FEATURED ALUMNI

 

Our alums are doing great things! We created this 'Featured Alumni' page because we think it is very important for current and potential University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students to hear from those who have graduated!


JERRY BUCKLER '87

Jerry Buckler is currently a Judge for the Scioto County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division. He was elected Judge on November 6, 2012, and is currently completing his first 6-year term. Prior to being elected Judge, Buckler was an attorney practicing in Portsmouth, Ohio for16 years. As an attorney, he also served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Buckler taught high school mathematics for ten years (8 years at Clay HS in Portsmouth, Ohio, and 2 years at Clinton-Massie HS in Clarksville, Ohio. He also taught full-time at Shawnee State University in the mathematics department for two years.

Married to Lisa K. Reed Buckler, the couple just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August. They are the parents of two children, Adrienne and Adam. Adrienne is a 27 year-old attorney in Portsmouth, and Adam is a third year student at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Buckler has lived in Lucasville, Scioto County, for the majority of my life.

READ MORE ABOUT JERRY HERE


TODD REIGLE '94

Turning to Rio Grande for the small college atmosphere, Todd Reigle made the most of his college career during his time from 1987-1994. Graduating with his Associates of Applied Science in Manufacturing, and then his Bachelor's of Science in Communications & Public Relations, Todd's professional career after college took him to the non-profit and media world, and most recently into the finance industry. 

Reigle has 11 years of non-profit managerial experience in fundraising, media, and public relations, and graphic design. After his first seven years, he decided to take a break from the non-profit world and started a career in marketing and promotions in the radio industry. While in radio, Reigle had the opportunity to market adult contemporary, oldies, and sports formats. The most recent format was sports radio for 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, which was the flagship station at the time for Ohio State, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Cleveland Indians. While at The Fan, Reigle was responsible for game-day marketing operations, on-air promotions, and events. One of his proudest accomplishments was hosting the annual Speilman Scramble, an event that raises funding for the James Cancer Hospital for Reigle's friends and co-worker, Chris and his wife Stephanie. After 13 years, Reigle left the station and worked for two national non-profits before landing his current position of Vice President of Marketing for the Equitable Mortgage Corporation. 

Todd married to his wife Alissa (Marks) in 2014 and he currently lives in Dublin, Ohio with her and his step-daughter, Lilly. Alissa, a Rio Alumnae, is the daughter of Rio Athletic Hall of Fame member, Don Marks. 

READ MORE ABOUT TODD HERE 

 
 

 


DR. PATRICK YOUNG '80

Young is the Technology and Engineering Director for Seal Bond Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings located in Western Michigan.  He provides leadership, direction and mentorship to all the technical developments, product development, and engineering improvements for the company.

Young graduated in 1980 from the University of Rio Grande with a B.S. in Chemistry and a double minor in math and business. After graduation, Young went to Ohio University and obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a concentration in Polymer Science and Analytical Chemistry. 

He then began his career with DuPont in Richmond, Virginia in 1984 working with Kevlar®, Nomex® and Tyvek® high performance fibers.  In 1988, he transferred to DuPont in Circleville, Ohio to do product development in Mylar® and Kapton® films.  In 2005, he transferred back to Richmond, Virginia to do product development work in Tyvek® for medical packaging and finally in the Building Sciences Organization.

During his 33 year career with DuPont, he was instrumental in developing the Mylar® polyester film base used in bar code labels and in Kodak’s EktathermTM thermal transfer ribbons for digital photography. He also developed a Mylar® capacitor film product used in high voltage flyback transformers that was sold in Asia to produce computer monitors.

While in Dupont’s Tyvek® R&D organization he created an improved Tyvek® bacterial barrier for the medical packaging market and a new child resistant senior friendly nonwoven barrier for pharmaceutical blister packages.

His most recent research has been with DuPont’s Building Sciences business where he successfully invented and commercialized Tyvek® Thermawrap R5.0™, Tyvek® Fluid Applied WB, Tyvek® Fluid Applied Flashing and Joint Compound+, and Tyvek® Fluid Applied WB+™. The products and technologies he has developed to date have resulted in over three quarters of a billion dollars in revenue to DuPont.

Patrick is married to Susan, and they have one daughter, Alana, and three grandchildren. On September 1, 2017, he retired from DuPont and moved his family to Western Michigan to continue his career with Seal Bond Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings.

READ MORE ABOUT DR. YOUNG HERE