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January 25, 2022

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Berry Alumni Council 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Achievement.jpgDistinguished Achievement

Bridgette Stewart (98C)

A forward-thinking leader in higher education whose 20-year career has focused on promoting students’ professional and personal growth; founding director of Wolf Wellness Lab at the University of West Georgia and program director of UWG’s Health and Community Wellness degree, providing curriculum and experiential learning for whole-person wellness; board member and 2017 Circle of Leadership Award recipient for the National Wellness Institute.


Service.jpgDistinguished Service

Patricia Tutterow Jackson (82C, FFS)

A longtime educator recognized for teaching students with disabilities and supervising special education training programs in Cobb County, Ga.; tireless volunteer at Smyrna Presbyterian Church, including service as president of the women’s organization and leader of the women’s circle; Tribute Honoree in 2018 as part of liveSAFE Resources’ Women of Achievement program; supporter of numerous charitable organizations in addition to her current role as Berry Alumni Council president.


Entrepreneurship.jpgEntrepreneurial Spirit

Hester Parks (95C)

An entrepreneur and former senior financial analyst whose event planning firm, Park Avenue Events, creates memorable experiences for a wide range of clients and occasions, including weddings, television and movie premieres, birthday parties, grand openings, nonprofit galas, and more; named top “Best of Atlanta Event Planner” in 2016 and 2017 by the Atlanta Tribune; co-author of Atlanta Weddings for the Modern, Stylish, Chic Bride; holds MBA from Kennesaw State University.


YoungAlumni.jpgOutstanding Young Alumni

Dr. Carson Kay (16C)

A rhetorical scholar and faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.; holds a Ph.D. from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, specializing in rhetoric and public culture; 2017 nominee for Excellence in Service to Students Award presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success; credits Berry with preparing her to complete a doctorate by age 25.




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