BBCC celebrates campus excellence

college employees with President Leas

MOSES LAKE- Big Bend Community College held its annual Campus Excellence Celebration Luncheon last week.

Several faculty and staff members were recognized for their achievements over the past year-including those who received promotions and academic degrees. Winners of the Outstanding Employee award were announced as well.

The college also honored retirees and those who reached years of service milestones.



2018 Classified Staff Excellence Award Nominees:


Mike Andresen- Word Services

Heidi Bratsch- Health Education Programs

CarlaLouise Christian- Transforming STEM Pathways Grant

David Frueh- Maintenance & Operations

Kerri Furman- Admissions/Registration

Julia Gamboa- Workforce Education

Barbi Johnson- Transitional Studies

Elizabeth “Lisa” Johnson- Maintenance & Operations

Ted Mata- Word Services

Richard Miller- BBT

Nancy Rakoz- Maintenance & Operations

Jennifer Starr- BBCC Foundation

Male employee receiving award from college president

Esther Valdez- Admissions/Registration

2018 Admin/Exempt Employee Excellence Award Nominees:

Jody Bortz- Career Services

Katherine Christian- Health Education Programs

Kathleen Duvall- Instruction

James Sauceda- Maintenance & Operations


2018 Faculty Excellence Award Nominees:

Male teacher with President Leas

Michael Dzbenski– Music

Dawnne Ernette- Developmental English

Ryann Leonard- Psychology/Criminal Justice

Allison Palumbo- English

Libby Sullivan- Bonaudi Library

John Marc Swedburg II- Aviation




Big Bend Retirees & Recipients of the President’s Award for Meritorious Service:

Randy Fish- Maintenance Mechanic 3, 11/1986-02/2018

Margaret “Margie” Lane- Testing Services Coordinator, 08/1988-06/2018

Petr Radchishin- Custodian 1, 12/2002-08/2017



Faculty Promotions:

Michael Dzbenski, Music- Awarded Tenure

Dawnne Ernette, Developmental English- Awarded Tenure

Jaime Garza, Counselor- Awarded Tenure

Mitch Poth, Communications- Senior Associate Faculty

Webb Waites, History/Political Science- Senior Associate Faculty

Mariah Whitney, Biology- Senior Associate Faculty

Education Accomplishments:

Starr Bernhardt, Master of Science in Management & Leadership- Western Governors University

Linda Chadwick, Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Science- University of Washington

CarlaLouise Christian, Master of Business Administration- Western Governors University

Monica Medrano, Master of Science in Management & Leadership- Western Governors University

Amanda Miller, Bachelor of Science in Business Management- Western Governors University

Tana Richins, Associate in Arts & Science- DTA- Big Bend Community College

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