Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 class of 2014! These prominent graduates have made and impact in business,
leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

They also aspire to uphold the core values of Georgia Southern University of integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration,
and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.

Name Class Year/Degree Title/Organization
Trip Addison 2008 BS Construction
2009 MBA
Deputy Director
Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
Atlanta, GA
Scott Bean 2011 BS Construction Scheduling Engineer
TIC-The Industrial Company, Kiewit Corp.
Omaha, NE
Lindsey Blom 1999 BS Psychology
2001 MS Kinesiology
Associate Professor
Ball State University
Fishers, IN
CAPT Philip Boldt 2004 BA History Captain
United States Army
Maplewood, MO
Salua Brannen 1998 BA International Studies Customer Care Key Accounts
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Savannah, GA
Kate Channell 2001 BBA Marketing
2003 MBA
Director, Marketing & Media
Georgia Southern University
College of Business Administration
Statesboro, GA
Jordan Chester 2008 BA Political Science Corporate Counsel
Distribution NOW
Houston, TX
Jemelleh Coes 2008 BSED
2010 MED
2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year
Department of Education
Statesboro, GA
Mario Cruz 2005 BS Kinesiology Rehabilitation Coordinator
CRMC Sports Medicine at Tennessee Tech
Cookeville, TN
Amy Dietrich 2011 BS Public Relations Director
Communications and Continuing Education
Georgia Psychological Association
Atlanta, GA
Rebecca Elliott 1997 BS Industrial Engineering Technology
2003 MT
Gulfstream Aerospace
Guyton, GA
Jason Epps 1999 BBA Management National Customer Manager
Kraft Foods
Rogers AR
Ryan Foley 2003 BBA Management
2005 MBA
Vice President for Student Affairs
Ogeechee Technical College
Statesboro, GA
Lea Anne Foster 1996 BA Communication Arts, English Vice President, Strategic Communications
National Association of Manufacturers
Alexandria, VA
John Fulford 2007 BS Construction Project Manager
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Smyrna, GA
Shannon Halstead 1998 BS Justice Studies Sergeant, Street Crimes Unit
City of St. Petersburg Police Department
St. Petersburg, FL
Kim Hartsock 2000 BBA Accounting
2001 MACC
Warren Averett, LLC
Duluth, GA
Susan Herring 1999 BBA Accounting Director, Initial Phase Operations Finance
Gulfstream Aerospace
Pembroke, GA
Torri Jackson 1999 BSED
2002 MED
Liberty County Board of Education
Ludowici, GA
Russell Keen 1999 BBA Finance Vice President
Government Relations & Community Engagement
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
James Kicklighter 2010 BS Public Relations Writer/Director
James Kicklighter
Los Angeles, CA
CAPT John Kile 2010 BS Justice Studies Captain
United States Army
El Paso, TX
Mychael Knight 2002 BS Fashion Merchandising
& Apparel Design
Fashion Designer & Stylist
Mychael Knight, Inc.
Hephzibah, GA
Jason Lawrence 2006 BS Justice Studies
2007 MPA
Deputy Chief of Staff
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Washington, DC
Malcolm Lee 1999 BS Health Science Music Executive
Upper Echelon Music Group
Riverdale, GA
Teresa MacCartney 1999 BS Mathematics
2001 MPA
Director & CFO
Governor's Office of Planning & Budget
Marietta, GA
Kameelah Martin 2000 BA English Assistant Professor
African American Literature
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
Bob Mikell 2007 BA History Attorney
Brown Rountree, PC
Statesboro, GA
Jennifer Mock 2004 BBA Finance,
Risk Management, Marketing
The Mock Law Firm, LLC
Statesboro, GA
Dr. Thomas Mullis 1999 BS Chemistry Physician
Dublin ENT Associates
Dublin, GA
Dr. Becky Owen 1999 BS Chemistry Supervisory Chemist
US Food and Drug Administration
Gaithersburg, MD
Yvonne Parkhurst 2004 BS Sports Management
2006 MBA
High Performance Team Services Manager
USA Rugby
San Diego, CA
Nick Pearson 2010 BS Political Science Director, Federal Government Relations
Tennessee Valley Authority
Washington, DC
Matt Ramsey 1998 BS Political Science Attorney
Warner, Hooper and Ramsey, Attorneys at Law
Fayetteville, GA
Blain Rhodes 2010 BGS General Studies Manager A & R
Warner/Chappell Music
Nashville, TN
Brad Sheffield 2001 BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
2003 MBA
Sr. Vice President
Retail Lead/Bank Support Manager
Sea Island Bank, A Division of Synovus Bank
Statesboro, GA
Liz Longshore Stephens 1999 BS Public Relations Executive Director
Savannah, GA
Dennette Thornton 2001 BS Sports Management Sr. Manager, Group & Premium Sales
Atlanta Braves
Stockbridge, GA
Dr. Jacob Warren 2002 BS Mathematics
2003 BS Biology
Endowed Chair/Director/Associate Professor
Mercer University
Statesboro, GA
Justin Wright 2002 BBA Management
2003 MBA
Director of Independent Sales
Great Southern Wood Preserving
Dothan, AL