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
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
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.
Class of 1979
Associate of Applied Business in Marketing
It isn’t often anymore that a person stays employed with one
business for their entire career. But Jeff Geary can make that claim, and he’s
happy he can.
Since 2001, he has been the Senior Vice President/Officer in
Charge of the Commercial Lending Division at Croghan Colonial Bank. Thirty-four
years ago, he began as the main office vault teller and then progressed through
various positions before arriving at his current 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
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.
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
“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.
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.”
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 –
Fremont Optimist Club – member
She has a son and a one-year-old granddaughter,
and is an avid Bald Eagle watcher.