Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award has been presented annually since 1988 to an alum of Rhodes State College or Lima Technical College who has distinguished him/herself both professionally and through community service activities. These accomplishments may emphasize professional, social or educational values. Past recipients represent a wide variety of area citizenship, leadership and professional excellence.

The 2018 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient is Roni L. Height, who recently retired from a 40-year career in Corporate Tax Accounting. She grew up in Kenton, Ohio and earned an Associate Degree in Accounting from Lima Technical College in 1977. She considers her associate degree to have been “the springboard to my successful business and personal life.” Upon graduation, Height began work as a Tax Clerk at the Marathon Petroleum Company Refinery in Texas City, Texas. She continued her education with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Accounting from University of Houston and became a licensed CPA.

Over twenty years, Height worked for several Houston-based companies in the oil and gas industry, expanding her responsibilities and leading to significant tax savings for each company. In 1999, she joined Texaco Inc. and was involved with U.S. refining and marketing operations. After Texaco merged with Chevron, she was promoted to Partnership Tax Compliance Manager and relocated to Chevron’s corporate office in California. Her responsibilities included managing Chevron’s state and federal partnership income tax compliance with audits of 350+ partnerships. Since retiring from Chevron in 2016, Height completed a contract merging SolarCity Corporation solar panel partnerships into the financial systems of Tesla Inc.

“My community efforts combined career and community activities,” states Height. While living in Houston, Texas, she assisted in establishing dozens of nonprofit community and charitable, tax-exempt organizations to build parks and improve neighborhoods. Height helped raise money to create Haden Park and park renovations in the redevelopment of Nob Hill Park. Upon moving to California, she assisted low-income citizens with their tax returns and by serving as a member of the Contra Costa Centre Municipal Advisory Council. In 2017, the Tax Executive Institute, San Francisco Chapter honored her with its Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the chapter and community.

While currently living in Texas, Roni maintains local connections by making classroom visits at Rhodes State College and other institutions. She recently registered as the first Alumni Career Mentor and will assist current and future Rhodes State College students in planning their careers.

Alumni Circle of Excellence

Established in 2018, the Alumni Circle of Excellence recognizes Associate Degree graduates of Rhodes State College and Lima Technical College who are doing exceptional work in their career field, community and for the College. Click here to learn more about the 2018 Inductees:

Daniel D. Fultz, PhD., Associate of Technical Studies - 1993, Dean for College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Communication for Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC

Christine Joseph, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing - 1978, Lima Memorial Hospital Administrator on Site

J. Kathryn Lukey, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing - 1978, established and co-chaired the Miami-Shelby Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention

Nancy Rhinock, Associate of Applied Science in Corrections - 1994, Senior Parole Officer for the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority

Nancy Williams Shuffle, Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene - 2005, Dental Hygienist and Vice-president of the Northwest Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association

Past Outstanding Alumni Recipients


Outstanding Alumni
Award YearAlumDegreeGraduation Year
1988 Kay Rodabaugh Parent* Nursing 1982
1989 Cynthia C. Unverferth Office Secretarial 1987
1990 Marlin R. Kirkendall Law Enforcement 1973
1991 Annabelle “Katie” Allen* Nursing 1976
1992 Jerry D. Good Accounting 1976
1993 Gregory E. Phipps Electrical Engineering 1983
1994 Lori L. Reidenbach Law Enforcement/Corrections 1984
1995 Angie Dupes Clark Business 1989
1996 Daniel K. Holbrook Law Enforcement 1991
1996 David K. Holbrook Law Enforcement 1991
1997 Connie M. Dershem Human Services 1994
1998 Gary Wurst Computer Programming 1993
1999 Donna M. Dickman Human Services 1994
2000 Jerry D. McGlothen Respiratory Care 1982 & 1992
2001 Cathy L. Patton, RN, MSN Nursing 1977
2002 Mary Kay Koch Verhoff Radiology Technology 1978
2003 Christine N. Nathe, RDH, MS Dental Hygiene 1986
2004 Anthony R. Iriti Accounting 1978
2005 Terry L. White, Ph. D. Law Enforcement 1974
2006 David L. Ditto Quality Engineering 2004
2007 Twyla Duprey Rose Secretarial Science 1978
2008 Chris D. Bolen Electrical Engineering 1984
2009 John E. White Computer Programming 1979
2010 Matthias J. Kaplanow Retail Marketing Management 1988
2011 Ann M. Deerhake, RN, MSN Nursing 1991
2012 Douglass S. Degen Mechanical Engineering 1987
2013 Joseph L. Kitchen EMS, ATS Fire Science  2012
2014 Marilyn F. Cipollone Human Services     1994
2015 Timothy M. Mosher,CNP EMS, Nursing 1982,1984
2016 Jane P. Krites  Nursing 1987
2017 Mary L. Marker Respiratory Care 1980
2018 Roni L. Height Accounting 1977
*Deceased