Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region celebrates 2017 commencement

Nearly 830 degrees and certificates conferred on 530 graduates

Angela Bailiff
Student speaker

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region – which includes campuses and instructional sites in Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester – celebrated its 2017 commencement Friday, May 12. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center as the College conferred 827 degrees and certificates on 530 recipients.

David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, congratulated the graduates for perseverance in achieving their credentials despite the challenges and sacrifices they faced.

“I know I speak for all of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s faculty and staff in expressing our pride in these students and their accomplishments,” Bathe said. “We also see the ceremony as an opportunity to acknowledge the support of family and friends who helped make these accomplishments possible.”

Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana, the state’s online, competency-based university, gave the address to the candidates. In her role with WGU, Barber, an Indiana native, champions college attainment for working Hoosiers who have some college but have not yet earned a degree.

Angela Bailiff of Greentown represented the graduates as student speaker at the commencement. Bailiff came to Ivy Tech as an adult, 30 years after she dropped out of high school. The daunting decision to go back to school was a life-changing one. Graduating with an Associate of General Studies degree, she will begin work this fall on a bachelor’s degree in the School of Education at Indiana University Kokomo. Her goal is to become a college English instructor, perhaps returning to Ivy Tech, and a children’s author. While at Ivy Tech, she earned Dean’s List status every semester and induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community college students, serving as general vice president of the Alpha Pi Phi chapter in Kokomo.

Those honored during Friday’s ceremonies included John Adler, retired United States Air Force colonel and owner of Adler Feed Express, recipient of an honorary Associate of Science in College and Community Service degree in recognition of his contributions to the College, the state, and the nation; Gwenn Eldridge, department chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction; Dr. David Sturgeon, adjunct instructor in Dental Assisting, recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction; Yesenia Martinez of Logansport, a 2010 Ivy Tech graduate who currently serves as a case manager with Counseling Partners LLC of Lafayette, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award; and graduating student Bailey Pownell of Peru, recipient of the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence.

Members of Ivy Tech Kokomo Region’s graduating class of 2017, listed by hometown, include:

 

Akron
Elisia Orianna Chairez
Timothy Paul Czarnecki

Brittany Meier

Amboy
Dustin J. Heath

Elizabeth Smith

Rachel J. Sprong
Savannah Marie Vincent
Andrews
Jason S. Shenefield
Arcadia
Sarah Elizabeth Lawhorn
David J. Martin
Elijah Kristopher Schroeder
Melissa Ann Scott
Bloomington
Alyssa Lynn Lytle
Bringhurst
Charlotte Hannah Bailey
Bunker Hill
Rachel E. Colwell

Daylan E. Guffey

Tayanita Ann Hodges

Chelsea D. Rose
Burlington
Hayden Mathew Crume
Burnettsville
Natasha R. Benedict

Katlyn Elizabeth Emery

Burrows
Brandy N. Martin

Camden

Candice Nicole Gatchel
Carmel
Megan R. Murray
Abigail L. Reed
Nicholas D. White
Cicero
Raechelle L. Ewing
Christopher P. Kelly
Megan Ann Patterson

Emily Susan Wuerch

Columbus
Nathaniel C. Shoop
Converse
David A. Yoder
Culver
Amy J. Ashley
Cutler
Emily Kathrynn Green
Delphi
Natasha Calisto

Jessica L. McVay

Denver
Mindy D. Jaberg
Kayla J. Madden
Allison Marlee Paige Myers
Andrew T. Myers
Elwood
James R. Borum II

Griffin Alexander DeBaun

Lisa Renae Pope
Fairmount
Joseph I. Greentree
Justin Allen Harshman
Fishers
Shannon L. Lawler
Flora
David Monticue

Susan Lynn Turrill

Fort Wayne
Mariah K. McFarlane
Fulton
Jennavive M. Magnum

Cullen A. Smith

Galveston
Christopher Thomas Burke
Carol Sue Craw
Kathryn Einstein
Haley Rochelle Maxwell
Courtney Alexis McCloskey

Floyd D. McCoy

Angie L. McKinney

Jade Alexandra Munsey

Sarah Beth Schutt

Brittanie D. Seals

Gas City

Kate Leigh Ann Duecker

Susan Capri Ellis

Tiffany K. Geiger

Jeremy Lane Herring

Jacob Andrew Wright
Goldsmith
Jesse L. Kerfoot

 

Greentown
Angela J. Bailiff
Jonathan Cordell
Kylie E. Freeman
Brittani L. Hinson
Brock E. Newton
Curtis M. Siler
Corey M. Sommers
Kathy Sue Sparling
Hartford City
Stacy Lynn Bole
Hope
Lincoln D. Jasper
Indianapolis
Kelly E. Circle

