Whitaker has been awarded the “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, UGA Alumni Association, Athens Banner Herald, and the Georgia Trend. She has also been honored with the Super Citizen Award by the Athens Banner Herald, The Community Four-Way Test Award by the Rotary Club of Oconee County, and Volunteer of the Year Award by the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. Whitaker is married to Joseph, and the two have three children.