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40 Under 40

Of Georgia Southern’s 138,000 living alumni, more than 62,000 are under the age of 40.

The Alumni Association recently honored its Class of 2021 40 Under 40, representing the excellence of the University’s young alumni and demonstrating the positive contributions and achievements for which university graduates are known.

Meredith Avery, MPH

University of Southern Georgia
2012 License Biology
Armstrong University
2016 MPH

Epidemiologist
Georgia Department of Public Health,

Coastal Health District
Statesboro, Georgia

Sean Bethune, Ed.D.

University of Southern Georgia
2008 License Political Sciences
2011 M. Ed. Pedagogical direction

Deputy director
Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School

Decatur, Georgia

Brooke Ann Childers

University of Southern Georgia
2005 License Political Sciences

District manager
United States House of Representatives,

Representative Buddy Carter
Savannah, Georgia

Janessa Dunn, M.Ed.

University of Southern Georgia
2013 License Chemistry

Associate Dean of Admissions
Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Cindy Evans

University of Southern Georgia
2012 BAA Information Systems

Design Manager
Manhattan Associates
Decatur, Georgia

Catherine S. Findley

University of Southern Georgia
2010 License Political Sciences

Solicitor General
The Office of the Solicitor General of
Bulloch County

Statesboro, Georgia

Christopher Ford

University of Southern Georgia
2008 BFA Graphic Design
2008 BAAMarketing

Regional Contracts Officer
Environmental Protection Agency

Duluth, Georgia

Marc Fuller

University of Southern Georgia
2009 BS Mechanical Engineering Technology

Senior Design Engineer
General Electric

Statesboro, Georgia

Mélissa Gaule, MA, HEC-C

Armstrong State University
BHS 2014

Director of Palliative Care and
Management of suppliers
Hospice Savannah, Inc.

Savannah, Georgia

Paige Murphy Glazer

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BBA Finance

CEO
Thoughts Media Communications

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Lauren Green, MSN, MBA, RN

University of Southern Georgia
2012 BS Nursing

Nurse Manager
Veterans Administration

Evans, Georgia

Pastor Travis Greene

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BBA Management

CEO/Founder, GreeneLight International
Pastor, Forward City Church

Colombia, South Carolina

Samantha LaRue Grovenstein

University of Southern Georgia
2005 BBA Accounting
2005 BAA Information Systems

CEChief Product Operations Officer, Botkeeper
Owner, Hub360 Consulting

Statesboro, Georgia

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Gutierrez

University of Southern Georgia
2004 BS Biology

Commander, US Air Force
330th Combat Training Squadron, Robins AFB

Kathleen, Georgia

Danielle Hackett

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BS Broadcast

Content producer
CNN

Dacula, Georgia

Skyler Henry

University of Southern Georgia
2011 BS Multimedia Communication

Corresponding
CBS News

washington d.c.

Javoris Hollingsworth,
PhD, MBA

University of Southern Georgia
2007 License Chemistry

Corresponding Associate Professor and Program Director
University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

James Lawrence

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BS Hotel and Restaurant Management

Corresponding Associate Professor and Head of Retail Market II
Synovus

Thomasville, Georgia

Abigail Lee

University of Southern Georgia
2011 License Biology

Senior Quality Control Analyst
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Loganville, Georgia

josh marten

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BBA Sales and Marketing

President of Sales and Marketing
biyork

Albany, Georgia

Monique McKenzie

University of Southern Georgia
2006 BS Public Relations

Beauty, Style & Emerging Culture Communication Manager
instagram

Brooklyn, New York

Briana McNeil, M.Ed.

University of Southern Georgia
2014 M.Ed. Higher Education Administration

Service Manager
American airlines

Concord, North Carolina

C. Brandon Messer, BSRT,
RRT, EMT

Armstrong Atlantic State University
2013 BS Respiratory Therapy

Chief executive officer
Savannah Iconic Hospital

Guyton, Georgia

Deborah R. Metts

University of Southern Georgia
2005 BBA Marketing

CEO
Beyond the track

New York, New York

Mary Beth Morgan, MAY

University of Southern Georgia
2009 BS Justice Studies

Owner, Operator and Lead ASL/Eng Performer
Morgan Interpretation

washington d.c.

Justin Mullis, Esq.

University of Southern Georgia
2005 License Political Sciences

Assistant District Attorney
Public Prosecutor’s Office,
Clayton Judicial Circuit

Atlanta, Georgia

Maurice Nelson, M. Ed., CDE

University of Southern Georgia
2019 M.Ed. Higher Education Administration

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Yale School of Nursing

Milford, Connecticut

Nick Palumbo

Armstrong State University
MAT 2014

Alderman
savanna town

Savannah, Georgia

Lauren O. Patterson, Psy.D.

University of Southern Georgia
2012 BS Psychology
2015 MS Psychology
2017 PhD in Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Associate/Clinical Director
Service Director
University of Southern Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia

William Probus

University of Southern Georgia
2009 BA History

Senior Creative Designer
Augusta National Golf Club

Evans, Georgia

Prophet MeShae

University of Southern Georgia
2010 BS Public Relations

Social Content Manager
Shondaland

Gardena, California

Kurtis Purtee, MSCJ

University of Southern Georgia
2018 MS Criminology

Captain, Georgia Southern University Police
Alderman, City of Savannah

Savannah, Georgia

Kurtis Purtee, MSCJ

University of Southern Georgia
2009 BAA Logistics and Transport

Force Management Officer
The American army

Arlington, Virginia

Justin Reynolds

University of Southern Georgia
2007 BBA Accounting
MACC 2010

Leader
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta, Georgia

Tia Richardson

University of Southern Georgia
2007 BBA Management/HR Management

Employee Experience Manager, Amazon
Founder and Principal Consultant,
Hasil Consulting, LLC

Statesboro, Georgia

Lindsey MaxwellRobinson

University of Southern Georgia
2013 BA Writing & Linguistics

Manager, Federal Relations
Aflac

washington d.c.

Karla L. Sapp, Ed.D., LPC-S, LMHC-S

University of Southern Georgia
2004 BS Criminal Justice

Substance Abuse Program Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Prisons
clinical psychologist,
Ministry of Justice

Midway, Georgia

Kimberly Scott, MPH

University of Southern Georgia
2009 MPH Community Health Education

Program manager
live well wake up

Raleigh, North Carolina

Does Thigpen

University of Southern Georgia
2009 BS Early Childhood Education
2014 M.Ed. early childhood education
2018 Ed.S. Pedagogical direction

Main
Metter High School, Candler County

school district
Pulaski, Georgia

Hope R. Williams, PLC

University of Southern Georgia
2005 BBA Marketing

Founder/Executive Director
SMILE Project Empowers, Inc.

Powder Springs, Georgia

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