Central Arizona College Wall of Success Ceremony to Honor Alums Set for November 7, 2015
By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing
Central Arizona College will honor the 2015 Wall of Success recipients during a special induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts (8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128). 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, Captain Ruben D. Leos, Jenny Lopez McLellan, Patricia Tarango, and Robert E. Tarleton, Jr.
'Kitty' Carlisle of Apache Junction, AZ 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, earning a Masters of Arts in English in May 2011. Carlisle 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, Cynthia 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.
Kara Kramer Cooper, is a long-time resident of Casa Grande, AZ. She attended CAC 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, Kara has been the Co-publisher/Advertising Director for Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Inc.
Kristine 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, 'KK' played women's basketball under Coach Lin Laursen, winning a NJCAA National Championship as a sophomore and again as 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, Kincaid was hired by Phoenix College in 2009 as an associate head coach and became the women's head basketball coach in 2010.
Ruben D. Leos is a Patrol Bureau Captain for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. He earned an Associate of Applied Science from CAC in 2003 and continued his education at Bellevue University and the Northwestern School of Police and Command. Captain Leos served with the United States Marines from 1984-1988 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, Jenny Lopez McLellan continued her education at Arizona State University and The University of Phoenix where she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management in 2004. For the past 10 years, McClellan has served as the Director of Operations/Corporate Compliance Officer with Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation where she assists homeless individuals to be placed in housing.
Born and raised in the small farming community of Stanfield, AZ, Patricia Tarango began her college career at CAC. She earned as Associate of Arts degree and continued on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from ASU and Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of St. Francis, Jolliet, IL. Tarango's work experience includes administration and day to day oversight of primary care clinic operations throughout the Phoenix Metro area. She currently serves as Bureau Chief of Health Systems Development for the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Robert E. Tarleton, Jr. 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, 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 outstanding alumni for their personal and professional accomplishments. To attend the event, please RSVP at http://centralaz.edu/RSVP.
The first group of honorees was inducted into the Wall of Success during the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Signal Peak Campus on November 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.