Alumni Profiles

Getting his “kid fix”

There was a time when Mike Hackett (BSHE ’81) was rising through the executive ranks of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. As chief professional officer for the organization’s Jacksonville, Fla., location, he oversaw a $3-million budget for 14 different …

Focus on fashion

Amy Smilovic Photo by Dan and Corina Lecca. For Amy Smilovic, the founder and CEO of tibi women’s casual chic resort wear clothing line, the formula for success in business is simple: Focus. “There is so much clutter in the …

Five for fighting

Sisters and UGA alumni Megan Lewis, left, of Athens and Sara O’Brien of Audubon, N.J., started the annual breast cancer awareness campaign BreastFest. Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker. Sara O’Brien was 15 when her mother, Tyanna O’Brien passed away from …

In his blood

David Ralston Special It’s no surprise that David Ralston ended up a public servant. Growing up in north Georgia his parents encouraged their sons—all five of them—to give back to their community. Ralston’s father, the late David Willard Ralston, served …

A bigger vision

Barbara Andersen Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker. For most people 5 p.m. means it’s time to go home. For Barbara Andersen (EdD ’82), it is time to start answering the phone. “At 5 every night I take the first 16 …