Gwinnett Technical College Adds Strong Leadership To Boards

GWINNETT/NORTH FULTON – The Gwinnett Technical College is pleased to announce the addition of Stephen A. Nadeau, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Gwinnett Medical Center to the College’s distinguished Board of Directors.


Steve Nadeau
Steve Nadeau, SPHR, came to Gwinnett in 1988 as vice president, Human Resources for Gwinnett Medical Center. He has gained responsibilities as the hospital system has grown and currently serves as the senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Previously, Nadeau worked for National Healthcare Inc., a for-profit hospital company specializing in management of small community hospitals. There, he served as hospital administrator, hospital group assistant and employee relations director. Earlier in his career, Nadeau served as a program director of Community Mental Health programs for the Alabama Department of Mental Health. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University, as well as a certification of Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR).


Additionally, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation is pleased to announce the following three elections to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees:

  • Russell Smith, President & CEO of RTS Associates, LLC; Elizabeth Van Tassell, Southeast Area Human Resource Manager of WestRock; and Kent Davies, Retired Vice President of World Financial Group to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Smith, Van Tassell and Davies will work to advance support and funding for Gwinnett Technical College’s program and facilities, student scholarships, and faculty and staff development.

Russell Smith
Russell Smith's telecom career began as a BellSouth co-op while attending Georgia Institute of Technology as a President’s Scholar. His industry knowledge developed through the 1990’s as Russell had a number of engineering, software development and managerial positions for several telecom companies. These experiences were essential as he founded RTS Associates in 1998. Headquarted in Gwinnett, RTS offices are located throughout Georgia.


Elizabeth Van Tassell
Elizabeth Van Tassell, PHR, SHRM-CP is a progressive leader and functional HR business partner with 13 years manufacturing and logistics experience. She is a designated professional in Human Resources, certified professional in the Society of Human Resources Management, strategic business partner, change agent, and employee champion. She is currently responsible for general management, strategic planning, and fulfillment of all HR services, including safety initiatives and education for multiple manufacturing plants located in Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico.


Kent Davies
Kent Davies, a licensed Life, Accident & Health Agent and Securities Registered Representative, recently retired after a successful career with World Financial Group. As Vice President of World Financial Group, he worked with large financial service sales forces in both the USA & Canada. As President of the WFG Foundation, he headed up fundraising efforts, operations & grant distribution to help serve those in need across the world. Davies’ career also included time as Division Manager for GNC/DCI in which he was responsible for 1800 franchises & 30 company units and as VP of Operations for over 100 restaurants.

“We are very proud to welcome these fine, established leaders to our boards,” said Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President, Gwinnett Technical College. “All bring valued knowledge and expertise, plus a belief in the power of education to change lives, that will be of great benefit to the college and our students. Their insights as industry innovators will help us further Gwinnett Tech’s mission to provide career-focused education for real-world jobs.”

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About Gwinnett Tech: Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The College offers more than 150 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.