills. Anita has also successfully completed an array of training courses that have supplied her with exceptional administrative skills and advanced computer proficiency.
Anita Jackson
Administrative Associate II


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