Marion — Marion Technical College acknowledged four outstanding alumni for producing a distinction in their fields and their communities. They incorporated a teacher focused to aiding college students discover a profession route, a financial wiz devoted to conserving taxpayers cash, an entrepreneur with his own organization and a nearby community servant with a long time of volunteer work.
- Tammi Cowell, Class of 1991
- John “Tom” Gleespen, Class of 1975
- Sue Jacob, Class of 1981
- Darl Snyder, Class of 1983
“These alumni represent the most effective of Marion Specialized Faculty,” reported Dr. Ryan McCall, president of Marion Tech. “We are thrilled to rejoice every single 1 and the difference they make in our community.”
Tammi Cowell of Marion is the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Tri-Rivers Occupation Centre (TRCC). She has spent 31 many years in education. She was nominated by Ellen Messenger, her colleague and buddy at Tri-Rivers, and Rob Cowell, her spouse and assistant fireplace chief in Marion.
At Northmor Nearby Faculties, Cowell helped the district go from a $ cash balance to $6 million in five years. At Tri-Rivers, she doubled the income equilibrium to $10.2 million in 3 several years.
“Her monetary administration permitted Northmor to improve their athletic sophisticated, bus garage space, and concessions developing without having going again to the taxpayers for additional funds,” Rob Cowell stated. “She also refinanced their bonds and saved $2.25 million.”
Her smart fiscal procedures also make a distinction at TRCC.
“She executed price-conserving actions and managed and initiated quite a few grants to increase funds at TRCC,” Messenger reported.
In addition to her associate degree from Marion Tech, Cowell acquired a bachelor’s diploma and master’s degree from Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in business administration.
Cowell presents again to the neighborhood by serving in many point out and regional boards such as the Ohio Association of University Organization Officials, Ohio Job Complex Centers Treasurers Team, Junior Services Guild, Marion Midday Kiwanis, Women’s Club Dwelling, Women’s Organization Council, the United Way and Salvation Army. She has gained several awards for her leadership.
“She has taken her associate’s degree and continued to develop on it and has provided again to Marion Technological College or university by serving for numerous yrs as a business enterprise advisory committee member. She is a proud of her MTC diploma and is a wonderful ambassador!” Messenger mentioned.
Tom Gleespen is the president of Gleespen Engineering and Surveying of Prospect. This entrepreneur has operate his personal small business for extra than 20 many years as perfectly as serving as engineer for quite a few scaled-down communities. Ahead of that, he served as Marion Town Engineer and then became deputy director of engineering for the Town of Columbus and then chief deputy of engineering for Franklin County, in demand of $60 million in money advancements.
“Tom was ably organized by his studies at Marion Technical School to get his twin licenses as each registered Ohio professional engineer and registered Ohio experienced surveyor,” said Sandra Gleespen, his spouse and nominator.
Gleespen committed himself to lots of will cause, donating a great number of hours to the Women’s Club House, Cornerstone Alliance Church, Accurate Everyday living Church, and many other teams.
“Tom has continually exhibited leadership in his moral, competent and completed vocation in excess of many years in engineering and surveying fields,” claimed Sandra Gleespen, Tom’s nominator, household member and president of T&S Gleespen Enterprises. “It was normally explained, ‘If you cannot get the job done with Tom Gleespen, you just cannot operate with any one.’”
Annette Walton, a member of the Marion Tech Alumni Hall of Fame, nominated her sister. Sue Jacob is retired from instructing following far more than 20 years in the classroom. She commenced at Olentangy Neighborhood and then moved to River Valley Middle University. Jacob gained her associate diploma in IT from Marion Tech and then went on to gain her bachelor’s diploma and master’s degree in education from The Ohio Point out College.
“Sue has mentored quite a few pupils, leading them on the path to training, with steering them in the way of how terrific a position Marion is to reside, increase a relatives and go to university,” Walton said. “She has touched hundreds of college students lives, aiding in their development together with their education. Sue has introduced them to numerous of the prospects that Marion Tech has to offer.”
Jacob volunteered at her church, teaching Sunday College and aiding with a Welcoming committee for new users. She also served on the Marion Palace Theatre Board for a lot of years and is a previous board president. She has also served with the Marion Group Foundation and is a member of 100 Females Who Care in Marion. She has served in lots of positions of management which include on the Marion Place Workforce Acceleration Collaborative (MAWAC) to aid neighborhood learners be superior well prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
“Sue is a welcoming particular person, incredibly Marion oriented, and for the very last numerous yrs, she has been instructing her pupils about job options, and possessing them look into the excellent corporations here in Marion, alongside with the profession possibilities that Marion Specialized College has to present,” Walton reported.
Darl Snyder begun at Marion Tech at just 18. His mother, a solitary father or mother, died unexpectedly in the course of Darl’s 1st yr of college or university. This brought on a cascade of issues, including dealing with the loss of his mom, aiding with the care of his sister with autism, and becoming threatened with the reduction of his property. Darl withdrew though he sorted out these troubles. When daily life grew to become additional stable, Darl re-enrolled and managed to land on the Dean’s Record even though functioning total-time.
“He genuinely follows the philosophy of, ‘Failure is a lesson learned, not a rationale to give up,” reported his spouse, Teena Snyder, who nominated him.
Teena, who is also an alumna, pointed out that Darl is an award-profitable territory supervisor with 2J Provide Company. Darl also served as mayor of the village of Kirby for 13 years, on the council for four a long time, and has served as clerk/treasurer for 22 years. He secured a grant for a twister siren and set up of these daily life-preserving products.
“Darl’s associate of applied small business degree in business management was a sturdy basis for his vocation in radio and newspaper business-to-business income, which led to a 30-12 months profession in heating and cooling,” Teena explained. “This degree from MTC served as a springboard to earning his bachelor’s diploma in small business marketing and advertising with a slight in finance from Ashland College.”
Darl has volunteered on the Marion Popcorn Pageant for 28 several years. He is at the moment the president and trustee and is doing the job to increase relations and boost downtown firms. He has served in a selection of roles over the many years, which include enjoyment chairman and publicity chairman.
“Sometimes, Darl would push 100 miles to take part in meetings with popcorn festival committees, downtown organization owners and Marion town leaders,” Teena said.
Darl also volunteers at church buildings, coached youth basketball, was a Marion Jaycee of the calendar year, and was president and director of the Overlook Coronary heart of Ohio Scholarship Pageant.
Each inductee gained a tailor made glass award. Their names will be included to the Hall of Fame in Bryson Hall. In addition, each individual a person will find a reserve to be added to the Marion Campus Library. For more on the Alumni Corridor of Fame customers, go to https://www.mtc.edu/alumni-corridor-fame/.