Alumnus of the Year

About the Jefferson College Alumnus of the Year Award 

In 1995, the Jefferson College Faculty Senate Executive Council initiated a program to recognize an outstanding alumnus at commencement each year.

We sincerely congratulate all of the past recipients, who include Marcella Weaver, Shirley Scarborough, Tim Gray, Joan Murphy, Jeff Elbl, Chuck Martin, Todd Oetting, Vera McCullough, Matt Brown, Shawn Bell, Ann Gettinger, Jane Brunk Kost, Dr. Elmer E. Revelle, Regina Herrington, Rick Francis, William Overstreet, Lena Hutson, and Andrew Held.

The Outstanding Alumnus is a person who graduated from Jefferson College with a certificate or associate degree, has achieved distinction in his or her chosen field of employment, has been involved in community service, and is not presently a trustee or an employee of Jefferson College.

Please click on a year from the index to the right for the previous award recipients' information as it was given upon their receipt of the award.

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2013 Alumnus of the Year - Bill Haggard

“I am honored to be selected as the Jefferson College Alumnus of the Year during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration year,” said Haggard. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity I had at Jefferson to transition from high school to college and for the quality education I received while at Jefferson. Lessons learned at Jefferson have impacted me throughout my career and adult life.”

Bill HaggardHe says Jefferson College is a great place to begin one’s post-secondary career. He was fortunate to have excellent instructors who cared about their students and were very knowledgeable in their respective fields, allowing him to build a strong background in the biological sciences at Jefferson and be successful in his chosen career. “Jefferson College: a quality education at an affordable price!”

Haggard received his Associate of Arts degree from Jefferson College in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in biological science from Southwest Missouri State University in 1973. 

After graduation, he began working at Hillsboro R-3 High School where he taught biological sciences classes, including General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Ecology. He retired from Hillsboro in 2005, after 32 years of employment in the district. While at the district, he served as Science Department Chair and on the building Emergency Preparedness Committee, graduation committees, scholarship committees, Student of the Month Committee, and the Hillsboro High School Hall of Fame Committee. He was also an active member of the National Education Association (H-NEA) teacher organization for 31 years, where he served as treasurer, president, and on numerous standing committees. He was awarded the Jefferson County NEA Advocate of the Year in 1994.

Haggard has served as the Mayor of the City of Herculaneum since September 2010, and served as Ward I and II Alderman from 2004-2010. He has served on the Herculaneum Today and Tomorrow, a community improvement organization, as a member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President. He also serves on the Herculaneum Historical Society (currently as president), the Herculaneum Tree Board, Herculaneum Planning and Zoning Committee, Herculaneum Recycling Committee (which he created), Herculaneum Park Board, Herculaneum Bikeable/Walkable Community Plan Committee (which he created), Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee, and Herculaneum Comprehensive Master Plan Committee. He has also chaired all the civic events sponsored by the above-mentioned groups.

He is the coordinator of the Herculaneum CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program. He organizes tri-annual CERT training classes and monthly refresher training sessions, and is the President of the Jefferson County Citizen Corps Council (JCCCC). He is the current president of the Jefferson County Firefighters Association, and he is a member of the Jefferson County Emergency Services organization. He has chaired the annual Jeffco Fire Engine Rally since 1994 and annually organizes the Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot collection, the annual Missouri Burn Camp Fill the Helmet Day, and the annual Backstoppers Hats Off collection. He chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2011 and currently co-chairs the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri 2014 State Convention to be held in Jefferson County. He organizes the Herculaneum Fire Department’s annual Coat, Toy, and Food Drive in November of each year.

Haggard serves on the Dunklin R-5 Board of Education, where he previously served as Vice-President. He has served on the Dunklin R-5 Schools Hall of Fame Selection Committee since its inception in 2008, and he currently serves on the Black Cat Foundation, the fundraising committee for the Dunklin R-5 School District. He chaired the committee for the restoration of the stone bleachers at the Herculaneum High School football field, and he has served on numerous committees for the school district, including advisory committees, the active shooter committee, and all class reunion committees.

