Department Chairs

Kelly Weems, Mathematics Dept. Chair – Math, General Studies, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Paralegal Studies

Kelly is a Professor of Mathematics and the Math Department Chair for the Online Campus.  In addition, she serves as the Mathematics Division Chair and Learning Technology Coordinator for all of GMC’s campuses.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern College and Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Georgia College.  Professor Weems has been with GMC since 1995 and has held positions in both teaching and administration.  In her spare time she likes to knit and read science fiction.


John Swann






John Swann, Social Science Dept. Chair – Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work

John received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, with concentrations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Resource Management and his M.A.T. in General Social Science at Portland State University, with History and Geography accreditation. His research specializations include American and European Landscape History, Late Modern European History, Public History, as well as Cultural, Historical, and Political Geography. John’s academic interests range from Modern U.S. History, Geographic Information Science, Interactive History / Geography for the Web, Education, Documentary Filmmaking, Film History and Docudramas, Land Use and Urban Studies, and Multimedia. He taught history and geography for Central Texas College’s NCPACE program before joining GMC in 2009. John has also been teaching for Park University’s online campus since 2013, which provides him an opportunity to teach freshman through junior level geography courses. He lives in Atlanta and really enjoys the collaborative academic and creative professional environment of the online campus because it offers students several advantages including greater flexibility, convenient scheduling options, as well as enhanced interaction and engagement. His  personal interests include travel, gardening, outdoor recreation, reading, and film.


Chris Simonavice, Business & Computer Science Dept. Chair – Information Technology, Cyber Security, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Logistics Management

Chris Simonavice is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, his Master of Business Administration, and his Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management degrees from Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky). After graduating, Chris began working for his alma mater, serving as the Teleconferencing Center Director. After moving on from his alma mater, he served as the Training and Web Support Specialist for the Graduate School at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida). He currently works for the Georgia Military College Online Campus as the Department Chair of Business and Computer Information Systems where he enjoys teaching online courses. During his free time, he travels with his wife and works in his garden.


Jessica Bahn, Natural Sciences Dept. Chair – Biology, Pre-Nursing

Jessy was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in Snellville, Georgia(Gwinnett County). She graduated from South Gwinnett High School and attended Georgia College and State University where she graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and 2010 with a M.S. in Biology. While attending GC&SU, she conducted undergraduate and graduate research for the biology department and taught science labs as a teaching assistant. She tutored for GMC Milledgeville beginning in 2008 and taught for GMC Milledgeville beginning in 2010. She loves working for GMC because the student population is great; they are diverse, interesting, and fun. She likes that GMC is not a giant university where it’s difficult to build relationships with employees and students. Jessy’s hobbies and interests include spending time with her 3 year old son and big family, running, playing soccer, reading, and watching UGA football.


Lee Ogletree







Lee Ogletree, Humanities Dept. Chair – English, Communications, Education

Lee is originally from Tifton, GA, but currently lives in Valdosta. He received a B.A. in English from Valdosta State University in 2002 and his M.A. from Georgia College and State University in 2006. Since then he has worked for GMC as an English instructor on the Milledgeville campus (2006-10), the Advising Center Supervisor on the Valdosta campus (2010-2011), and now as the Department Chair for Humanities and Education for GMC’s Online Campus. The things he most enjoys about working for the online campus include the challenge (and rewards) of online instruction, as well as the flexibility that online teaching offers. Lee believes he has a great faculty that do really amazing work for the online classes, which is a pleasure to see. In his down time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercise, and travel.


Kayla Brownlow, First Year Experience Coordinator

Kayla Brownlow has lived in Georgia for most of her life. She moved to Milledgeville from Atlanta in 2006 to attend college at Georgia College and State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, where she really came to enjoy the lifestyle in Milledgeville. She went on to earn a master’s of science in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University. Kayla enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with her and husband and dog, and is looking forward to welcoming their first child in September.  She has been employed with GMC since June of 2014 and really enjoys the camaraderie and positive work environment that GMC has to offer.  In October of 2016, Kayla was promoted to First Year Experience Department Chair at the Online Campus and has flourished since taking on this new role.  She has really enjoyed her time at GMC and wirking in higher education; she hopes that she can continue to serve this population in the future.