Seahawks Rising: UNCW Alumni, Employees Among 40 Under 40 Award Winners

Monday, August 30, 2021

Fifteen of this year’s 40 Under 40 Award winners are Seahawks. Presented annually by the StarNews and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognize the region’s young professionals who are making a name for themselves, their businesses and workplaces. A six-member panel selected the winners from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties who excel in their professional fields and contribute to community organizations.

The UNCW honorees are:
Jessica Aguilar ’20, program coordinator, Juntos 4-H Pender County

Julie Andrews ’13, marketing manager, Logan Homes

Jessica Canavan ’14M, assistant director of community-based family services, Coastal Horizons Center 

Arely Ramirez Diaz ’19, paralegal, Helen Tarokic Law PLLC 

Marissa Bryant Franks ’21M, health equity outreach coordinator, Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center 

Karin Kassab ’07, ’10M, psychologist and founder, Clarity Counseling Center 

Manuel Christopher Lloyd ’17, cultural enrichment program coordinator, UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center

Emmanuel Mitcham ’20C, ’20M, marketing and communications specialist, UNCW Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning

Chris Montero ’12, ’16M, co-founder and operations and sales director, Perfect Touch Rental 

Justin Parr ’16, solutions services manager, nCino 

Narcisa Pricope, UNCW professor of geospatial sciences

Jorey Stanley ’17, marketing and administrative associate, Perfect Touch Rental 

Barnes Sutton ’15, ’17M, director of planning and development, Town of Navassa 

Cierra Washington ’19, strategic partnership coordinator, Northside Food Cooperative

Genna Wirth ’17, ’19M, executive director, Voyage

The 2021 honorees will be honored at an event on Sept. 30 at the Brooklyn Arts Center. 

-- Caroline Cropp