Haggard has been awarded the “Citizen of the Year in the City of Herculaneum,” the “Twin City Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award,” and the “University of Missouri Extension Council—Honor Roll Award.”

2012 Alumnus of the Year - Andrew Held

Held, of Herculaneum, graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1992, and received his Associate of Arts Degree from Jefferson College in 1995. He went on to Southwest Missouri State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with emphasis in Health and Wellness Promotion with interest in Exercise Science. After working in the healthcare field for 15 years, he will graduate with his Master of Business Administration from Missouri Baptist University in August 2012. He currently holds designations as a Clinical Exercise Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Andrew HeldHeld works for Jefferson Regional Medical Center and has been employed as Wellness Coordinator since 2000. He serves on community healthy and active task forces for Get Healthy De Soto and Get Fit Festus, which he co-founded. He has been an active member of the St. Louis Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab since 1997 and President in 2000 and 2001. In 2006 he received a Summit Award for Service Excellence from the International Healthcare Service Excellence.

He has played a key role in Jefferson Regional Medical Center's partnership with the American Heart Association since 2009. During this time, Jefferson Regional Medical Center has gained recognition from the American Heart Association as a Fit Friendly Company since 2009. In 2010 he received the Community Innovation Award for his program "Beat the Holiday Bulge," promoting heart health and fitness. His involvement has also helped raise over $90,000 for the American Heart Association for St. Louis Heart Walk at Busch Stadium. In 2011 he led a team of cyclists in the MS 150 which raised over $10,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Held is frequently asked to speak on various topics surrounding cardiovascular health and fitness, risk factors for coronary artery disease, metabolic disease and orthopedic conditions. He regularly participates in community health fairs to help promote the benefits of proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification to prevent chronic disease.

In 2007 he started his own private consulting business, Conditioning Concepts Fitness Training Systems, LLC, which works with recreational exercisers, fitness enthusiasts and athletes on health and performance improvement.

Held has resided in Jefferson County for 38 years, where he practices what he preaches by regularly cycling, running, working out, and competing in various fitness events. He and his wife, Jenny, have two sons, Drew and Keaton. 

"I am grateful to have graduated from Jefferson College. Going to a four-year college out of high school would not have given me the chance to receive a superior educational experience that was affordable and convenient. The close attention and guidance helped shape a successful future," says Held. He believes that Jefferson College helped pave the way for his success by providing an education foundation not possible at larger institutions. The educators cared about the success of the students to help them reach their potential.

Both of his sisters have also graduated from Jefferson College. 

2011 Alumna of the Year - Lena Hutson

The Jefferson College Faculty Senate selected Lena Hutson of Fenton as the community college's 2011 alumna of the year. 

Hutson, of Fenton, has always maintained a strong desire to help people and give back to her community, and she credits Jefferson College with helping her achieve her goals. She appreciates the way she was treated by faculty and staff and still keeps in contact with some of her instructors, strongly believing that the quality of education she received at Jefferson prepared her for further education and for her work life.

She says she is a huge supporter of Jefferson College and its excellence in education. "Jefferson College will always hold a special place in my heart. I felt at home and comfortable there," said Hutson.

Lena HutsonWhen she graduated from Jefferson College in 1991 and transferred to Webster University, she planned to major in education, but soon discovered a passion for psychology. Having been helped and influenced by social workers as a child, she decided that the field would enable her to teach, nurture and guide people in need. After Webster, she transferred to Washington University and obtained her master's degree in social work.

Hutson was a school social worker for many years, while participating in numerous social programs and charitable endeavors. She has been a life skills teacher for the Missouri Independent Living Program, has worked with foster youth for over 17 years, and has been involved with a mentoring program for runaways and truancies through the Juvenile Office.

Other organizations that have used her teaching and speaking skills include the Foster Care Coalition Conference, COMTREA, and the Family Violence Council. She has also coordinated peer mediation and the Parents as Teachers program in the school where she worked. She has taken foster youth into her home in order to help them transition into life on their own and has provided camps and workshops to help youth succeed at education and life beyond school.

