CAC Wall of Success honors alums on Nov. 7

Central Arizona College will honor the 2015 Wall of Success recipients during a special induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge. The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception provided by the CAC Culinary Arts Program. The CAC Jazz Band will welcome attendees into the auditorium for the award ceremony.

The 2015 Wall of Success inductees will include; Catherine “Kitty” Carlisle. Cynthia S. Collings, Kara Kramer Cooper, Kristine “KK” Kincaid, Capt. Ruben D. Leos, Jenny Lopez McLellan, Patricia Tarango, and Robert E. Tarleton, Jr.

Ms. Carlisle of Apache Junction, began her college career at CAC as a single mom. She obtained an associate of business in May 2006 from CAC and pursued further education at Northern Arizona University, receiving a masters of arts in English in May 2011. She is a writer/editor and since 2012 has owned her business, The Grammatical Activist.

Since graduating from CAC in 1987 with an associate of applied science degree in computer science, Ms. Collings has worked for the college in various roles including instructional assistant, part-time faculty and developmental education specialist. In 2000, shortly after receiving a master’s of science in computer information systems at the University of Phoenix, she became a full time professor of computer information systems at CAC and continues to educate students.

Ms. Cooper is a long-time resident of Casa Grande. She graduated from CAC in 1977 and for more than 40 years she has worked for the newspaper owned by her father, Donovan. She held many roles with the company including news reporter, editor and advertising sales. Since 2009, Ms. Cooper has been the co-publisher/advertising director for Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.

Ms. Kincaid earned an associate of science degree in 1989 from CAC and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Northern Arizona University in 1998. While at CAC, she played women’s basketball under Coach Lin Laursen, winning a NJCAA National Championship as a sophomore and again as Ms. Laursen’s assistant coach a few years later. She coached for one year at the University of California-Riverside and five years at the University of Nevada in Reno. After taking time off to work in the private sector, she was hired by Phoenix College in 2009 as an associate head coach and became the women’s head basketball coach in 2010.

Capt. Leos is a patrol bureau captain for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. He received an associate of applied science from CAC in 2003 and continued his education at Bellevue University and the Northwestern School of Police and Command. Capt. Leos served with the U.S. Marines from 1984-88 and was a correction officer with Connecticut’s Department of Correction from 1989 through 1994 when he accepted a patrol deputy position in Pinal County.

A 1980 graduate of CAC, Ms. McLellan continued her education at Arizona State University and The University of Phoenix where she recieved a master of arts degree in organizational management in 2004. For the past 10 years, Ms. McClellan has served as the director of operations/corporate compliance officer with Arizona Behavioral Health Corp. where she assists homeless individuals to be placed in housing.

Born and raised in the small farming community of Stanfield, Arizona, Ms. Tarango began her college career at CAC. She received an associate of arts degree and continued on to received a bachelor of arts in Social Work from ASU and master of science in health care administration from the University of St. Francis, Jolliet, Illinois. Her work experience includes administration and day to day oversight of primary care clinic operations throughout the Phoenix metro area. She serves as bureau chief of health systems development for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Mr. Tarleton is director of military satellite communications for the space and missile systems center, Los Angeles Air Force Base where he oversees a $40 billion program. A 1978 graduate of CAC, Mr. Tarleton began his military career in 1982 as a project engineer on Marine Corps electronic warfare programs. For more than 25 years, he has held a variety of government and industry leadership positions, primarily in the acquisition of Department of Defense communications systems.

CAC invites community members to join in the recognition of these alumni for their personal and professional accomplishments.
The first group of honorees was inducted into the Wall of Success during the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Signal Peak Campus on Nov. 14, 2009. The event has been held annually since that time and more than 90 alums have been recognized for their notable accomplishments. Photos of each class are displayed on a permanent wall for public viewing in the Pence Center.

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