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Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards

The annual Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards recognize alumni of the past decade who have enjoyed major professional success, made a big difference in their community and loyally support Elon.

The Office of Alumni Engagement and the Young Alumni Council will honor the distinguished 2014 recipients at the 4 Annual Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Lakeside Dining Hall.

2014 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients

Nichole Allem ’08, senior advisor for public affairs, Office of the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
A 2008 communications graduate, Nichole develops and implements outreach strategies supporting policy objectives regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other disability groups.

Dr. Mark Bender ’06, owner/managing partner, Grand Medical Center
A 2006 chemistry graduate, Mark currently owns and serves as managing partner for the Grand Medical Center in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

David Douglas ’06, producer, Al Jazeera America Network
David, a 2006 communications graduate, is an Emmy-award winning producer for the upstart American network. At Elon, he was instrumental in the creation of Phoenix14News, which led to Elon Local News.

Nneka Enurah ’11, segment producer/field producer, POPSUGAR Studio
A 2011 graduate with a degree in media arts and entertainment, Nneka won the Dr. J Earl Danieley Leadership Award and the Outstanding African American Senior Award her senior year. She serves as the Elon Black Alumni Network Homecoming and Events Chair.

Carson Foushee ’07, field personnel, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
A 2007 leisure and sport management graduate, Carson serves as a missionary in Kanazawa, Japan, where he teaches English as a second language and helps with the youth ministry in his newly created congregation.

Kelsey Glover ’11, media and public affairs director, Embassy of Afghanistan
Kelsey is a 2011 international studies major. She manages the Embassy of Afghanistan’s communications and outreach office working directly with the ambassador and other senior Afghan and U.S. officials.

Sara Gould ’09, fifth grade team lead and reading teacher, KIPP DC Will Academy
As 2009 graduate of the School of Education, Sara holds a leadership position at KIPP DC Will Academy, a public charter school in Washington, D.C., that works with underserved students.

Jennifer Heilman ’07, communications specialist, Arlington County Government
A 2007 journalism graduate, Jennifer leads the online communications strategy for the Department of Environmental Services in Arlington, Va. She also serves as the president of Elon’s DC Alumni Chapter.

Brian McGuire ’04, vice president of treasury management services, Private Bank of Buckhead
Brian, a 2004 business administration graduate, is active within the Atlanta community. He serves as incoming president of the Buckhead Business Association and on the funding advisory board of Lekotek of Georgia, a small nonprofit helping mentally disabled children through play.

Jarvier “Jay” Young ’08, business manager and chief operating officer, Wells Fargo Investment Banking
A 2008 business administration graduate, Jay frequently returns to Elon to speak to students sharing with them his story and pathway to his current field.

For more information about the Top 10 Under 10 Awards, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@elon.edu or 877-784-3566.

To see past year recipients, click here.