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UGA Alumni Association announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2013

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The UGA Alumni Association's 2012 40 Under 40 honorees.

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Alumni Association has announced the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. The group of young alumni will be celebrated at an awards luncheon Sept. 19 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Selected from a nominee pool of approximately 500 graduates, the program recognizes 40 outstanding UGA alumni under age 40.

Criteria for the 40 Under 40 program include the graduates’ commitment to a lifelong relationship with UGA and their impact in business, leadership, community, artistic, research, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Nominations were accepted from February through April. Several university administrators comprised the selection committee that reviewed each nominee.

“The 40 Under 40 program is important because it helps foster lifelong relationships between recent graduates and celebrates alumni who, at a young age, have found great success in their personal and professional endeavors,” said Deborah Dietzler, executive director of alumni relations. “We are excited to share these outstanding individuals with the world.”

This year’s 40 Under 40 Class honorees, their graduation year, city, title and organization are:

Kevin Abernethy, 1999, Atlanta, partner, Hall Booth Smith P.C.
Laurie Barron, 1996, Newnan, principal, Coweta County School System
Andy Barrs, 2002, Athens, managing partner, Principle Centered Investments
Charlie Bethel, 1998, 2001, Dalton, director of human resources, J&J Industries Inc.
Kimberly Black, 2001, New Orleans, transplant social worker, Ochsner Health System’s Multi-Organ Transplant Institute
Rodney Bullard, 2012, Lilburn, executive director, Chick-fil-A Foundation
Travis Canova, 2005, Columbus, special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Jason Carter, 2004, Atlanta, attorney, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP; State Senator 42nd district
Charnetta Colton, 1999, Sandersville, pediatrician, Children’s Healthcare Center of Sandersville
Jinali Desai, 2007, Marietta, market health and wellness director, Wal-mart
Angela Dotson, 1998 and 1999, Atlanta, partner, Habif, Arogeti and Wynne LLP
Kira Fonteneau, 2005, Birmingham, Ala., public defender, Jefferson County Public Defenders Office
Thomas Forsberg, 2000, 2010, Columbus, first vice president, SunTrust Bank
Lindsey Groepper, 2001, Indianapolis, president, BLASTmedia
Erin Hames, 2002, Atlanta, deputy chief of staff, Governor Nathan Deal
Nathan Hardeman, 2005, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, executive director, Engadi Ministries International
Brendan K. Hatcher, 1997, Falls Church, Va., diplomat, State Department
Tosha Hays, 2007, Atlanta, director of product design, Spanx Inc.
Ron Holt, 1997, Mountain Brook, Ala., CEO and founder, Two Maids & A Mop
Jon Howell, 1999, Jefferson, president and CEO, Georgia Health Care Association
Ashley Jones, 2001, Washington, D.C., chief of staff, Congressman John Barrow
Jennifer Jordan, 2001, Atlanta, attorney, Bird Law Group
Shunta Jordan, 1998 and 2003, Union City, teacher and debate coach, Pace Academy
R. Patrick Lucas, 1998, Watkinsville, doctor, Hawthorne Medical Associates
Michael Mannina, 2004, Armed Forces Europe, financial attaché to Saudi Arabia, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Jessica McClellan, 2000, 2003, Washington, D.C., trial attorney, aviation and admiralty litigation and Deepwater Horizon, U.S. Department of Justice
Michael McConnell, 2007, Athens, assistant professor of aerospace science and operations flight commander, U.S. Air Force-AFROTC Detachment 160
Timothy Murphy, 1996, Norcross, senior vice president, finance, RockTenn
Kim Nogi, 2009, Atlanta, publicist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robyn Painter, 1998, Decatur, staff attorney, Georgia Resource Center
Emily Hanson Scofield, 1999 Charlotte, N.C., executive director, U.S. Green Building Council, North Carolina Chapter
Richard Scott, 2005, Millerton, N.Y., artist, Richard T. Scott Art
Kevin Scott, 2011, Kennesaw, co-founder, ADDO Institute
Logan Smalley, 2006, New York, director of TED education, TED Conferences
Irving Steel, 2008, Shanghai, China, founder/CEO, Original Life
Mark Anthony Thomas, 2001, Cambridge, Mass., director and publisher, City Limits
Raegan Tuff, 2009, Atlanta, senior public health analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Albert Glover Way, 2008, Atlanta, assistant professor of history, Kennesaw State University
Padgett “Pat” Wilson, 1996, Atlanta, chief operating officer, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Allen Yee, 99 and 2003, Atlanta, counsel, the Coca-Cola Company

For more information about the 40 Under 40 program and/or to view previous 40 Under 40 classes, see

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