Outstanding Alumni

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. Nominate an alumni today!  Nominations are due February 26, 2015.

Rhodes State Honors Distinguished Alumna

 On May 3, Rhodes State presented its 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award to Marilyn Cipollone, a 1994 Associate Degree graduate in Human Services from Lima Technical College (former name of Rhodes State College).  Cipollone began her career in 1994 as a Family Development Specialist with the Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs. She was responsible for implementing a pilot program for homeless prevention. Nineteen years later, Marilyn is still working to meet the needs of impoverished individuals in the Lima area. Since 1999, she has served as Executive Director of Samaritan House – an emergency shelter for homeless women and children. 

 “Lima Tech certainly has made a profound difference in my life. Once I decided to go back to school, I never looked back,” Cipollone said. “I enrolled in 1992 and then kept going. The instructors gave me the confidence I needed to continue to further my education. I owe my career in human services and my position as adjunct instructor to the guidance I received from the first day I enrolled.” 

 Cipollone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1998 from The Ohio State University as well as a Master of Arts in Adult Education in 2001. While attending OSU, Marilyn received the Critical Difference Award for Women and a Coca-Cola Foundation Critical Difference Scholarship. 

 Today she serves as a Rhodes State adjunct instructor in Human Services and Psychology. In addition, Cipollone has previously served as a member of the board of Mental Health & Recovery Services of Allen, Auglaize, & Mercer Counties as well as on the Director’s Roundtable for the Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce. She is currently active with Rhode State’s Human Services Advisory Committee, the Housing Consortium Continuum of Care for Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties, and the Board of Directors for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Past Outstanding Alumni Recipients


Outstanding Alumni
Award YearAlumDegreeGraduation Year
1988 Kay Rodabaugh Parent* Nursing 1982
1989 Cynthia Unverferth Office Secretarial 1987
1990 Marlin R. Kirkendall Law Enforcement 1973
1991 Annabelle “Katie” Allen Nursing 1976
1992 Jerry Dean Good Accounting 1976
1993 Gregory E. Phipps Electrical Engineering 1983
1994 Lori L. Reidenbach Law Enforcement/Corrections 1984
1995 Angie J. (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 Patton, RN, MSN CPHQ, CCCM 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, BSN, MSN Nursing 1991
2012 Douglass S. Degen Mechanical Engineering 1987
2013 Joseph Kitchen Emergency Medical Services & Technical Studies/Fire Science  2012
2014 Marilyn Cipollone Human Services     1994