ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Two local residents have been named recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Northwest State Community College. Dr. Jana Bourn of Wauseon, Ohio, and Travis Starbuck of Sherwood, Ohio, have been presented with the highest honor given by the NSCC Alumni Association.
“The NSCC Alumni Association is pleased to honor two deserving alumni this year,” said Robbin Wilcox, director of development at NSCC. “Travis and Jana have demonstrated their commitment to never stop learning by continuing on to earn advanced degrees and certifications. They positively impact their communities through their work and service to others, and they are outstanding role models, not just for NSCC’s students and alumni, but for anyone who has a desire to succeed professionally and personally.”
Bourn graduated from NSCC in 1997 with an associate of science degree. She then transferred to Bowling Green State University where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 2004, Bourn graduated from Wright State University Medical School. She is employed at the Wauseon Clinic where she specializes in family practice. Bourn is certified in advanced cardiac life support, licensed in neonatal resuscitation and is a member of the American Board of Family Practice. She has given back to her profession and community as a mentor, preceptor and medical director at the Fulton County Health Department.
Starbuck earned his associate degree in accounting from Northwest State in 2001 and went on to earn certification as an IRS Enrolled Agent in 2005. He is the owner of SRI Tax and Accounting located in Defiance, Ohio. Starbuck has given back to the community through his work with the Sherwood Baseball Association and the Defiance Area YMCA swim program. He has served as a board member for the National Association of Tax Professionals of Ohio, the Therapeutic Riding Center and Lilly Creek Farms. Starbuck also received the Award of Distinction from the NAACP for outstanding service.
Developed in 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates of Northwest State Community College who have achieved recognized prominence in their career, made significant contributions to their profession and community, and impacted the lives of others. Recipients are recognized at a special ceremony and commemorated on NSCC’s campus with a plaque and photo.