The Outstanding Alumni Award, presented at the discretion of the Criminal Justice Studies Program Executive Committee, recognizes a graduate who has both exemplified professional excellance in their career and has made a substantial contribution of their time and talent to the program.

In addition to being the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award John Heinen has, concurrent with his retirement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2014, become the first alum to be so recognized a second time for his ongoing support of and dedication to the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Upon his retirement he took a position as VIce President with the Georgia Lottery Corporation. Heinen is a past President of the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies. He teaches college level criminal justice classes and provides leadership presentations to community and professional organizations. As a certified senior instructor he also continues to train peace officers on a variety of topics.

Sherrie Hines was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. Ms. Hines graduated summa cum laude from UGA in 2006 with a double major in Criminal Justice Studies and Speech Communication. She was an active and successful member of UGA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial team.  Sherrie was not only team captain but also a member of both the very first UGA undergraduate team to participate in Nationals and the first team to earn a spot in the top 10 nationwide in this competition. She was also active in the Demosthenian Sociey and in the UGA Forensic Speech Team. Not surprisingly, she won the Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice Award in 2006.  Sherrie followed her successful undergraduate career at UGA with an equally successful law school career at UGA. She was an award-winning member of both the UGA Moot Court Team and Mock Trial Team. Since graduating from UGA law school in 2009, Sherrie has served as a Public Defender in the Western Judicial Circuit, where she has already moved from handling misdemeanor cases to juvenile court.

Beoncia Loveless  was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2011. She graduated from the CJ Program in 1999 . After graduation, Beoncia immediately began her career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a Medical Examiner Investigator. In 2000, Beoncia moved to Delaware County, Pennsylvania and continued her career as a death investigator. Beoncia returned to the GBI in 2001 and in January 2005 she became the coordinator for the Child Abuse Investigative Support Center. Beoncia became the GBI's first Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator in November 2005. She regularly lectures on child maltreatment and other areas of death investigation. In addition to serving on many CJ Alumni Panels  and hosting yearly groups of CJ majors visiting the GBI Medical Examiner's Office, Beoncia was our speaker at the Spring 2011 Criminal Justice Graduation Banquet. Beoncia and her husband James Loftin are also busy raising very active 2 and 4 year olds! Along with her tireless efforts in supporting the CJ Program in so many ways, Beoncia is probably the GA Bulldog Football Team's biggest fan! GO DAWGS!

Michael Gallogly  was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010. He graduated from the CJ Program with his AB Degree in 1978 . In 1985 Michael earned an MS from Webster University. In 1997 he graduated from the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Immediately after graduation with his CJ degree, Michael worked with the Athens Police Department and thenl began a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1999. He currently serves as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level executive and is the Senior Technical Adviser for the Office of Security, Counterintelligence and Special Program Oversight, Office of the Administrative Assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for program management and national security policy guidance at the Air Staff-level for all multi-agency programs, which includes ensuring the security of various research projects with significant potential impact on the defense capabilities of this country. Additionally, he provides a management interface between the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. In addition to serving on several CJ Alumni Panels and hosting a group of CJ majors visiting the Pentagon, Michael spoke at the Spring 2010 Criminal Justice Graduation Banquet. Michael lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife. His son and daughter are following in their father's footsteps - both currently serve in the U. S. Military.

Rusty Tolley  was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003. He graduated from the CJ Program with his AB Degree in 1980 and continued on to UGA Law School where he earned his JD in 1983. Rusty spent four years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. After that he practiced law with the firm of Long, Aldridge, and Norman in Atlanta where he was made partner in 1994. In 1999 Rusty decided to leave his successful law practice to follow his life long dream of working in law enforcement. He moved with his wife and son to the southwest US. He is now employed with the New Mexico State Police where he has twice been nominated for 'Officer of the Year.' In addition to serving on our Alumni Panel, Rusty delivered the graduation address at our Spring 2003 Banquet.

Josh Bell received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2000. Josh received his AB in Criminal Justice in 1993. He went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration from UGA in 1995 and his JD at UGA Law School in 1998. Josh began his practice of law with the firm of Chason, Willett and Bell in Cairo, Georgia. He now serves as the Municipal Court Judge in Cairo and Whigham, GA and also as the Assistant Magistrate Judge in Grady County. Josh is currently a partner in the law firm of Kirbo, Kendrick and Bell in Bainbridge, Georgia. He serves as the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Divison of the State Bar of Georgia. Josh has continued to assist the CJ Program by participating in Alumni Panels and as a speaker at our 2000 Graduation Banquet.

A special distinction goes to John Heinen as the first recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998. John has distinguished himself in the field of law enforcement. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1989, John initially worked for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. John began his career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the Thomasville office. He also worked in the Kingsland (ASAC), and Douglas (SAC) offices. John received his MPA at Harvard University in 1998 and now works on the Command Staff for the Deputy Director for Investigations at GBI State Headquarters in Atlanta. He has continued to serve the program through his consistent participation in our Alumni Panels as well as a guest speaker. We value his service and are grateful for his continued support of the CJ Program