Distinguished Alumni Awards
The BC3 Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Awards to honor alumni who have utilized their education and experience from BC3 to achieve significant levels of success and have a commitment to community service. By showcasing the success of our alumni, current and prospective students will see BC3 as a valuable stepping stone on their pathway to success.
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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
2022 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Gregg Hartung – Class of 1980
Mr. Gregg Hartung completed his Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from BC3 in 1980. He continued on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Slippery Rock University in 1981 and later on pursued a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management & Public Relations from Carnegie Mellon University. He started serving as the Mayor of Mars, PA, in 2014, and continues today in his third term through the year 2025. As mayor, he was instrumental in establishing the Mars New Year Festival in conjunction with NASA, Mars borough and Mars School District. The event provides STEAM education, exhibits and experiences for all ages every two years in Mars, PA, coinciding with new years on the planet, Mars.
Greg refers to himself as a director and producer, media consultant, church leader, mayor and professor. Hartung received his First Class FCC Broadcast/Engineering License in 1974 and was an on-air personality/engineer for a variety of PA radio stations throughout the years. He has been part of many film, tv, and radio organizations and has participated in a number of award-winning media projects over the years including awards from the Houston International Film Festival, New York International Radio Festival, as well as a Gabriel Award Winning Producer Best Syndicated Religious Radio and Best Radio Short Feature. Mr. Hartung has also served as an adjunct professor at Penn State Beaver Campus in Radio/Communications from 2015 to the present. John is married to his wife, Tina, and has three grown children, Matt, Michelle and Maria. He is also the proud grandfather to two grandchildren, Mabel and Ruby.
2021 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Michelle Edinger – Class of 1984
Michelle Edinger graduated with her Associate in Applied Science in Marketing Management from BC3 in 1984, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. Michelle served the BC3 Education Foundation for 16 years before retiring in 2020. She began as the Foundation’s first Director of Alumni Programs and Campaigns and later became Associate Director. She was part of a two-person development team that secured BC3’s first $1-million gift during the “Pioneer Proud” Campaign. She established her own scholarship, the Michelle Edinger ’84 Scholarship, as well as helped establish the Jennie Jamieson ’83 Scholarship, to support non-traditional BC3 students. She is truly the epitome of BC3’s slogan, “Pioneer Proud”!
Edinger was previously employed as the Information Specialist Supervisor with the Butler County Area Agency on Aging and more recently after her retirement from BC3, as the Director of Development with the Butler County Humane Society. She served with the Butler County Penn State Ext. 4H Advisory Board, the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, and the Slippery Rock University Communication Advisory Board as well as graduated from the Western PA Community College Leadership Institute. Ms. Edinger is also a member of the W. PA Association of Fundraising Professionals and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Certification. Michelle is married to husband, Dale Smith, and is the proud parent of two grown children and BC3 Alum, Erica Q. Jamieson ’14 and Martin A. Zanicky ’15.
2019 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Linda Franiewski - Class of 1986
Linda Franiewski, a resident of West Sunbury, is a 1986 Butler County Community College graduate. Since 2005, Linda has served as the Executive Director of the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center in Butler, PA, where she is responsible for outreach, fundraising activities and all Gaiser Center operations. She holds a BSBA in Finance from Slippery Rock University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. Linda is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania.
Her volunteer and community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Butler County Family YMCA and the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and participating as a member of the United Way of Butler County’s Women United. Her previous job positions included Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst for National City Bank, Pittsburgh, as well as Supervisor of Cash Management for Robertson-CECO Corp. in Pittsburgh. Linda has been married to her husband, Stan, for 40 years. They have two sons, Zachary and Josh.
John Reddick - Class of 1984
John Reddick, a 1984 graduate of Butler County Community College, is a Registered Architect and Project Manager at Stantec Architecture Engineering LLC (formerly Burt Hill Architects). Employed with Stantec since 1987, John was named Rookie of the Year in 1987, was awarded the Ralph Burt Award for Technical Excellence in 1994 and named Associate in 1996. Reddick holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from BC3 and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Geneva College. He was also a member of the BC3 Baseball Team.
He is Vice President of the Butler Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, is an active member of the Board of Managers for the Butler Family YMCA, serves as Treasurer of the Butler City-County Connoquenessing Creek Flood Control Authority and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 32 years and have two grown children, Patrick and Olivia, as well as one grandson, Beckett.
2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Kim Geyer - Class of 1984
Kim Geyer, a life-long Mars Area resident, is a 1984 Butler County Community College graduate. Following graduation, Kim worked for 11 years as a flight attendant for USAir, Inc. while working with her husband, Bob, on their successful family business, Geyer Construction.