Hutson's desire to help others has led her to explore spirituality and alternative healing. She says that she is devoted to helping people grow and become mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. She is an ordained minister and studies Reiki healing.

2010 Alumnus of the Year - Williams "Bill" Overstreet

Overstreet grew up in Jefferson County and after high school, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned two meritorious promotions and two service medals. When he was discharged, he wanted to increase his knowledge and improve his quality of life. Jefferson College provided the bridge that he needed to let him fulfill his wish and dream of a college education.

"I want to be the example that I want to see reflected in others," said Overstreet.

Overstreet graduated from Jefferson College in 1978 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University. He then went to work for AT&T and worked there until his retirement. While there, he received recognition and accolades for leadership and outstanding customer service. He also chaired the company's safety committee and led fundraising and community service projects, including work with Junior Achievement, United Way, Old Newsboys, and the United Negro College Fund.

William "Bill" OverstreetService to others is a theme that ran throughout his life. He became involved in grassroots organizing at an early age. His goal was to serve his community and country, and he especially enjoyed shaping the lives of young people in order to shape our future. Overstreet was president of Concerned Parents of Jefferson County, and a member of the Jefferson College Foundation and Bridges Across Racial Polarization. He did volunteer work for the Jefferson County Rescue Mission, Experience Jefferson County, Jefferson County Health Department, Mount Zion Cemetery, and Oasis. His efforts led to his being given the Spirit of Service award by the Giving Something Back to the Community organization and the Drum Major award by the Cultural Diversity Committee.

He lived in Crystal City and felt privileged that his efforts were supported by his family. He said that Jefferson College played an integral role in the quality of his life and his way of life.

2009 Alumnus of the Year - Rick Francis

Francis grew up in Jefferson County, graduating from De Soto High School in 1975 and receiving an Associate of Arts Degree from Jefferson College in 1977. He went on to attend Southeast Missouri State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and then graduated from the University Of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.

He says that Jefferson College has been near and dear to his family. His mother attended Jefferson in the late 1960s, and three siblings and a daughter have all graduated from the college.

"I am very proud to have graduated from Jefferson College," said Francis. "Jefferson College gave my family the opportunity to receive a quality, affordable education in the community where we lived. The College has created opportunities for families like mine to receive a superior education and instruction to provide a better quality of life for the future."

Rick FrancisFrancis has been employed at First State Community Bank since 2005. He presently serves as President for the Hillsboro Office and is on the Board of Directors for First State Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for First State Community Bank. Prior to this appointment, he began his banking career with State Bank of De Soto as a bookkeeper at age 18. He worked there for 29 years and served as President and CEO from 1995-2001 when Allegiant Bank purchased the bank, and he served as regional president through May of 2004.

He has held leadership positions as President of Rotary, Kiwanis, Jefferson County Growth and Development, and De Soto Chamber of Commerce, and he served on the De Soto City Council from 1988-1990. He is presently the Vice President of the De Soto Industrial Development Authority, Director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, and Jefferson County Growth and Development Association. Francis also currently serves as President of the Greater Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

He has lived in De Soto for 46 years and was inducted into the De Soto High School "Hall of Fame" in 2005. His wife, Sue, and he have two grown children, Jennifer and Kathy.

2008 Alumna of the Year - Regina Herrington

"I was excited and pleased when Jefferson College started its nursing degree program," said Herrington. "This provided a solution for my career problem. The new program made it convenient for me to attend college, to work full time, and to spend much needed time with my husband and our two children. I was thereby able to participate in both school and community activities."

Regina HerringtonHerrington, of Festus, graduated from Douglass High School in 1954 and began working at Jefferson Memorial Hospital as a nurses' aide. When Jefferson College started its Nursing program, she enrolled and was accepted into the second class where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in 1977. She fondly remembers the day when she received her degree from Jefferson College, "one son graduated from high school and another graduated from kindergarten."