Sherelle Clark

Gloria Ekissi
Lucas W. Myers
Jonesboro
Katey Jo Rice
Kewanna
Caitlynn Gourley
Rachelle Marie Sherman
Kokomo
Johnny Leif Alvarado
Jason Allen Andreas
Camry M. Archer
Samantha Jo Baker
Elizabeth Maegan Bales
Eliot E. Banaszak
Josephine Banaszak
Kaitlin N. Banush
Theresa Lavern Bates
Caitlyn M. Beck
Abigail M. Bell
Adam Bird
Tyler Jacob Bird
Tiffany A. Blackburn
Shane Micheal Boles
Alaina Renee Bradley

Tonya J. Bradley

Kenneth E. Broniak
Ciera L. Brown
Nicole L. Bumgardner
Paul A. Butzin
Carla Lynn Calvert
Matthew B. Campbell
Rheticia A. Cannon
Lisa Marie Barnett-Carpenter
Keyton John Charlesworth

Joseph L. Chauvaux

Kimberly Chavez
Audriana Clark
Brandy R. Coak
Bret Coleman
Tiffani Lynn Collins
Stephanie Denise Cosley
Sally L. Crider

John R. Danley

Amanda L. Day
Logan M. Day
Shannon Kazuyoshi Derks
Andrew J. Dougherty
Codie A. Dowell
Hali R. Downs
Leota Irene Duke
Cynthia M. Dulin
April Dawn Duncan
Patience O. Ebikwo
Amy Marie Edwards
Kelli A. Elkins
Tristan E. Fausett
Deborah K. Fortier
Charlie L. Fourkiller

Andrea Nicole Lynn Fulton

Ariana Jewel Getts
Heather Gonzalez
Kynzee R. Halter
Elijah James Hammel
Mark Bennett Hardy
Gage D. Hayden
Chryl L. Hayes
Kiara J. Haynes
John Philip Heffernan
Benjamin D. Henn
Jason Clyde Henry
Michael Herr
Bernadine M. Higgins
Dustin Max Hinkle
Danielle R. Hobson
Jacqueline M. Holloway
Brittony Rian House
Patricia Humphrey
Damon G. Huntley
Roegena L. Ile
Zachary Adam Jackson
Martha Stacy Johnson

Cortney M. Justice

Jessica L. Keel
Ryan Matthew Kendall
Lowen Q. Killibrew
Eun-Sung Kim
Chelsea Autumn Leigh King
Danielle M. Lackowski
Alexis R. Lawhead
James A. Lawson
Xuan Li
Joshua Lindley
Craig Anthony Louks
Teri L. Marks
Christopher Micheal Marr
Madison A. Marshall
Mark Anthony Martinez
Tori R. McAninch
William Mac McCartney
Amanda S. McDaniel
Joseph V. McGowen
Cassie J. Mckillip
Loretta L. McNally

Bria Symone Merriweather

Natalie Lyn Meyers
Alexandria Elaine Millikan
James Earl Montgomery
Jerrad E. Moore
Karissa Ann Morris

Owen Munson

Scott Myers
Alexandria G. Name
Melissa M. Name
Brandon M. Nibert
Shelly Dawn Nile
Trisha Norfleet

KeeJoh Patrick Deem O’Hearon

Katherine Renee Orzech
Joseph Nelson King Osborne
Jasmine A. Overman
William Anthony Overton
Maddisen Padden
Arielle Nicole Pagan
Darral Gene Peoples, Jr.
Jeffrey A. Philapy

Alexander Donald Thomas Plude

Micheal P. Plummer
Ashton N. Poynter
Justin Kyle Raborn
Lucie LeaAnn Rance
Adam S. Reed

Clayton D. Reed

Luke T. Reed
Kasey Ann Reeve
Kelsey L. Reinhart
Alexander J. Reith
Erica J. Rickner
Bradley Dean Riggs
Micale Robinson
Timoa J. Roler

Angela Mae Ione Ross

Jennifer M. Rush
Maranda L. Russell
Kabrina K. Scardino
Sarah R. Schwartz
Tamara M. Shannon
Anna K. Sharp
Katelyn Irene Shelley
Briley Ann Shellman
Gayle A. Sherman
Dennis R. Shoaf
Styles D. R. Small
Shamar T. Smiley
Andrea Smith
Erin M. Stapleton
Brooke Nicole Stewart
Cherice N. Stigger
Meagan Rose Stonebraker
Kasey M. Taylor
Natasha LeAnn Thieke
Johnny Vargas Tubia
Joseph A. Turner
Heather Renae Underwood
Paige Van De Velde
Lyndsy R. Varnado
Rachel Marie Vega
Sierra LaShay Waggoner
William P. Walker
Dionne R. Wallace
Angela L. Washington
Tracy Louise White
Lauryn A. Wiles
Danielle Elaine Williams
Jimmy Lee Williams

