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40 Under 40


In September 2011, the UGA Alumni Association named its first group of outstanding alumni under 40 years old. Those named to the inaugural 40 under 40 were nominated by family, friends, business associates and UGA faculty and staff. They were selected based on the impact they have made in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors; their demonstrated dedication to UGA; and how well they uphold the pillars of the Arch, wisdom, justice and moderation. The selection committee included representatives from the UGA administration and faculty, the former Arch Foundation and the Alumni Association.


Kim Reagin Metcalf (BSEH ’93, MS ’96) College of Public Health Partner at Riverbend Environmental Inc. Watkinsville, Ga.

A founding member of the Arch Society, Metcalf is an environmental scientist who works as a consultant on issues regarding wetlands, storm water and erosion.

Holly Thomas (BBA ’93) Terry College of Business Director of university relations and recruiting for KPMG LLP Smyrna, Ga.

The first Arch Society chairperson and UGA’s first female student body president, Thomas now leads campus recruiting efforts for KPMG in the Southeast.


Carlton DeVooght (AB ’94, JD ’97) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law Vice President and General Counsel for government relations for Southeast Georgia Health Systems St. Simons Island, Ga.

Former partner at Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin in Brunswick, DeVooght now handles legal issues for the southeast Georgia community’s largest health provider (and one of its largest employers). In 2006, he won the District 1 State Bar Association’s Justice Robert Benham Award for community service.

R. Edward Garrett (BSA ’94, MBA ’08) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Terry College of Business Senior Vice President for Digital Strategies, the Edelman Company Chicago, Ill.

Garrett leads all aspects of digital strategy for the global public relations firm. He is a member of the 2005 CNN team that received a George Foster Peabody Award for news coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this year, he was invited to join the Peabody Awards board.

Josh Jackson (ABJ ’94) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Editor-in-chief of Paste Magazine Decatur, Ga.

Jackson founded the magazine on music criticism, which was named a Grand GAMMA winner by the Magazine Association of the Southeast in 2008 and 2009 and won awards for general excellence in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Jackson raised over $10,000 with Paste’s “Songs for Haiti” project.

Vance Leavy (AB ’94) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Owner and Editor of Cha Cha Cha Publishing Inc. St. Simons Island, Ga.

Leavy created Bulldawg Illustrated, a magazine about Georgia athletics, in 2002. He currently sits on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Joel McElhannon (AB ’94) School of Public and International Affairs President of South Public Affairs Consulting LLC Atlanta, Ga.

A political strategist, McElhannon has run campaigns for Republican candidates for dozens of state offices including Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Bill Heath, who defeated longtime Democratic House Speaker Tom Murphy; and Casey Cagle, who defeated Ralph Reed to become Georgia’s first Republican lieutenant governor.

Daniel Minnich (AB ’94, MA ’00, PhD ’04) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public and International Affairs Federal political analyst for the U.S. government Herndon, Va.

Minnich is a leading expert on Middle East analysis in the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence. He has received 13 CIA Exceptional Performance Awards for leadership, analysis, mentoring and teamwork.

Allison O’Kelly (BBA ’94) Terry College of Business CEO of Mom Corps Farmington, Conn.

A former executive at Toys “R” Us, O’Kelly founded a job placement center for female executives looking for part-time employment. O’Kelly also founded the Terry College of Business Professional Women’s Conference in 2009. She holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Katy Lewis Parker (AB ’94, JD ’99) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law Legal Director for the ACLU of NC Clayton, N.C.

Parker defends clients who have been denied their rights under the Constitution or federal or state law. She has successfully defended students segregated by race and a prisoner author who was denied the right to write while incarcerated.


Mark Bullock (ABJ ’95) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication News anchor for WSFA-TV, Raycom Media Montgomery, Ala.

A primary news anchor, Bullock won an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association in 2001 and a Southeast Emmy Award in 2009.

Christopher M. Carr (BBA ’95, JD ’99) Terry College of Business, School of Law Chief of Staff for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson Dunwoody, Ga.

Since 2004, Carr has worked full time for Johnny Isakson, first as campaign manager and chief of staff for then-Congressman Isakson and later as campaign manager and chief-of-staff to Sen. Isakson. He was named to Gov. Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission.

