About the Program

Thriving Under 30 (previously known as 30 Under 30) is an annual recognition program sponsored by the UWG Alumni Association.

The program recognizes young alumni that are under the age of 30 that have made a significant impact in their career industry while exhibiting dedication to UWG and representing the university well.

Nominations for the Thriving Under 30 Class of 2021 will open in January 2021.

Virtual Thriving Under 30 Ceremony

 

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, we aired a virtual awards ceremony video to showcase this year's honorees on the UWG Alumni Association Facebook page.

While we wish we could have celebrated these graduates in person, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share their incredible success stories with our entire alumni community.

Meet the Honorees

Leri Argueta '14 '17

Leri Argueta '14 '17

Associate Director for Diversity Recruitment

University of North Georgia

Lilburn, GA

 
McKenzie Benefield '17

McKenzie Benefield '17

On Air Personality & Production Director

Dick Broadcasting Company

Franklin, Georgia

 
Gabrielle Beteag '16

Gabrielle Beteag '16

Studio Player

The Atlanta Opera

Atlanta, Georgia

 
Julian Brown '15

Julian Brown '15

Executive Director

Grady County Joint Development Authority

Cairo, Georgia

 
Emani Collins '17 '19

Emani Collins '17 '19

English Instructor

Academy for Advanced Studies & Kennesaw State University

Ellenwood, Georgia

 
Brady Cook '15 '17

Brady Cook '15 '17

Teacher

Carroll County Schools

Villa Rica, Georgia

 
Keith T. Crawford '17

Keith T. Crawford '17

Event Manager, 2020 Events & Marketing, Founder

The Young Executives

Atlanta, Georgia

 
Christopher M.  Crittenden '12

Christopher M.  Crittenden '12

Scientist

Genetech

Dublin, California

 
Donte' Gilbert '13 '15

Donte' Gilbert '13 '15

5th Grade Teacher

Love T. Nolan Elementary School

College Park, Georgia

 
Kristin Hall '13 '14

Kristin Hall '13 '14

Teacher

Rome Middle School

Cartersville, Georgia

 
Andrew Johnson '14 '18

Andrew Johnson '14 '18

Financial Controller

Southwire Company

Carrollton, Georgia

 
Brooke E. Lane '13 '15

Brooke E. Lane '13 '15

Litigation Manager - Misdemeanor Mental Health Court

Fulton County Magistrate Court

Stone Mountain, Georgia

 
Kelsey Matthews '13

Kelsey Matthews '13

Brand Strategist

The Resource Guild

Mansfield, Georgia

 
Michael Joel McDowell, MPA '14 '17

Michael Joel McDowell, MPA '14 '17

Police Officer & Academic Instructor

Officer - Carrollton Police Department

Instructor - University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

 
Sarah Sulski '16

Sarah Sulski '16

Marketing Programs Manager

Brightree

Atlanta, Georgia

 
DeAna Tyler '13

DeAna Tyler '13

Director of Athletic Development

Lamar University Athletics

Baytown, Texas

 
Dana Tzegaegbe '15

Dana Tzegaegbe '15

Project Manager

Algorithmic Justice League

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Requirements

  • Must have earned a degree from the University of West Georgia.
  • Must be under the age of 30 as of August 31 of the year being considered.
  • Must be willing to be included, with photograph, in various publications for the UWG Alumni Association and University Communications & Marketing.
  • Cannot be a member of a previous Thriving Under 30/30 Under 30 class. Previous honorees are listed below.

CRITERIA FOR HONOREES

  • Must have made a documentable impact in business, education, leadership, government, research, service, or other area.
  • Should demonstrate dedication to the University of West Georgia and its mission of teaching, research, and service.
  • Must represent the very best of UWG graduates.

PREVIOUS HONOREES

  • Elias Eli Argueta '17
  • Logan Arrington '12 '14
  • Dylan Beauchamp '15 '17
  • Ashley Bennett '14
  • Michael Browning '13
  • Abbey Callahan '14 '16
  • Raequon D. Jones '17
  • Taylor Jordan '18
  • Chelsea Morgan '14
  • Phillip Emmanuel '14
  • Patrick Snipes '14
  • Devonte Steward '16
  • Ethan Stiles '17
  • Adam Tucker '15

Congratulations to the 2018 class of honorees!

  • Erin Acree '17
  • Daltavion Almond '16 '17
  • Victoria Bambo '13
  • Kyle M. Broome '15 '16
  • John Crossley '15
  • Amber Dees '15
  • Adrienne Duke '16
  • Gabrielle Elisabeth '14
  • Danielle Fluck '15 '17
  • Eric Graise '15
  • Monica E. Grimaldo '12
  • Anthony J. Harden '15
  • William Connor Hooper '16
  • Drew Hopson '17
  • Andrew S. Jordan '13
  • Byron Khalil '14
  • Moran McCall '14
  • Calvin D. Moore '14
  • Sarah Negris-Mamani '12
  • Olatunde Oshikoya '13
  • Adam Pullen '15
  • Hannah Roberts '15
  • Jake Spain '15
  • Kathleen Sturgeon '14
  • Matthew Thomas '11 

Congratulations to the 2017 class of honorees! 

