The Georgia Southern University Alumni Association has named the “40 Under 40” Class of 2018.

Designated by the University’s Alumni Association, the honor recognizes young alumni who are leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Name Class Year Degree Profession
Dayna Alexander 2014 Doctor of Public Health Behavioral Scientist – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer Banks 2007 BSEET Elec Engineering Tech Quality Compliance Audit Manager – Delta Air Lines, Delta Material Services, Atlanta, Georgia
Caroline Bevillard 2011 BS Sports Management Associate Athletic Director – University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Jeffrey Bush 2013 BA Business Economics Chief Operating Officer – Parker’s, Savannah, Georgia
Joseph Chiariello 2007 BFA, Graphic Design Graphic Designer – US Patriot Tactical, Columbia, South Carolina
Katie Childers 2011 MBA Business Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Legislative Affairs – Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta, Georgia
John Cornelius 2001 BSEET Elec Engineering Tech Distribution Manager, Metro East Region – Georgia Power Company, Atlanta, Georgia
James Davis 2008 BA Chemistry Surgeon – South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, Georgia
Matt Donaldson 2013 BBA Finance Assistant Vice President, Controller – Durden Banking Company, Twin City, Georgia
Victoria Edwards 2006 BS Health Science Community Health Personnel Systems Manager – US Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Robert Goolsby 2007 BSIT IT/Knowledge Management and IT Integration Vice President, Professional Services – Fiserv, Alpharetta, Georgia
Alex Grovenstein 2002 BS Public Relations Auctioneer – Self Employed, Statesboro, Georgia
Matthew Heil 2001 BM Performance Special Bandsman – US Army, Washington, District of Columbia
Jonathan Herschell 2005 BA Political Science Assistant City Manager – City of Hartwell, Georgia
Dean Hudson 2006/2011 BBA Logistics/Intermodal Transportation; MBA Regional Business Manager – J.B. Hunt Transport, Atlanta, Georgia
Jonathan Judy 2006 BS Public Relations Chief Technology and Information Officer- Tift County Board of Education, Tifton, Georgia
Adrian King 2013 BA International Studies Public Health Program Associate, Project Coordinator – Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Kathryn Lanier 2012 BSCHEM Chemistry Director of STEM Education Outreach – Southern Research, Birmingham, Alabama
Beau Leyse 2009 BS Community Health Pataula Adult Felony Drug Court Coordinator – Randolph County, Georgia
Memory Littles 2003 BS Broadcasting Director of Student Activities – Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
Kyle Lopez 2006 BS Physics Research Scientist – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Nandi Marshall 2012 Doctor of Public Health Assistant Professor of Public Health – Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
Brittney Mobley 2003 BSED Early Childhood Education Principal – Taylors Creek Elementary, Liberty County Board of Education, Hinesville, Georgia
Wayne Murphy 2004 BBA Management Branch Manager – Queensborough Bank & Trust, Savannah, Georgia
Paul Newman 2005 BBA Marketing/Sales Sales Management Owner/Broker – Statesboro Real Estate, Statesboro, Georgia
Wesley Olliff 2007 BBA Management Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending – Colony Bank, Savannah, Georgia
Dominique Quarles 2011 BS Biology Director of Diversity and Inclusion – University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Deborah Rodriguez Garcia 2010/2012 BA Modern Languages; Master of Arts in Modern Languages: Spanish Regional Education Program Coordinator – Mission Rabies, Global
Christopher Rogers 2011 BSB Biology Pediatrician – Pediatric Associates of Savannah, Savannah, Georgia
Clinton Rouse 2004 BS Recreation/Natural and Cultural Resource Management Park Manager – Richard B. Russell State Park, Elberton, Georgia
Kutina Ruhumbika 2002 BBA Marketing/Fashion Merchandising Vice President of People – Barteca Restaurant Group, New York, New York
David Schott 2016 MBA; DPH Chief Operating Officer – South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, Georgia
Erica Sellers 2004/2012 BBA Management/Human Resources Management; MBA Director of Marketing and Sales – Morris Multimedia, Statesboro Magazine, Statesboro, Georgia
Anthony Setari 2009 BA Writing and Linguistics Data Fellow, Research and Evaluation Specialist – District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, District of Columbia
Hollie Sisk 2001/2005 BSED Special Education; MED Instructional Technology Instructional Service Coordinator – Georgia Southern College of Education, Armstrong Campus, Savannah, Georgia
Donovan Thompson 2010 BSCHEM Chemistry Senior Research Chemist – AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry Global R&D, Bridgewater, New Jersey
Brittany Tucker 2008 MS Sports Management Director of Leadership Training – 3Ci, Atlanta, Georgia
Jarrett Walsh 2003 BS Chemistry Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery – University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Jermaine Whirl 2010 MED Adult Education and Community Leadership Vice President of Learning & Workforce Development – Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina
Curtis Williams 2009 BBA Information Systems Owner – HHE Enterprise, Curtis J. & Associates, Smyrna, Georgia


“We are excited to honor the ‘40 Under 40′ Class of 2018 not only for their leadership in their personal and professional lives but for their commitment to the University,” said Wendell Tompkins, Director of Alumni Relations. “Our outstanding graduates from Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University are leading the way as stalwarts in their communities.”

Chosen by a selection committee based on their professional expertise and achievements, as well as dedication to charitable and community initiatives, “40 Under 40” honorees represent the excellence of the University’s young alumni and demonstrate the positive contributions and remarkable achievements for which Georgia Southern and Armstrong graduates are known.

The full list of “40 Under 40” Class of 2018 honorees is available online here.
The class will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Friday, September 28 in the Nessmith-Lane Center Ballroom on the Georgia Southern Statesboro Campus. In addition, the honorees will be featured in the fall edition of Georgia Southern magazine and on the Alumni Association website.

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