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Alumni Board of Directors

Melissa Churning - Sioux Falls, SD        (President)
Nikki Jacobs - Chanute, KS         (Vice President)
Craig Reaves - Chanute, KS (Secretary)
Sarah Cadwallader - Chanute, KS     (Treasurer)
Kim Barnes - Lawrence, KS  
Emma Hole - Thayer, KS  
Dr. Alex Mih - Chanute, KS  
Sharon Reaves - Chanute, KS  
Vivian Rowan - Chanute, KS  
Linda Tiegreen - Chanute, KS  


Alumni Association Minutes

If you would like to see what our Alumni Association is up to please feel free to read the minutes of our last meeting. 

November 2021
August 2021
May 2021
February 2020


The Alumni Association is proud to distribute two esteemed awards annually.  Individuals receiving these awards are chosen through an extensive nomination process and are recognized for their support of Neosho County Community College, the Mission & Vision and the future of our community.  


Distinguished Alum

The Neosho County Community College Distinguished Alumni is an award given to a single individual that has paved the way for future alumni.  This individual has supported the college after graduating from NCCC and has become and leader in their respective profession and community.  The Distinguished Alumni award is an exceptional honor and is generally the Key Note Speaker at our Commencement ceremony at the end of the academic year.  

2022 Distinguished Alumnus

Anita Cooper


Anita Cooper, Class of 1992 , is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker and Certified Public Manager.

Currently she serves Kansans as the Southeast Regional Director for the Kansas Department for Children and Families focused on providing community resources and meaningful supports for 18 counties across Kansas.

During her more than 20 years in the social services field, Anita has been a strong advocate for prevention services and support believing that every individual and family can live their best lives when supported and encouraged by their communities.

In addition to her work at DCF, Anita has served on various boards including Faith House Homeless Shelter, Vision Chanute, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.  She currently serves on the Chanute Regional Development Authority board.  

Anita has also provided poverty awareness and education training in southeast Kansas for the organization Bridges Out of Poverty.

Past Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2011 - Marllin Simon
2012 - Timothy Heenan
2013 - Vivian Rowan
2014 - John Mohn
2015 - Keith Nelson
2016 - Donald Halverstadt
2017 - Jack Wortman
2018 - Diane Watkins
2019 - Ellis Potter
2020 - COVID
2021 - Dr. Cathy Mih-Taylor
2022 - Anita Cooper


Heritage Family

The Neosho County Community College Heritage Family is an award given to a family who has shown great support of the college through multiple means.  This distinguished awarded has been given since 2011 and honors some of the amazing individuals who have helped grow the foundation NCCC prides itself on. 

2022 Heritage Family

The David & Julia Peter Family

The NCCC Heritage Family award is bestowed annually since 2011 to a family that has shown great support to the college through multiple means and honors families who have helped grow the foundation NCCC prides itself on. 

Families who receive this distinguished award must have at least one individual who has graduated from Neosho County Community College along with family members who have attended or graduated from NCCC.

This year, we are honored to award the 2022 Heritage Family award to the Dave & Julia Peter Family. 

Dave and Julia both attended NCCC earning their Associates degrees.  Julia graduated in 1972 and was a member of the NCCC Cheerleading team.  Dave graduated in 1973 and was the baseball program’s first ever Letter of Intent to play under Coach Carl Robb.  The team played those early days at the Katy Park baseball field and went 11 and 13 for the 1973 season. 

After graduating from NCCC, both attended Kansas University with Julia completing her Master’s degree at Pittsburg State University.  Afterwards, they then returned to Chanute to raise their family.  Julia taught for many years for ANW Special Education Cooperative and Dave worked for Ash Grove.  Both retired from their roles after 33 years of service.

Dave & Julia have two children, Nathan of Chanute attended NCCC from 1996 to 1998 followed his father’s footsteps and playing on the baseball team 25 years later graduated with an Associate’s degree.  He and his wife Lindsey who also attended NCCC have four children. 

Kara Koester and her husband Matt of Chanute both attended NCCC for one year before transferring to Pittsburg State University receiving their Bachelor’s degrees.  Kara and Matt have three children.  Kam, their oldest child will be following in his grandfather’s steps and will be joining the 2022-2023 baseball team exactly 51 years after Dave signed the first Letter of Intent. 

Both Dave and Julia are deeply rooted in the Chanute community and volunteer a great deal of their time to various organizations.  Julia has given her time to the Special Olympics and the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  She has worked many youth groups and currently works several days at the St. Patrick’s Bargain Store. 

Dave’s service to the community started as he returned to NCCC many years ago as a volunteer baseball coach.  This led Dave into running for a position on the NCCC Board of Trustees, which he has served on for the past 23 years.  Dave also served on the Chanute Planning Commission for many years and was heavily involved with Chanute Legion baseball for over 30 years.  Dave is also an active member of the St. Patrick’s Pastoral Council and lends his musical talents during weekly masses and the annual Christmas performance.

Congratulations to the Peter family!  

Past Heritage Families

2011 - Childers Family (Mark & Susan)
2012 - Neely Family
2013 - Swender Family
2014 - Brant Family (Jerry & Sherrie Family)
2015 - West-Fairchild Family (Floyd & Anita West-Fairchild)
2016 - Thornton Family (Karl & Nancy Thornton)
2017 - Mih Family (Mariam Mih, Dr. Alex Mih & Dr. Kathy Mih-Taylor)
2018 - Rowan Family (Lewis Dean & Vivian Rowan)
2019 - Boaz Family (Charles & Kristy Boaz)
2020 - Olson Family
2021 - DeLaTorre Family (Michael & Anita DeLaTorre)
2022 - Peter Family (David & Julia Peter)


*The Neosho County Community College Foundation is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization.