Flight Paths to Success Bios

Meet the professionals featured in our web series, “Flight Paths to Success.” See what they had to say about their college careers and what advice they have for you. Watch now.


Asante Bradford

Bradford is Project Manager for Digital Entertainment and Media for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the sales and marketing arm of the State of Georgia. Bradford helps promote the growth of the digital media industry as well as identify initiatives that will help grow businesses for the state of Georgia in interactive entertainment. Before his current role, Bradford was the Digital Entertainment Liaison for the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which helped Georgia become known as a center for video game development, animation and digital media. He received a B.S. in marketing from the University of San Francisco. For more information on the Georgia Department of Economic Development, visit the website: http://www.georgia.org/Pages/default.aspx


Joyce E. Davis

Davis is a freelance writer and associate director of publications at Spelman College. She has held editorial positions at FortuneHoneyUpscaleHeart & Soul, and BET Weekend magazines. Her work has appeared in such publications as EssenceEbonyEntertainment WeeklyVibeBlack EnterpriseJetPeopleOdyssey Couleur and Working Mother. Davis is also the author of the teen novel Can’t Stop the Shine, which is an American Library Association Popular Paperback For Young Adults. Davis received her B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. For more information about Davis, read her blog: http://www.enjoyceinglife.blogspot.com/


First Lieutenant Allison Lombardo 

First Lt. Lombardo is an intelligence officer with the 347th Operations Support Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga. She received a B.S. in Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp. For more information about the U.S. Air Force, visit the website: http://www.airforce.com/


Joseph Saulter

Saulter is Founder and CEO of Entertainment Arts Research Inc., the first publicly traded African-American 3-D video game design and development company in the U.S. He is the author ofIntroduction to Game Design and Development. He is a member of the steering committee of Blacks in Gaming and chair of the International Game Developers Association’s Diversity Advisory Board. Before his career in video game design, Saulter was an educator, musician and actor. He is a graduate of State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College at Old Westbury. For more information on Entertainment Arts Research, visit the website: http://earigames.com/


Kia G. Smith

Kia Smith is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and social media coordinator, who loves to tell stories. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and volunteering. She received an M.A. in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University and a B.A. in English from Spelman College. For more information on Smith, visit her website: http://www.iamkiaspeaks.com/


April D. Thompson

Thompson is an engineer by training, marketer by trade and explorer by nature. She sold social software to corporations like the Coca-Cola Company and Equifax before transitioning to online demand generation marketing. When she isn’t working in digital marketing, she is traveling. She splits her time between Atlanta and Jamaica, and is the creator of AbsoluteTravelAddict.com, which chronicles her adventures around the globe. Thompson has degrees in engineering from Mercer University and Michigan State University. For more information about Thompson, read her blog: http://absolutetraveladdict.com/


Dr. Rachel C. Toney

Dr. Toney is a gastroenterologist at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Toney has coauthored articles published in Practical Gastroenterology, as well as Gastroenterology and Hepatology. For more information on Dr. Toney, visit the Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates: http://www.atlantagastro.com/physicians/rachel-c-toney-md


Master Sergeant Lanora Waldron 

MSgt. Waldron is Branch Chief of the U.S. Air Force Client Services Center where she leads the Client Service Center Team, providing dedicated support to approximately 5,500 military and civilian personnel who execute the mission at four locations in the continental U.S. She received a certificate in Professional Management from the Community College of the Air Force and a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Maryland-University College. For more information about the U.S. Air Force, visit the website: http://www.airforce.com/