In 1993, Kim became a grassroots activist advocating for PA taxpayers. She formed Mars Research & Retrieval Services in 1997. Kim served on the Mars School Board for 12 years, as a trustee on the BC3 Board from 2011-2015, currently serves as secretary on the St. Barnabas Medical Center Board and is serving on the state board of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
Kim currently serves as a Butler County Commissioner, serving as one of the first two women ever to work together as elected County Commissioners in Butler County’s government history. Kim has been married to Bob Geyer for 32 years, has two adult children, Haley and Seth, and two dogs, Winston and Pip.
Sandra Ihlenfeld - Class of 2007
Sandra Ihlenfeld is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Butler YMCA. She began as a YMCA exercise instructor/personal trainer in 1996, and held other positions throughout the years, most recently as Vice President of Organizational Advancement.
Sandra earned her Associate Degree in Physical Education from BC3, a B.S. in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, and a M.S. in Health & Physical Activity Research from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Ihlenfeld is the recipient of the 2018 Community Champion Award, the 2017 Slippery Rock University Alumni Award, and the YMCA William G. Schmiederer Memorial Award.
During her tenure with the Butler County Family YMCA, Sandra served the YMCA of the USA as an International Trainer. During this time she led certification courses for physical education graduate students in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Tokyo, and Jerusalem. Sandra is married to Tom Ihlenfeld and is a mother of three children: Kathleen Ihlenfeld, Elizabeth Maskal and Anna Smith.
2017 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Lucille Shapiro - Class of 1973
Lucille was a member of BC3's first class in 1966 and completed her associate degree in 1973. She continued her education at Slippery Rock University, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in counseling.
Lucille joined the BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and is an active member of the BC3 Alumni Council. She was instrumental in the creation of the BC3 Alumni Association and was honored in May 2017 for 20 years of service to the BC3 alumni program. She was chosen to be the alumni representative for BC3's 40th Anniversary events and spoke at the opening day celebration.
Lucille and her husband of 65 years, Dr. Louis Shapiro, established the Sara and Jack Green Scholarship in 2010 in memory of Lucille's parents and created the Shapiro Family Scholarship in 2014 in celebration of their family. Their family consists of three children, Beth, Robert, and Leslie and five grandchildren.
Ray Steffler - Class of 1986
Ray Steffler walked onto BC3's campus to take some evening classes and never walked away. He earned an associate degree in business management in 1986, becoming the first person in his family to earn a college degree.
While attending BC3, Ray was invited to join the BC3 Board of Trustees. He joined in 1985 and became chairman in 1999. Ray's commitment to BC3 has earned him the longest tenure on the BC3 Board of Trustees and the longest term as chairman. Ray was also instrumental in the creation of the BC3 Alumni Association and was honored in May 2017 for his commitment to the BC3 Alumni Program.
After 45 years with the North Pittsburgh Telephone Company, Ray served as a Field Representative for 12 years with Senator MaryJo White. Ray continues as a Field Representative with State Senator Scott Hutchinson.
Ray and his wife, Kay, will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary in the spring of 2018. They have two daughters, Karen and Michelle and one grandson, Costen.
2016 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Following BC3, Ms. McGrath received both a BA and MPA from Pitt, graduating with the highest honors. She was involved with the local theater and volunteered in numerous roles connected with education. During a career that began as BC3’s first director of the ACT 101 Equal Opportunity Program, Ms. McGrath demonstrated a deep commitment to educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. Debbie married Matt McGrath in 1982 and moved to Washington, D.C. She established DCM Management, a consulting business showcasing her expertise in organizational management. She worked with national organizations in medicine, education, government, and defense. Although Debbie loved to travel and lived in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years, she remained a Butler girl at heart.
Rae McGrath - A BC3 Founding Faculty Member ~ 1966
Rae was a graduate of Allegheny College. She began her career teaching high school math and science to polio patients at Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in Warm Springs, GA. After spending 15 years as a full time mother, Rae joined the faculty at BC3 teaching Math and English. She was named Chair of the Humanities Department in 1971. Rae created the Tuesday College Program designed to help women attend college one day a week and earn an Associate Degree. Ms. McGrath also wrote the lyrics of the college’s alma mater, “Hail to Thee, Oh Butler College.” She received the Outstanding Faculty Member award in 1983 and became the College Registrar in 1984. Rae retired in 1995, after 29 years of committed service to the students of BC3.
