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Douglas County Chamber Announces the Top Ten Young Professionals of 2018

DSC_0043Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D), a program of the Douglas County Chamber, is pleased to announce its Top Ten Young Professionals of 2018.  The Top Ten Young Professionals of the Year is an annual recognition of young professionals in Douglasville and Douglas County who embody the mission and vision of AMP’D. The recognition ceremony was held at the Georgia Power Business4Breakfast at the Church at Chapel Hill on September 13th.

Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. The mission of AMP’D is to attract emerging professionals to engage, develop, and serve in Douglas County. AMP’D hosts annual events including the Politics Power Breakfast, AMP’D Cornhole Tournament, bi-monthly volunteer opportunities and quarterly professional development seminars and workshops. AMP’D funds both the annual Foundation Leadership Scholarship for high school seniors and the AMP’D Continuing Education Scholarship for young professionals funds to further their education.

Top Ten Young Professionals of 2018

Julia Areh, Georgia Highlands College, Age 34
Julia is the site director of Georgia Highlands’ Douglasville campus. She’s an advocate for equal access to education and student success in and outside of the classroom. She is GHC’s 2018 Outstanding Administrator and is also a member of Junior League, Kiwanis Club, Leadership Douglas Class of 2019 and AMP’D. Julia is married to her college sweetheart Chiedu and they have two children.

Kathryn Arfanakis, Harvester Christian Academy, Age 40
Katie is the Marketing Director at Harvester Christian Academy.  Katie believes in servant leadership and volunteers extensively as her time allows. She has spent 18 years working for nonprofit organizations. Katie graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in communications and an M.S. in public relations from Boston University.

Karla Beedles, K Beedles Consulting, Age 40
Karla is an independent coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell team.  She offers over a decade of experience overseeing projects and holding various management positions for Fortune 500 companies.  She worked as a COO in the nonprofit sector for eight years.  She now runs her own company that focuses on organizational and leadership development.

Shelby Henry, Chick-fil-A Arbor Place Mall, Age 27
Shelby Henry is the shift leader at Chick-fil-A at Arbor Place Mall. For the past nine years, she has volunteered at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy), a camp sponsored by Rotary to help develop the leadership skills for kids 14 to 17. Shelby enjoys training the teenagers at Chick-fil-A to help develop them into great leaders.

Katy Hilbert, Children’s Voice: CASA, Inc., Age 33
Katy graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008, began volunteering with Alcovy CASA in Newton County in 2009, became the Advocacy Coordinator for Rockdale CASA in 2009 and then the Executive Director of Children’ Voice: CASA, Inc. in Douglas County in 2012. Katy holds numerous professional certificates from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and completed the J.W. Fanning Institute Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations in 2017. She is active in many organizations in Douglas County including Kiwanis, AMP’D, DC Gamechangers, and the Foster & Adoptive Parent Association. She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Executive Mentorship Program and Leadership Douglas 2014. Katy was previously recognized as a Top Ten Young Professional in 2014 and 2016.

Elena Hudson, Hudson’s Hickory House, Age 21
Elena attends University of West Georgia where she double-majors in Marketing and Business Management with a minor in Philosophy. She is the Chief Operating Officer and Social Media Director of Hudson’s Hickory House, and represents the third generation in the family business. Elena serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Douglasville Downtown Development Authority and is a member of the Board of Directors for AMP’D.

Chelsea Jackson, City of Douglasville, Age 29
Chelsea serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Douglasville were she provides policy analysis and recommendations to the City Manager regarding the work of city operations.  With nine years of local government experience, Chelsea is passionate about young professionals and their involvement in local government and continues to mentor individuals by providing knowledge of the importance of being a public servant.  Chelsea has been previously recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 Young Government Leaders by YGL Atlanta.

Andrew Jordan, Connally, Jordan & Associates, P.C., CPA, Age 28
Andrew is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a partner at Connally, Jordan & Associates. He specializes in individual and business tax matters, including basic and complex preparation, planning, and overall resolution of these tax matters. Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Casey and their two year old, Anna Kate.

Dalia Racine, Junior League of Douglas County, Age 40
Dalia is the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County where she supervises the Sexual Exploitation and Crimes Against Children Unit (SECAC). She is mom to three wonderful children and wife to an amazing man. Dalia stays active in her community by being involved in Junior League Douglas County and Phi Pi Zeta, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., as well as numerous other civic organizations.

Lyndsey Sargent, Water & Sewer Authority, Age 33
Lyndsey been employed with the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority since 2010 and has served as the company’s communications coordinator since 2014. A graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Lyndsey is passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainability, as well as community outreach and education on important water issues.


For more information about AMP’D, contact Ruby Byers at the DC Chamber, 770.942.5022 or visit www.douglascountygeorgia.com/ampd.


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