Sarah B. Williams

Amanda D. Wilson
Anita K. Wooldridge
Andy J. Wright

Breanna Dawn Wright

Theresa L. Wright

Jenna Diane Yeakley
Amber R. Zehringer
Heather Rene Zeis-Forrey
Lafayette
Alana Ann Curtis
Tina L. Davis-Brown
Taylor R. Decker
Sydney Renee McKinney
Kayla Jean Salsbery

 

LaFontaine

Kaylee Marie Cummins

 

Lagro

Debra E. Shepherd

Laketon
Christie Lynn Edwards
Ligonier
Shaley Kathryn Kosel
Logansport
Eduardo Aguilera Arellano
James I. Balbuena
Jessica Michelle Boots
Anthony A. Botsford
David E. Boucher
Amy M. Brannick
Michell A. Chanley
Danny Lee Cole, Jr.
Alexandria N. Corcoran
Chelsea Renee DeBarge
Shayla L. Doty
Anastasia Alexa Evers
Tyrone E. Flowers
Lucia Rosario Garcia
Melissa L. Gleitz
Angel J. Gonzalez
Bradley L. Grigsby
EmmaLeigh M. Gunther
Lacey Lynn Harrell

Nicole M. Heckard

Minerva Hernandez
Flor Maria Hernandez-Luis
Jason W. Huff
Elizabeth Marie Humphrey
Robert P. Irwin
Marisol Islas Hernandez
Jessica R. James
Jordan Alexander Johnson
Amanda C. Jones
Bailey N. Kelley
Kayla D. Kennedy
Brett J-T Kepner
Julie A. Kestle

Venus Lia Kinkade

Tammy Krpan
Madison Shae LaOrange
Daniel Lopez Morales
Mu Lwee
Alexis Lane Lytle
Marcelo Martinez
Christina H. Miller
Tera L. Montgomery
Jennifer L. Moss
Sierra Mughmaw
Matthew Thomas Nelson

Leonardo Olridge

Dominique Orozco

Stephanie Lynn Overholser

Isle Palencia

Erika Amary Peltz

Cassidee Perry

Lucia Floridalma Ponce

Debra K. Powers

Sarah Ann Putnam

Amanda K. Raderstorf

Jessica J. Ramirez

Angel L. Rance

Mickayla Joan Rans

Alondra Lizbeth Reyes-Rivera

Adam B. Rivard

Stormie L. Rivera

Erika Salgado

Maria Del Carmen Salinas

Moon Say

Miranda Lynn Schmicker

Nicole M. Schroder

Andrea Louise Shepard

Carrie D. Sherer

Amanda K. Shively

Johnathan F. Shock

Caitlynn LeeAnn Sink

April M. Small

Hayden Oscar Smith

Travis James Steffel

Brooke R. Stotler

Soledad Tafolla Rodriguez

Evelyn R. Toloza

Traci Lynn Weida

Edward H. Wilkiinson

Sarabia L. Williams

 

Lucerne

Joshua M. Day

 

Macy

Martha L. Conrad

Alexis L. Lackman

Michael N. Rasmussen

 

Marion

Jane M. Hampton

Kaden Andrew Harrison

W. Ted Johnson

Michael R. Marley

Quinshanna S. Porter-Love

Chelsea Dee-Ahn Renbarger

Courtney M. Seeler

Tyler Allen Warren

 

Martinsville

Carl J. Clark

 

 

Matthews

Jeanette Marie Breese

 

Midway

Brittany Renee Allen

 

Monterey

Crystal Rouse

 

Monticello

Kasha Danielle Kearney

 

Muncie

Hannah J. Moody

 

New Castle

Danielle Elise Flagg

 

Noblesville

Ashley A. Garner

Karen D. Harding

Jeanne L. Henry

Sarah Reel

 

North Manchester

Chesney Louise France

Rebecca L. Hoffman

Ashley D. Robinson

Christina M. Smith

 

Orestes

Shawn Michael Shepard

 

