Alumni at Aquinas College

Outstanding Alumnus/a Award

We celebrate alumni who have made significant achievements and contributions to their profession and/or community at the annual A Celebration of Saints Auction and Awards Gala.

2019 Recipient

Dennis Echelbarger '64

The Alumni Association Leadership Council honors Dennis Echelbarger with the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dennis is the founder (1977) and former Chairman of the Board of the CPA firm of Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C. (EHTC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He taught at Davenport University and for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). Dennis earned the designation Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), which indicates specialized forensic accounting experience. He also earned the Charter Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the new global designation for CPAs working in business and government. Dennis is a member of and has served on many industry associations, along with education and community boards. Dennis is a current Aquinas College Board of Trustee.


Eligibility

  • Only alumni of the College shall be eligible for the award. Recipients should have graduated 10 or more years prior to receiving the award.
  • Recipients should display genuine leadership, dedication and service to others; they should exemplify the qualities of a Catholic, liberal arts education. Well-roundedness in aspects of career, family and community service are also considered.
  • The selection committee looks for outstanding achievement in at least two of the three areas:
        1. Excellence in academic/professional achievements;
        2. Contribution to community/humanity;
        3. Service to Aquinas College.
  • The Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna award shall be presented at the Awards Gala during Homecoming Weekend.

Past Recipients

Lyle Morrison '52
1970 Honoree

Michael Deeb '57
1971 Honoree

Jerome Byrne '48
1972 Honoree

Sister Majorie Vangsness, O.P. '38
1973 Honoree

Edward "Ned" Smith, Sr. '61
1974 Honoree

Ricahrd Sedlecky '51
1975 Honoree

Marcia Miller Clapp '46
1976 Honoree

Robert Muller '74
1978 Honoree

Lois Case '50
1979 Honoree

Dr. John Stepanvich '53
1980 Honoree

Jack Fortner '59
1981 Honoree

Jacob Robinson '57
1982 Honoree

Cheri Mann Seamon '66
1983 Honoree

James Zawacki '65
1984 Honoree

Jackie Deeb, Ph.D. '57
1985 Honoree

Mike Cuncannan '61
1986 Honoree

Gerald Burns '67
1987 Honoree

Sister Agnes Thiel, O.P. '61
1988 Honoree

Carol Duba Holm '61
1989 Honoree

James McKay '82
1990 Honoree

Patrick Quinn '58
1991 Honoree

Dr. Vernon Ambrustmacher '60
1992 Honoree

Debra Bailey '83
1993 Honoree

Timothy McGuire '71
1993 Honoree

Ken Neyer '67
1994 Honoree

Patti (Blaesser) Tibaldi '73
1995 Honoree

Honorable Dennis Leiber '69
1996 Honoree

Joseph Hansknecht '50
Mary Beth Hansknecht '50 †

1997 Honoree

Sister Rosemary O'Donnell, O.P. '61
1997 Honoree

Ruth Rasmus Eberhard '36
1998 Honoree

Greg Alksnis '71
1999 Honoree

Linda Nemec Foster '72
Tony Foster, M.D. '73

2000 Honoree

Timothy McGuire '71
2001 Honoree

Patricia (Bissonette) Dignan, Ed.D. '63
2002 Honoree

Mary T. Meistas, M.D. '71 †
2002 Honoree

Percy L. Brown '87
2003 Honoree

Rosemary (Hickey) Zant '58
2004 Honoree

Juan Olivarez '71, Ph.D.
2005 Honoree

Bridgadier General Jim Bruson '71
2006 Honoree

Paul Winchester '75
2007 Honoree

Ed Wagner '61
2008 Honoree

James L. Farris '96
2009 Honoree

Jack '60 and Rita (Hasse '60) Kirkwood
2010 Honorees

Monique Salinas Stauffer '78, Ph.D.
2011 Honoree

Bonnie Wesorick '77
2012 Honoree

Alfred H. Liu. AIA, NCARB '65
Lisa H. Mitchell '78

2013 Honorees

Brad D. Smith, M.M. '91
2014 Honoree

Jacqueline D. Taylor '80, Ph.D.
2014 Honoree

Louis '31 and Florence Hogan Burns
2017 Honorees

Matt Coty '89
2019 Honoree