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GAC Alumni Build and Carry a Legacy to Be Greater.

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Alumni

Whether you began your Spartan journey in Lower School or joined us along the way, you grew toward graduation in a rich community of faith, intellect, and confidence. As a GAC alumnus, you carry with you those great traditions.

Upon graduation, you are automatically welcomed into the GAC alumni network. We invite you to continue to grow with us in wisdom and service through your involvement. You have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and share your faith through serving the GAC community and our wider global efforts.

Stay up-to-date with alumni happenings and learn how you can get involved.

Get Involved

Network

Common bonds matter. Your alumni network of 5,000 worldwide provides you with built-in shared connections to benefit your personal and professional life. Join the LinkedIn Alumni Group, search the directory, and participate in networking opportunities. 

Visit Campus

You are always welcome to visit campus to connect with a friend or teacher, enjoy an event, or take a tour. Let us know so we can expect you!

Mentor

Build a supportive relationship with a student or fellow alumnus through our short-term mentoring program that is designed to be low-commitment and high-impact. 

Share Expertise

Discuss a topic with a group of students in the classroom or through a video chat. Several alumni also participate in the outstanding Alumni Speaker Series. 

Support Need-Based Financial Aid

Help more, deserving students receive a GAC education and join the Spartan community by giving to GAC at any level. 

Share Updates

Help us support you by sharing what is new in your life or giving a testimonial. Your story matters.

Host Fellowship Students

Help students prepare for their careers by hosting a student fellow through the GAC Fellowship Program.

Learn More

We love connecting with you! Contact your Alumni Relations Officer, Kaleigh W. Harley ‘09 to learn about all of your alumni opportunities and to get involved today.

The 2020-2021 Alumni Board

Board members are nominated to provide valuable feedback and develop programs that benefit alumni in their relationships, careers, applications of faith, and connections to GAC.

Members are devoted to the mission of their alma mater, driven to enhance the initiatives of the alumni community, and encouraged to build lifelong connections to expand their personal networks. In collaboration with the Alumni Office, this team supports events and programs to bring ongoing value to all graduates. Each Board member serves as a representative among his or her peers and offers a unique perspective into the heart, advantages, and needs of GAC.

Joseph Arnold '10

Atlanta, GA

 

Leesa (Yates) Black '74

Flower Mound, TX

Jordan Bullard '17

Nashville, TN

Meredith (McDermott) Blinder '07

Peachtree Corners, GA

Ray Godleski '93

Atlanta, GA

Jon Julian '83

Atlanta, GA

Ayesha Nasmyth '05

Brentwood, TN

Jackson O'Brien '14

Athens, GA

Joy (Phillips) Sharp '74

Atlanta, GA

Chris Shim '06

Dallas, TX

Julia Sykes '10

Atlanta, GA

Sara (Collins) White '08

Dunwoody, GA


Alumni News

GAC Alumni Ashley Van Ryn reaches success with the USA Women's National Handball Team

God. USA. Sports. These three things say a lot about fierce competitor and devoted follower of Christ, Ashley Van Ryn. While a GAC student, Ashley competed in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. After graduating in 2004, Ashley attended the University of Central Florida on a softball scholarship. Remarkably, today Ashley is an accomplished member of the USA Women’s National Team for the sport of handball

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GAC Alumni Chris Jackson '99 Opened a Home Care Agency during a Pandemic and Thrived

While most business owners faced great uncertainty and disruption when the pandemic hit in 2020, it’s all BrightStar Care franchisee Chris Jackson has known.

Chris opened his home health care agency in Greeley, Colorado shortly before COVID-19 hit the U.S., yet he has found a way to become one of the leading agencies in the network of BrightStar Care franchisees. He credits the team around him for being able to launch his agency and consistently build momentum throughout 2020.

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GAC Alumni Passes Georgia Anti-Hate Crimes Act

GAC alumni Chuck Efstration (Class of 2001) authored and helped to pass Georgia’s new Anti-Hate Crimes Act, which received national attention this year and was recently signed into law. Georgia previously had been one of four states without a hate crime law.

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Jordan Williams '15: Leader and Entrepreneur

After graduating from GAC, Jordan enrolled at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He commits to creating a positive impact in his community through his entrepreneurial ventures, and has since published several books as a college student.

