Spring 2013: Honoring young alumni

Ten outstanding young alumni from the past decade were recognized during an April 20 ceremony for their contributions to their communities, careers and alma mater.

Touted as leaders in their profession, difference-makers in their communities and loyal supporters of their alma mater, 10 Elon alumni were honored as the 2013 Top 10 Under 10 Award winners at an April 20 banquet in the new Lakeside Meeting Rooms.

These young are alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years, enjoyed major professional success, made a big difference in their community and been a loyal supporter of Elon.

“We are so deeply proud in our hearts for your accomplishments and the good you do in the world and how well you represent your alma mater,” Elon President Leo M. Lambert said during the ceremony. “We salute you.”

Honored were:

Brett “Coop” Cooper ’05
Political director, Patriot Majority USA

“We have never met a person that embodies the characteristics of a partner, advocate and investor for Elon University more than Brett Cooper.”



Hilary Corna ’07

Author and speaker

“Hilary has taken her experience of living and working in Asia and transformed it into a teaching and learning opportunity for others.”



Ashley White Creech ’03
Attorney, McGowan Hood & Felder LLC

“Ashley has a passion for serving and seeking justice for underrepresented populations, working hard and going the extra mile for clients.”



Mark Hendrix ’04
Mobile sales and strategy lead, Google

“Mark is passionate about his work and has consistently been leaps ahead of everyone else in the marketing field, especially mobile marketing.”



David Morrow II ’07 L’10
Regulatory attorney, BuckleySandler LLP

“David is a natural born leader, proud Elon alum, successful attorney and cultural enthusiast. He always puts his best foot forward.”



Amy Reitnouer ’09
Editor-in-chief, The Bluegrass Situation

“Amy’s breadth and depth of experience, uncontainable energy and enthusiasm and cheerful generosity make her extraordinary.”


Katie Sherman ’04
Senior copy director, Vogue

“Katie’s endless appetite for making connections is what builds her roster of freelance advertising clients—and what she leverages for recent Elon graduates who move to NYC.”


Cecelia Thompson ’05

Director of projects, Action Greensboro

“Cecelia commits countless hours to passionately focus on efforts from diversity and inclusion, to leadership development for young professionals and leveraging a more dynamic food community and fundraising for local arts programs.”

Peter Ustach ’09

Business owner, The Fat Frogg and Pandora’s Pies

“Peter is extraordinary in that at a very young age, he has been able to create and manage three successful businesses in Elon. He is extremely hardworking and is an excellent role model for other young entrepreneurs.”

Christian Wiggins ’03

Chief operating officer, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

“Christian is focused on helping others find their true talents, all in an effort to create a better workplace, campus culture and global community.”