After graduating from Jefferson College, Herrington continued her studies through St. Louis University and Missouri Baptist University while she worked at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where her positions included team leader and patient care coordinator on the surgical floor. She was given the first Employee of the Month award the hospital granted and received a Nursing Achievement award in 1993. She retired in 2001 after 38 years at JMH.

In addition to her exemplary work in the nursing field, Herrington is also active in community service. She is an officer of the Jefferson County Cultural Diversity Committee and is actively involved in the Annual Black History Luncheon. She is also a member of the Douglass Alumni Association and works with her church and other local organizations on fund raisers and community activities involving youth groups. Her support for youth and education also includes work with Classrooms for Kids and bond issues for Festus R-6 schools. She also volunteers for the Jefferson County Health Department's flu shot program and helps senior citizens.

"It was through Jefferson College that all of this was made possible and I am truly grateful," she says.

2007 Alumnus of the Year - Elmer Revelle

"My educational experience at Jefferson College provided many opportunities that enriched my life," said Revelle. "It is with deep gratitude that I receive this award."

Elmer RevelleRevelle has served as District Superintendent of the Mid-State District of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church since July of 2003. Previous to this appointment, he served 26 years as a local church pastor; as Council Director for the former Missouri East Conference which became a statewide position in 1999; then Director of Connectional Ministries for the Missouri Conference. In that position, he served as President of the South Central Jurisdiction Council Directors; President of the National (International) Association of Council Directors; and member of the General Council of Ministries of The United Methodist Church, a world-wide agency. 

Continuing his leadership role beyond the church, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri during 2004-2005. 

Elmer received an Associate of Arts degree from Jefferson College, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State, and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. In 2002 he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree from Central Methodist (College) University.

"The foundation set in place at Jefferson College provided the basis for the balance of my experience in higher education," said Revelle. "Due to the small number of music majors, full participation in every class was required. Through this experience, I built the courage required to be a very active participant in my education during the remainder of my undergraduate and graduate training. The support of Phi Theta Kappa, which allowed me to be elected to a national office, provided the confidence to serve in positions of leadership throughout life. "

Elmer and his wife, Diana, have two grown children, Lezlie and Shawn.

2006 Alumna of the Year - Jane Brunk Kost

Kost started college at age 17 but left after one semester to work and raise her children. In her early 30s, she decided that she wanted to teach and chose Jefferson College. After graduating with an Associate of Arts degree, she completed her bachelor's degree at Harris-Stowe State College and returned to Jefferson College as an instructor in the Adult Education and Literacy Program.

After her first year of teaching, she was asked to direct the program and was soon also directing the Job Training Partnership Act Program. Through these positions, she implemented curricula that provided job-training skills for economically disadvantaged youth and adults. She obtained a Master's degree in Adult Education and became the Dean of Extended and Non-Traditional Learning for Jefferson College, a position she held until she retired in 2005 after 21 years of service to the college.

Jane Kost"In reviewing my 30 year association with Jefferson College (as a student and employee), it is hard to find the words to express my appreciation for this local institution of higher learning," said Kost. "I would not be who I am today if it had not been for the election in 1962 that formed the Junior College District of Jefferson County. Jefferson College and its fine instructors rivaled any coursework that I experienced at Harris Stowe State College, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Central Missouri State University, and others that I attended. Community colleges allow ordinary people, like me, to become much more than they ever imagined. I am proud to be selected as Alumnus of the Year by those with whom I worked at Jefferson College; they are the best!"

In addition to her service to the College, Jane has always been very active in her community. She started the first adult literacy program in Jefferson County in 1984. She is a past president of the Twin City Area Optimists Club and continues to work actively with the program, including recently helping start a Childhood Cancer Campaign.

Through her work with the college and community groups, Jane has received many awards, but she says, "It was not for me personally that I accepted them. I always felt that I accepted them for Jefferson College to promote the college in the community."

2005 Alumna of the Year - Ann Gettinger

Gettinger received her Associate of Arts degree from Jefferson College in 1985, having attended the college on a basketball scholarship. She then played volleyball on an academic and athletic scholarship to Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where she graduated with a degree in biology and education.

