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Careers with a cause

Amy GeorgeAmy George (’95), above, learned some troubling news from one of the victim volunteers she works with at Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The woman’s father was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, and the offender had just been released from prison after completing a five-year sentence. George, who says the families of victims are faced with “a life sentence without their loved one,” sent the volunteer  a supportive text to let her know she was thinking of her.

George received a reply: “You have no idea how much that means to me.” 

She lives for such opportunities, even the smallest compassionate gestures, to positively impact people’s lives. As one of the top spokespeople at MADD, George hones communication skills that she learned as a radio, television and film major at UNT. Other alumni, from UNT’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service and other disciplines, also are serving social causes they are passionate about in high-ranking positions in the nonprofit industry.

The alumni are profiled in the spring 2016 issue of The North Texan, the university’s 205,000-circulation quarterly alumni magazine.

The story also features:

  • Lynn Davis (’89 M.S.), CEO of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, who has made it one of the most effective nonprofit agencies in Dallas and has helped children who have suffered abuse or witnessed violent crimes.
  • Sarah Nejdl (’00), who established Families to Freedom, a nonprofit organization that drives and flies women fleeing from abusive situations to shelters or to family members who can house them.
  • Suzanne Smith (’94 TAMS), founder and managing director of Social Impact Architects, a Dallas-based firm that helps nonprofit organizations build strategies to reach their goals.
  • Sherasa Thomas (’11 M.P.A.), who helps families plan for college and supervises other projects as director of educational initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star in Irving.

The spring edition of The North Texan also includes articles, photos and links to videos on other topics:

  • Learn how alumni in UNT’s accounting program use strategic and problem-solving skills to guide their work as executives in national public accounting firms, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
  • Meet alumna Kim Wasson (’09), a radio, television and film major who helped coordinate the stunning visual effects for one of the biggest movies ever, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association and how to join.

Above, Amy George at the Mothers Against Drunk Drugging headquarters in Irving. Photo by Ahna Hubnik/URCM.

Posted on: Thu 10 March 2016

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