Kevin E. Boozel - Class of 1991
Kevin Boozel has a notable professional and volunteer history of service to the community. After BC3, he received a degree in Elementary Education from IUP and earned a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership at Geneva College. Kevin worked at Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center, then as Catholic Charities’ Executive Director and served in other Butler County social services agencies in the areas of behavioral health, senior care, housing/redevelopment, emergency services, homeless initiatives, and education. His volunteer involvement and leadership include: Harrisville Volunteer Fire Company firefighter and EMT; Youth Mentor at Connecting to Tomorrow; Rotary; Butler Emergency Relief Initiative; Critical Incident Stress Management Team; Governor appointed Emergency Management Coordinator; and Butler County Children’s Center. Kevin resides in Slippery Rock with his wife of 23 years, Renee, and son, Colton, who is leaves for the Army in June. His son, Zachory, a US Airman, and his wife, Marie, are in Germany.
2015 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Joe earned an AS degree in Mathematics from BC3 and completed a Bachelors in Civil Engineering at YSU in 1989. While at YSU, Joe was awarded the “Outstanding Senior Civil Engineer of the Year.” In 1997, Joe founded the Gray Engineering Corporation, later creating the Gray Warnick Engineering Company. He sold the company in 2005 and established Gray Consulting, where he works on building, land development, and municipal projects. Joe is actively involved in many volunteer organizations, with a special focus on Downtown Butler. Joe and his wife, Jackie, continue to buy, renovate, and revive old buildings, primarily in the City of Butler.
Eric S. Stanfield - Class of 1991
Eric is a Project Leader within the Dimensional Metrology Group at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, where he has been employed for 22 years. He earned an AAS in Metrology from BC3 and a BS, with honors, in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in 2004. That same year, he received the Judson C. French Award for "Outstanding Leadership in the Development of Improved Dimensional Calibration Services with High Efficiency, Accuracy, and Customer Satisfaction." Eric and his wife, Debra, are very active in Cub Scouts holding various leadership positions in their son, Zachary's, Cub Scout Pack.
Rebecca L. Villegas - Class of 2004
Becca is a Dealer Relations Manager for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services where she represents dealerships in Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. She earned her Associate's Degree in Business Administration at BC3 and continued her education at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with Cum Laude distinction. While at BC3, she served as a Work Study in the Center for Economic Education and worked as a Peer Tutor. Becca is an active volunteer in her community teaching GED classes, serving as a volunteer photographer, and participating in charity running events.
2014 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Stephen J. Newcaster - Class of 1995 & 1996
Stephen J. Newcaster is the Senior Associate with Stantec (formerly Burt Hill), where he began in 1996. He received his Associate Degrees in Architectural and Civil Technologies from BC3. Steve has collaborated with the Architectural Program at BC3, guest teaching architectural graphics and visualization. He is a former board member of Butler Downtown and currently chairs the Design Committee. Steve is also a board member for the Butler County Historical Society. In 2000, Steve received a Visualization Award from the Bentley Software Company for his project designs.
Robert R. Heaton - Honorary Distinguished Alumni
Robert R. Heaton is a lifelong Butler County resident. At age 11 he began working at the local Studebaker dealership and while in high school, he worked the “Victory Shift” at the Bantam Car Company. Bob earned a degree in Mortuary Science and worked for 45 years as a funeral director. Following his retirement, he devoted himself to his avocation and in 1993 founded RHGL, Inc., along with his mentor, friend, and partner, Glenn Logan. BC3 was a major influence to Heaton’s successful second career where he completed courses in Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Management. At age 85, Bob is still going strong and rarely misses going into the office.
Ed Shields - Honorary Distinguished Alumni
Ed is a lifelong resident of Butler County and a second generation Real Estate Broker. Ed graduated in 1958 from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Real Estate. In 1966, during BC3’s first semester, Ed began teaching noncredit Real Estate courses. He also taught at Penn State University, Slippery Rock University, and Duquesne University. In 1971, Ed opened Ed Shields Realtor on Route 8 South. Ed was honored as Realtor of the Year, in three different decades, by the Butler County Association of Realtors. He received Realtor Emeritus Designation by the National Association of Realtors for over 40 years of distinguished service. Ed serves on the Butler Township Planning Commission and the Community Development Corporation of Butler County.
2013 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Kenneth L. Bronder Class of 1968
In 1990, Ken and his mother, Florence, started Bronder Technical Services (BTS) out of her basement. From these humble beginnings, BTS has grown to over 100 employees and customers worldwide. Ken, his family, and staff, have expanded BTS services to include data, communications, and fiber optic work with international projects in Puerto Rico, Liberia, and Taiwan. Closer to home, BTS has worked on the scoreboards at PNC Park and Heinz Field. Attending BC3 is a family tradition for the Bronders. Ken, along with his mother, wife Cathy, son David, daughter Nicole, and son in law, Jason Robinson, have collectively earned 301 credits at BC3. Ken and Cathy live in Butler Township and are the proud grandparents of three.
