Archived Outstanding Alumni
The recognition of the Outstanding Alumnae/Alumni is a rich tradition held by Big Sandy Community & Technical College for many years and is one of great prestige and honor. This person(s) have demonstrated a commitment to their community, their profession and the College and must have completed at minimum of 45 hours at Big Sandy Community & Technical College.
Outstanding Alumni 2013
Jennifer OBryan graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1999 and is a valued member of the dental hygiene profession. She demonstrates a strong desire to help her patients achieve better oral care. She is a former adjunct clinical instructor and advisory board member of the Dental Hygiene Program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. She works as a clinical dental hygienist for a private practice in Prestonsburg. Her desire and commitment to the profession and the college truly makes her an outstanding graduate.
Terri Lynn Hall graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1983. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marshall University and then completed her Masters Degree at the University of Kentucky. She returned to school in 2009 to receive her Family Nurse Practitioner credentials. She has worked for Highlands Regional Medical Center for nearly 29 years and is currently working for Kings Daughter Medical Center in the Kentucky Heart Institute in Prestonsburg. Her career as a nurse, educator and patient and community advocate has been outstanding. She is compassionate, driven and is a true advocate for her patients.
Cathy Goble Gullett enrolled at Prestonsburg Community College in 1967. After graduating from Prestonsburg Community College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. She later earned a Masters in Education Degree from Morehead State University. Cathy taught school in the Johnson County School System for 33 years. She retired in 2004 but has not slowed down. She continues to hold offices with the Johnson County Retired Teachers Association. Cathy coached golf for over 20 years, served on several professional boards and still volunteers at Johnson Central High School.
Tony Skaggs graduated from Magoffin County High School in 1984. He earned both an Associate in Science Degree in 1986 and an Associate of Arts Degree in 1987 from Prestonsburg Community College. He then transferred to Eastern Kentucky University for his Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned his Masters from Morehead State University. He has a genuine compassion for students of Eastern Kentucky and is a true advocate for education. In his role as Principal of Magoffin County High School for the past 7 years, Mr. Skaggs encourages his kids from Magoffin County High School to attend college. He has often said attending Prestonsburg Community College was the best decision I ever made and I encourage all seniors to consider starting college at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
Outstanding Alumni 2012
Dr. Charles Arnett
Dr. Charles Arnett graduated from Prestonsburg Community College in 1966 before transferring
to the University of Kentucky to pursue a bachelors degree in zoology and then to
the University of Louisvilles School of Medicine, where he decided to become a family
practice physician. After completing his studies, Arnett completed an internship in
Savannah, Georgia, and then returned to Eastern Kentucky to work in Martin County.
He later returned to Floyd County and opened his own private practice in Archer Clinic.
He practiced medicine there for the next 33 years until he retired to a part-time
position at the Floyd County Health Department where he currently works.
Dr. Arnett believes in giving back to his community and volunteers for activities whenever possible. He has served as the chairman of the Floyd County Board of Health for 25 years and has given back to Big Sandy Community and Technical College by serving as a member of the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation Board.
Pam D. Cornett
Pam D. Cornett graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Big Sandy CTC in 1998.
Currently, Pam works at the University of Kentuckys Mobile Dental Program as the Dental
Hygienist and Program Manager, serving the dental needs of children in Eastern Kentucky.
She is married to husband Marty and has one daughter Brandi who is expecting her first
child in December. If not for BSCTC and its dental hygiene program, I could not have
achieved my career goals. I am very grateful and truly honored to be considered among
the outstanding alumnae at BSCTC.
Pam continues to serve the dental hygiene profession with character, caring and a driving desire for the betterment of all patients who she serves.
Keith Hale, of Inez, Kentucky was an All-Star basketball player during his high school years at Sheldon Clark High School. After graduating from Sheldon Clark, Keith decided to attend Mayo Technical College to study welding. Keith was an outstanding student, but his welding instructor felt he seemed uncertain about the direction his life should take. His success in the welding program coupled with encouragement from Bobby McCool, his instructor, helped him decide that he wanted to pursue a career in education.