After working at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN as a student employment director, Gettinger returned to the Festus area, where she accepted a position as a biology teacher and coach at St. Pius X High School. During her tenure as a volleyball coach, she led her team to the State Championship Match in 1995.

Ann Gettinger"Jefferson College provided a wonderful opportunity for me to explore avenues in the academic and athletic arenas," said Gettinger. "Thanks to instructors like Trish Loomis and JoEllen Stringer, I found a way to combine the two things I love, teaching and coaching, into a rewarding and challenging career."

Gettinger received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University in 1996. She is currently completing her second year as a biology teacher and coach at Festus High School. Along with her golden retriever Juno, she is involved with Support Dogs, Inc., an organization which provides touch therapy for hospital and nursing home patients.

2004 Alumnus of the Year - Shawn Bell

"The memories, relationships, and education gained from my experiences at Jefferson College have enriched my life beyond adequate expression. My dedicated Jefferson professors motivated me to strive for excellence and continuously thirst for knowledge. I feel tremendously honored and grateful to receive this award...thank you!"

Bell is Director of Choirs at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Currently in his twelfth year of teaching, he has also served as Director of Choirs at Judson High School in Converse, Texas. Under his direction, the Permian Kantorei has performed at last year's ACDA national convention in New York City, as well as the 2000 TMEA convention. Bell has served as Vice President and vocal Chairman of TMEA Region VI, as well as serving on the UIL State Sight Reading Committee. He holds degrees from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Also employed as Director of Music at First Christian Church in Odessa, Bell and his wife, Donna, have two beautiful children: Landon and Ashlyn.

2003 Alumnus of the Year - Dr. Matt Brown

Dr. Brown attended Jefferson College from 1988-90 and received his Associate of Arts degree in Political Science and later earned his Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Western Illinois University and his Doctor of Education in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Matt BrownHe began teaching at Ohio University in 1998, in the Sports Administration and Facility Management Program. In addition to teaching and researching in the areas of sport finance and risk management, he also serves as the advisor for the Ohio University Sport Marketing Club. During his career at Ohio, he has published articles and book chapters on risk management, facility management privatization, the Internet, and the financing of major league sport facilities.

Dr. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, is a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League, and volunteers his time managing their business office. He also plays bass in the Celebration Ministry at Albany Baptist Church.

"I have been involved in athletics my entire life," he said. "While at Jefferson College as a member of the men's tennis team, I was directly exposed to the workings of an athletic department. My involvement in collegiate athletics combined with my academic study of public administration eventually led me to study sports administration. I give thanks to the coaches and the athletic administrators in the Athletic Department who introduced me to a career possibility, and to Tom Maple, my political science professor, who reaffirmed my love for the study of politics and public administration."

Dr. Brown is the son of retired Jefferson College Tennis Coach and Physical Education Professor Lloyd Brown, whose career spanned 22 years at the community college.

2002 Alumna of the Year - Vera McCullough

"I have liked mathematics ever since I declared it my favorite subject in fourth grade. While at Jefferson College, through the inspiration of two professors I determined my career choice. I give thanks to Mr. Frank Wershing, Drama Department, who taught me how to be myself, and Mr. Richard Stansfield, my calculus professor, who inspired my current teaching technique."

Vera McCulloughMcCullough attended Jefferson College from 1968 to 1970 and received her Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics. She went on to Webster College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching, General Science emphasis.

In 1979, she began working for Fox School District where she has taught mathematics at Seckman Junior High and Seckman High School. McCullough has taught mathematics and science courses for students in the Fox District and currently serves as Math Department Chair. She has also served as Student Council co-sponsor since 1997.

McCullough has volunteered her time in the areas of Missouri Academy of Science serving as chairman of Junior High and High School judging for the Missouri State Conference for 8 years. In 1989, she began her volunteer work with the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair of Jefferson County. Currently she serves as the Fair's Executive Director.