Brian K. Hortert Class of 1983
Following BC3, Brian completed his Social Work Degree at Slippery Rock University. He worked at Mars Home for Youth and Butler County Children and Youth. Brian moved into senior services in 1990 when he and his wife purchased a personal care facility in Slippery Rock. Brian joined Concordia Lutheran Ministries in 2001 where he currently serves as the Vice President of Personal Care/Assisted Living and CEO of Concordia Lutheran Ministries of Pittsburgh. Brian and his wife, Chrysa, and their two children, Ben and Olivia, live in Center Township where Brian served as a Township Supervisor for six years.
Andrew D. McDowell Class of 1989
Andy, a graduate of BC3’s Park and Recreation Management Program, is the Vice President for Western Field Operations with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. He provides direction and leadership of the Land Conservancy’s efforts in preserving active agricultural land, creating new parks and nature preserves, and fundraising efforts across 10 counties in north central Ohio. Andy, an environmental education graduate of Slippery Rock University, worked as a naturalist with the PA Bureau of State Parks and as the vice president of exhibits and building operations for the Great Lakes Science Center in Ohio. He also taught forestry and wildlife management courses at BC3. Andy, wife Jennifer, daughter Ashley, and son Duncan, live in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
2012 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Candy Hartley Class of 1984
Candy enrolled at BC3 in 1982 as a non-traditional single mom and graduated in 1984 with an Associate Degree in Business Management. She continued her education at Slippery Rock University earning a degree in Business Management in 1986. Candy co-established ‘Unlimited Staffing’, a staffing agency in 1990, with Cindy Sheppeck and celebrated 22 years in business this year. Candy is a Lifetime Member in the BC3 Alumni Association and served as a member of the BC3 Alumni Council for six years. Candy recently established the Candy Hartley ’84 Scholarship which will support non-traditional female students. Candy has been an active member in the Butler AM Rotary Club for eleven years, serving as the Club’s President during the creation of the “Purple Playground” in Alameda Park. She is the proud mother of three: Trent, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Allison of Wexford, and Kent in Butler and the happy grandmother of ten.
Robert J. Olszewski, Jr. Class of 1996
Rob is a Knoch High School graduate and continued his education at BC3. He earned a CNC Machine Technology degree in 1996 at BC3. He also studied Computer Aided Drafting & Design at BC3 and Computer Programming at Community College of Allegheny County. Rob has worked as a Computer Programmer and a Systems Consultant at Highmark. He is a Lifetime Member in the BC3 Alumni Association. Rob was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 13 months and his parents were told to not expect him to walk or talk. Through the hard work of Rob and his parents, they proved the doctors wrong. In 1986, at age 11, Rob was featured in a national documentary for the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon and was introduced by the late John Ritter. Rob received the “Lifesteps Star Award” in 2010, for “incredible determination to succeed overcoming life’s challenges”. Rob received the “Distinguished Toastmaster Award” from Toastmasters International and is a motivational speaker using his story of living with cerebral palsy to inspire others.
2011 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Scott Lang Class of 1991
Scott Lang started at BC3 in 1988. Scott played basketball for two seasons, becoming BC3's all-time leader in assists and free throws. Following graduation from Clarion University, Scott began coaching at La Roche College. Four years later, Scott was promoted to head coach at the age of 27, making him the youngest NCAA men's head basketball coach in the United States. Tragically, on December 10, 2010, Scott Lang passed away at the age of 41 after collapsing during practice. Following their coach's death, the La Roche Red Hawks courageously played on and won their first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title and made their first trip to an NCAA Division III tournament. Scott was an inspiration in the locker room and on the court. His leadership skills, smile and familiar greeting "Stay Blessed" will remain in the hearts of many. In honor of his legacy, a gift has been made to the "Basketball Scholarship in Memory of Coaches Scott Lang '91 and George Everett" by the BC3 Alumni Council.
Donna Jean Bowser DeLouis, DO Class of 1977
After graduating from Butler High School, Dr. DeLouis immediately joined the workforce. In 1975, Donna enrolled at Butler County Community College and graduated in 1977 with an Associate's degree in Biological Science. She continued her education at Penn State, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology. Donna attended Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Life Science. She completed her internship and residency at Des Moines General Hospital in 1987. Dr. DeLouis was a family practice physician for twenty years. For the last five years, Donna has served as an Emergency Room Physician at Sweetwater Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Donna and her husband of 31 years, Frank, reside in Runnells, Iowa. They have two sons. Tony is an engineer for MidAmerican Energy and James is a college senior and a commercial pilot. In her free time, Donna enjoys motorcycle riding. She is also a solo pilot and a certified SCUBA diver.
