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Mike Haubert

 

 

Class of 1991

Associate of Science, Color Matching

 




For Gibsonburg native Mike Haubert, Terra State Community College was only the first of several smart moves.  

After receiving his degree in color matching in 1991, Mike knew he would have to be mobile to advance.

“I have moved around a lot which is key to my promotion and ability to gain critical experience,” he said.

He worked for Allied Color right after Terra, moving to four cities in four years with the company. He then took a job with Royalite for two years before starting his own company, Polymer Color Services, in 1997. In 2006, he spun off of that company with his current partners to form Mosaic Color.

Mike is now the managing partner for the Mosaic Color’s Greenville, S.C. operations as well as technology lead for the corporation. While he could be considered a co-inventor of several patents, he and his partners made a business decision to turn their patentable technology over to their customers instead.

He’s happy Terra gave him the start.

“Terra opened the door for me to an industry I didn’t know,” he said. “It provided an opportunity to broaden my viewpoint in an inexpensive and highly practical manner.”

Mike lives in Piedmont, S.C. with Colleen, his wife of 13 years, and children Caleb (10), Hannah (7) and Gabriella (4). They are active in their church and in other Christian-focused organizations. They enjoy boating, fishing, hunting and traveling.

 

Jeff Geary

 

 

 

Class of 1979

Associate of Applied Business in Marketing

 


Jeff recently accepted the position of Vice President of First National Bank in Clyde, Ohio.  He also served thirteen years as the Senior Vice President/Officer in Charge of the Commercial Lending Division at Croghan Colonial Bank. He began his career as a vault teller and then progressed through various positions leading to his Vice President role. 

Jeff started his career in banking shortly after graduating from Terra in 1979 with a degree in marketing.

“Terra provided a local and affordable way to begin my educational path with networking opportunities that led to my current career in banking,” he said.

Jeff has earned additional accreditation through the National Commercial Lending School in Norman, Okla., the Ohio School of Banking/Ohio University and the Ohio School of Consumer Lending/Kent State University.

The list of Jeff’s civic and community service activities is long. He’s a board member and treasurer of Sandusky County Positive People and the Sandusky County Economic Development Inc., chair of a recent renovation committee and treasurer for Our Lady of the Pines, board member of Ohio Red Cross and Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity.

Jeff and his wife, Janice, have three children, Ryan, Kyle and Megan. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his children’s sports activities, boating and traveling.

 

Lucas Shammo

 

 

 

Class of 2012

Associate Degree in Nursing

 


Lucas Shammo planned to become an Emergency Medical Technician, but realized early on that he wanted to make more of an impact. He wanted to be the one person who could advocate for a patient on their worst day. Nursing would give him that opportunity.

He enrolled in Terra State’s nursing program relatively soon after his initial EMT schooling and soon discovered that medicine was his calling.

“The relationships that I would build with people in a matter of minutes and have them trust me not only as a person but as a nurse, a student nurse to boot, came easy to me,” he said.

After graduating from Terra State in December 2012, he knew immediately that he wanted to work in the fast-paced setting that critical care offered. He accepted a job at The Toledo Hospital’s level one trauma center for the experience of becoming a well-rounded nurse for any immediate emergency.

“I wouldn’t trade my job for the world,” Lucas said. “It is an amazing feeling to see someone who is an overdose, low blood sugar or just flat out sick, go from death’s doorstep to walking out of the hospital. It’s more than rewarding and I would recommend the Terra State nursing program to anyone who is an aspiring nurse.”

Lucas also works in the emergency room at Promedica Fremont Memorial Hospital and is already enrolled at the University of Toledo where he is pursuing placement in the nurse practitioner program.

 

Steve Bender

 

 

Class of 1982

Associate of Applied Science in HVAC

Bachelor of Science in HVACR Engineering Technology, Ferris State University

 


Steve Bender has been on both sides of the desk at Terra State, so to speak.

In the early ‘80s, a former Terra State faculty member suggested that Steve enroll in the HVAC program. He did, and in 1982 with his associate degree in hand, he started what would be a 17-year career in the HVAC field. The last 11 years of that, he worked for Gundlach Sheet Metal.

It was another recommendation that brought Steve back to the college. While attending a Tech Prep orientation with his son, he ran into Tom Kissell, a former instructor who had become a dean at Terra. Tom suggested that Steve apply for an open HVAC faculty position. He got the job and has now been teaching here for 15 years.

“Terra has been a huge part of my career in the past and now is my career,” he said.

In 2012, Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in HVACR Engineering Technology from Ferris State University in Michigan.

Steve and another Terra graduate, Tim Roth, teach the HVAC program at Terra State both in a fast-track format and a tradition two-year version. Students can earn a certificate or degree in HVAC.

 

“I’m very proud to be a part of this program,” he said. “Our students leave with valuable skills and most have jobs lined up before they take their final exams. It’s very rewarding.” 

 

Margaret Weisz

 

 

Class of 2003

Associate of Applied Science in Social and Behavioral Science

Bachelor of Social Work, Spring Arbor University (summa cum laude), 2012

Passed licensure test in 2013 LSW


 

Even as a child, Margaret Weisz knew she wanted to work with the homeless. Living in such a rural area, she wasn’t sure that would ever happen. It did.

After years of working in several factories and even for the U.S. Postal Service, her break came in 1997 when she became Executive Director of the Liberty Center of Sandusky County Homeless Shelter. While she gladly accepted the position, she realized she needed more education in order to be successful in assisting the homeless clients.

Margaret was an accomplished student at Terra and was named Psychology Student of the Year in 2003. She graduated that same year with honors. She continued her education at Spring Arbor, earning a bachelor degree in 2012.

“My education at Terra as well as Spring Arbor has helped me grow both personally and professionally,” she said. “It has helped me to better understand and assist our clients and their needs at the Liberty Center.”

Margaret, who is now in her 17th year leading the Liberty Center, is involved with several community groups:

Sandusky County Homeless Coalition – chairperson

Emergency Food and Shelter Board – member

Balance of State Continuum of Care, Region 2 – vice chairperson

Fremont Optimist Club – member

She has a son and a one-year-old granddaughter, and is an avid Bald Eagle watcher.