William “Lance” Compton (ABJ ’95) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Founder, President and CEO of Red Clay Interactive Flowery Branch, Ga.

Compton founded the digital marketing and web design business, based in Gainesville, in 2000. In both 2010 and 2011 Red Clay was among the UGA Alumni Association’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses.

Lisa Gipson (BSFCS ’95, MEd ’01) College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Education Training and development at Chick-fil-A Inc. Smyrna, Ga.

Gipson coordinates Chick-fil-A’s training programs for franchise owners around the country. In 2010 she received the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Award for Outstanding Service.

Leo Welf (ABJ ’95) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication President of Payscape Advisors Atlanta, Ga.

Founded by Welf in 2004 with three employees, the financial services company now has more than 100 account managers and 2010 revenues of more than $5 million. Payscape was ranked in the top 10 on the UGA List of Top 100 Bulldog Businesses in 2010 and 2011.


Keith Blackwell (AB ’96, JD ’99) School of Public and International Affairs, School of Law Judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals Smyrna, Ga.

Prior to becoming an appeals judge in 2010, Blackwell served as deputy special attorney general for the state of Georgia, as a partner with Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP and as an assistant district attorney in Cobb County.

Chris Cummiskey (BBA ’96) Terry College of Business Commissioner for economic development for the state of Georgia Sandy Springs, Ga.

As economic development commissioner, Cummiskey is charged with increasing the state’s employment base by growing existing Georgia companies and recruiting new companies to the state.

Billy Skaggs (BSA ’96, MAL ’06) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Chief Operating Officer for the Georgia Department of Agriculture Gainesville, Ga.

A former agricultural extension agent, Skaggs was appointed to oversee the state Department of Agriculture in 2010.

Julie Wade (AB ’96, JD ’00) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law Attorney at The Wade Law Firm Savannah, Ga.

As a former federal prosecutor, Wade coordinated the Southern Georgia Project Safe Childhood, which focused on prosecuting Internet crimes against children. Now in private law practice, Wade serves on the Savannah Chatham County School Board.


Matthew Hunt (AB ’97, BS ’97) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle Washington, D.C.

Hunt spent two years with the Peace Corps in Mauritania before returning to the U.S. to earn an MBA from Emory University. Now a development consultant in Washington, D.C., he mentors UGA students participating in the Semester in Washington program.

Jud Turner (AB ’97) School of Public and International Affairs Lobbyist and lawyer at Georgia360 LLC and Turner, Bachman & Garret LLC Griffin, Ga.

Turner earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and spent three years as executive counsel to former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He served as special executive counsel to Perdue on the Tri-state water negotiations between Alabama, Florida and Georgia, a position he still holds under Gov. Nathan Deal.


Mary Paige Adams (ABJ ’98, JD ’02) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Law Partner at Green & Saap LLP Atlanta, Ga.

An attorney in Atlanta, Adams represents hospitals, sometimes in defending their obligation to treat patients when a parent or guardian opposes treatment. She is on the board of directors for Peachtree Childtown, a Christian school for young children, and was recently appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Judicial Nominating Committee.

Teddy Russell (BBA ’98) Terry College of Business CFO for Russell Landscape Group Dacula, Ga.

In his nine years with the family-owned landscaping business, Russell has helped the company expand into additional locations in Atlanta as well as in locations in Alabama, Tennesee and South Carolina, making it one of the Bulldog 100 Fastest Growing Businesses.

Matt Stinchcomb (BBA ’98) Terry College of Business Client Executive for Seacrest Partners Peachtree City, Ga.

A former UGA and NFL quarterback, Stinchcomb in 2005 established the Stinchcomb Family Foundation, which provides funding to non-profit organizations that help children in need.


Rebecca D. Lang (ABJ ’99) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Owner of Rebecca Lang Cooks LLC Athens, Ga.

A former contributing editor to Southern Living magazine, Lang has written three books on cooking and maintains a blog. In 2005 she was invited to join Les Dames d’Escoffier, a philanthropic organization for professional women in the culinary and hospitality fields.

Bart Newman (AB ’99, JD ’03) School of Public and International Affairs, School of Law Director of program management and global services for FLIR Systems Marietta, Ga.