Michael A. Franko Class of 1974
After serving in the U.S. Army, Mike graduated from BC3 in 1974 where he lettered in Cross Country, Basketball, and Baseball. He also served as Captain of the Cross Country team. Mike continued his education at Slippery Rock University, graduating in 1976. He taught Corporate Fitness, served as the Assistant Coach of the baseball team, and acted as the Intramural Sports Director at Butler County Community College from 1977 to 1979. Mike has been a Multi Media Consultant for the Butler Media Group since 1991. He has been a member of the Butler Road Race, Inc. Board of Directors for the past 30 years, where he has served as President for the last 12 years. Mike has been on the Slippery Rock University Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors for 28 years. He has served as Emcee for countless community events, including BC3's Oak Hills Legacy Dinner. In 2011, Mike was elected to the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame. Mike and his wife, Kathy, live in Butler.
2010 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Dawn Wilson DePasquale Class of 1977
Dawn Wilson DePasquale earned an associate degree in general studies at BC3 in 1977. Today, she is the Chief Learning Officer at American University in Washington, D.C. DePasquale has trained over 10,000 people in leadership and communication topics. She has eleven certifications in adult learning and has held over 20 community, educational, and professional leadership positions. DePasquale earned a bachelor's in psychology from Grove City College, a master's in Student Personnel Administration from Slippery Rock University, and a doctorate in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jacob Robison Class of 2005
Jacob Robison earned an associate degree in graphic design at BC3 in 2005. He is currently employed at Classic Glass, Inc., an independent decorative glass studio. Robison received a public art commission from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency to design and build a memorial for the seven members of the agency that were lost in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The memorial was installed and dedicated at the DIA headquarters on September 11, 2009. Robison is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of the District of Columbia.
Ruby Watson Wilkosz Class of 1976
Ruby Watson Wilkosz earned an associate degree in accounting at BC3 in 1976. Today, she is the Regional Director for Volunteers of America’s Working Order program; a small business incubator for developing and supporting entrepreneurship. She has more than 30 years of experience in small business banking, operations, HR management, tax preparation, and accounting. In 2010, Wilkosz was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She is currently pursuing a degree in business management from La Roche College.
2009 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Kathleen M. Brown Class of 1983
Kathleen M. Brown graduated from BC3 in 1983 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. While working as a Practical Nurse she continued her education at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, graduating in 1989. At that time she began her RN career at UPMC Shadyside as a staff nurse. Kathleen continued on to Carlow University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In January 1995, Kathleen became a Primary Care Case Manager, and then became the Director of the Case Management Department in January, 2000 and the Unit Director of two Interventional/Medical Cardiology units in June, 2000. Kathleen earned a Master's of Science in Health Services Administration in 2002 from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and in February 2003, was promoted to Director of Inpatient Cardiology at UPMC Shadyside. In January 2008, Kathleen began her present position as a Director at the Donald D. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation of UPMC. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2008 from Chatham University. In November, 2008 Kathleen received the Gartner Award – Healthcare IT Summit's Innovation Award in the category of Best Case Study Presentation. She has been a "Hope for Tomorrow - Race for the Cure" team organizer since 1998 and volunteered with Pennsylvania State Police Troop D Camp Cadet as a camp nurse and board member from 1985 through 2005. Kathleen lives in Cheswick and is the youngest of six. Her parents are Robert and Catherine Brown of Chicora.
Joe Kubit Class of 1984
Joe Kubit earned an Associate's degree in Secondary Education at BC3 in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Following law school, Joe served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Zoran Popovich of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Upon his completion of this clerkship, Joe joined the Butler law firm of Kirkpatrick, Montgomery and Crissman as an associate attorney. In 1998, Joe became a partner in the firm, now known as Montgomery, Crissman, Montgomery, Kubit & Petrancosta, L.L.P. Joe is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tri-City Life Center, located in Lower Burrell. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh East Community Church in Monroeville and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Butler County Bar Association. Joe is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Abstract title insurance company in Butler. Joe and his wife, Sue, live in Lower Burrell with their daughter, Julie.
Daniel R. Black, Jr. DO Class of 1978
Daniel R. Black, Jr. DO earned an Associate Degree in Biology at BC3 in 1978. While at BC3, Dan was a member of the Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. Dan was voted 'Student Senator of the Year' in 1978. He continued his education at Penn State University completing a Philosophical Baccalaureate in Biochemistry/Nutrition/Horticulture in 1980. Dan attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine earning his doctorate in 1985. He completed his physiatric residency at the University of Louisville and the Frazier Rehab Center in Louisville, Kentucky and trained in Medical Acupuncture at UCLA. Dr. Black was the past president of the Ohio State Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society. Dan is a clinical rotation mentor for Ohio University students, interns and residents and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since 1989, Dr. Black has served as the Medical Director for the Sports, Industrial and Rehabilitation Medicine Department and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Department at the Holzer Clinic in Gallipolis, Ohio. Dan served as a hospitalman in the United States Navy from 1972-1976. Dan and his wife, Michele, live in Gallipolis, Ohio with their three children, Dane, Lauren, and Logan.
