40 under forty

The UGA Alumni Association


The UGA Alumni Association in September recognized the 2012 class of 40 outstanding graduates under the age of 40. Honorees were selected by a committee of UGA administrators and faculty, members of the UGA Foundation and the Alumni Association, based on the impact they have made in business, leadership, community, education and/or philanthropy; their demonstrated dedication to UGA; and how well they uphold the pillars of the Arch—wisdom, justice and moderation. They were feted at a luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium on Sept. 20.


Camille Kesler (BSFCS ’94) College of Family and Consumer Sciences


Executive assistant to the CEO, Calysto Communications Atlanta, Ga.

Kesler is president of the board of directors for the Junior League of Atlanta, one of the largest Junior League chapters in the world, and is the first minority president in the chapter’s 96-year history. She serves on the boards of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, the Atlanta Speech School Guild and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.







Lisa Blanco (BBA ’95, JD ’98) Terry College of Business, School of Law


General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Energy Technology Ventures, LLC Atlanta, Ga.

Blanco was one of the first female partners on the corporate team at King & Spalding, where she worked following law school. She is president of the board of directors for All About Developmental Disabilities, a nonprofit in Atlanta that provides support services to families living with disabilities. She is a member of the IT advisory board of Georgia Tech’s Economic Development Institute.






April Hembree Crow (BSEH ’95) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Global Sustainability Director for Packaging, The Coca-Cola Company Atlanta, Ga.

Crow created community-focused recycling initiatives resulting in thousands of bins placed in communities around the world. She worked with Delta Airlines on a program that has led to the recycling of millions of pounds of materials. She is on the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation board.






Scott Jones (BSFR ’95) Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources


CEO, Forest Landowners Association Atlanta, Ga.

Jones was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns to the Forest Research Advisory Council in 2005. In 2011 he chaired the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Alumni Steering Committee. As CEO for the Forest Landowners Association he has worked on policy issues that protect forests for future generations. In his personal life he has lobbied for extended benefits for children with autism.






Amy Loggins (BSEd ’95, JD ’99) College of Education, School of Law


Assistant Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Crawford & Company Marietta, Ga.

Loggins handles all labor and employment issues for Crawford, the world’s largest independent provider of claims and management solutions. She chaired the company’s social media task force and implemented its social media policy and training program. In 2010 she received the Jonathan A. Silber Outstanding Committee Member of the Year Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel, an association that promotes and supports in-house counsel at private businesses and organizations.







Mike Martin (ABJ ’95) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Owner and Creative Director, Skylab-B Dunwoody, Ga.

In 2011 Martin produced the UGA public service announcement, featuring the Chapel bell and R.E.M.’s song, “Oh My Heart,” in partnership with several other alumni. His advertising clients include Harley Davidson, the Dallas Mavericks, Toyota and the Atlanta Braves. Martin was instrumental in building the Truth Campaign, billed by Adweek magazine as one of the most effective anti-tobacco advertising campaigns ever produced. His work has been recognized with some of the highest industry awards.






Cabell Sweeney (BSEd ’95) College of Education


Co-owner and Designer, Cabell’s Designs Rome, Ga.

Cabell’s Designs holds collegiate licenses to produce tailgating products for more than 60 schools including UGA. The company donates 10 percent of its net income to U.S. and international charities. Sweeney has volunteered with Young Life, a Christian-based organization for children, for more than 20 years and serves on the board of Karama Gifts, a microfinance nonprofit that assists in financing, designing and marketing handcrafted African-made products in the U.S.






Andy Lipman (BBA ’96) Terry College of Business


Director of Purchasing, DiversiTech Norcross, Ga.

Lipman is the founder of the Wish for Wendy Softball Challenge, started in memory of his sister, which has raised over $1.25 million for cystic fibrosis research. Lipman, who also has CF, has written three books and is a motivational speaker. A 12-year veteran of the Peachtree Road Race, he was chosen to run with the Olympic Torch in 2001. He is on the boards of the Terry College of Business and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.






Larry Lykins Jr. (BSA ’96, MS ’98, EdS ’01) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Education


Owner and Operator, Cartecay Vineyards Ellijay, Ga.

A four-year letterman in swimming at UGA, Lykins co-founded and co-chairs the Gilmer Relief and Service Project, an organization through which youth in the county help disadvantaged residents. He founded and serves as head coach of a swim team for the youth in Gilmer County. His business, Cartecay Vineyards, was the first commercial vineyard to open in Gilmer County and has helped promote tourism in the north Georgia region.






Kristen Manion Taylor (ABJ ’96, MBA ’97) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Terry College of Business


Managing Director of Worldwide Marketing Communications and Ancillary Revenue, Delta Airlines, Inc. Atlanta, Ga.

