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Alumnus of the Year

Jeff Jahn ‘03 The 2015 Alumnus of the Year, Jeff Jahn ’03, is an entrepreneur at heart. At age fourteen, he started a business building computers and networks for small businesses and as a tenth grader, he worked with the MPCS IT staff. Jeff shares, “I came to Mount Paran in the seventh grade. The smaller class size and caring environment was night and day from being at public school. The classwork was much more challenging which I enjoyed. Mount Paran helped me realize that I didn’t have to fit into a typical mold, and I could be successful by charting the path I wanted to take. Everyone was very supportive of the ideas I brought to the table and I was encouraged to try different things.” Today, as the founder of DynamiX Web Design, Jeff is a seasoned entrepreneur, a digital business leader and a proven innovator, with a passion for pushing the envelope on what can be achieved through technology. Jeff started DynamiX in 2005 as a sophomore in college, and since that time has grown the firm to be one of the most respected website development companies in Atlanta. In 2015, DynamiX was awarded over 175 industry awards for their innovative site development. Jeff is a graduate of Berry College with a degree in Marketing. He and his wife Amber reside in Kennesaw, GA with their young son. Recently he was recognized by Cobb Life Magazine as one of 20 Rising Stars under 40. Jeff gave this concluding advice to all Mount Paran students with these encouraging words: “Jump in and start something; leverage this time of experience with your teachers and the resources of the school so that you can continue to grow and develop your ideas in college and beyond.”

Left: Jeff Jahn and family Above: Naomi and David Crompton, Honorary Alumna of the Year

Meredith (Ley) Stone ‘03 Meredith graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In 2010, she began working as a reporter for the local NBC affiliate in Savannah, Georgia where she met her husband, Trent Stone. They married in Savannah on October 17, 2015. Meredith now works in Public Information for the Chatham Emergency Management Agency while her husband Trent is a Physical Therapist with Chatham Orthopedics. They reside in Savannah, GA. Josh Smith ‘03 Congratulations to Josh Smith ’03, co-founder and CEO of SOLOVIS, for this announcement in the 2016 Business Wire: “Solovis, a multi-asset class portfolio management and reporting solution for foundations, endowments, pensions, OCIOs and family offices, today announced it has raised $3.25 million in equity financing led by Edison Partners and including MissionOG, OCA Ventures, Timberline Venture Partners, Northwestern University, and technology entrepreneur Jeremie Bacon. Solovis will use the funding to support continued company growth and drive product.”

Far left: Brothers Clay ‘17 and Luke ‘14 Van de Vate at the 2015 Alumni Dinner. Left, this page: Miss Amber Jogie after being crowned 2015 Homecoming Queen

Christina (Lluberas) Ponsell ‘05 Christina and her husband currently reside in Seattle, Washington. Cristina owns her own photography business, Pawfect Photography, that focuses on pets and wildlife. She was recently voted the 4th best pet photographer in Western Washington. This summer, they plan to relocate to New York, for her husband to work on his Masters at Columbia University. “No matter how many years pass, MPCS will always have a very special place in my heart. It is very clear that Mount Paran helped shape the person I am today.” Suzanne (O’Day) Evangelista ‘06 Congratulations to Suzanne O’Day Evangelista ’06 and her husband Robert Evangelista, on the birth of their son, Theodore Michael Evangelista, born on 1/5/16. Baby Theo’s older brother, Archer, is excited to have a new little brother.

David Ian ‘11 and Hannay Rainey ‘12 David and Hannah are excited about their upcoming wedding in March 2016. David has his Criminal Justice degree and is currently working as a police officer for Athens-Clarke county. Hannah graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2015 with a degree in Public Relations. MPCS wishes you both many years of happiness. W

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