COTC Outstanding Alumni Award 


Vickie Sant 2013


Sant is President of the First-Knox National Bank, a 37 year
employee and first female president in the bank’s history. She
began her career as a teller and has served a variety of positions
at the company since 1976. During her tenure, she was named
Employee of the Year in 1986. She has also been named the
Knox County Business Woman of the Year in 2010.

Sant received an associate’s degree in accounting from COTC,
and serves the college as a member of the Knox campus advisory board. She received her
bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Sant is also a graduate of various banking and industry schools since 1973.

Her community involvement includes membership in the
Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Knox County Chamber of
Commerce Board, Hospice Board, and City of Mount Vernon
Audit Committee among other volunteer organizations.

 Sheila Nixon 2012 

Sheila Nixon 2012 

Nixon is a 26 year employee and current director of nursing for the Arlington Care Center in Newark. She began her career at Arlington Care Center working at the snack bar where she developed a passion for helping others, resulting in her decision to study nursing at COTC.  She earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing from COTC in 1994 and became a registered nurse. Nixon was promoted to Unit Manager and then to Director of Nursing, a role she has held since 2007.

She is responsible for staffing and compliance needs for the diverse populations her institution serves, including rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice patients. Nixon participates yearly in the American Heart Association Walk, Pink Strides Wellness Walk for Breast Cancer and the Arthritis Association’s Arthritis Walk. She was the recipient of the 2002 Hospice of Central Ohio’s Compassionate Care Partner’s Award.

She was nominated for the award by Betsy McPherson, Admissions and Marketing Director at the Arlington Care Center. “Sheila credits the COTC nursing program and their staff for giving her the assistance and motivation to succeed in her life,” said McPherson. “Sheila has the students of COTC come to Arlington for their clinical, wanting to give back and return the help and motivation for them to also succeed.”



Rhoda Crown 2011

  Rhoda Crown and Melanie Bolender


Crown is a 27 year employee and current chief operating officer for the Coshocton Grain Company. She was promoted to CEO in September of 1999, after holding positions of computer programmer and grain buyer. She also previously served as office manager while simultaneously serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Her experience in rail logistics has allowed her the opportunities to work with the National Surface Transportation Board and the Ohio Rail development Commission in an advisory role.  

She was nominated for the award by Melanie Bolender, Coshocton Campus Administrator. “Ms. Crown is indeed an outstanding alumna,” said Bolender. “She is a highly respected community citizen and successful business professional.”

A graduate of River View High School, Crown received an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming degree from COTC, and serves the college as a member of the Coshocton campus advisory board. Her community involvement includes being a graduate of Leadership Coshocton County, director of the Coshocton Port Authority and member of the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital Development Council. 




Kevin Carver 2010

       Cynthia Steen and Kevin Carver

Carver began his career as a supervisor and assistant manager for Tech International in Johnstown. He and his wife, Penni McClain-Carver, began Executive Care home health agency in October 2003. In 6 years, they have grown the company to employ 150 staff members. Kevin is also a trained Emergency Medical Technician and firefighter and volunteers for the Hanover Fire Department.  He also has worked as a Licking County 911 Dispatcher since 1994.  With more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Kevin was recently elected to serve on the Ohio Council for Home Care Board of Directors.  Prior to that, he served on the Council's Government Affairs Committee for two years.  The Council provides a legislative voice for Ohio's home health agencies and offers various agency support services.  Kevin also serves as a Board Member for Pathways of Licking County. 


William M. “Mike” Cronin 2009

Cronin began his career as a paramedic with the Mount Vernon Fire Department in 1982, where he is currently employed as EMS/Fire Prevention Coordinator. He developed and wrote the Emergency Medical Services Protocol for Knox County and the City of Mount Vernon and established the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team for Knox County. He holds many certifications related to the EMS field and is a State Certified Fire Inspector and 240 Firefighter. In addition, Cronin taught paramedic programs for Muskingum Area Technical College (now Zane State College), Advanced Cardiac Life Support for North Central State College, and Knox Community Hospital. He is currently a part-time instructor in the Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Program at COTC. Cronin has been involved in his community coaching youth football teams, assisting with school wrestling teams and volunteering at church youth camp.


Shannon M. Waters  2008

An employee at the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio (The (Newark) Advocate) since 1998, Shannon’s current position as Human Resources Representative is her third promotion within this department.  She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the Licking County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Management Association.  Shannon graduated from COTC in 1990 with an Associate’s degree in Office Administration.  She later received her BA in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.   “Shannon is an example of how attending COTC can change a life.  Shannon believes that it opened doors that would not have been available both in her career as well as to eventually further her education,” said Linda Miller, Vice President of Human Resources – Newspaper Network of Central Ohio (a Gannett Co., Inc.).


Bruce Campbell 2002

Graduating with his Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1977, Bruce was the first male RN to provide direct patient care at Licking Memorial Hospital.  After leaving LMH he served as Administrative Director for the Ohio Kidney Stone Center, then returned to Licking Memorial in 1987 and is currently a staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Lab/Interventional Radiology.  In 2007 Bruce was recognized by LMH with the Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing.  He is a CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor.

Kathleen Crowley 2001

Kathleen is Vice President and Auditor at Park National Bank in Newark, where she has been employed since graduating from COTC in 1988 with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting.  She received her BBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1997 and her MBA from Ohio Dominican University in 2005.  Kathleen is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is a Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist and a member of the Fiduciary & Investment Risk Management Association.  She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Newark Area Zonta International.  Kathleen serves as a member of the COTC Accounting Advisory Committee.

John K. Merrin 2000

David Barber 1999

Charles Holloway 1998

Robert E. White 1997

Connie P. Jenkins 1996

Glenn A. Cunningham 1995

Gary Smith 1994

Marilyn Kasson 1993

Phillip J. Annarino 1992

Patricia Maybee 199

Debra Ashley 1990

Henry T. McFadden 1989

Beverly Donaldson 1988

Sue Calloway 1987

Dianna M. Belcher 1986

Arlene K. Brown 1985

James E. Goodman 1984

Sheila K. Burnham 1983

Debbie Mulquin 1982



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