A former member of the UGA tennis team, Newman was in his second year of law school when he joined the U.S. Army for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. He wrote a book about the experience after returning to the U.S.

Beth Shapiro (BS ’99, MS ’99) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor of biology for Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Pennsylvania State University State College, Pa.

Named a 1999 Rhodes Scholar, Shapiro earned her doctorate in zoology from Oxford University in 2003. In 2009 she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, which awards $500,000 in unrestricted funds to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

Sacha Taylor (ABJ ’99, MBA ’05) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Terry College of Business Founder and President of Nannies + more… Atlanta, Ga.

The founder of a company that provides household help and child care with offices in six states, Taylor has raised over $4 million for charitable causes.


Shyam Reddy (JD ’00) School of Law Regional Administrator of the Sunbelt Region for General Services Administration Atlanta, Ga.

A partner at the Atlanta law firm Kilpatrick Stockton, Reddy was an Obama appointee to his position with the GSA in 2010. In 2005, he was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top 40 under 40.


Palmer Sanford (BBA ’01, MBA ’10) Terry College of Business Forward Atlanta Campaign Manager for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Smyrna, Ga. As a campaign manager for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Sanford helped raise $27 million for the 2008-12 Forward Atlanta campaign. He serves on the executive board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event.

Catherine Trieschmann (MFA ’01) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Screenwriter and Playwright Hays, Kan.

Trieschmann has written six plays which have been produced in the U.S. as well as internationally. She wrote the screenplay for “Angel’s Crest,” an indie drama starring Jeremy Piven, Mia Sorvino, Kate Walsh and Elizabeth McGovern, released earlier this year.


William Gentry (MS ’02, PhD ’05) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Creative Leadership Greensboro, N.C.

Gentry is in charge of and supervises the research, innovation, product and development internship and postdoctoral programs at the CCL. His research focuses on global leadership and diversity.

Tareq Hawasli (BBA ’02) Terry College of Business Director of investment placement for Arcapita Ventures London, U.K.

Hawasli oversees significant fundraising initiatives in Europe and Asia. Prior to his current position he worked for Arcapita in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Christy Plott Redd (BBA ’02) Terry College of Business Vice President of global sales and marketing at American Tanning and Leather Company Forsyth, Ga.

Redd joined the family tanning business soon after graduating from UGA and grew the operation into an international luxury leather supply company that was among the Bulldog 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in 2010.


Garrett Gravesen (BBA ’03) Terry College of Business Chairman of the board for the Global L.E.A.D Program Atlanta, Ga.

Gravesen has founded three nonprofit organizations, most recently Global L.E.A.D., an international service learning/leadership program for college students. In 2008, Gravesen was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Junior Chamber International.


Deondra Rose (AB ’05) School of Public and International Affairs Doctoral candidate at Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y.

Named Miss University of Georgia in 2005, Rose dedicated a year of service to promoting youth leadership in Athens and throughout the state. In 2006, she was one of 10 participants selected from across the country to participate in Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign training program.


Sohyun Park (PhD ’06) College of Family and Consumer Sciences Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Ga.

Park’s research, primarily on sugar, drink, water and obesity, has been published in some of the most prestigious professional journals, and she has received numerous academic awards for her work.

Raj Shah (BSA ’06, MPA ’06, JD ’10) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Public and International Affairs, School of Law Attorney at Parker, Hudson, Ranier & Dobbs LLP Atlanta, Ga.

Shah advises hospitals and health care systems on the opportunities and challenges of health care reform. He volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Legal Foundation Saturday Lawyers Program and the Georgia 4-H advisory board.


Brian Bordainick (AB ’07, BSEd ’07) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education Founder and Executive Director of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams New Orleans, L.A.

Now a senior strategy adviser on parks and recreation to the mayor of New Orleans, Bordainick also is executive director of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, a nonprofit organization he founded to raise money for a football stadium in the neighborhood ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

2009 Matthew Suber (AB ’09) School of Public and International Affairs Officer in the United States Army Ramstein AFB, Germany

An intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force, Suber’s area of responsibility is Africa, where he monitors threats to U.S. personnel, drafts force protection plans and directly informs the command center of crisis situations and recommendations. Suber received the USAF Outstanding Unit Award in 2010 and 2011.