Fifty faculty and staff from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) were recognized for their leadership and significant achievements at an awards ceremony held Monday, May 18, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

Statewide honors went to three individuals who not only supported their colleges, but also the entire System. Dr. Alissa Young, chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College, was honored as the Administrative Staff Awards of Excellence recipient. Richard Combs, facilities management team leader at Hazard Community and Technical College, was honored as the Support Staff Awards of Excellence recipient. Felecia Johnson, professor at Madisonville Community College, was honored as the Faculty Awards of Excellence recipient.

Each of the 16 KCTCS colleges selected an outstanding administrative staff member, support staff member and faculty member. Two individuals (one support staff and one administrative staff) from the KCTCS System Office were also honored.

Young, Combs and Johnson were chosen for statewide honors by the KCTCS Cabinet. Each received $1,000 to be used for the professional development experience of their choice.

The recipients honored serve as standards of leadership for their colleges, communities and KCTCS, said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. Their creativity and innovative spirit are paving the way for the future of our system.

Both faculty and staff honorees were nominated by their college for their innovative and significant achievements, as well as service to students and their communities.

A list of all faculty and staff honorees follows, alphabetically by college.

Ashland Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Shannon R. McCarty, associate professor/program coordinator
Administrative Staff Award: Janet C. Thompson, admissions advisor
Support Staff Award: Robert Smith, instructional specialist

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Charles W. VanHoose, assistant professor
Administrative Staff Award: Joshua L. Ball, director of college relations
Support Staff Award: Linda Dyer, staff support associate

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Nancy V. Bronner, associate professor
Administrative Staff Award: Connie Rine, IT support center manager
Support Staff Award: Beverly D. Drake, HR assistant

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Beverly Flanagan Dile, developmental studies department coordinator
Administrative Staff Award: Noel E. Helm, coordinator, disability services
Support Staff Award: Deborah L. Bryan, executive administrative assistant

Gateway Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Kerri D. McKenna, assistant professor
Administrative Staff Award: Josh D. Risch, IT support specialist
Support Staff Award: Paul Tipton, maintenance and operations supervisor

Hazard Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Paul Currie, associate professor, chemistry and biology
Administrative Staff Award: Teresa Breeding, tier II lead, KCTCS Student Services Center
Support Staff Award: Richard Combs, facilities management team leader

Henderson Community College
Faculty Award: Doris I. Cherry, professor of reading
Administrative Staff Award: Cary N. Conley, associate dean of enrollment management
Support Staff Award: Sherri L. Williams, custodial team leader

Hopkinsville Community College
Faculty Award: Karen H. Dougherty, associate professor of biology
Administrative Staff Award: Alissa L. Young, chief academic officer
Support Staff Award: Larissa Horn, student affairs assistant II

Jefferson Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Bonita B. Tyler, associate professor
Administrative Staff Award: Susan C. Allen, director, child care
Support Staff Award: Robert P. Tucker, IT project manager

Madisonville Community College
Faculty Award: Felecia K. Johnson, professor
Administrative Staff Award: Candace B. Bennett, Workforce Transitions coordinator
Staff Award: Kim L. Morrow, student affair assistant

Maysville Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Justin A. Weiss, assistant professor of biology
Administrative Staff Award: Rhonda K. Childers, HR specialist
Support Staff Award: Melissa Bishop, senior administrative assistant

Owensboro Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Meredith L. Skaggs, assistant professor of communications
Administrative Staff Award: Donna L. Butler, College Readiness Coordinator
Support Staff Award: Jason L. Reeves, IT project manager

Somerset Community College
Faculty Award: Steve Hammons, associate professor, academic coordinator of clinical education
Administrative Staff Award: Clint Hayes, associate dean, mathematics and natural sciences and director, institutional effectiveness and research
Staff Award: DeAnna L. Proctor, IT manager

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Michael W. Riggs, professor/executive chef, culinary arts
Administrative Staff Award: Raymond Haddix, coordinator, Simpson Co. Adult Education
Staff Award: Amy N. Cannon, assistant registrar

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Elijah Buell, professor/CAO
Administrative Staff Award: James M. Galloway, chief IT officer
Support Staff Award: Debra J. Roark, senior administrative assistant

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Faculty Award: Karen F. Hlinka, professor of biological sciences; dean, science and mathematics division
Administrative Staff Award: George M. Tudor, coordinator of academic support
Support Staff Award: Alexandra M. Turley, senior administrative assistant

KCTCS System Office
Administrative Staff Award: Mark Hundley, associate director for sponsored projects administration
Support Staff Award: Ashley M. Cook, technology solutions operations manager