  • Tyrell Adams '14
  • Jessie Belcher '13 '16
  • Brandi J. Blake '14
  • Calvin Dennis '12
  • Kayce Denson '14
  • Katy Eason '10
  • Danielle Gage '13 '15
  • Michael Haigwood Goodroe '11
  • Thomas L. Grote '11
  • Jared Holley '10
  • Lisa Irvin, BSN, RN '15
  • Emily M. James, Au.D. '11
  • Tyler Kilian '14
  • Gregory Oliver Lewis '13
  • Suzanne Mathew '12
  • Christina McDermott '12 '15
  • Kat Middleton '10
  • Chelsea Mobley '16
  • Brad Mock '12 '15
  • Justin Monsewicz '13
  • Luke Paul '16
  • Ashlee Pollard '12 '13
  • Whitney Johnson Presnal '12
  • Justen Ransom '15
  • Jeremy Sheffield '12
  • Robert "Rob" Sparks '13
  • Cole Stratton '13 '15
  • Ashley E. Teague, RN, BSN '15
  • Kinsey Hicks Terry '12
  • Stephanie West '12 '14

Congratulations to the 2016 class of honorees!

  • Chris Aquino '10
  • Dr. Phoebe J. Balentyne '16
  • Sarah Burek '14
  • Ashley K. Bush '11
  • Joshua Collie '13
  • Heather Ford Collings '09 '10
  • Brittany Cook '14
  • Taylor Enfinger '12 '14
  • Darryl Forges '14
  • Christina Humphrey '11
  • Jonathan James '15
  • Brittany Janowski '09 '11
  • Anna E. Killmeier '13
  • Candace S. Koon '09
  • Tyler Lanier '14
  • Roger Lascorz '14
  • Amanda Mallory '09
  • April R. McKown '13
  • Jerry Houston Shannon '09
  • Dr. Jerikka Smith '11
  • Abigail Stone '12
  • Matthew Charles Terry '10
  • Catalina Trivino '12
  • Amy Wade '11
  • Courtney Walker '12
  • Rachael Whitley '11
  • Rebecca Whitley '13 '15
  • Ashley Wilkes '10 '11 '13
  • Cory Lee Woodard '14
  • Jared Yamamoto '12
  • Chris Adamson '13
  • Ali Aust '14
  • Clint Backstrom '09 '13
  • Megan Bell '13
  • Ashton Blackwood '13
  • Dr. Kristin R. Brown '10
  • Taylor D. Brown '15
  • Kayla Bruno '13
  • Dr. Zachary D. Bush '07
  • Brittany Campbell '10
  • Stuart Campbell '11 '15
  • David Carpio '08
  • Jessica Hodge '11
  • Benjamin Jenkins '10
  • Ameen Mehdi Kazerouni '12
  • Ashley Harvard Kovac '11 '13
  • Jamie L. Kramer '10
  • Jared LeClaire '13
  • Leslie Lewis '09
  • Kyle Marshall '08 '09
  • John Morgan '12
  • Stephanie G. Parker '09 '12 '15
  • Meitra Lak Perry '09 '12
  • Lindsey Robinson '09 '11
  • Terence Rushin '10
  • Jacob Skelton '10
  • Kristen Hope Thompson '09
  • Thomas A. Vance, Jr. '11
  • Katie Watkins '10
  • Amanda Lynn Wright '11
  • Ms. Maria Alvarez '09
  • Mr. Kyle Church '11
  • Mr. Jason Clark '07
  • Ms. Pam Cooper '08 '11 '13
  • Mr. Stephen Delaney '09
  • Mrs. Emily Brown Dial '08 '11
  • Mr. Adam Elrod '11
  • Ms. Erin Farr '08 '10
  • Ms. Adrienne Fischer '10 '12 '14
  • Mrs. Cara Welch Herzog '08
  • Mr. Shawn Isaacs '10
  • Dr. Olanrewaju Jimoh '06
  • Ms. Ashley Jones '07
  • Ms. Tangela Large '10
  • Mr. Will Mallory '08
  • Mrs. Hannah Robinson Milligan '08
  • Ms. Lindsay Murray '09
  • Ms. Rachel Nobles '11
  • Dr. Ajay Pillai '08
  • Mr. Allen Pullen '08 '09
  • Mr. Josh Rachel '08
  • Mr. Trent Ross '08 '09
  • Ms. Mariana Sanchez '10 '12
  • Mr. Ryan Shostak '10
  • Mr. Jerome Singleton '13
  • Mr. Jason Soucy '09
  • Mr. Casey Tate '08
  • Mr. Jason Thogmartin '06 '07
  • Dr. Chloe Turnipseed '09
  • Mr. Jon Wood '10
  • Jose Avila Kelly '05
  • Lauren Daigle Camp '06
  • Jenni Caruso '07
  • David Collings '09
  • Craig Coogler '07
  • Emma Dobbs '09
  • Carla Maner Duncan '09
  • Rich Eells, II '10
  • Blair Hooper Elrod '11
  • Nichole Dyer Fannin '05
  • Colleen Farley '06
  • Christina Figueroa '05
  • LaToya Goulbourne '11
  • Jacob Hawkins '06
  • Kyler Gamble Hembree '11
  • Melinda Bellemare Hofius '07 '13
  • Matthew Holton '06
  • Brittany Jorge '10
  • Wes Kirkbride '07
  • Chris LaMance '10
  • Matias Marabotto '09
  • Robert Millican '06
  • Kyle Newton '11
  • Casey Nichols '06
  • Amberly Coley Odom '09
  • Jessica Reynolds-Wiggins '07
  • Chris Sink '08
  • Josh Stewart '06
  • Beth Walsh '11
  • Lacey Smith Wilson '06