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Jermaine Stepney (AA'06) is an Ordinance Tech for the U.S. Navy. After OJC, he went on to earn a BA in Communications from the University of Northern Colorado.

Peggy Patton (AA '81) has been a Mathematics Teacher at Uintah High School for 23 years. Her work extends to the state level in Utah where she has been active in writing Math curriculums and on the negotiating committee.  She was a mentor for Math for America and is an advisor for DECA and National Honor Society.  

Donnie Bjorhus (AA '89) is the Head Golf Professional at Thermopolis Golf Course in Thermopolis, WY. He was a member of the 1988 and 1989 Region IX Champion Baseball teams at OJC.

Genia Weaver (Birt) (AS '91) is the Director of Auxiliary Services at OJC. She has been at OJC for 14 years, working as coordinator of landscape design prior to transitioning to her current position.

Lenny McBride ('65) is a retired Labor Negotiator.  After studying at Colorado State University and New College School of Law, he worked the majority of his life in San Francisco. He now resides in Atlanta.

Russell Sharp (AS '82) is an Information Technology Specialist for HQ Air Force Flight Standards Agency.

Jennifer Logan (AAS '94) is a self-employed caregiver.

Steven Mitchell (AA '05) is the Academic Coordinator - Track and Field for the University of Wyoming Athletics.

Iftihor Muhtorov (Certif '12) is a Specialist of Foreign Affairs.

Chad Stapleton (AA '04) is a Senior Internal Sales Consultant for Janus Capital Group.


Alumni Stories - What are They Doing Now?


Seth Franzman Scholarship

Pictured are: (l-r) Jim Rizzuto, president of Otero Junior College; Barbara Franzman, scholarship donor; Lindsay Broce, Cheraw, recipient of the 2009-2010 Franzman Family Scholarship and Seth Franzman, scholarship donor and 1958 OJC alumnus.

Seth Franzman (1958), has visited Otero Junior College several times over the past few years with his wife, Barbara. Originally from the Crowley County and Cheraw communities, Seth now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., where he is retired from the Arizona Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division.

The Franzman family has recently established three scholarships for Otero Junior College students; The Franzman Family Scholarship, The Franzman Family Nursing Scholarship and, most recently, The Franzman Family International Scholarship.

Cullen Johnson

OJC Alumni Cullen Johnson (2009)
Cullen Johnson  recently wrote, directed and produced a four-part documentary series about the experiences of World War II veterans. The series, entitled The Cost of Freedom, features interviews with seven World War II veterans from the Arkansas Valley. The documentary was presented at OJC as part of the Veterans’ Day Celebration.

Kim Herrell

OJC Alumni R. Kim Herrell (1976)
Kim Herrell taught in the Douglas County Schools for 25 years before his retirement last year. His undergraduate work was completed at Otero Junior College and the University of Northern Colorado. His graduate degree in Gifted and Talented Education was also completed at UNC. Herrell’s dedication to his students and theatre arts at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Douglas County was recognized in 2007 by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre organization who named Herrell the Colorado High School and Middle Level Theatre Educator of the Year. While a student at Otero Junior College from 1975 to 1976, Herrell was a class president, the first president of the Outdoor Recreation Club, and acted in and directed several Otero Players productions. One of Herrell’s greatest achievements while a student at OJC was designing the Otero Players logo. The two-faced jester in black and white illustrates a diverse emotional face with one side happy, the other sad. The logo is still used by the Otero Players as the organization’s official emblem. According to Herrell, one of the greatest influences in his life was OJC Theatre Director, Ed Stafford. “Under the direction of Mr. Stafford, I learned to love the art of theatre and knew that teaching this art form would become my life’s ambition,” said Herrell. Herrell, his wife Ann and their two children live in Castle Rock.

Patrice Henson

OJC Patrice Henson

Patrice Henson (now Patrice Ravenscroft) (2005) is the events manager for the Christian Booksellers Association. She was a member of the 2003-2005 volleyball and women’s basketball teams at OJC.  She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Kent Mosher

OJC Alumni Kent Mosher

Kent Mosher (1976) from Centennial, Colo. was on the OJC campus this past summer installing specialty cabinets for the Nursing Simulation Laboratory in Life Science.

Mosher was a member of the 1974-76 rodeo teams at OJC. He is now the owner of Kent Overall Construction in Centennial, Colo.