After the merger with Northwest Airlines, Taylor led Delta’s new brand campaign, “The Truth Well Told.” She also helped launch the 2010 “Keep Climbing” campaign, which resulted in the company’s highest ad awareness and recognition scores since Delta began tracking this measure. She shares her expertise with the New Media Institute providing opportunities for UGA students to partner with Delta on social media projects.







Robert Teilhet (AB ’96, JD ’00) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law


Executive Director, Georgia Conservation Voters Smyrna, Ga.

Teilhet leads a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to making conservation a state priority. He served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2010, he was appointed director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. Teilhet is a strong supporter of environmental conservation and the protection of indigent defendants’ rights. As a law school student, he served as president of the class of 2000.






Lee Zell (AB ’96) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Account Executive, Turner Broadcasting, Inc. Atlanta, Ga.

Zell represents Turner Sports as the marketing arm of TBS, TNT and NBA-TV and is responsible for national advertising sales for many major league sports. She co-chairs the Shepherd Center Society, which under her leadership has raised more than $100,000 for the SHARE Initiative, a comprehensive rehabilitation program for service men and women who sustained a traumatic brain or spinal injury in Afghanistan or Iraq.






Jennifer L. Chapman (BBA ’97, MAcc ’98, JD ’02) Terry College of Business, School of Law


Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Accounting, Georgia Gwinnett College Adjunct Professor of Tax Law, UGA Athens, Ga.

Chapman worked as a tax consultant and tax attorney before joining the faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College in 2008. She has served on the board of directors for the UGA Alumni Association since 2006. She also has served on the boards of the Morton Theater, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, the Georgia Children’s Chorus and the Athens Justice Project, all in Athens.






Keysha Lee (ABJ ’97) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Host and Executive Producer of “Lessons with Mrs. Lee,” KLee Productions Chamblee, Ga.

Lee was a television news reporter in three markets before joining the Academy of Mass Communication for DeKalb County Schools. She created “Lessons with Mrs. Lee,” a student-produced, centered and led television series on DeKalb County’s educational access channel (PDS-TV 24) that features successful professionals giving advice and sharing life lessons with students. Lee was recognized by Scholastic Crimestoppers for her leadership in using video production to promote student advocacy against bullying.


Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Office of the Governor Atlanta, Ga.

As communications director for Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign for governor, Robinson served as chief spokesman for the candidate, wrote his speeches and helped develop the campaign message. As communications chief for the governor, he manages the communications staff, serves as an adviser to and chief spokesman for Deal and works with other state offices to coordinate a common message. Prior to working for Deal, Robinson handled communications for U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey.








John W. Stephenson Jr. (BS ’97, JD ’00) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law


Partner, Troutman Sanders Interim CEO, Atlanta Hall Management Atlanta, Ga.

Through his work at Atlanta Hall Management, Stephenson was instrumental in bringing the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. He has been involved with the UGA Honors Program Alumni Board and Advisory Board since 2002. Stephenson was selected as a ”Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers, a state-by-state lawyer rating service and magazine, and Atlanta Magazine each year from 2005 to 2011. He serves on the Emory University Board of Visitors and the Chick-fil-A Bowl Selection and Marketing Committee.






Dr. Drew Wade (AB/BS ’97) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Partner of Radiology, SouthCoast Medical Group Savannah, Ga.

Wade is one of the founders of the Savannah Bicycling Campaign and serves as president of Georgia Bikes!, an organization that works to improve bicycling conditions and promote bicycling throughout the state. The group’s work has resulted in an increase in safe biking trails, lanes, regular community rides and awareness events. Wade graduated cum laude from the Emory University Medical School.







Andrew (Andy) Childers (JD ’98) School of Law


Founding Partner, Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLP Atlanta, Ga.

Childers concentrates his practice on representing people harmed by pharmaceuticals, food and defective products. His trial advocacy has resulted in more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements. Childers was named a “Rising Star” three times by Georgia Super Lawyers, a state-by-state lawyer rating service and magazine. As a law student, Childers was a national champion in the 1997 ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition.





Lorraine Riffle Hawley (ABJ ’98) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Director of International Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company Arlington, Va.

Hawley manages ADMC’s government relations strategy in more than 100 countries. Prior to ADMC, Hawley was the government affairs representative for Chevron in Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2009, she was selected as a Franklin Fellow for the U.S. Department of State, serving as a foreign affairs officer. She represents ADMC as vice chair of the U.S.-Poland Business Council, as vice chair and founding board member of the U.S.-Romania Business Council and as chair of the U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative Agricultural Working Group.







Christy Seyfert (BSA ’98) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Vice President, Michael Torrey Associates, LLP Alexandria, Va.

