FSU Alumni Association

Young Alumni Awards

Young Alumni Awards

Young Alumni Awards


The FSU Alumni Association's Notable Noles program (formerly called Thirty Under 30) was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State's young alumni. Each recipient must be a graduate of FSU, age 35 or younger, who has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society or the university. The recipient must exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. Honorees will be recognized at the Young Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Tallahassee, FL.

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2021 Notable Noles

Lauren Albaum (B.M. '11)

College of Music | Executive Director, Office of Career Services Florida Southern College

Elexa Bancroft (B.M. '09)

College of Music | Director, Atlanta Music Education, LLC

Dara Cohen (B.S. '14)

College of Communication & Information (Public Relations) | Director of Regional Corporate Communication, MGM Resorts International

Liliana Guerrero (D.M. '20)

College of Music | Director of Vocal Studies, Texas Lutheran University

Justine Hicks (B.A. '14)

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy | Prevention Specialist, Department of Children and Families

Elizabeth Iskow (B.S. '14)

College of Criminology & Criminal Justice | Cyber Investigative Intelligence Lead Analyst, Citibank

Sophia Khawly (B.S.N. '11)

College of Nursing | Travel Nurse Practitioner, Comp Health

Taylor Knight (B.A. '19)

College of Humanities and Liberal Arts (Communications) | Al Roker's Executive Assistant & Associate Producer/Researcher, NBC News

Madison Marks (B.A. '13)

College of Arts and Sciences (Middle East Studies) | Director, Social Innovation Lab, Johns Hopkins University

Mike Mitchell (B.S. '13, M.S. '19)

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, College of Communication & Information | Strategic Initiatives Manager, Office of Research Development​, Florida State University

Ky'Eisha Penn (B.S. '13)

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy | Staff Attorney, Advancement Project National Office


Lisa Primiani (B.S. '10)
College of Communication & Information | Director, Major Giving - Southeast, American Heart Association

Jordan Rogers (B.S. '08, M.D. '12)

College of Arts & Science (Biology)/ College of Medicine | Emergency Medicine Physician, Alteon Health



2021 Reubin O'D. Askew Awardees

Six Notable Noles will be presented with the Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association. Named in honor of former Gov. Askew, this award recognizes his contributions to the state, nation and university. These young alumni continue Askew’s legacy of outstanding accomplishments built on the foundation of their education from Florida State University.

Jesse Marks (B.A. '16)
College of Arts & Science (Middle East Studies, Arabic) | Foreign Affairs Specialist, Department of Defense
Suresh Narayanan (B.S. '08)
College of Human Sciences |President, Aerospace Quality Research & Development


Katharina Reekmans (B.A. '12)
College of Arts & Sciences (English) | Enrolled Agent & Tax Analyst, Intuit
Alexa Cronin Sobeck (B.S.W. '15)

College of Social Work | Director of Clinical Services, Psychiatric Institute of Washington

Bethany Swonson (B.S. '13)

College of Communication & Information | Chief of Staff, Florida Department of Education

Nicholas Thomas (B.S. '18, M.S. '20)

College of Human Sciences, College of Medicine | Co-Founder, The Extraordinary Kids Foundation, Inc.


2020 Reubin O'D. Askew Awardees

Past Award Recipients