Feeling unfulfilled as a professional photographer, Amanda Waldfogel was unsure if she should go back to school but quickly realized her NSCC instructors were truly there to help her succeed. Although she didn’t start college until her 30s, the diverse age range of students at Northwest State helped her feel at ease. The positive experience put her on a path to continue her education at Defiance College, and Amanda is now a social worker at A Renewed Mind in Bryan.
Since graduating from the registered nursing program in 1998, Danielle Spring has earned professional success and demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service. This past spring, she was recognized for those efforts with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dani is the director of nursing education at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Outside of work, she is a Sunday school teacher and Junior Lutherans advisor at her church, a 4-H advisor, and a member of the Napoleon Area Schools Academic Boosters Club, proudly supporting the high school water polo teams. Congratulations to Dani on her personal and professional achievements, including earning the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award!
How does Laurie Schlosser describe her educational and professional journey? “I took a path of finding myself,” she said. After moving to northwest Ohio from New York, that path brought her to what was then Northwest Technical College. She graduated with a business management degree in 1989, then returned later to take classes in mechanical engineering. She credits the faculty at NSCC for providing students with a strong foundation in practical, real-world knowledge in the fields they teach. Now, Laurie has come full circle, bringing her own real-world knowledge to the classroom as an adjunct instructor.
A 2008 graduate of the registered nursing program, Anna Trubey has gone on to distinguish herself in both her career and service to others. Anna is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Physicians group, seeing patients of all ages. Outside of work, Anna shares her time and talent with those in need, volunteering in her church and serving on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Congratulations on being a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Anna!
Tasha Eicher started at NSCC in 2001 in the nursing program but quickly realized her true calling was on the business side of healthcare. By choosing Northwest State, Tasha was able to shift gears seamlessly without significant student loan debt. Earlier this year, Tasha was appointed as the new CEDO at DeKalb Health in Auburn, Indiana. She holds the distinction as the first female to serve as CEO in the hospital’s 54-year history. Tasha has been at DeKalb Health since September of 2015, previously serving as vice president of physician services, strategy and development.
Four individuals have been selected to receive the Northwest State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018. Those individuals were officially recognized during a special luncheon prior to spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Plaques with their likeness will also be added to the prestigious alumni wall of award recipients, located outside the Voinovich Auditorium in the College’s ‘E’ Building.
“The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes excellence beyond Northwest State – education, professional achievement, service to the community and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation director. “We are proud to recognize these four graduates with this prestigious award, and we congratulate them for their achievements and for being tremendous representatives of Northwest State Community College,” Wilcox continued.
Todd Grisier is a 1980 graduate with an Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science. He furthered his education at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1981 with a degree in applied mortuary science. He is the fifth generation funeral director and owner of Grisier Funeral Homes located in Archbold, Delta, Stryker and Wauseon. Mr. Grisier is a resident of Archbold, Ohio, and is a 29-year member of the Archbold Fire Department. He also serves on the Fulton County EMA Board, Ohio Mortuary Operational Response Team, Disaster Mortuary Operational Team, as well as the board of directors of the Ohio Funeral Home Association.
Danielle Spring is a 1998 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Danielle went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Defiance College and a master’s in nursing education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is employed at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green and was recently promoted to the position of director of nursing education. Danielle is a resident of Napoleon, Ohio, and serves as a Sunday school teacher and Junior Lutherans advisor at her church. Ms. Spring is a 4-H advisor and serves on the Napoleon Area Schools Academic Boosters Club. She supports the high school water polo teams and is the president of the Napoleon Aquatic Club.
Anna Trubey is a 2008 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Anna went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in nursing – family nurse practitioner at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for Parkview Physicians Group working at the Archbold location. Anna is a resident of Stryker and is an active member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, Defiance Chapter. Earlier this year, she took part in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic through Solid Rock International. Ms. Trubey is active in her church where she regularly volunteers to conduct children’s church and deliver meals.
Janette Wagner is a 1998 graduate with an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Accounting. She continued her education at Defiance College, where she earned a bachelor of science in 2000, a master of business and organizational leadership in 2007, and a master of business administration in 2009. Janette is currently the chief financial officer for Alex Products, Inc. She is a resident of Bryan and is active in her community with the Life Changing Realities Fellowship Group, Relay for Life team, and OMS Teddy Bear Drive.
The Distinguished Alumni Award represents the most prestigious award presented by the Alumni Association of Northwest State. This award was established in 1998 to honor graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their chosen career and have made significant contributions to their profession, community and the lives of others. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award represent the ideal of a committed, industrious, and caring individual to whom Northwest State Community College may look as an example. See more information on the NSCC Distinguished Alumni Award, including a list of previous recipients.
A 1979 graduate of what was then Northwest Technical College, Doug Bernath continues to have a powerful connection with NSCC. He helped students gain a real-world perspective in the classroom through his work on the College’s Business Advisory Committee. Now, he helps the NSCC Foundation support students. Doug’s financial expertise, knowledge of markets and first-hand experience as a student have been key as the foundation raises awareness and money for student scholarships.
Ron Coles’ various experiences at Northwest State have shown him the power of education and the power of giving back. In 1981, Ron graduated from what was then Northwest Technical College and in 2001, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Over the years, he has served as an adjunct instructor for various business courses and as the president of the NSCC Alumni Association. We are grateful for Ron’s involvement and his support of NSCC’s programs and students.