2001 Alumnus of the Year - Todd Oetting

Oetting graduated from Jefferson College in 1989 with an A.A.S. in Pre-Engineering. After leaving Jefferson College, he continued his education at the University of Missouri at Rolla where he graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating, Oetting went to work for the Ethyl Corporation in their corporate engineering group located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since that time, he has also attended Washington University in St. Louis where he completed his MBA in 1998.

Todd OettingOetting is currently employed at the Ethyl Corporation's Sauget, Illinois manufacturing facility. He has served Ethyl in many roles in his career including design engineer, maintenance engineer, and project manager. In these roles he has worked in several states and Canada. Oetting is currently serving as the facility Manager of Maintenance and purchasing where he oversees a group that includes engineers, construction personnel, maintenance craftsmen, and procurement specialists. He is active in several professional societies, serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Metro East Chapter of the Council of Owners and Construction Associates, and, is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri and Illinois. In the community, Oetting is active with high school students as a mentor for the state and national JETS competitions which is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the engineering field. He has served as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in his local church.

"I owe much of my success to the quality of education, and the preparation for the future that I received at Jefferson College. The success of Jefferson College graduates in becoming contributing members to society is a tribute to the faculty and staff at Jefferson College, as well as to the institution itself."

2000 Alumnus of the Year - Chuck Martin

Martin graduated from Jefferson College in 1968 with an Associate of Arts degree. He continued his education at Southeast Missouri State University completing a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1971. In 1976 he earned a Master of Arts in Secondary School Administration and in 1981 a Specialist degree in Secondary School Administration also from Southeast Missouri State University.

Martin has been an administrator with the Hillsboro, Missouri, R-III school district for 23 years. During this time he has served the district as Assistant High School Principal, High School Principal, and Middle School Principal. He has been active in professional organizations and served on district, state and national level committees. Martin has been recognized as the Area IV Special Olympics Outstanding Administrator, cited by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for "Distinguished Professional Service," awarded a Missouri State Leadership Academy scholarship to attend the Harvard Principal's Institute, presented the "Hawk Award" by the Hillsboro R-III School District for "Outstanding Service," and recognized by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals as a "Distinguished Principal." Prior to his tenure as a school administrator Martin taught physical education, math and coached for six years with the De Soto and Hillsboro School Districts.

"Jefferson College provided me with the opportunity to continue my education while making decisions that gave direction to my career choice. I am proud to say I graduated from Jefferson College."

1999 Alumnus of the Year - Dr. Jeff Elbl

Dr. Elbl graduated cum laude from Jefferson College in 1986 with an Associate of Arts degree. He then entered the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1990. The following year he received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Elbl was employed at Jefferson Memorial Hospital from 1985 to 1990 as a pharmacy student. After receiving his doctorate, he accepted a position as Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy/Intravenous Therapy at Jefferson Memorial Hospital where he worked from 1991 to 1998. During this time, he served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee and participated on many other medical and administrative committees. In 1998 he became the Pharmacy Manager in charge of the Hospital Pharmacy, The Apothecary Retail Pharmacy, and The Apothecary Home Service Pharmacy and their 70 plus employees.  Recently Dr. Elbl accepted a position with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals providing consultative services to the medical community of St. Louis and the surrounding areas. These services include drug information, drug therapy evaluation studies and lectures.

Dr. Elbl has lived in Jefferson County for 30 years. He has been married for seven years to his wife Laura who is a pharmacist for Walgreen's in Festus. They have three children: Adam, Dylan, and Grace. The Elbl family is currently living on a small farm in southern Jefferson County.

"I am proud to say I attended Jefferson College. The education I received was top notch and an excellent stepping stone on the path to my Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Jefferson College provided me the base education to proceed and excel in the study of Pharmacy. I am very appreciative of what Jefferson College gave me."

