Donald Lamar, Area Director
With over 20 years of practical executive and entrepreneurial leadership experience, Donald Lamar brings a wealth of knowledge to organizations, businesses, and institutions. By teaching, coaching, and guiding them to reach goals and other key measures of success they learn to leverage a unique combination of technical and strategic abilities.
Prior to joining UGA-SBDC, Mr. Lamar co-founded Drayton, Drayton & Lamar Inc., as well as, owned, managed and operated businesses in the technology, restaurant, and management consulting industries. Donald has also worked as a senior business consultant for countless small businesses across the nation applying his knowledge of industry specializations in government contracting, systems integration, and general business management. In addition to his technical skills in management consulting, Donald has provided direct leadership training and educational instruction at an executive level, as well as, developed and implemented diverse engineering-based curriculums as a middle school STEM teacher dedicated to motivating students through positive encouragement and the reinforcement of concepts through interactive classroom instruction and observation.
Mr. Lamar’s favorite hobbies are motorcycling and hang gliding. He is an HBCU graduate from Prairie View A & M University and he completed his graduate studies at Georgia State University. Married for 28 years to Elouise, he is father of two adult daughters who are also college graduates.
Asha Manzy, Program Coordinator
Asha brings over three years of experience and a wealth of knowledge from the education as well as small business fields to the Program Coordinator position.
Prior to joining the UGA SBDC at Morehouse, Asha honed her skills focusing on program development, program delivery, and client management. She served in educational positions in the Clarke County School System as well as private education. Most recently, Ms. Manzy served as the Program Coordinator for the University of Georgia Food Science & Technology program where she worked with food entrepreneurs and food manufacturing companies.
Asha is a native of Athens, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Administration from Georgia Southern University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from the University of West Georgia. In addition, she recently obtained her Master of Education in Leadership from Columbus State University. Ms. Manzy has a passion for cooking and is a budding entrepreneur with plans to start a meal prepping business and is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.