2008 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Patrick C. "Rick" Smith Class of 1972
Rick Smith began attending classes at BC3 in 1971, transferred to IUP and graduated with a degree in Criminology in 1975. He joined the United States Secret Service in May 1976, beginning a thirty year career. While in the Secret Service, Rick guarded Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes. Rick's career took him all over the world but he was especially proud when he escorted Vice-President Chaney through Butler on his way to an event in Saxonburg. Rick retired from the Secret Service in 2006 and began his second career as the United States Marshal of the Western District of North Carolina. Rick's wife, Phyllis Davis Smith was also born and raised in Butler. The Smiths have two grown children.
Dr. Marlene Hassenfratz, DO Class of 1998
Marlene Hassenfratz was a returning adult student with two young children when she began at BC3. Her goal was to become a doctor. Dr. Melinda Ripper wrote in her nomination that Marlene had a "passion for learning, an industrious work habit, the tenacity . to surmount whatever obstacles exist . and an unwavering focus on her goal." After BC3, Marlene attended Youngstown State University as a University Scholar, receiving a full scholarship to YSU. Marlene graduated from YSU with a degree in Combined Sciences and began at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated in May, 2004 and began her residency. Dr. Hassenfratz is in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at the University of Buffalo and will complete the Physiatry Program in June, 2009. Dr. Hassenfratz was awarded the "Intern of the Year" in 2005. Dr. Hassenfratz and her family reside in Corfu, New York.
Wayne D. Seibel Class of 1974
Wayne graduated from BC3 and continued his education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning a degree in Criminology. Wayne began his career in law enforcement at Callery Borough before becoming a police officer for Zelienople Borough and then Jackson Township. Wayne retired from the Jackson Township Police Department after 25 years of service as a Sergeant. He earned his Emergency Medical Technician certification in 1979 and has maintained his certification serving with Harmony Volunteer Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services. He has received awards from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania Senate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Wayne returned to serve the community in January, 2004 as the Magisterial District Judge in Evans City. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Providence Plantation Foundation, a living history center in Evans City. Wayne and his wife, Susan, whom he met at BC3, live in Zelienople. The Seibels have a grown daughter, Teddi, a full time business administration student at BC3.
Leonard J. Haney Class of 1983
In his own words, Lenny writes, "I came to BC3 illprepared for college. My first Physics I exam score was 29%...quite a wakeup call." Len credits Professor Blewett's "help and patience" for his success. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from BC3 with an Associate in Electronics Technology, Lenny attended Penn State University earning a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1986. Mr. Haney's aerospace career began in 1986 at General Dynamics as a Field Engineer on the F16 Fighter Jet. In 1994, Lenny moved to Comwave Communications, a microwave communication company, for two years. In 1996, he continued his aerospace career at Lockheed Martin as a Flight Test Instrumentation Engineer on the F-22 Raptor. Lenny left Lockheed in 2000 for an opportunity to work at USAirways in Pittsburgh. He returned to Lockheed in 2002 as the Lead F-22 Flight Test Instrumentation Operations Engineer and was promoted to Senior Staff Electronics Engineer in 2005. Formerly of Saxonburg, Len resides in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, BC3 alumnae, Kristen Keys, and daughters, Kendall, age 11, and Kiley, age six.
Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert Class of 1979
Kimberly attended BC3 as one of the first early enrollment students, attending BC3 while still in high school. Following BC3, Kimberly continued her education at Eastern New Mexico University earning a Bachelor of Science in 1982, a Master of Arts in Communication in 1989 and a doctorate in Community College Leadership in 2004. Dr. Batty-Herbert served as the Program Coordinator for Communication, Music, Languages and Theater at Clovis Community College in New Mexico. She continued her community college career as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Broward Community College in Florida. In 2007, Dr. Batty-Herbert became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at South Florida Community College. Kimberly is active in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Florida Association of Community Colleges, the International Listening Association, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary International and she is a board member of the Heartland ARC Foundation. Dr. Batty-Herbert resides in Sebring, Florida with her husband David, and son, Braxton.
2007 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Doug Bartley '77
Doug Bartley earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in 1977 and began working in the explosives and mining industry. In 1994, Doug started DBA Consulting. DBA Consulting provides explosives engineering consulting to national and international clients. DBA has designed several database software packages, including BlastData, ProBid, DrilLog, and Inventory Pro for the explosives industry. Doug has written and presented abstract papers for the first and second EFEE Conferences on Explosives and Blasting Technique in Munich, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. Doug is a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers and has received several service awards. Doug resides in Wheeling, West Virginia with his wife, BC3 alumna, Jacqueline Kress Bartley, and three daughters, Jennifer, Megan, and Kathleen.