1998 Alumna of the Year - Joan Murphy

Murphy graduated summa cum laude from Jefferson College in 1992 with an Associate of Applied Science degree and a certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Murphy was employed with YMCA of Jefferson County from 1991 to 1994. She currently works with both Parents as Teachers and the Health Department. Her responsibilities include dealing with teen parents and their children as the Teen Parent Facilitator in three area school districts and assists residents of the county through Leukemia Society, Teen Seminar and Today's Woman. Murphy, an advocate for children's services, is chair of a panel of professionals planning for the upcoming community celebration of the "Week of the Young Child." She participates in career days at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels to promote Early Childhood Education.

Murphy has lived in Jefferson County for 30 years. She has been married for 24 years and has four children, Sean, 16, Mathew, 13, Brandon and Ryan, 11. She is currently residing in Festus, Missouri.

"I feel fortunate that Jefferson College's early childhood program was right on target. It provided the kind of current, progressive thinking that enabled me to excel in my field today."

1997 Alumnus of the Year - Tim Gray

Gray graduated from Jefferson College in 1980 with an Associate of Arts Degree. He received a Bachelor's degree in English/ Education from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas while continuing a collegiate basketball career that started at Jefferson under Mark Bernsen. After course work at Wichita State University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Gray earned a Master's degree from Webster University. He is currently working on a doctoral degree in Higher Education at St. Louis University.

Gray has been the head basketball coach at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri for the past 11 seasons. Since 1993, the Mineral Area Cardinals have been ranked in the top twenty in the nation five times, in the top ten three times, and won several regional and conference championships. Gray has been named Coach of the Year four times since 1990, and Region 16 Coach of the Year in 1997. His program has a 100 percent graduation rate, eight academic All-Americans, and three All-Americans.

From 1984-1995, Gray taught in the English department at both MAC and Central Methodist College. He has since become the Director of Student Activities at MAC.

Gray lives in Farmington, with his wife Kelley, a Festus native who also attended Jefferson College, and their five year-old son, Justin. He is involved in several community charities and organizations.

"I am very proud to be a graduate of Jefferson College. I was not a college athlete who was required to attend a community college because of poor grades, but I chose that route, and it was the best decision of my life. Both Northwest High School and Jefferson College provided me with an educational base for success second to none. I currently work at a community college partly because of my positive experiences at Jefferson."

1996 Alumna of the Year - Shirley Scarbrough

Scarbrough graduated from Jefferson College with honors in 1987 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management. She continued her education at Webster University in St. Louis where she received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees, with honors, in Psychology and Business Management, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development. She has been employed since 1993 as Administrative Manager of the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis.

Scarbrough was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Jefferson in 1986. After graduation, she joined Theta of Missouri, the Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter, in which she has served as president, vice president, and secretary. She has also been active in Phi Theta Kappa at the state and national levels. Scarbrough was selected to the International Hall of Honor in 1989 and has conducted workshops and seminars on a number of different topics for Phi Theta Kappa. Community service is a priority for her, and she has done volunteer work for the Kidney Foundation, Missouri School for the Blind, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Names Project- St. Louis.

"At Jefferson College, the quest for knowledge was truly awakened in me. I was encouraged to seek higher goals for myself and I was challenged to pursue lifelong learning. I had opportunities that I would not have had and benefitted from by starting at a four-year university, and the level of education was first-rate. Jefferson College helped bring out the best in me!"

1995 Alumna of the Year - Marcella Weaver

The first recipient is Marcella Weaver of De Soto. Weaver graduated in May 1972 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. She has completed 23 years of employment in Jefferson County social service agencies including Jefferson-Franklin Community Action, Office of Manpower Programs, Division of Family Services and Office of Job Training Program. Her positions have ranged from secretary to office manager. She has furthered her education through training sessions and seminars through the U.S. Department of Labor, the Missouri Training Institute, and Jefferson College.

Weaver has continued to support the College by serving on the committee that established the Child Development Center, the Community Long Range Master Planning Committee, the Minority Task Force, Career Connection Advisory Committee and Extended Learning Advisory Group. In addition, she has participated in the Today's Woman and Jefferson County Transition conferences.

"Being interested in the needs and objectives of Jefferson College has enabled me to make summer job referrals and selections to the College through my positions as Summer Youth Program Counselor and Job Training Specialist."