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A Tale Of Perseverance And Passion: Meet Katie Jones '14, Owner Of Buckhead Art & Company

Buckhead Art & Company occupies a large, bright showroom in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors flood the space with light, illuminating bright white walls and cement floors covered in paint. A substantial array of works line the walls in a variety of styles from abstract to figurative, framing a set of plush couches in the center of the space. Behind a raw wood desk is a friendly face: owner Katie Jones.

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GAC Alumni to Captain U.S. Navy Football Team

Two recent Greater Atlanta Christian School alumni have been chosen to captain the U.S. Naval Academy football team for the 2019 season. Captains are elected by a team vote, and for the first time ever, 4 co-captains were chosen. GAC graduates Paul Carothers of Flowery Branch (Class of 2015) and Ford Higgins of Peachtree Corners (Class of 2016) are seniors at the Naval Academy and will lead the team side-by-side, just as they did while they were Spartans.

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    Alumni Spotlights

    Sara (Collins) White ‘08 Named President of the GAC Alumni Board

    “What had the important impact on my life from GAC was the investment of everyone in my success and advancement as a woman and as a student. Even the teachers I had in elementary school were always cheering me on when I was across campus. GAC is truly a family environment.”

    Sara (Collins) White started at GAC in the third grade and graduated in 2008. As a student, she gained skills in communication and team management through her involvement in National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Yearbook. Reflecting on her student experience, Sara mentions, “What had the most positive impact on my life at GAC was the investment of everyone in my success and advancement as a woman and as a student. Even the teachers I had in Elementary School were always cheering me on when I was across campus. GAC is truly a family environment!”

    After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgia Tech in 2012, Sara worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Practice for over 6 years, where she helped large companies navigate organizational change. Now she is a Senior Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group and focuses on growth strategy.

    Sara is the President of the GAC Alumni Board and offers her wide range of skills to benefit students and the alumni community. She married Dustin White in 2014, and they welcomed their daughter, Anna, in January 2017. Anna is a student at GAC in Young Learners, and Sara loves seeing her thrive at the same place that was home to her for so many years. Sara attributes much of her success at Georgia Tech and now in her professional life to her time at GAC. She is excited to give back to the school as an alumna and parent in the coming years.

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    Ford Higgins and Paul Carothers

    "These are two of the finest young men to graduate from GAC. They possess many of the same characteristics such as the strength of character, mental toughness, and selfless dedication to others. Both of them are elite competitors who confront any challenge with strength and total commitment.”

    Two recent Greater Atlanta Christian School alumni were chosen to captain the U.S. Naval Academy football team for the 2019 season. Captains are elected by a team vote, and for the first time ever, 4 co-captains were chosen. GAC graduates Paul Carothers '15 and Ford Higgins '16 are seniors at the Naval Academy and will lead the team side-by-side, just as they did while they were Spartans.

    GAC Athletic Director and head football coach Tim Hardy said, “It is a tremendous honor to be named Captain of the Navy Football Team. The team is comprised of some of the most outstanding young men in the nation. I am not surprised that both Ford and Paul were chosen. These are two of the absolute finest young men to graduate from GAC. Though different individuals, they possess many of the same characteristics such as strength of character, mental toughness, and selfless dedication to others. Both of them are elite competitors who confront any challenge with strength and total commitment. Their effort, attitude, and determination give courage and confidence to those around them.”

    Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo said, “This year we waited to elect our team captains…We wanted to go through winter conditioning, our fourth quarter workouts and spring practice before our team voted to give everybody ample opportunity to select captains based on who earned the privilege. I couldn’t be more excited about the captains that our team selected.” Coach Niumatalolo noted that Higgins earned two varsity letters and started all 13 games in 2018. Higgins will anchor the line for the second year at the center position.

    Carothers, a linebacker, has been a Navy special teams player, seeing action in nine games a year ago and making six tackles. He had an outstanding spring and made a strong push to be a starter in the fall, according to Niumatalolo.

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    We are a Community

    Kaleigh Hartley ‘09

    “Your relationship with GAC after graduation has nothing to do with magazine sales, uniform regulations, tardy slips, or any other tributes to our prime years. It’s not about dwelling in the past, but about being encouraged about what is ahead. It’s about strengthening relationships with people who grew up alongside you. It’s about making a difference through your alma mater. Alumni relations matters because shared experiences and values can create powerful, lifelong bonds. It’s not about us, but about what our Lord is doing through us, together. ”

    Alumni Relations Officer