Distinguished Alumni 2016-2017

 

TRACI SERAFIN KNUDSON, CLASS OF 1989

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EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (ACCOUNTING)

EMPLOYMENT

NOGGINLABS (CEO)
IEXPLORE (CFO)
FAVORITE BRANDS
HELENE CURTIS/UNILEVER
AMOCO CORPORATION

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

SPONSORED CODE PLATOON: CODE CAMP FOR VETERANS
TALK TO HIGH SCHOOL GROUPS ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN TECHNOLOGY
DONATE USED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT THROUGH NOGGINLABS

RECOGNITION

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (CPA)
ELIJAH WATT SELLS AWARD

PROSPECT ACTIVITY INVOLVEMENT

SWIMMING
YEARBOOK
VARSITY CLUB
DEBATE
STUDENT COUNCIL

WORDS OF ADVICE

BEING GOOD IS NOT ENOUGH IF YOU DREAM OF BEING GREAT. WORK HARD, SOMETIMES
HARDER THAN THE NEXT GUY, AND YOU CAN SUCCEED. AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FUN ALL
THE WHILE.

 

 

DARLENE MISKE PAWLUKOWSKY, CLASS OF 1979

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EMPLOYMENT

ATLANTA & COMPANY—NBC AFFILIATE TELEVISION LIFESTYLE EXPERT
FREELANCE DESIGNER
CULINARY INSTRUCTOR
GRADY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT—PROJECT MANAGER
DMARCEL HANDBAGS AND JEWELRY—OWNER, CREATOR, DESIGNER

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

OPEN HAND ATLANTA—VOLUNTEER MEAL PREPARATION
VOICE TODAY—CHARITY AUCTION CONTRIBUTOR
ST. IVES CHARITY GUILD—FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN, AND PRODUCER OF ART & CRAFTS SHOW
CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA—COMMITTEE CHAIR OF ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
CUB SCOUTS—DEN LEADER

RECOGNITION

LE CORDON BLEU LOS ANGELES AMATEUR BAKING COMPETITION—1ST PLACE
AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION (CBS TELEVISION SERIES)—STAR BAKER AND 1ST RUNNER UP
FEATURED IN: ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, HUFFINGTON POST, NORTHSIDE WOMAN,
COUNTY LINE MAGAZINE, THE ATLANTAN, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, THE DAILY HERALD, TV
GUIDE
FEATURED ON: WHAT’S COOKING TODAY (CRN TALK RADIO), THE KEN COLEMAN SHOW
(WDUN GAINSVILLE), BETTER MORNINGS TODAY (CBS ATLANTA), CHICAGO MORNING NEWS
(CBS)

PROSPECT ACTIVITY INVOLVEMENT

HOME ECONOMICS/FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

WORDS OF ADVICE

STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS, TRYING NEW THINGS,
AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE. NEVER CHANGE TO FIT THE MOLD OTHERS HAVE CREATED FOR
YOU—BE YOURSELF!

 

 

JEANNE WHALEN, CLASS OF 1989

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EDUCATION

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, BACHELOR OF ARTS (ENGLISH)

EMPLOYMENT

2013—WALL STREET JOURNAL DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF OF HEALTH AND SCIENCE
1999—WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTER (MOSCOW/LONDON)
1999—THE FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTER (BAKU, AZERBAIJAN)
1997—THE MOSCOW TIMES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE REPORTER
1996—U.S. AGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (KYRGYZSTAN)
1993—ADVERTISING AGE MAGAZINE REPORTER

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

TAUGHT CHILDREN WRITING SKILLS IN LONDON
SERVED AS A MENTOR TO HELP TRANSITION U.S. MILITARY VETERANS INTO NEW CAREERS

RECOGNITION

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH CARE JOURNALISTS’ ANNUAL AWARD FOR BUSINESS REPORTING
NEW YORK PRESS CLUB’S ANNUAL AWARD FOR CONSUMER REPORTING

PROSPECT ACTIVITY INVOLVEMENT

DEBATE
YEARBOOK
ORCHESTRA

WORDS OF ADVICE

LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND GO LIVE OVERSEAS! IT OPENS UP SO MANY
OPPORTUNITIES. ALSO, APPRECIATE YOUR TEACHERS! MINE WERE FANTASTIC AND GAVE ME A
GREAT START IN LIFE