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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 2023 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient was Dr. Heather Moore

Associate of Applied Science - Radiologic Technology, 1990

Dr. Heather Moore has proven her excellence in her career as both an educator and a radiologic technologist. She has worked her way through her associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, graduating in 1990 from Lima Technical College and then, in 2000, received her Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology at The Ohio State University. She continued on to complete her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in 2006 and her PhD in Educational Studies, Educational Policy & Higher Education in 2018, both at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Moore started her career locally as a Radiologic Technologist at St. Rita’s Medical Center and as an adjunct instructor at Lima Technical College. Eventually, she found her niche in education and from 2009 to the present has served in various roles including adjunct instructor, Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, Professor, Allied Health Department Academic Head, and Program Director of the BTAS Healthcare Leadership Program, all at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

In a consistent display of professionalism, she has participated in professional organizations locally, in Ohio, and nationally, where she was recently elected to the office of President-Elect of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the largest organization of its type for medical imaging technologists. She has served on the boards of several other professional and academic organizations including the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists, where she also held multiple positions including president.

Of her time at Lima Technical College, Dr. Moore reminisced, “My experience with the College started with a visit to campus and selecting a major. Lima Technical College (LTC) was within my budget as a waitress at Pizza Hut and was within driving range from my parents' house. This was the perfect combination!”

She continued, “The Radiologic Technology program set my career path into motion with professors who were smart, tough, and caring. Little did I know that 25 years later I would deliver a professional presentation at a conference and one of my professors would be in the audience. I can honestly say that the examples set by my professors at LTC were the ones that helped me to become the professional that I am today. Having my starting point be LTC was the best thing for me. I didn't graduate with debt, and I had a solid foundation upon which I could build a very good career.”

Outstanding Alumni Archive

Award Year Alum Degree Graduation Year
1988 Kay Rodabaugh Parent* Nursing 1982
1989 Cynthia C. Donnelly 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 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
2019 Cathy L. Kohli Law Enforcement 1987
2020 Rachael S. Gilroy Paralegal/Legal Assisting 1994
2021 Benjamin B. Stobbe Nursing 1987
2022 Dr. Ann Marie J. Pohl Respiratory Care, Nursing 1987, 1995
2023 Dr. Heather R. Moore Radiologic Technology 1990