Chris Calhoun '81
Chris Calhoun is a Professor and Coordinator of the Parks and Recreation Management
Program at BC3. He also serves as a Wildlife Conservation Specialist with the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Chris earned an Associate's Degree in Park and Recreation Management at BC3 in 1981 where he was a member of the Student Senate. He continued his education at Slippery Rock University earning a Bachelors in Recreation and a Masters in Park and Recreation Administration. Chris is currently active in the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department and the American Red Cross. From his "Outstanding Conservation Educator Award" in 1985 to his "Hanna-Miller Safety Award" in 2005, Chris has thirteen honors and awards to his credit. Chris lives in Butler with his wife, BC3 alumna, Kelly Bayer Calhoun, and his daughters, Rachel and Jessica.
Jeff Crede '79
Jeff Crede graduated from Butler Senior High School in 1977. He began attending BC3 and completed his Associates Degree in Criminology in 1979. From there he transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1987, Jeff graduated from the PA State Police Academy in Hershey, PA. He spent several years with the PA State Police Troop B in Washington before being assigned to Troop D in Butler in 1992. Jeff began serving as the Alternative Deputy Fire Marshal in 1991 and became Deputy Fire Marshal for the PA State Police Troop D Butler in 2000. Jeff was promoted to the Rank of Corporal in 2001. He has been an active member of the Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department since 1986 and has served as Chief since 1995. Jeff lives in Penn Township with his wife, Denise, son, Ryan, and daughter, Taylor.
Theresita Sanderson Hartz '69
Taree Hartz attended BC3 when there were "only four buildings and lots of mud" completing an Associate's Degree in Business Management in 1969. She continued at Youngstown State University earning both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education. Taree taught at the Youngstown City Schools for 36 years, retiring in July, 2007. During this time, Taree helped develop the curriculum for the College Tech Prep and Finance Program at Choffin Career and Technical Center. In 2007, Taree was a Youngstown City Schools Teacher of the Year Nominee. For the past 26 years, Taree has coordinated the Annual Mitten Tree at the Choffin Center, collecting over 4,200 items for Mahoning County Children Services. Retirement was short for Taree. She is currently working with the Youngstown City Schools as a consultant, charged with establishing a High School of Business Academy. Taree lives in Youngstown with her husband, Greg, and children, Kristen, Michael, and Rebecca.
2006 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
James Cunningham, of Butler, attended BC3 in the early 70's before transferring to Slippery Rock University and completing a degree in Sociology in 1974. For the next 20 years, Mr. Cunningham served in various roles for many non-profit organizations, becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive in 1987. For the past ten years, Jim has been an independent fundraising consultant and senior associate for the firm of Gronlund Sayther Brunkow as well as Anlin Development Services. Jim was recently named the 2005 Outstanding Fund Raising Executive by the Western Pennsylvania Association of Fund Raising Executives. Jim's hard work and dedication has positively impacted the philanthropic success of many organizations in our community including the Irene Stacy Community Mental Health Center, the Butler Public Library, the Butler County Association for the Blind, and the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation.
Kenneth "Chris" Jones
Kenneth 'Chris' Jones received an associate in nursing from BC3 in 1990. While attending BC3, Chris was named as an Outstanding Student Senator. Chris continued in the nursing field, earning a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Slippery Rock University in 2001.While pursuing his education, Chris served as a volunteer fireman, a CPR and First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross, an Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Life Support instructor for the American Heart Association, and as a Basic Trauma Life Support Instructor. Chris also assisted Mr. Chris Calhoun with the development of BC3's first Campus Emergency Response Guide. Chris currently resides in Butler and is a registered nurse in the intensive Care unit at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Margy Lang began her educational career at BC3 in 1977 and continued at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia graduating with a Bachelors degree in Sports Communication in 1981. Margy earned a M.S. in Sports Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and an M.B.A. from Clayton University, St. Louis in 1990. Margy enjoyed a nine-year career in marketing and business development management with a financial institution. While working in the financial industry, Margy chaired the City of Jacksonville Mayor's Olympic Development Committee, the Jacksonville and the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau Sports Marketing Committee, and was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Governor's Task Force for Olympics. In 1999, Margy's interest in sports and her marketing experience lead to the creation of Sportive Marketing, Inc. As president of Sportive Marketing, Margy utilizes sports as a tactic in the marketing management process and strategy. She continues her allegiance to Pittsburgh's Black and Gold teams from her St. Augustine Beach, Florida home.
Roger Reeb, Ph.D.
