Tuesday, October 13, 2009
University of West Georgia alumna Jeanine Chambers Biron was recently recognized by the Georgia Trend magazine as one of Atlanta’s 40 Under 40 “Up and Comers” for her work as an executive director for Angel Flight.
Under her direction, volunteer pilots offer free medical and humanitarian transportation for those in need. Patients travel for surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis and other treatments.
When Biron, a 1996 graduate, first came to Angel Flight, she intended to volunteer for only six months while finishing her master’s in business administration. She stayed for the six months – and then ten years.
“It helped me so much to help other people,” Biron told Georgia Trend. “It gave me a purpose at a time when I needed it.”
Angel Flight is financially supported by the pilots who volunteer the use of their time and expenses and by contributions from individuals, service clubs, social and religious groups and corporations. Biron is executive vice president of Angel Flight’s national network, which includes similar organizations in different locations. The company recently opened offices in South Carolina and St. Simon’s Island, with three more locations in the works.
Biron is currently working to raise money for a terminal at DeKalb Peachtree Airport, which will offer overnight accommodations and a hangar that doubles as an emergency shelter.
She also serves on the Richards College of Business Board of Visitors and recently created the Dr. Faye S. McIntyre Honorary Scholarship in the name of her mentor. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a female business major at the University of West Georgia who demonstrates academic ability and leadership skills.
For more information on Angel Flight or Jeanine Chambers Biron, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.