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!


Jordan Pickens

In 2013, Jordan Pickens married his high school and college sweetheart, Calee, who he says he is now fortunate enough to work alongside at Southern High School. The couple currently reside on their 3 acre homestead on 143 in Pomeroy where they are raising two kids...

Richard Hernandez ‘11

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: Current career/position, education/work background, and family. I currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio and work for a healthcare revenue cycle company by the name of Ensemble Health Partners. As a Revenue Cycle Corporate Trainer,...

Nathan Richard 2004

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself I’m married to Amanda (Wolfe) Richard (Class of 2004), and we have two children, Cadence (14) and Isaac (10), whom we homeschool. I’m currently working as an IT Systems Specialist at United States Plastic Corp. 2. List some of...

Angelo Forte ’90

A 1990 Rio Grande graduate, Forte is in his 20th year of teaching high school English at Hilliard Bradley High School. This Ohio High School Softball Hall of Fame member says softball is his passion. He has received numerous softball coaching awards since he began...

Bryan Minear 09

Currently finishing up his role as a Senior Designer for Vanguard World US, Bryan Minear, a 2009 graduate from Rio, is also transitioning to a new full time Art Director job. Before Vanguard, Minear worked four years at Fathead in Detroit, Michigan as a product...

Megan Wise ’12

Megan Wise is the 2016 Miss Ohio USA. She represented the state in the Miss USA competition where she placed among the Top 15 semifinalists. From Gallipolis, Ohio, Megan is a first grade teacher with a passion for children’s literacy. She graduated from Rio in...

Steve Moses ’80

A 1980 Rio Grande graduate now spends his time in the newspaper business, where he currently serves as the Editor/Ad Rep for The Roberson Journal – a weekly, independently owned newspaper in Lumberton, NC. Stephen Moses graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sales...

William Grant ’67

After having worked full time for 50 years, William Grant retired in August 2017. His career experiences included teaching in public and private institutions, and teaching and conducting research at Gallaudet University in their Model Secondary School for the Deaf....

Bill Lawrence ’93

1.     What made you choose to pursue a college education at Rio Grande? I started my college education at a large state university. After two years, I felt like a number and wanted to be somewhere that professors and staff would take an interest in my education and...

Patrick Young ’80

Awards Named as inventor on six United States patents with five other patents pending  1984 Ohio University’s Donald F. Clippinger Award (for superior research by a graduate student) 1992 Ohio University’s Outstanding Technical Assistant Award 1997 Dupont’s Marketing...

Robert Lawson ’73

1.       What made you choose to pursue a college education at Rio Grande? I was offered a grant in aid and a partial track scholarship to attend Rio. Best decision I ever made. 2.       What did Rio offer you besides an education? Fellowship with both students and...

Todd Reigle ’94

Awards/Achievements – Delta Beta Xi Award from Alpha Sigma Phi National Fraternity for alumni service to the organization – Media Community Service Award from Molina Healthcare for dedicated service to organizations in central Ohio – Graduated from...

Jerry Buckler ’87

1.     List some of your awards, achievements, honors you would like to highlight. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rio Grande College in 1987.  At Capital University Law School, I was a member and Associate Editor of the Capital University Law Review. For nine years,...

Damon Knoche ’00

1.     List some of your awards, achievements, honors you would like to highlight. While teaching at the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School in Ripley, Ohio in 2004, I was honored to be nominated for and to receive the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator...

Peggy Anderson ’96

1.     List some of your awards, achievements, honors you would like to highlight. Columbus Business First Champion of Healthcare Award, 2017 Columbus CEO Healthcare Achievement Award, Executive Finalist of the Year, 2017 Columbus Business First Forty Under 40...

Maki Karasawa ’94

1.     What did Rio offer you besides an education? Rio strengthened my spirit to overcome difficulties/ I was obviously struggling the double-whammy of learning lesson contents, complex one such as business ethics and English comprehension itself, especially in the...

Kevin Purcell ’79

Kevin Purcell, a 1979 graduate of the University of Rio Grande, was always very involved on campus. He was a Varsity Baseball team member, scorekeeper for the Men’s Basketball team, Lyne Center Summer Life Guard & Pool Maintenance Assistant, drove the bus...

Maya Carter ’96

According to Maya Carter, life after Rio “has been a roller coaster.” But that hasn’t stopped this 1996 graduate from becoming the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation/Aquatics Director for the University of South Carolina Upstate. Involved in just about everything...

Jessica Malone ’09

Jessica Malone has been a professional photographer for the past eight years, and currently is pursuing her career in Gallipolis, OH where she operates a portrait studio. Malone received her undergrad degree in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations,...