UWG Alumni Association Announces 30 Under 30

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The University of West Georgia Alumni Association has announced the first top 30 Under 30 list for 2013. The nomination process for the 2013 list was completed on March 15, 2013.

From teachers and veterinarians to artists and entrepreneurs, the 2013 30 Under 30 list showcases a promising and already successful group of UWG alumni. Those nominated and chosen must meet several criteria. First, they must have earned an undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia and must be 30 years old or younger as of March 15, 2013. The nominees must have made a documentable impact in business, education, leadership, government, research, service or other area, while also demonstrating dedication to the University of West Georgia, and its mission of teaching, research and service. In short the list represents the very best of UWG graduates.

"The work the Young Alumni Council has done in the launch year of 30 Under 30 has been phenomenal,” said Kevin Hemphill ’07, coordinator of alumni relations. “The task that the YAC Awards and Nominations Committee faced of selecting just 30 alumni out of more than 50 nominations to receive this recognition was a daunting one, but they met and exceeded the challenge. Congratulations to the inaugural class.”

Of the 30 alumni listed, ten are currently working in the Atlanta area. For more information, please visit the UWG Alumni website at www.westga.edu/alumni. The 2013 University of West Georgia 30 Under 30 list includes the following:

Jose Avila-Kelly, Atlanta
Studio Operator, CNN
BA Mass Communications
BBA Management
Class of 2005

Craig Coogler, Atlanta
Business Development/Sales Representative, DJJ Technologies
BA Psychology
Class of 2007

Emma Dobbs, Atlanta
Owner and Photographer, Emma Elaine Photography
BFA Art
Class of 2009

Rich Eells, II, Atlanta
Senior Analyst, Information Technology, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, LLC
BBA in MIS
Class of 2010

LaToya Goulbourne, Atlanta
Administrative Assistant, Potter Behavioral Medicine
BA Psychology
Class of 2011

Matthew Holton, Atlanta
Finance Executive, Accenture
BBA Finance
Class of 2006

Robert Millican, Atlanta
Branch Manager, Access America Transport
BBA MIS
Class of 2006

Wes Kirkbride, Atlanta
Academic Advisor for the Computational Media Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
BA Psychology
Masters of Education in Progress
Class of 2007

Casey Nichols, Atlanta
Photojournalist, WSB-TV
BA Mass Communications
Class of 2006

Amberly Coley Odom, Atlanta
Owner and Creative Designer, Wrenwood Designs
Marketing Director, Funeral Call
BBA Management
Class of 2009

Colleen Farley, Carrollton, Ga.
Assistant Principal, Bowdon Elementary School, Carroll County Schools
BA History
MED Educational Leadership
Class of 2006

Carla Maner Duncan, Carrollton, Ga.
Owner, The Nest
BBA Marketing
Class of 2009

Nichole Dyer Fannin, Carrollton, Ga.
Associate Director of Development, University of West Georgia
BA Political Science
MPA Public Administration
Class of 2005

Christina Figueroa, Harker Heights, Texas
Associate Veterinarian, Killeen Veterinary Clinic
BS Biology
DVM
Class of 2005

Melinda Bellemare Hofius, Carrollton, Ga.
Coordinator of Orientation, University of West Georgia
BA Mass Communications
Class of 2007

Matias Marabotto, Carrollton, Ga.
Instructional Designer and LMS Administrator, University of West Georgia
BBA MIS
Class of 2009

Jessica Reynolds-Wiggins, Carrollton, Ga.
Communications and Training Coordinator, Office of Downtown Development, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
BFA Art
Class of 2007

Josh Stewart, Carrollton, Ga.
Assistant Director of Facilities and Event Management, University of West Georgia
BSR Parks and Recreation Management
Class of 2006

Lacey Smith Wilson, Chickamauga, Ga.
Public Relations Coordinator, Blood Assurance
BA Mass Communications
Class of 2006

Lauren Daigle Camp, Dallas, Ga.
Teacher, Hiram Elementary, Paulding County Schools
BSED Early Childhood Education
Class of 2006

Kyler Gamble Hembree, Dallas, Ga.
Art teacher, South Paulding Middle School
BFA Art
Class of 2011

Jacob Hawkins, Decatur, Ga.
Media Relations Manager, Georgia Power Company
BA Mass Communications
Class of 2006

Beth Walsh, Douglasville, Ga.
Account Executive, Atlanta Dream
BS Sport Management
Class of 2011

Chris LaMance, Moody, Ala.
Associate Engineer, Honda
BBA Management
Class of 2010

Blair Hooper Elrod, Rockmart, Ga.
Corporate Account Executive, Six Flags Atlanta Properties
BS Sports Management
Class of 2011

Jenni Caruso, Roswell, Ga.
Clinician, Northside Psychological Services
BA Psychology
MED Guidance Counseling
Class of 2007

Chris Sink, Sharpsburg, Ga.
Associate Director of Bands, Northgate High School, Coweta County Schools
BM Music Education
Class of 2008

David Collings, Villa Rica, Ga.
Owner and Lead Instructor, 5-Tools Sports Training Center
BBA Business Marketing
MBA Business Administration
Class of 2009

Kyle Newton, Villa Rica, Ga.
Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs, Georgia Department of Education
BS Political Science
Class of 2011

Brittany Jorge, Woodstock, Ga.
Community Director, March of Dimes
BA History
Class of 2010