GRU Honors 20 Alumni With Jag 20 Awards

March 27, 2014|

Twenty emerging alumni leaders from Georgia Regents University have been announced as winners of the inaugural Jag 20 awards.

The awards recognize alumni under age 40 who have made a significant impact in their career, community and the university. Winners will be recognized during the university’s Alumni Weekend, sponsored by Health Center Credit Union, April 24-27.

“We are extremely proud of these young alumni leaders,” said Tina Baggott, Associate Vice President for Alumni and Donor Engagement. “They are doing great things in the community and beyond, and our selection committee had a tough time choosing just 20 to recognize. We had an impressive pool of nominees this year, all of whom represented GRU’s core values of collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and leadership.”

This year’s Jag 20 honorees are:

• Nikki Bailey, BSN ’02, Active Duty Army Nurse Corps Officer, United States Army, St. Roberts, Mo.

• Jenny Barber, MBA ’03, Senior Manager, Cherry Bekaert, LLP

• William Bennett, MD ’05, DMD ’10, Orthodontist, Foundations Orthodontics, Rome, Ga.

• Tonya Bonitatibus, BBA ’06, Executive Director, Savannah Riverkeeper

• Kris Dhandapani, PhD ’03, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, GRU

• Chris Etterlee, BBA ’97, MBA ’99, Partner, Fuller, Frost and Associates

• Crystal Gaines, BA ’09, MEd ’12, Economics and Political Science Teacher, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School

• Adam Goldberg, DMD ’10, Dentist, Goldberg Dental Group

• David Hardy, BS ’01, MD ’07, Vascular Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

• Christopher Hasty, DMD ’03, Dentist, Tifton Regional Dental Group, Tifton, Ga.

• Mie Lucas, BA ’08, Deputy Director, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Division

• Rebekah Murphy, MBA ’10, Director of Development and Special Events, Heritage Sandy Springs, Atlanta

• Lynthia Owens, BA ’03, MPA ’05, District Director, Office of Congressman John Barrow

• Rebecca Plankey, BA ’04, MBA ’09, Vice President, Relationship Manager, First Citizens, Evans

• Limor Raz, PhD ’11, Research Assistant Professor, Neurology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

• Trevor Roebuck, BS ’02, Test Department Supervisor, E-Z-GO

• Rich Rogers, BA ’03, Meterologist, WAGT NBC 26

• Rico Short, DMD ’99, Endodontist, Apex Endodontics, P.C.

• Lindsay Thetford, BA ’08, Digital and Media Communications Manager, Doctors Hospital

• Adam Williams, BBA ’03, Client Accounting Services and Tax Manager, The Cleveland Group, CPAs

The Jag 20 will be recognized at the Alumni Weekend Farewell Brunch, planned for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road. “Fast Company” magazine’s Founding Editor William “Bill” Taylor will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 on or before April 5, and $35 after.

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