Honorees were chosen by their peers for significant contributions to education and the college, and for their commitment to professional and personal development. The VCCA is the professional organization for Virginia’s community college employees.
Okema Bowers, human resource manager/employee training and development at the Norfolk Campus, provides training and support for staff members. Called to empower and encourage people, Bowers focuses on elevating employees to reach their full potential.
Margaret Dutton, administrative and office specialist III, now retired, was known as the heartbeat of the Chesapeake Campus for her work ethic and genuine demeanor. Dutton served in leadership roles in community service activities, including the Combined Virginia Campaign, American Heart Association Heartwalk, Relay for Life and Paint Your Heart Out.
Gary Noah, professor of information systems technology at the Virginia Beach Campus, established the Computers for Student Success Program that provides refurbished computers to students in need. The program has provided more than 2,000 computers to deserving students.
Thomas Stout, associate professor and program head of Electromechanical Controls/Mechatronics at the Chesapeake Campus, created several certificates in renewable energy, marine mechanical, fiber optics and data cabling. Given the need for additional classroom space at the Chesapeake Campus, Stout was instrumental in the installation of 30,000 square feet of modular space with furniture and equipment.
Barbara Vinson-Ratliff, public services supervisor at the Portsmouth Campus, was recognized for exemplary service to the college. Vinson-Ratliff received the TCC Appreciation for Exemplary Leadership and Service Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia Service Award and the TCC Service Award.
Vickie Rogers, academic advisor and faculty member at the Virginia Beach Campus, was recognized for 15 years of exceptional service in academic advising and teaching business and student development courses. Rogers enjoys working with a diverse student population, including international/ESL, displaced workers using grant programs and those with disabilities.