2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

The Northwest State Community College Alumni Association is proud to announce this year’s winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award: Jennifer Behnfeldt, Dennis Clapp, Mary Clapp, Colin Doolittle, Andrew (A.J.) Genter and Stefanie Rockey.

Distinguished Alumni

Jennifer Behnfeldt is a 1999 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. She furthered her education and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing with Specialization in Education from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Jenny is also certified as a healthcare simulation educator. She is currently employed as the simulation lab coordinator at Northwest State where she writes, designs and executes simulation-based learning activities within the LPN, RN and transition nursing programs. Jennifer has been a presenter at nursing conferences at both the state and national level on the topic of simulation in nursing education. She resides in Ridgeville Corners where she is active in her church, serving as church secretary and Sunday school superintendent. Ms. Behnfeldt is a member of the Ridgeville American Legion Auxiliary and has served on the planning committee for the Ridgeville Community Day celebrations.

Dennis Clapp is a 1979 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Clapp has been employed by the City of Napoleon since 1991, where he currently serves as electric superintendent. He is a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, and is actively involved in his church having served on the board of elders, the school board (treasurer) and the board of witness and outreach. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Gideons International, and is on the oard of Zoning appeals for Harrison Township.

Mary Clapp is a 1977 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business in Accounting. Mary furthered her education at Defiance College where she received a Bachelor of Arts  in Accounting and Management in 2004. Mary retired in 2014 from the Henry County Hospital where she served as their controller for fifteen years. Mrs. Clapp lives in Napoleon, Ohio, and is active in her church where she has served as school board secretary, on the board of compensation, and as church secretary. She and her husband, Dennis, also sponsor the Clapp Family Scholarship each year for a student attending Northwest State.

Colin Doolittle graduated in 2006 with an Associate of Technical Studies in Plastics Manufacturing. In 2009, he received his Bachelor of Science in Technology-Advanced Technological Education from Bowling Green State University. Colin is currently working toward a Masters of Education in Learning Design at BGSU, as well as a Masters of Humanities at Tiffin University. He is a full-time engineering technology faculty at Northwest State. Prior to that, he worked for ten years as an engineer for Ferro Corporation. Mr. Doolittle lives in Napoleon, Ohio, and is an Army veteran, volunteers for Tunnel to Tower Organization fundraising events, volunteers for H.O.O.V.E.S. (Healing of Veterans through Equine Assisted Services), and gives his time in a multitude of ways for the good of Northwest State Community College.

Andrew (A.J.) Genter is a 2003 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management. Mr. Genter went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Agri-Business and Applied Economics in 2005 from The Ohio State University. Andrew is currently the vice president – agricultural banker at First Federal Bank in Wauseon. He is also the owner/operator of Genter Show Stock, as well as owning and operating an animal bedding business with delivery available nationwide. A.J. resides in Archbold, Ohio, and is a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau; past president of both the Pettisville Park Board and Archbold Lions Club; a swine judge at national, state and local shows; and an advisor to the Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H Club.

Stefanie Rockey received her Associate of Applied Science in Human Services in 2000. She furthered her education at Defiance College and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo in 2009. Stefanie currently works as a mental health therapist at Shalom Counseling and Mediation Center in Bryan, Ohio. She resides in Edon, Ohio, and is involved with the United Way of Williams County, Defiance College Empty Bowls event, and additionally serves the community by making presentations to local junior high girls on mental health issues, conflict and self-esteem.