After graduating with a Diploma in Welding at Mayo in 1991, Keith transferred to Morehead State University. There he earned an Associate Degree in Welding Technology as well as a Bachelors Degree in Technology Education in 1994. He continued his education at Western Kentucky University where he has earned Rank I certifications for Principal and Superintendent as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Education.
Keith began his teaching career in Technology Education at Barren County Middle School in 1994 and he has held a variety of positions at Barren County High School to including teacher, assistant principal, associate principal, principal, and director of transportation. In 2011, Keith became Principal of Glasgow Independent Schools.
Charles Rusty Justice
Charles Rusty Justice is a former Prestonsburg Community College (PCC) student, where he earned associate degrees in Arts and Sciences. He then attended the University of Kentucky where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mining and Civil Engineering. He is the co-owner of Jigsaw Enterprises, an engineering, excavation, and mining company with offices at Island Creek in Pike County.
Rusty serves on the board of the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame where he is actively involved in the restoration and preservation of the Wayland Gymnasium. He is a founding member of ECHO, an organization that works to promotes universal understanding and appreciation of the unique history and culture of our area.
Rusty also has a strong interest in education. He serves on the board of CEDAR, an
organization that promotes coal education to students and teachers. He also serves
on the board of St Francis of Assisi School in Pikeville, as well as the board of
Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
Rusty is married to fellow PCC/UK alum Linda Wagner-Justice. He and Linda have one child, a daughter Elon. They are members of Saint Francis of Assisi Church and currently reside in Pikeville, KY.
Charlie Sizemore is known as one of Bluegrass musics most distinctive and expressive vocal stylists and is recognized as being one of its most literate and thoughtful songwriters. He has never forgotten his eastern Kentucky roots. He grew up on Puncheon Creek in Magoffin County and currently has successful law practices in Salyersville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee.
Charlie attended Prestonsburg Community College from 1986-88. He was the Phi Theta Kappa president and also was named to Whos Who in Americas Junior Colleges. He attended the University of Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State University before switching paths and moving to Nashville. There he earned his law degree with honors and passed the Tennessee bar exam. Later, he also would become licensed in his home state of Kentucky.
Charlie continues to hold education to a high standard and often finds ways to support the students of Appalachia. He has graciously performed as the key performer at the Bluegrass Benefit and has raised over $50,000 for students.
Outstanding Alumni 2011
Dr. Joey Collins attended Prestonsburg Community College in 1981 before transferring to Auburn University where he graduated with a DVM. He returned to Pike County to establish the East Kentucky Animal Clinic in September 1988. He currently serves as Chair of the Board for Pike County Health Department, Pike County Cooperative Extension, a member of the Pike County Conservation District, a member of the board for Christ Central School, member of Gideons International and President of the Board for Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church.
Mr. John A. Herald first became acquainted with the college environment as a student in 1964. He left the college briefly to finish his degree, fulfill his military duties and briefly explore the social work field. John returned permanently in 1971 and has now served the college for forty years. John takes pride in his work and always wants the best for the students and staff at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. He enjoys flying, motorcycles and being with his family.
Ms. Shannon Kay Robinson is a valued member of the dental hygiene profession and has a strong desire to help her patients achieve the best of care. She currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Kentucky Dental Hygienist Association and participates in organizing student table clinics at the annual KyDHA meeting. In addition, she has volunteered at many Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics to provide much needed oral health care to individuals who otherwise could not afford it.
Ms. Thursa Sloan is a graduate of the Practical Nursing and the Associate Degree Nursing program. She has continued her education and has now completed a Masters Degree in Nursing. She has spent her entire career in the health care field and working to create a healthier community. She is a strong advocate for the college and our students and continues to support the educational opportunities in our area.