Outstanding Alumni

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.

Rhodes State Honors Distinguished Alumna

The 2017 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient is Mary L. Marker.  She is a 1980 graduate, a member of the first class of the Respiratory Care Program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is a Certified Respiratory Therapist and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist.

Ms. Marker is a long-time employee of St. Rita’s Medical Center, starting as a Respiratory Therapist and currently serving as the Director of Cardiopulmonary Ancillary Services. She oversees the areas of Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Function, EKG Lab, Sleep Center, Audiology and EEG Lab.  She successfully completed the certification process through The Joint Commission for St. Rita’s as a Primary Stroke Center (2014) and as an AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Center (2015). She is an alumna of the Catholic Healthcare Partners Leadership Academy and Allen Lima Leadership. She has also served as the Northwest District representative, secretary, and president of the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care.

Mary remains an invaluable volunteer for the College, as well as a board member for the Veterans Memorial Civic Center Foundation. Marker has served consistently on the Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Advisory Committee, thirteen years as chair and was instrumental in the establishment of the Respiratory Care Alumni Scholarship. 

Pam Halfhill, her nominator, reflected that “Mary has consistently and constantly moved herself into positions which have benefited many people in need of health care. She has worked tirelessly to bring new and state-of-the-art medical treatment to St. Rita’s Medical Center and the Lima area community. She lives the Rhodes State College mission by becoming a life-long learner herself and bettering her community.”

Past Outstanding Alumni Recipients


Outstanding Alumni
Award YearAlumDegreeGraduation Year
1988 Kay Rodabaugh Parent* Nursing 1982
1989 Cynthia Unverferth Office Secretarial 1987
1990 Marlin R. Kirkendall Law Enforcement 1973
1991 Annabelle “Katie” Allen* Nursing 1976
1992 Jerry Dean Good Accounting 1976
1993 Gregory E. Phipps Electrical Engineering 1983
1994 Lori L. Reidenbach Law Enforcement/Corrections 1984
1995 Angie J. (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 Patton, RN, MSN CPHQ, CCCM 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, BSN, MSN Nursing 1991
2012 Douglass S. Degen Mechanical Engineering 1987
2013 Joseph Kitchen Emergency Medical Services & Technical Studies/Fire Science  2012
2014 Marilyn Cipollone Human Services     1994
2015 Tim Mosher Paramedic, Nursing 1982,1984
2016 Jane P. Krites  Nursing 1987
2017 Mary L. Marker Respiratory Care 1980