The Oklahoma City Community College Association of Alumni and Friends will honor eight alumni during a dinner and ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the College Union. Tickets are free, but an RSVP to 682-7591 is required for a head count.
The honorees are:
Chad Alexander, class of 1995 and president of Alexander Companies, a government relations and public policy consulting service. Alexander received an associate degree from OCCC and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is president of government relations and a contract lobbyist for Capitol Insight. From 2001-2003, Alexander served as chairman and executive director of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Tracey Bewley, class of 1992, manager of the Custom Design Department at MTM Recognition. Bewley received an associate degree in art and design from OCCC and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Oklahoma City University. She and her husband created Urban Art, a gallery and collection of art studios.
Mary Brese, class of 1996, is a teacher and head of the math department at Brink Junior High School in Moore. Brese received her associate degree in mathematics and a bachelor's degree in secondary education — mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. She was named teacher of the year at Brink for 2011-12. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Parent-Teacher-Student Association, the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez owns and operates a general law practice focusing on immigration, criminal defense, workers' compensation and personal injury. He received his bachelor's in political science in 1992 from Oklahoma State University and his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Oklahoma. Brooks-Jimenez received the Paragon Award from Leadership Oklahoma City and was named the Latino Youth Mentor of the Year by the Latino Community Development Agency. The Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber named his company Outstanding Business of the Year in 2010.
Kenneth Hamby, class of 2002, is the Indian Health Service medical officer and family physician at the Pawnee Indian Health Clinic in Pawnee.
Hamby holds an associate degree in biology. He studied pre-med at the University of Central Oklahoma before earning a D.O. degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo. He was a master sergeant in the Air National Guard, a U.S. Army medic and served in Desert Storm.