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2018 Distinguished Alumni

Homecoming Brunch to Celebrate Honorees

Submitted on August 16, 2018

Georgetown College is pleased to announce four graduates chosen as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni. They will be honored at a recognition brunch in the Jones-Hall-Nelson Suite of the Cralle Student Center on Sept. 29 during Homecoming.

Honorees are Chris Hogan, Class of 1993 (pictured, top right); Melissa Hogan, JD, Class of 1995 (bottom right); and T.C. Lackey II, D.O., Class of 1997 (top left). Chelsea Clark, Class of 2007, will be celebrated as a Distinguished Young Alumna, the designation given an award for a graduate from within the past 15 years.

Alumni coming for Homecoming are invited and encouraged to attend the brunch. Tickets at $10 per person may be reserved online at

Chris Hogan is a best-selling author, a personal finance expert, and America’s leading voice on retirement. His book Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age; It’s a Financial Number is a number one national bestseller, and his radio program The Chris Hogan Show has millions of downloads. In January 2019, his second book Everyday Millionaires will be released. It is based on research conducted among over 10,000 millionaires. Along with speaking at events across the country, Chris works with business leaders, professional athletes, and entertainers to help them set goals and navigate their financial futures. A football Tiger as an undergraduate, Chris was a communication major and physical education minor. He and Melissa have three sons.

Melissa Hogan is an original founder of Project Alive, as well as a lawyer, author, and speaker focused on issues important to the rare disease community. After her son Case was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome in 2009, she left her corporate career to focus on advancing awareness, education, and research in the Hunter Syndrome community. She also serves as a Patient Representative for the Food and Drug Administration, an External Advisory Board member for the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, and as a board member for several rare disease organizations. A Phi Mu, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Communication and Political Science double major and a business minor.

Dr. Lackey is a team member at Florida Lakes Surgical in Sebring, Florida. He was named “Best Surgeon” in Highland County (Fla.) in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, and “Best Doctor” in 2013. He is married to GC alumna Kitty Hanson Lackey. Two of their children are students at Georgetown College. Daughter Kitty will be a sophomore and daughter Victoria, a freshman. The couple has four other children as well. T.C. is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was on the Tigers Tennis team as an undergraduate.

Chelsea Clarke is a senior manager at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Her role in project and operations leadership for over five years sets her apart as a trusted partner to executive leadership in defining and activating unique high-impact projects aimed at accelerating revenue growth and expanding audience reach. She has extreme international traveling experience traveling to 30+ countries, building positive relationships with diverse populations.  The very proud Kentucky native was recently selected as a 2018 Baptist Joint Committee Fellow and is a member and deacon of The First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. Her degrees are in Political Science and Government and Communication and Media Studies. Campus activities included campus ministry, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Lambda Pi Eta, among others.

Recognizing Georgetown College alumni achievement dates back to 1953. The awards recognize individuals who distinguish themselves professionally and through service to Georgetown College and the greater community.

All living graduates of Georgetown College who have received a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree are eligible for consideration of the awards. However, current members of the Board of Trustees, current employees of the college, and current officers and members of the Alumni Board are not eligible for the award.

After the awards ceremony, honorees and their guests will enjoy the football game and festivities from a specially designated seating area and be recognized on the field. Honorees will receive an acknowledgment of the award for their personal display, and their names along with all other Distinguished Alumni honorees will be displayed prominently in the entrance foyer of Giddings Hall on campus.

For more information, reach out to Laura Owsley, Director of Alumni Relations, at 502-863-8007 or email

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