Now vice president for a government relations firm, Seyfert has worked on Capitol Hill for 13 years—six with U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss—developing legislative policy and working with regulatory agencies to benefit Georgia agriculture. For three years she served on the board of directors for the Senate Employees’ Child Care Center. In 2011 she received a Young Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.







Peter Dale (ABJ ’99) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Executive Chef, The National Athens, Ga.

Through his work, Dale supports many philanthropies and serves as a board member for the BoyButante Aids Foundation, which raised more than $35,000 last year. This year he received the “People’s Choice Best New Chef for the Southeast” by Food and Wine Magazine. After graduating, Dale worked as a legislative aide for then U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. Dale is affiliated with a number of sustainable food organizations, including Georgia Organics, P.L.A.C.E. (Promoting Local Agriculture & Cultural Experience), Slow Food and Southern Foodway Alliance.





Paton (Paul) Faletti Jr. (BBA ’99) Terry College of Business


President and CEO, NCM Associates Atlanta, Ga.

Faletti began his career in automotive retail at BMW in Munich, Germany. From there he climbed the corporate ladder with positions at Rolls Royce, Maserati and Jaguar. When he was named to head the retail automotive consulting business NCM, Faletti was the company’s youngest president and CEO in NCM’s 64-year history. A summa cum laude graduate with highest honors from the UGA Honors Program, Faletti actively supports the Red Cross of North America, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the United Way.







Kelly Kautz (AB ’99, JD ’02) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law


Mayor, City of Snellville, Attorney, Law Office of Kelly D. Kautz Snellville, Ga.

Kautz serves as mayor of Snellville, with a population of 18,000 and an annual budget of $18 million. She was the first female elected mayor of Snellville. She previously served as assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Circuit in Monroe, Ga. She is president of the Gwinnett Criminal Defense Bar Association. Kautz has been an adjunct professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, teaching undergraduate courses about the legal environment of business.






Greg Skowronski (BBA ’99) Terry College of Business


Senior Financial Analyst, Habitat for Humanity International Atlanta, Ga.

After working in finance for seven years on Wall Street, Skowronski moved to South Africa as the national director of microcredit for Paradigm Shift, a nonprofit organization that works with churches to empower the poor in their communities. In 2011 he went to work for Habitat for Humanity International, building homes around the world for disadvantaged people. Skowronski serves on the alumni board for the UGA Honors Program.







Dr. Dhruti Contractor (AB ’00, MA ’01) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Captain and Orthopedic Surgeon, U.S. Army Grovetown, Ga.

Contractor is the first female orthopedic resident at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. She is actively involved in the Indian-American community, serving as chair of the Georgia Indian-American Political Action Committee and city coordinator for the National Gandhi Day of Service in Atlanta and Athens. While a medical student at George Washington University, she organized the first-ever policy session between med students and members of Congress to create awareness of issues affecting the future of physicians.






Jehan Y. El-Jourbagy (ABJ/AB ’00, JD ’03) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Public and International Affairs, School of Law


Executive Director, Jasper County Mentor Program Monticello, Ga.

As director of the mentor program, El-Jourbagy in two years increased the number of mentors in the county from 50 to 100. She is a part-time practicing attorney with Heygood, Lynch, Harris, Melton and Watson, LLP, where she once was partner. In 2008, El-Jourbagy was awarded a Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Services, presented annually by the State Bar of Georgia. A former member of the Recoat Band, she founded the Monticello Community Band.



Stacey Evans (AB ’00, JD ’03) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law


Partner, Wood, Hernacki & Evans, LLC Smyrna, Ga.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Evans was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the boards of Communities in Schools in Cobb County and the Cobb County Library Foundation. She previously served as statewide president for the Georgia Young Democrats. In 2008 she was one of 10 people selected by Outstanding Atlanta, an organization that recognizes young adults who contribute to the betterment of the city.






Vivian Greentree (ABJ ’00, AB ’01) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Public and International Affairs


Director of Research and Policy, Blue Star Families Chesapeake, Va.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Greentree assisted in founding Blue Star Families, a national military family support organization, which has grown from seven women to more than 35,000 members. She led the organization’s 2010 Military Family Lifestyle Survey research team, which presented its results to the House and Senate military family caucuses. She is a member of the board of directors for USO Central Virginia, the First Lady of Virginia’s Advisory Committee on Military Affairs and a founding member of the Old Dominion University Military Alliance.





Patrick Millsaps (JD ’00) School of Law


Partner, Hall Booth Smith & Slover, P.C. Camilla, Ga.

Millsaps’ law practice, begun in 2007, merged with Hall Booth Smith & Slover. He served as chief of staff for Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign. He is the attorney to the Bibb County Board of Education. Millsaps was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to chair the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission in 2011. He is a member of the Georgia State Ethics Commission and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority.








Kyle Wingfield (ABJ ’01) Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication


Opinion columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta, Ga.

