Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016 Announced
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will recognize eight alumni for exemplary
service to their professions and communities by inducting them into the colleges Hall
of Distinguished Alumni on Monday, Oct. 10.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in ECTCs Regional Postsecondary Education Center (RPC) and is followed by a catered reception, courtesy of ECTCs Culinary Arts program.
The Distinguished Alumni program, now in its 11th year, celebrates the achievements and continuing contributions of former students in their academic, professional and humanitarian endeavors.
These distinguished alumni follow the tradition of exceptional graduates who began their higher education at ECTC and continued to grow academically and professionally, making meaningful contributions to society, said Dr. Gwen Joseph, ECTC Interim President/CEO. We honor them for dedication to their work and communities, and for representing the spirit of excellence at ECTC.
Claudio Monzon of Elizabethtown, chair of the ECTC Board of Directors, said the annual recognition program also celebrates the colleges impact on the 12-county region it serves.
For more than 50 years, ECTC has provided quality, affordable academic and workforce training opportunities to help the residents of its service region attain their educational and professional goals, Monzon said. When our students and graduates apply the skills, talents and perspectives gained at ECTC to their studies, work and volunteer activities, the impact of the college becomes even greater.
The names and photos of this years honorees will join others in ECTCs Hall of Distinguished Alumni in the first floor of the RPC building.
The 2016 Distinguished Alumni honorees are:
Rebecca N. Ates, Executive Vice President of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, graduated from Elizabethtown Community College in 1997 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree. She attended the CUNA Management School at the University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Business, and earned a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Western Kentucky University in 2001, followed by a Master of Business Administration from WKU in 2009. Her professional memberships include board member of the Alliance CUSO, CUES Greater Southern Council, Treasurer, CUNA Lending Council and several Fort Knox Federal Credit Union committees. She is a Certified Risk Manager through the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and on the NAFCU Quarter Century Honor Roll and CUES Rising 100. Ates is active in the Central Kentucky Community Foundation Heels Together program, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and St. Brigid and St. James Catholic Churches. Ates and her husband, Rondale live in Rineyville, KY and have two adult children.
Pamela Rosati Bentley, Retired Manager, Barnes amp; Noble Bookstore, graduated from Elizabethtown Community College in 1974 with an Associate Degree in management, and she took classes toward a bachelors degree in management from Western Kentucky University. Bentley worked in the ECC Bookstore in 1975 as assistant manager, then moved to the financial aid office. She was executive assistant to the ECTC president from 1995 2006, and served as Barnes and Noble College Bookstore Manager for ECTC from 2006-2016. Bentley was a recipient of the Hardon County Schools Volunteer Service Award, and is listed in Whos Who of The American Association of Professional Women. Bentley and her husband, Kirby live in Cecilia, KY and have one adult daughter.
Joshua Bradley, Vice President, Water Heating Technologies, LLC, attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College from 2005-2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the JB Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville in 2010. Bradley holds a certificate of completion for Advanced Hydronic Systems at TACO University Bradley, and was awarded top performance in sales and design for Colmac Waterheat in 2014, and recognition for largest installation for Colmac Waterheat in 2015. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, several educational institutions, and authored and designed the Vision Paper Format to help high school students focus on their goals. Bradley and his wife, Tiffany live in Irvington, KY, with their two sons.
Bobbi Buchanan, Author/Poet/Creative Writing Instructor, attended Elizabethtown Community College from 1983-1985. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Kentucky in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University in 2004. Buchanan is a member of Green River Writers, received the Seven Counties Services Champion for the Community Award in 2015, the Agent of Health Artist Fellowship and Kentucky Foundation for Women Summer Residency 2015. She is founding editor of e-zine New Southerner and author of three books. Buchanan created and runs the Art for Inmates in Recovery Program at the Bullitt County detention Center. Buchanan lives in Coxs Creek, KY and has two adult children.
Christopher Durbin, Program/Project Management, Professional Navy/Marines Corps Engineering Team for Booz Allen Hamilton, attended Elizabethtown Technical College from 1989 1991, when he earned a diploma in mechanical drafting. He has earned Project Management Levels 3 and 4 Certification from the Project Management Institute, and Personal Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise. Durbin worked on several projects for the Department of Defense over the past 20 years, including the Air Force Special Operations Command, Army Central Command, Department of State, Special Operations Command and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and several churches and childrens organizations. Durbin and his wife, Wendy, live in Summerville, SC and have three children.
Brenda Cornett Hagan, Owner/Administrator, Crocus Learning Center, LLC, attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in 2004 and 2005. She earned a Kentucky Child Care Provider credential in 2004 and a Kentucky Directors credential in 2006. Before that, Hagan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian Area Studies from the University of Kentucky in 1988. She started Crocus Learning Center with a vision to provide quality early education and child care in the community, and the business has grown to three locations. As a participant in the STARS for Kids Now Quality Enhancement Initiative, all three locations are ranked 3 out of 4 stars. She has served on local Child Care Councils and serves on the ECTC Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education advisory council. Hagan and her husband, William, live in Bardstown, KY. They have four children.
Kerrie Baker Lewis, Owner/Manager/Graphic Designer, SignMakers of Hardin County, Inc. graduated from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with an Associate of Arts Degree in 2009. Lewis is a member of the United States Sign Council and International Sign Association. She is active in the Gilded Tongues Toastmasters Club, and received the Competent Communicator Certificate in 2015. Lewis enjoys performing in local community theater, Hardin County Playhouse, and has led fundraising for the arts. She has been a board member of the American Red Cross, Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center and Hardin County Playhouse, and has been active with United Ways marketing committee, Bank On and Money Matters Programs. Lewis and her husband, Eugene, live in Elizabethtown, KY. They have four adult children.
Sharon J. Wright, Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Hardin
Memorial Health, graduated from Elizabethtown Community College in 1987 with an Associate
in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
in 1992 from Bellarmine University, and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2009 from
McKendree University. Wright developed a program to fully fund associates level nurses
to return to college for bachelors education at Hardin Memorial Health, and has worked
closely with ECTC to support the nursing program. She has served on the Board of Directors
for the Hardin LaRue Community Free Clinic and for Leadership Hardin County. She is
active in fundraising for multiple organizations including American Heart Association
Heart Chase, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, March of Dines, Crusade for Children,
and United Way. Wright and her husband, John, live in Elizabethtown, KY. They have