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Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to announce its 2018 Class of 40 Under 40 Young Alumni Awardees.

October 31, 2018

Xavier University Announces 2018 “40 Under 40” Alumni Honorees

New Orleans LA – Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to announce its 2018 Class of 40 Under 40 Young Alumni Awardees.

These recipients, who were selected from more than 200 nominations, have demonstrated significant accomplishments before the age of 40 in the arts, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, education, law, business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, public service or government. 

“Xavier alumni have always excelled in their chosen professions, but the number of young alumni who are making significant contributions to their career field and the community is awe-inspiring,” said Kimberly Reese ‘95, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations/Annual Giving. “This celebration gives the University an opportunity to highlight some of its rising stars.” 

Xavier created the 40 Under 40 program in 2014 to identify and engage high-achieving younger alumni who are well positioned to serve as advocates and ambassadors for the university, and who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with the university. The selection committee included a panel of alumni, university personnel and industry leaders.

The 2018 Awards Celebration is set Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

This year’s awardees include:

Paul Atkins ‘03
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
New York NY

Kevin Barnes, Jr. ’10
Director of Communications, Orleans Parish School Board
New Orleans LA

Tara Benjamin, M.D. ’01
Assistant Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Director, Maternal Recovery Program, IU Riley Maternity and Newborn Health
Indianapolis IN

Daisy Danielle Coleman ‘01
Litigation Counsel, VMware Inc.
Hayward CA

Ashte  Collins, M.D., FASN ‘02
Assistant Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
Bowie MD

Christine Collins B.S. ’02, M.A. ‘07
Director of Student Services, SOWELA Technical Community College
Lake Charles LA

Janelle Davidson, O.D. ’01
Founder/Owner/Clinical Director, Brilliant Eyes Vision Center

Marietta GA

Aleicia Donald, M.D. ’00
New Orleans LA

Alecia Gabriel, Ph.D. ‘07
Co-founder/Consultant/Director of Curriculum Development, Motor City S.T.E.A.M.
Detroit MI

Risa Hall ‘03
Senior Director, Administration & Major Events, Allstate Sugar Bowl
New Orleans LA

Danielle Haney, Ph.D. ‘06
Health Education Specialist
Germantown MD

Dr. Jamie Hardy, PharmD ‘04
The Lifestyle Pharmacist, Innovative Wellness LLC
Memphis TN

Teal Holden, ‘02
Vice President of Operations & Ambulatory Services, Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston TX

Raven Jackson, PharmD ‘14
Clinical Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy
New Orleans LA

Ariel Johnson ‘12
Manager, Client Partnerships & Ad Sales Research, NBC Universal
Brooklyn NY

Nicholas Jones, M.D., FACS ‘96
Plastic Surgeon, Lexington Plastic Surgeons
Atlanta GA

Stephen Jones M.D. ‘03
Family Physician, Urgent Care Eleven
New Orleans LA

Victor Jones, Esq. ’07
Trail Lawyer, Deustch Kerrigan LLP
New Orleans LA

Davetta Cooke Lee ‘02
Counsel & Policy Advisor, Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi
Jackson MS

Maxime Madhere, M.D. ‘02
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist/Partner-Shareholder, Anesthesiology Group Associates
Baton Rouge LA

Jarrett Manning, D.D.S., M.P.H. ‘00
Owner/Dentist, JLM Dentistry & Founder, Dental CEOs LLC
Smyrna GA

Christian Mitchell ‘09
Specialist, Marketing & Partnership, The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs
Woodland Hills CA

Calandra Tate Moore, Ph.D. ‘99
Senior Data Scientist, U.S. Department of Defense
Rockville MD

Crystal Moore ‘07
White House Fellow, Domestic Policy Council
Washington DC

Chavon Onumah, M.D., M.P.H., KACP ‘02
Assistant Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine
Washington DC

Lauren Outlaw, M.D., FACOG ‘02
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Specialist
Falls Church VA

Sylvia Perry, PharmD ‘05
Founder, PharmD Consultants of Texas PLLC
Dallas TX

Cwanza Pinckney, M.D. ‘00
Emergency Physician
The DJ Doctor, Author, Speaker, Educator
Houston TX

Mark Raymond, Jr. ‘12
Founder of The Split Second Foundation
New Orleans LA

Amber Robins, M.D.,  M.B.A. ‘10
Family Medical Doctor, Physician Journalist
Washington DC

Lovie Rodgers, PharmD, M.P.H. ‘07
Director of Pharmacy, West Jefferson Medical Center
New Orleans LA

Jameika Stuckey, PharmD ‘01
Pharmacy Manager, Medication Safety Manager
Jackson MS

Jacquelyn Seymour Turner, M.D. ‘01
Associate Professor/Colorectal Surgeon, Grady Memorial Hospital
Atlanta GA

CDR Torrin Valaquez, M.D. ‘01
Chief Medical Executive Committee, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force
San Diego CA

Tiffany Vinson ‘05
Senior Forensic Scientist, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
Huntsville AL

Damon Williams, Jr., M.B.A. ‘01
Assistant Dean/Chief Graduate Diversity Officer, Northwestern University
Chicago IL

Tiara Williams ‘05
Film & Television Producer; CEO The Reel Network
Burbank CA

James Woods ‘08
President, Feel Free 2 Feel Free
Corona CA

Byron Mark Anthony Young, M.D. ‘06
Supervising Psychiatrist, Thrive NYC’s Mental Health Services Corps
Brooklyn NY

Lakeisha White-Richardson, M.D. ’00
Physician/Chief of Staff, Delta Regional Medical Center
Greenville MS

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