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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 2020 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient is Rachael S. Gilroy. Gilroy earned an Associate of Arts in Paralegal/Legal Assisting from Lima Technical College (LTC) in 1994. She said of her education at Lima Technical College, “From helping a young mother achieve her dream back then, assisting in an internship that ended up becoming a full time job, to where I am now, Rhodes State played a tremendous role in my life, and I'm so very glad to be able to return those gifts to my community!”

In 2007, Gilroy attained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and receives annual certifications from the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Secretary of State, Auditor of State, and the Treasurer of State. After graduation from Lima Technical College in 1994, she was employed by The Huntington National Bank Wealth Advisors Group, as well as the Law Offices of Robert E. Shenk, who nominated her for this honor. She served Allen County as Treasurer from 2008-2013 and from 2013 to present as Allen County Auditor.

In the region, Gilroy has served as Incorporator and Administrator of the Allen County Land Reutilization Corporation, on the Allen County Public Defender’s Commission, in the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio, and as a State Board Member of the Ohio Land Bank Association. Locally, Gilroy serves as a part of the Spencerville VFW, St. Patrick’s Church in Spencerville, the Allen County Republican Party Executive Committee, and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, Lima Lodge. At Rhodes State College, Gilroy was the Featured Alumna in the Winter 2019 Alumni Newsletter, an Adjunct Faculty member from 1995-1996, and she represents a Legacy Family at Rhodes as her youngest daughter graduates this May.

“My husband and I are proud to be active members and supporters of our community and county, from supporting our law enforcement officers through our FOPA membership, to fundraising activities for the local VFW, American Legion and Amvets, to our school and faith communities. We've taken pride in raising our four daughters with the same values. Serving in any form in the community you live in provides strength in character and heart and is vitally important to the strength and health of our communities,” she said.

Previously, Gilroy has received the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Excellence Award and the Huntington National Bank Service in Excellence Award.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on alumni of Rhodes State College or Lima Technical College. Since 1988, this award is annually given to an Associate Degree graduate who brings credit to him or herself and the College through distinguished accomplishments in career or professional life, community affairs at local, state or national levels, and support of the advancement and continued excellence of Rhodes State College.

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 Inductees:

Aaron M. McLaurine, Associate of Applied Science, Electronic Engineering Technology (1995) is the Founder/Owner of New Look Fitness Center and Coach of Soldiers of Honor.

Linda A. Dodge, Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement (1978), is the Sheriff of Delaware County, Ohio, an international speaker and the Executive Director of the Pointman Leadership Institute.

Katy I. Murphy, Associate of Applied Science, Respiratory Care (1999) is a Lead Process Engineer supporting The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and Population Health.

Dr. Lee Anne Sorto, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing (2008) is the Regional Clinical Operations Administrator at Washington Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, NC.

Tracy K. Smith, Associate of Applied Science, Respiratory Care (1990) is the Clinical Coordinator of Pain Management and Sleep Center at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

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
2019 Cathy L. Kohli Law Enforcement 1987
2020 Rachael S. Gilroy Paralegal/Legal Assisting 1994
*Deceased