Peru

Melody Ann Anderson

Anne-Marie Elizabeth Bass

Lori A. Beattie

Andrew Lee Bishop

Jamie Michelle Bishop

Carmen Mae Boone

Joshua C. Boothby

Willean Bowen

Nathan Bowman

Sheila C. Briner

Megan M. Bryant

Angela Camuy

Cordelia Marie Cole

Christopher C. Cover

Lindsey Ann Dehner

Teresa M. Fitzgerald

Coda Fouts

John C. Frazier

Ethan A. Gahs

Debra L. Hipsher

Della K. Hoff-Barr

Kylie Noel Holland

Breona L. Hollarman

Christian Jewell

Jessica Marie Jobe

Mary L. Keaton

Alicia N. Maggart

Katiria E. Maldonado

Moriah Lee Grace Mercer

Rafael Antonio Molina

Corey Ann Monroe

Jon P. Oakley

Dustin D. Parks

Briana N. Pebley

Jeremy Dustin Phillips

Blake H. Pond

Briley Elaine Prater

Michael Alexander Reichert

Brittany H. Ritchie

David J. Roberts

Nicole E. Rorvik

James S. Seidle

Tiffane Dawn Sloan

Cheyenne A. Sons

Jacob Samuel Stevens

Robert M. Sucharski

Benjamin Thompson

Katie L. Townsend

Sheila Marie Wade

Shannon L. Walker

Alize K. T. White

Brandon S. Williams

Sierra A. Williams

Ashley Dawn Wold

Josiah Paul Wrightsman

 

Pierceton

Zachary J. Lee

 

 

Plainfield

Amanda Catherine Grewe

 

Roann

Stephanie R. Archer

Lucia Ann Click

Melinda R. Hudson

Robert O. Lynn, IV

 

Rochester

Ryan C. Blocker

Ashley M. Chipps

Kristie D. Culp

Paige Marie Eriks

Leslee Lynne Goss

Travis S. Herrell

Austin Jarrod Howell

Rasma Jo Melton

Han Nguyen

Hannah J. Shaffer

 

Royal Center

Crystal R. Gunter

Ashley Nicole Scott

 

Russiaville

Kelli Rene’ Davis

Aaron B. Dukes

Catherine Sue Dukes

Hayley D. Faulkner

 

Sedalia

Heather Marie Santos

 

Sharpsville

Tasha N. Cohee

Danielle M. Hale

Michael D. Pfeiffer

Autasha R. Stroud

 

Sheridan

Sara Marie Belcher

Miranda M. Rose

 

Star City

Brenda Jean Warner

 

Summitville

Cody W. Grimme

Meaghan Breann McDaniel

 

Swayzee

Shawn R. Larrowe

 

Sweetser

Joy L. Dufendach

 

Thorntown

Crystal Dawn Richardson

 

Tipton

James V. Altherr III

Kristen Boyd

Maia R. Calvert

Christina K. Chilson

Victoria M. Crail

Linda Michele Hendricks

Philip Hirtzel

Brittanie Nicole Jordan

Jordan K. Mahaney

Walter Trey Mauck

Dustin Lynn McCool

Alisha Rochelle Park

Ryan M. Schmitt

Michael P. Shuck

 

Twelve Mile

Tyler Lowe

 

Valparaiso

Katharine N. Murphy

Amy Lynn Tague

 

Wabash

Philip R. Balay

Robert W. Beets

Celesta A. Brown

Sarah D. Castle

Joshua D. Clark

Nicholas Dunn

Samuel G. England

Sheere Nadine Enser

Tanya Marie Gatchel

Amy Elizabeth Harden

Andrea N. Hill

Aaron Taylor Kelly

Megan Elizabeth Lane

Rachael Lee McDaniel

Angel R. Miller

Chandler Blaine Harold Murphy

Dana Denise Nelson

Chelsea Nickles

Kristen L. Poehler

Scott Alan Pretorius

Stephanie Ann Seymour

Michelle Renae Workman

 

Walton

Brenda Ivette Ayala

Bailey Sue Pownell

Jacob T. Seay

Jennifer Stine

 

Warsaw

Morgan Alexis Holsclaw

 

West Middleton

Benny R. Hillis

 

Westfield

Monica Lauren Goldner

Bailey E. Hart

Brookly Miller

Kimberly Ann Overmyer

 

Whitestown

Angela K. Bennett

 

Winamac

Stephanie Nichole Boomhower

Fred A. Furlano, Sr.

Kali J. Griggs

Alecia Mae Stamper

 

Windfall

Mary Alaina Turner


Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester.

 

Linda Ferries | media relations coordinator | Marketing & Communications | 765-252-5509 | lferries@ivytech.edu

Ivy Tech Community College | Kokomo | Logansport | Peru | Rochester | Changing lives. Making Indiana great.

 

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Angela Bailiff

 

 

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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