ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Three Albany women are getting statewide recognition. Georgia Trend magazine says they're among the state's best and brightest young leaders, putting them on the annual 40 under 40 list.
25-year old Caitlyn Cooper is the youngest person recognized this year. She works at the Lily Pad SANE Center, a rape crisis and child advocacy center.
She's a forensic interviewer and the Chief Development officer, raising money for the non-profit center. Cooper also founded and oversees Emerge Albany, a group of more than 300 up and coming community leaders.
She said, "It feels great, it really does. It's rewarding and exciting to get to go to Atlanta and meet other young professionals in the state that are doing things in their community and network with them so I'm real excited."
Lisandra De Jesus, the Dean of Admissions for Albany Technical College, and GBI agent Nikki Rhodes also made the list.
Other south Georgians honored are James Anderson Nixon, Vice President for Professional Services at Tift Regional Medical Center, and Valdosta's Jay Prince who is Vice President of Prince Automotive Group.