Wingfield writes semi-weekly columns and daily blog items and represents the AJC at public forums and speaking engagements. Wingfield previously worked for the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, he received the John E. Drewry Young Alumnus Award from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.







Maj. Brian Dodson (BBA ’02) Terry College of Business


Chief, 62nd Airlift Wing Exercises and Evaluations, U.S. Air Force Tacoma, Wa.

As a pilot, Dodson has supported senior leadership and peers during four combat deployments to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Horn of Africa. He is one of 38 Antarctic instructor pilots that provide support and supplies to personnel on the continent. Dodson’s passengers have included the U.S. vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense and the Air Force chief of staff.



Cmdr. Milton Troy III (MBA ’02) Terry College of Business


Supply Corps Officer, U.S. Navy Virginia Beach, Va.

Troy manages service-oriented supply and logistics policy for the Atlantic naval forces at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Virginia. He provided combat logistics support during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He received the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal presented by the U.S. Navy for his work with Drug Education for Youth. He has received numerous other commendations from inside and outside the military, including the Meritorious Service Medal twice and the Founders Award from the Phi Gamma Gamma Chapter in Kuwait of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.







Heather Kaney Burge (BSFCS ’03) College of Family and Consumer Sciences


Owner, BleuBelle Boutique Savannah, Ga.

At age 21, Burge opened BleuBelle Boutique, Inc., which has two stores in Savannah and has been recognized as one of Savannah’s best bridal boutiques. In 2007, Burge received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Burge’s business participated in “Dress for Success,” an annual event that helps disadvantaged women with career development, clothing and mentoring. She is a member of the board of Dress for Success Savannah.






Jennifer Doobrow (BS ’03) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Owner and Periodontist, Periodontal and Implant Associates, Inc. Birmingham, Ala.

Doobrow took over her father’s three dental practices, as well as a number of other businesses, when he passed away. In 2012 she was selected to be a member of the North American Society of Periodontists. She is a leadership council member for the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and has been a volunteer with Special Olympics and The Free Dental Clinic in Charleston, S.C.






Corey Dortch (BSA ’03, MEd ’05, PhD ’11) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Education, Institute of Higher Education


Senior Associate Director, MBA Program, Goizueta Business School, Emory University Mableton, Ga.

Dortch co-founded Dawgs for Dance Marathon, now known as the UGA Miracle Alumni Connection, which keeps alumni connected to the annual student dance marathon that raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He was a member of the Arch Society Legacy Campaign Steering Committee and helped raise over $100,000 for the Arch Society Endowment Fund.








Caree Joli Jackson (MS ’04, PhD ’08) College of Family and Consumer Sciences


Researcher and Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education, Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mableton, Ga.

At the CDC, Jackson is part of a team charged with implementing first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move child care initiative. Jackson also co-leads a federal interagency workgroup focused on healthy weight in early childhood and oversees the CDC’s technical-assistance activities to states and communities that are pursuing obesity-prevention efforts in early child care and educational settings. In 2012 she received a Pacesetter Award from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.







Christy Overall (BBA ’05) Terry College of Business


Senior Information Technology Consultant, Technisource Buford, Ga.

A former member of the Terry College of Business Alumni Board, Overall now serves as the sponsorship chair for the Terry Professional Women’s Conference and is on the Alumni Association’s Women of UGA Steering Committee. Through her work at the Technisource Internet technology consulting firm, she mentors women in the IT field through “Girls Get I.T.” In 2012 she was named the Sigma Kappa Alpha Alumnus of the Year.






Joby Young (AB ’05, JD ’09) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law


Chief of Staff, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, 8th District Villa Rica, Ga.

Young is one of the youngest chiefs of staff to serve a congressman in Washington, D.C., after overseeing Austin Scott’s 2010 campaign. Prior to that he worked for the office of the lieutenant governor of Georgia as legislative counsel. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, The Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association.




Thomas J. (T.J.) Callaway IV (BBA ’07) Terry College of Business


Co-founder and CEO, FiveMile.com Athens, Ga.

Callaway’s retail store, Fivemile.com, is dedicated to the outdoor sportsman. Callaway is a former chair of the Terry Young Alumni Board and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Citizen’s Award given by the Georgia secretary of state. Callaway’s entrepreneurial interests began early. At age 16, he began the Callaway Lawn Service, which he continued until his junior year at UGA. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Athens.








Christie Haynes (AB/AB ’10) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


President, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau Cumming, Ga.

As the former executive director of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce, Haynes established a youth leadership program to benefit underprivileged kids. In 2009 and 2010, Haynes served as deputy political director for Secretary of State Brian Kemp. She is on the board of directors for the School of Public and International Affairs Young Alumni Group and past president of the Southwest Georgia chapter of the UGA Alumni Association.