Roger Reeb, Ph.D., graduated in 1982 with an Associate Degree in Psychology. While attending BC3, Roger received the 1981 Outstanding History Student Award. Roger continued his education at Westminster College earning his Bachelors in Psychology in 1984. He completed a Masters in Developmental Psychology in 1987 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 1993, Dr. Reeb earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology specializing in Clinical Child and Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, also from Virginia Commonwealth University. Roger is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Ohio. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Dayton where he is also the Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology Graduate Programs. Dr. Reeb has published numerous psychological papers, authored two books, and is a frequent presenter with the Midwestern Psychological Association. Dr. Reeb and his family reside in Centerville, Ohio.
2005 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Shelley Houillion Duffy
Shelley Houillion Duffy graduated from BC3 in 1982 and has been a Pittsburgh radio personality for 18 years. Shelley began her career with B-94 and is currently the KDKA's morning news program co-host. Shelley serves on the Board of Directors of the Leukemia Society and Pittsburgh Cares and is active with several other social service agencies.
Paul Kengor, Ph.D.
Paul Kengor, Ph.D., attended BC3 in 1985. Dr. Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, "God and Reagan" and "God and George W. Bush". Paul has appeared on many television shows including "The O'Reilly Factor" and C-SPAN and has been a guest on hundreds of radio talk shows.
David Knapp, Ph.D.
David Knapp, Ph.D., a 1984 BC3 grad, is the President of Clear Ideas Consulting which specializes in leadership and management training and coaching. David has worked with national and international organizations in nearly all areas of organizational development. As an interesting side note, David celebrated his 40th birthday by completing 40 marathons in 2004.
Patricia Paytas is a 1979 BC3 graduate and is currently serving as the Vice-President of Community and Public Affairs, and Executive Director of Pirates Charities. Patty began with the Pirates as an intern in the Public Relations Department in 1981 and remained with the ball club through the 1994 season. Patty worked at Burson Mastellar, a communication firm, from 1994 until 2000 when she returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Nicholas Toubakaris came to the United States from Greece in 1970 at the age of 29. He began attending night classes at BC3 in 1971 graduating in 1977 and transferring to Slippery Rock University. BC3 provided Nick with the basics of the English language and he went on to build O. H. Nicholas Transfer and Storage into a successful company. Nick also has a wide range of community involvement and volunteer work.
2004 Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Years attended BC3: 1966-68
Current Position: President/Owner-4 Most Group, Inc., Butler, PA
Accomplishments: Jessica was a member of the first BC3 graduation class and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati - Design Art and Architecture. After a successful career with a local firm, Ms. Forsythe started her own architecture business, 4-Most Group, Inc. in 1997.
Diane R. Marburger
Years attended BC3: 1976-81
Current Position: Butler County Treasurer, Butler PA
Accomplishments: Following graduation from IUP, Diane began her career in the financial service field. After several promotions at the bank, she saw opportunities within the Treasurer's Office. In 1999, Diane was elected Butler County Treasurer and is currently serving her second term as county treasurer. In her role as treasurer, Diane has implemented new software systems and procedures to improve the overall efficiency of the office. In 2002, Diane was awarded the "Women in Government Award" by the Pennsylvania Business and Professional Women's Club.
Dr. Andrew Matonak
Years attended BC3: 1972-74
Current Position: President of Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa
Accomplishments: Drew Matonak received his PhD from the University of Houston and went on to serve as the Dean of Students at Lakeland Community College in Ohio. Drew currently serves as the President of Northwest Iowa Community College. While at BC3, Drew was an All-Conference Baseball Pitcher.
Thomas C. Osborne
Years attended BC3: 1968-70
Current Position: CEO of Tnemec Paint Company, Mission Woods, Kansas Accomplishments: Tom began as an accounting trainee with Glidden Paint Company after graduating from Youngstown State University in Ohio in 1973. In 1984 Glidden was sold to ICI Paints, Tom was appointed director of finance. Tom graduated from the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 1989. In 1992, he was appointed executive vice president, in charge of ICI's paint stores - an $850 million business. Tom assumed the role as CEO of Tnemec Company in 1998 and was recently appointed Chairman of the National Paint and Coatings Association.
Years attended BC3: 1975-77
Current Position: Yale University Baseball Coach, New Haven, Connecticut
Accomplishments: John pitched for the World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1982 and continued to play professional baseball until 1985. He returned to BC3 as a coach and administrator from 1986 through 1991. Mr. Stuper was instrumental in the development of the BC3 Cranberry Center. After coaching in the St. Louis Cardinal minor league system for two years, John began his career as the Yale Baseball coach in 1993. Under his direction, the baseball team achieved two Ivy League Championships. John was named "New England Division I Coach of the Year" in 1993. While at BC3, he held a Pitching Record of (25-3) during 1975-77. He was the only two time, all conference baseball and basketball player at BC3.