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.
From completing the paralegal program at NSCC in 1999 to becoming Bryan’s first female mayor in 2018, Carrie Schlade’s path to success has taken a few twists and turns. Through it all, her determination and passion for law helped guide her way. Carrie shared with us how her education helped shape her life, and what it means to break down barriers. Congratulations on your success, Carrie!
Michaelangelo Villarreal came to Northwest State to learn a trade and forge a new career path. As a first-time welder, Michaelangelo showed a strong aptitude and work ethic, excelling in the program. His instructors were so impressed with how quickly he picked up the skills, they wrote him a letter of recommendation, which helped him start his career with a great local business.
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Brooke Wirth’s path to a career as a CAD designer took quite a few turns along the way. After high school, she decided to enroll in the nursing program at Northwest State. Then she moved away, returned home and picked back up at NSCC where she discovered her aptitude for engineering. The faculty and staff at NSCC helped Brooke transition from an undecided student to a mechanical engineering major, and she graduated in 2017. Brooke credits her education and hands-on training for helping her find success as a CAD designer at Bard Manufacturing in Bryan.
For Drew Seiple, a 2017 graduate of the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy, having a mother who is an NSCC graduate and a grandfather who was an NSCC instructor meant attending Northwest State was an obvious choice. What wasn’t so obvious? His career path.
Drew shared with us what led him to pursue a career in law enforcement after originally being interested in graphic design. He also offered insight on how his education at Northwest State prepared him for his career as an officer with the Stryker Police Department.