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Marion Technical College Inducts Four into Alumni Hall of Fame

Marion Technical College Inducts Four into Alumni Hall of Fame

(Marion) Marion Technical College recognized four outstanding alumni for making a difference in their fields and their communities. These MarionMade! graduates have made a positive impact. The inductees are:

• Johnis M. Tyler Gribbin – Classes of 1993 and 1994
• Harold May – Class of 2010
• Krista Mulvaine – Class of 1995
• Ritch Ramey – Class of 1987

While the ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t dampen the bright successes of these alumni.

Photo of the awards - glass sculptures with the awardees' names

“These alumni are among the best and brightest of our graduates,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, president of Marion Tech. “We celebrate their talents, their drive and their hard work. They have made a positive impact on thousands of lives.”

Johnis Tyler Gribbin of Mansfield received and Associate Degree in Applied Business Management and an Associate Degree in Marketing Management. Her daughter, LaToya Tyler, recalled how hard she worked to provide for her family and earn her degrees.
“Johnis is the perfect example of dedication, determination, and perseverance. As a single mother, Johnis worked 2 and 3 jobs to support her family and cover the cost of tuition,” Tyler said.

Photo of Johnis smiling
Johnis M. Gribbin

Tyler recalled that Gibbon did not have a car, but worked long shifts at East Lawn Manor and another part-time job within walking distance of Marion Tech so she could make it to class. In addition to working, taking night classes, and caring for her children, Gribbin also cared for her parents as they were dying of cancer.

“Johnis is my hero! I remember many long, sleepless nights and the exhaustion on her face, but she never complained and maintained an illuminating smile and pleasant disposition throughout,” Tyler shared. “Her work ethic, passion, determination, and perseverance are the exemplary characteristics of the Marion Technical College community.”

Tyler used her degrees to advance at East Lawn Manor from medical records clerk to Director of Human Resources. After almost 20 years, Gribbin accepted a job with West Center Community Correctional Facility in Mansfield as Director of Human Resources. She served nearly a decade there before retiring.

In addition to her career, Gibbon was a founding member of the committee that formed the Black Heritage Council in Marion. She spent nearly two decades educating the community about Black History by providing facts and trivia to the local newspaper and radio station and putting up displays at Marion City Schools. Gibbon also served as a leader in various positions at Christ Missionary Baptist Church for 35 years.

Harold May served six years in the US Marine Corps before becoming a corrections officer in 1999 at North Central Correctional Institution. With his degree from Marion Tech and a number of certifications, he worked his way up to warden at Mansfield Correctional Institution for the last five years.

Harold May stands in front of a flag
Harold May

Greg Perry, Director of Criminal Justice and Law at Marion Tech, and Robert Chidester, Professor of Criminal Justice, nominated May.
“Harold has demonstrated hard work ethics during college and in your professional career will pay off. He is an example of what education, experience and hard work will lead to fulfilling your goals,” Perry and Chidester stated.

They noted that May attended MTC while working full-time and maintaining his family commitments. He has given back, including serving on the Marion Tech advisory committee for Criminal Justice. He also serves as a coach and mentor for new employees.

“I’m honored to be selected for the Marion Tech Alumni Hall of Fame. My education at MTC was instrumental in my career as it opened many promotional opportunities. Without my education my journey to becoming a warden would not have happened,” May said. “I had no idea at the time when as a Correction officer taking one or two classes during the week over a period of many years that it would open so many doors.”

May noted that his son, Justin May, is also a graduate of Marion Tech and is now a police officer in Marion.

“Bob Chidester and Greg Perry were both Instrumental in both our careers. I believe they deserve the recognition more than I,” May said.

Krista Mulvaine has served at Marion Tech for 32 years. She started as an evening receptionist in 1988. Mulvaine earned her Associate of Applied Business in Office Information in 1995. She advanced in her career to become Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services as well as the Perkins Grant Administrator.

“I am truly honored to be inducted into MTC’s Alumni Hall of Fame,” Mulvaine said.

Krista Mulvaine smiles
Krista Mulvaine

Dr. Vicky Wood, former vice president at Marion Tech and current president of Washington State College in Marietta, nominated Mulvaine for her commitment to the college’s mission.

“[Mulvaine] is passionate about helping students achieve their academic goals. She works with students who have had challenges in their studies and helps them work through the grade forgiveness process. She recognizes their success progress and inspires them to finish,” Wood said.

Wood noted that Mulvaine organized the MTC graduation for 28 years. She also mentors and trains new staff members as well as supporting new college leaders.

“She is professional and good at analyzing problems and providing leadership in resolving them while maintaining respect of those with whom she works. She puts her needs to the side to support students, faculty, and staff,” Wood shared. “She goes above and beyond to advance academic and student services. She is a respected member of the MTC community and an exemplary MTC alumna!”

Mulvaine also serves on the Women’s Business Council and is a past president and active member of the local chapter of local chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She has also supported a number of local charities.

“My degree and employment with the college has provided me with a very rewarding career. MTC is fully invested in our community and in its employees, supporting professional development, continuous learning and relevant programming,” Mulvaine said. “At MTC, I have made lifelong close friends that have become a part of my family and I will be forever grateful.”

Ritch Ramey of Marion graduated from Elgin in 1981, in the middle of a recession. Many local manufacturing businesses were laying off workers or closing.

“I remember trying to get a job at a local fast food restaurant and the manager said, ‘I have 5 other people that want this job. Why should I hire you?” Ramey recalled.

Ritch Ramey smiles at the camera
Ritch Ramey

Ramey earned his Associate of Applied Science in Engineering in 1987. He found more than technical skills at Marion Tech. He found purpose as well.

“MTC instructors were experts in their field and very professional and the many engineering experienced students in my classes helped shape my vision for the future. In our classes, we truly felt we could make Marion a great manufacturing center again,” Ramey shared.

Ramey worked as an engineer at several firms and then found a new passion to help local students learn about engineering tech. He taught at Tri-Rivers Career Center for 32 years, transforming the drafting program into engineering technologies and then leading RAMTEC, a robotics and advanced manufacturing center.

“When the Marion community came together to create RAMTEC, the ‘c’ is for collaboration and M, T and C are deliberately in the acronym,” Ramey stated. “I have had many students graduate from my program over the years that have went on to attend and graduate from MTC as well.”

Ramey also served as an adjunct professor at Marion Tech for 25 years.

“I have proudly seen family members attend, grow and graduate from MTC. It truly is one of the many gems in our community. I have been lucky enough to have been a part of seeing this college and campus grow from a single building in a corn field to a beautiful thriving campus that will continue to shape Marion’s future and change students’ lives,” Ramey said.

The success of RAMTEC in Marion has led to the creation of 23 similar centers around the state. Ramey also helped local students by volunteering. With two partners, he brought the National Robotics Challenge to Marion in 2003 and has continued to see that grow. He has coached children from elementary to college in the VEX robotics challenge.

Professor Jeremy Fryman and Instructor Rick Fryman of Marion Tech nominated Ramey for the impact he has made on thousands of lives.

“He brings his love of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) wherever he goes and tries transfer that passion to others,” they wrote in their nomination.

Ramey has also coached basketball, football and track at Elgin High School over 24 years.

Marion Tech looks forwards to celebrating with these inductees at a future date.

To see the list of all of the Alumni Hall of Fame members, go to https://www.mtc.edu/alumni-hall-fame/.

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