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.
Tenecka Holley is vice president and senior project manager for Serenity Properties Inc., a real estate investment company. She owns and operates Brown & Holley Tax & Budgeting Consultants. In October 2011, Holley started the “T Holley Walk Again Campaign,” devoted to helping her younger brother who was seriously injured in an accident and raising awareness of the needs of spinal cord injury patients.
Tom Jones, class of 1985, is president of City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. Jones received his associate degree in psychology, a bachelor's degree in family studies from Southern Nazarene University, his master's degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University, and a Ph.D in practical ministry from Heritage University and Seminary in Kissimmee, Fla. Jones is creator of the “Bridge to Life Recovery Program,” the state's largest free drug and alcohol recovery program which is used across the country. He is chairman of the Oklahoma Interagency Council on Homelessness and serves on the community relations board for the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City and is on the board of the Dream Center in Los Angeles.
Brandee Morgan, who was recently promoted to the position of coordinator of admissions and policy compliance at OCCC. Morgan received an associate degree in business administration from Rose State College, an associate degree in Spanish from OCCC and a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University. She is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at SNU.
Marvin York, who is being inducted as an Honorary Alumni Hall of Fame member, is former president pro tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. From 1968 to 1986, York represented south Oklahoma City in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and then the Senate. York was a high schoolteacher for several years before earning his juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University's College of Law in 1963. York played a key role in starting South Oklahoma City Junior College, the original name of Oklahoma City Community College.
Kim Holding is a public relations specialist for the marketing and public relations department at Oklahoma City Community College.