Kathy Keister may be the new dean of the Nursing Division at NSCC, but she certainly isn’t a stranger to the College. Thirty years ago, Kathy was part of the team that implemented the nursing program at Northwest State. Now, she looks forward to using her extensive experience to build on the nationally-renowned nursing program with the support of talented faculty, students and community partners.
Abby Hornish graduated from Paulding High School then went straight to NSCC where she earned a degree in banking in finance in 2002. While affordability and proximity to home were immediate draws, Abby also earned a Presidential Scholarship and local scholarship that made Northwest State an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Prior to graduating, Abby landed a job at First Federal Bank where she has worked her way up to being the community banking center manager in Paulding. She loves that her job allows her to help families she has known for years and provides an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering.
Amy Moore graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1987 with a degree in computer programming and a foundation that would help open doors in her career. Thanks to her skill set, Amy has always been the computer and technology “go-to” in her office. Now, she works as a SWAT conservationist with Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District.
Like many others, Abigail Wurm’s educational and career paths weren’t in straight lines. After high school, Abigail attended the University of Toledo for a year before transferring to Northwest State. After graduating from the paralegal program at NSCC in 1998, she went to work in the insurance industry. Eventually, Abigail decided to return to legal studies, landing back at the University of Toledo to finish what she had started. Now, she owns and operates a general practice law office in Montpelier. Abigail has also shared her knowledge as an adjunct instructor at Northwest State.
Samantha Phillips started her education at NSCC in her 30s with the goal of expanding her career options in the healthcare field. While at Northwest State, she received encouragement from both instructors and fellow students that helped her continue on after the year-long phlebotomy certificate program to earn an associate degree in medical assisting. Samantha credits the quality of her NSCC education for preparing her for a successful career with Parkview Physicians Group.
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Christine Robinson graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1985 with a degree in accounting. Her experience as a student not only gave her solid foundation for her career, but it also encouraged her to explore her interest in education. Christine now shares her knowledge and passion for accounting and business as an instructor at Northwest State Community College.
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!