Saints of Atlanta

Alumni feature series | Atlanta, Georgia


Commonly known for its rich history, bustling international airport, and big-name sports teams- Atlanta, Georgia, is quickly becoming a hub for vibrant city culture and industry innovation. Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the southeastern metropolitan city as one of the 25 best places for young professionals to live. 

Ahead of the trend, there’s a strong network of Flagler College alumni who have found their way to Atlanta over the years and a growing network of recent graduates who call the city home.  

“I have moved around several times with work,” Rusty Harrington, ’91, said. “But I have continued to come back to Atlanta.”

Saints have succeeded in the city regardless of major, background, or passion. 

“There are so many opportunities for everyone from medicine, media, and marketing to aviation and IT! You name it, Atlanta has it,” Ake Tayong ’20 said. “A lot of these big-name companies have their brick-and-mortar offices right here in Atlanta.” 

Check out how these Flagler College alumni are thriving professionally in Atlanta and why they decided to make the city their home:

Ake Tayong
Ake Tayong
Class of 2020 | Business Administration, Marketing

Certified Scrum Master | Chick-fil-A Corporate Support Center

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Dan Pavlu
Class of 2018 | Sport Management

Dashboard Engineer | Fitzco Marketing Agency

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Marisa Meadows
Marisa Meadows
Class of 1997 | Communications

Global Communications Strategist, Partner- Client Success | Chirp PR Agency

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Ryan Buffa
Class of 2013 | Journalism and Media Production

Filmmaker, Assistant to Executive Producer | Stalwart Films

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Rusty Harrington alumnus headshot
Rusty Harrington
Class of 1991 | Psychology

Physician, Senior Medical Director | JenCare Senior Medical Center

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Kelly Smith
Kelley Smith
Class of 2008 | Theatre Arts, Business Administration

Operations and Technology Director | The Coca-Cola Company

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Eileen Pagan
Class of 2013 | Psychology, Fine Art

Owner and Therapist | Awareness Rising, LLC

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