LTC honors students, community leaders at awards banquet



John Miller & Rory Riesterer
Ed Leadership — John C. Miller Alumnus — Rory Riesterer


On May 9 Lakeshore Technical College recognized 54 students for their achievements in and out of the classroom and named its 2014 Educational Leadership and Alumnus of the Year award winners.

Rory Riesterer, Special Projects and Continuous Improvement Manager at American Orthodontics in Sheboygan, was named Alumnus of the Year.  A 1997 graduate of LTC’s Supervisory Management program, Riesterer went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College.

During his entire career, Riesterer continued his technical education. He holds certificates in gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten metal arc welding from LTC and is currently enrolled in the Six Sigma Green Belt series and will continue to the Black Belt series next Fall. He has also completed coursework at LTC in Mechanical Drafting, Industrial Manufacturing, Computer Technology, Project Management, Quality Management and Train the Trainer courses. He has also earned LTC certificates in Fire Services and First Responder-Emergency. He is a past member of the Kiel Volunteer Fire Department.

Receiving the college’s Educational Leadership award was John C. Miller, Chairman of the Board of Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc.  Miller has been a champion of education for LTC and the region, providing technical guidance and expertise by serving on the LTC Foundation Board of Directors and embodies the Foundation’s belief that every student matters and every student can succeed. 

Miller’s advocacy and philanthropy support a number of student success initiatives, including a Financial Literacy program and a Students of Color Scholarship which provides tuition, program fees, and student support annually to 10 students of color in an underrepresented population. He also funded the LTC Bridge Program in which students can earn a Health Care Technician or Industrial Technology-Production certificate. These offerings are aimed at beginning college students and to assist Adult Basic Education student’s transition to college degree programs. These programs impact hundreds of students annually.

Student awards recognized program excellence and club involvement.  Winners are listed below by their Wisconsin hometown.

Kassandra Kanter, Pharmacy Technician program

Jessica Gasser, Welding Club

Cedar Grove
Gina Creech, Paralegal program; Nathan Steele, Business Management program

Jessica Waack, Horticulture Club

Abbey Southworth, Marketing program

Green Bay
Shelby Sheppard, Supervisory Management program

Howards Grove
Alyssa Young, Student Government Association and outgoing Wisconsin Technical College Student Ambassador

William Grunenwald, Criminal Justice Student Association

Trevor Casper, Student Government Association; Laurie Jeanty, Human Resource Administration program; Jack Roe, IT-Web and Software Developer program

Marc Bauer, Welding – Industrial Program;  Rick Biddle, Golf Course Management; Jesse Fischer, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program; Teri Johnson, Nursing-Associate Degree program;  Phornsavanh Kaeovongphet, Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program; Joe Liermann, Golf Course Management program; Carol Lorrigan, Manufacturing Management program; Joel Schlei, Business Management program and Supply Chain and Business Operations Club; Megan Sieracki,
Paralegal program; Elizabeth Vogel, Pharmacy Technician program

Julie Becker, Hotel and Hospitality Management program

Kelly Scheuer, Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team

James Stanley, Health Physics Society Student Chapter

New Holstein
Aaron Harter, Wind Energy Technology program

Kevin Curtiss, Welding – Industrial program; Josie Van Ess, Accounting program; Ryan Van Ess, IT-Web and Software Developer program

Port Washington
Jesse Bolton, Dairy Herd Management program

Sarah Bartz, Medical Assistant program;  Melissa Crook, Human Resource Administration program; Faye Gabrielse, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Cody Gaeth, United Web and Marketing Association Club; Ryan Geisler , IT-Computer Support Specialist program;  Ana Cortes Mata, Marketing program;  Shane Jackett  IT-Club; Seth McKenzie, Mechanical Design Technology program;  Kelly Nonnweiler, Nursing-Associate Degree program;  Samantha Olsen, Student Government Association; Holly Parker, Graphic and Web Design program; Noel Tenpas, Hospitality Club;  Nathan Williamsen, Nuclear Technology program; Patty Verhaeghe, Supply Chain Management program;  Madeline Wilcken, Medical Assistant Club; Seth Wolf, Accounting program

Sheboygan Falls
Daniel Leitzke, Campus Christian Fellowship Club; Karen Williams, Supervisory Management program

Two Rivers
Jacquelyn Cogswell, Student Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management; Jason Duvall, Mechanical Design Club; Jacqueline Knops, Administrative Professional program; Aaron Schultz, Supply Chain Management program; Mike Zimmer, IT-Network Specialist program

Alex Booher, Hotel and Hospitality Management program; Katherine Hoffman, Administrative Professional program

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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