The University of Montevallo National Alumni Association Junior Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2023 class of 15 Within 15. This honor was established to recognize driven UM graduates who have demonstrated strong leadership and career passion within the first 15 years after earning their degree.
These rising stars have shown that they have what it takes to rise above the rest—those who have shown what it truly means to have a degree from Alabama’s only public liberal arts university.
Criteria for selection included leadership skills, creativity, sustained career progress, dedication, personal integrity, community outreach/volunteer work and unconventional wisdom. After a nomination period in the fall, the selection process was conducted by the Junior Board Nominations & Awards Committee, a UM staff member and a member of the Awards & Recognition Committee of the UMNAA Board.
Those selected for the 2023 class will be honored at an event during Founders’ Day celebrations in October.
The 2023 Class of 15 Within 15 are:
(listed in alphabetical order; more information to come in October.)
- Brantley Ballenger ’18
- Brandon Cleveland ’09
- Julia Davis ’20
- Corey Duke ’13
- Stephen Elkins ’08
- Mechay R. Gray ’13
- Jamie Haas ’19
- Cameron Hall ’13
- Adam Herndon ’12
- Kacie Kilpatrick ’09
- Rebecca Leach ’15
- Julia Maloney ’13
- Abbey McNeely ’15
- Jeff Norris M.Ed., Ed.S. ’12
- Liucija Smaizyte Wright ’15, MBA ’22