North Central Missouri College Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2013 Class of Distinguished Alumni.
All individuals attended Trenton Junior College (TJC), now known as North Central Missouri College (NCMC) in Trenton, Missouri.
They are Dr. Joanna Anderson of Sedalia, Missouri; Judge Jim Holcomb of Four Seasons, Missouri; Cathy McKay of Trenton; and Harvey (H.A.) Roberson of Bethany.
Dr. Joanna Anderson is a THS graduate and a 1976 graduate of TJC. Currently the president of State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Dr. Anderson has held many leadership roles throughout her life. After TJC, she attended the University of Missouri - Columbia where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism in 1978.
Dr. Anderson worked at Pine Bluff Commercial in Pine Bluff, Arkansas as a reporter/ag feature writer and then at KTTN Radio in Trenton as a copy writer, traffic director and Womenâ€™s Program director. During her 21-year career with NCMC (which began in 1986), Dr. Anderson held various positions including Director of Public Relations, Director of Admissions, Dean of Student Services and adjunct instructor.
She received a Master of Science degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. Joanna is married to Ken Anderson and they have three children: Daniel and his wife Beth of Kansas City; Clayton, his wife Hayley and their children Adaline and Case of Trenton; and Emily, a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Anderson is the daughter of Freddie and Carrol Key and a sister of Richard Key, all of Trenton. She also has a sister, Lori, of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Judge Jim Holcomb is also a THS graduate, and he attended TJC in 1962-1963. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri â€“ Kansas City School of Law. During his distinguished legal career, Judge Holcomb practiced general law for 34 years and was the Grundy County Prosecuting Attorney for over 17 years and Presiding Judge of Third Judicial Circuit for more than six years. Holcomb served on the Presiding Judges Executive Committee of State Judicial Conference and as city prosecutor for the cities of Trenton, Gallatin, Spickard and Laredo.
Judge Holcomb and his wife Mary have three children (Chris Crane, Melissa Penrod and Tim Holcomb) and are the grandparents of eight grandchildren: Michael, Benton, Brock, Brandon, Adam, Sydni, Ryan, and Marli. Holcomb is the brother of Dr. John Holcomb and Judy Cox.
Cathy McKay is a THS graduate and a 1978 graduate of TJC. She also attended Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University) and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tarkio College. Cathy began her career with Grundy Electric Cooperative in 1979 and has been the office manager for 24 years.
Prior to becoming the office manager, she previously worked as an accountant and customer service representative for the organization. Mrs. McKay is also an adjunct instructor for NCMC. Cathy is married to Steve McKay. Their daughter Lesley and her husband James Arnold live in Fayette, Missouri along with their daughter, Audrey. The McKays also have a son, Kinnison, who lives in Kansas City with his wife Rhiannon. Cathy McKay is the sister of Cindy Simpson of Trenton. Her parents were B.J. and Maxine Clark (both deceased) and her in-laws are Kenneth and Teenie McKay of Trenton.
Harvey â€śH.A.â€ť Roberson, a graduate of Jamesport High School, earned an Associate in Arts degree from TJC in 1957.
Mr. Roberson went on to graduate from John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee and has been a lifelong funeral director while owning and operating several funeral homes in Northwest Missouri.
In addition to his mortuary career, Mr. Roberson served in the United States Air Force for four years. H.A. is married to Suzanne and they have a son, Alan (wife Wyvonne) and a daughter, Linda Polley (husband Bryan). The Robersons have three granddaughters, one grandson, two grandsons-in-law and seven great-grandchildren.
These four honorees will be formally inducted as Distinguished Alumni at the NCMC Foundationâ€™s tenth annual Gala on October 12 at the Ketcham Community Center. The theme for this yearâ€™s Gala will be â€śWisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of our times.â€ť All alumni and friends of NCMC are invited to attend, and more information about the Gala can be obtained by calling the Foundation Office at 660-359-3948, ext. 1415.