Reinhardt University 2015 10 Under 10
Reinhardt University Alumni are active in many communities throughout the world. Each year, Reinhardt recognizes distinguished alumni who exemplify the mission of our institution. The 10 under 10 award is given to a group of alumni who graduated within the last 10 years and are successful in business, the military, nonprofits, government, ministry and/or the arts. Their pictures hang in the Student Center as a reminder of how Reinhardt alumni make a difference!
Anas Altarawneh ’13
Anas Altarawneh is a senior consultant at Accenture. In this role, he assists various Fortune 500 clients on implementing Oracle Business Intelligence Application suites and he’s in charge of organizational change management to help the business users adapt to the newly implemented software. Altarawneh graduated from Reinhardt University's McCamish School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. During his time at Reinhardt, he was the assistant head coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Elizabeth Coe Carnes ’14
Elizabeth Carnes graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in music performance.
During her final semester at Reinhardt, she accepted a position as Artist in Residence at the Atlanta Harp Center. While there, she thrived as a teacher, sales consultant and artist. At the end of last year, Carnes made the decision to enter into vocational ministry. She accepted a position in Young Adult Ministry at First Redeemer Church in Cumming. Through that position, she oversees not only the young adult division, but also the music in the contemporary worship service. Carnes serves as the Georgia Chapter Secretary to the American Harp Society. She also maintains a private teaching studio and is an active freelance performer in the metro Atlanta area.
She and her husband, Trenn, also a Reinhardt alumnus, are still basking in the glow of being newlyweds.
Mallory Childers ’10
Mallory Childers graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education in 2010. She was honored to be the student speaker at her commencement ceremony. Upon graduation, she was certified to teach both early childhood education and special education general curriculum. Childers began working at Tate Elementary School in 2011 as a special education teacher and still holds this position today. She serves as the lead special education teacher at her school. She was named Tate Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. She recently completed her Master of Special Education degree.
Childers resides in Jasper, with her husband, Patton Childers II, who is also a Reinhardt graduate. They are currently preparing for the arrival of their twins this summer.
Randy Crider ’15
Randy Crider is the fire chief at Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services and has been with the department for 25 years. He graduated from Reinhardt's MBA program in 2015. Since joining Cobb County Fire-ES in October of 1990, Crider has worked his way through the ranks from firefighter, to deputy chief to his current position as fire chief.
Crider holds many specialty certifications including Georgia State Certified Firefighter and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate. Crider lives with his wife, children, and step-children in Powder Springs, Georgia and is a member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church in Mableton.
Stefanie Jones ’08
Canton native Stefanie Jones developed a love for travel and collecting vintage items from her parents at a very early age, which led to her hometown business, Junk Drunk Jones, in downtown Canton.
After marrying her college sweetheart and graduating from Reinhardt in 2008, she began an on-the-road and online antique store which has steadily evolved ever since. She created Junk Drunk Jones LLC. In March 2015, she purchased a 100-year-old building in historic downtown Canton.
After two months of renovations, Jones celebrated the grand opening of her first store front. Junk Drunk Jones specializes in authentic vintage collectibles and superior quality reproductions.
Dr. Lena Joseph ’05
Dr. Lena Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational leadership in 2005 and a Master of Science in organizational leadership in 2007. In 2015, she earned a Ph.D. in public safety with a concentration in criminal justice. She works as a victim-advocate with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, where she manages individuals in the criminal justice system listed as witnesses or victims. She has worked for the district attorney’s office for 18 years.
Joseph’s accolades include “Victim-Advocate of the Year” in 2015.
In her free time, she volunteers at Reinhardt University on the Alumni Board of Governors. She also volunteers with her church ministry (Atlanta Metro Way of the Cross Church), where she is an active member on the leadership committee and auxiliary board.
Samantha Lane ’12
Samantha Lane graduated from Reinhardt University in 2012 where she studied communication as a student athlete. At Reinhardt, she was a member of the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and was captain of the Lady Eagles Volleyball Team. She works at the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University.
As program coordinator, Lane has assisted in the development of the program’s annual study abroad program to London, England, coordinated multiple student and entertainment industry events, oversees all social media marketing, budgeting, operations and more.
One of the highlights of her career was attending the Country Music Awards in 2014 on behalf of the program founder, Joel A. Katz, who represents the CMA’s.
Beth Pullias ’10
Beth Pullias is the social engagement specialist for the American Red Cross. She works as the community manager for the Red Cross social media channels, assists chapters throughout the country and prepares social media reports while contributing to the daily content strategy across all social channels.
Before coming to the Red Cross, Pullias worked at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia for two-and-a-half years as a public relations and social media coordinator. In that role, she helped begin the social media user group (SMUG) and started the Mason Nation Project on Twitter.
She graduated cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband and goldendoodle, Pippa.
Kelsey Syers ’12
Kelsey Syers graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in middle grades education in 2012. She majored in Science and Language Arts Education and minored in Spanish.
After studying abroad in China, she completed her Master of Education in teaching English Speakers of Other Languages at Kennesaw State University. Syers spent a year as a Spanish and Japanese ESL teacher at a public school in Illinois and she is a literature and writing teacher at Hsinchu International School in Taiwan. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to historical sites throughout Asia and improving her Mandarin Chinese.
Jeffrey Weber ’10
Jeffrey Weber graduated in April 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. During his time at Reinhardt, he worked full time during the overnight hours, while maintaining a full-time class load. He also played on the men’s golf team.
After graduation, Weber began working for Infinite Energy Inc. as a sales representative. In 2012, he earned a promotion to senior sales representative. He also has been awarded Inside Sales Rep of the Year in 2011 and Senior Sales Rep of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Weber, his wife, Jenna, and two daughters live in Canton and attend Revolution Church. The family has served on the host team at the church. In 2012, the Lord called Weber to lead a community group of 12-16 people, which he continues to do. In 2013, he took on the serving role as a group coordinator, which serves for eight to 10 other group leaders.