ACC Honors Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students

(Aug. 12, 2020) – Alamance Community College has announced its selections for Distinguished Alumni, along with recipients of faculty, staff, and student awards.

An annual awards dinner, sponsored by the ACC Foundation, honors those who have achieved distinction through hard work and dedication. Due to the coronavirus, that event was canceled.

Following are those alumni, faculty, staff and students who received honors this year:

2020 Distinguished Alumna


A 1994 graduate of ACC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program, Amy Franklin has worked in nursing for 25 years. She is currently the Director of Nursing at Twin Lakes Memory Care Center. She works closely with the Nurse Aide program as a mentor and by serving on its advisory board since 2012, and on the committee to create technical standards.  Franklin’s volunteer work includes working with HESED, an organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities, as summer camp nurse and chairing its planning board.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is for an alumnus who has achieved a significant level of success as a direct result from the education gained at ACC. Amy Franklin will receive the Presidential Medallion. The medallion was designed by the late Jesse Vaughn, longtime Mechanical Drafting Technology instructor, and crafted by the Computer-Integrated Machining Department. Made of brass, the medallion features the college seal and a blue ribbon.

2020 Inspiration Award Recipient


ACC’s Horticulture Technology program provided the footing Benjamin Roney needed to find his career niche, graduating in 2009 with an associate’s degree. As a result of the program, he competed in the national horticulture and landscape event in California where he finished second overall against 800 others. After working many years at Colorlandscapes as Construction Division Manager, in 2016 Roney founded iScapes Inc., a company that services the Triad and Triangle area with contracting projects on every level. Today iScapes Inc. employs more than 20 people.

Other nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award were:

  • Heather Atkins, Network Administrator at Engineered Controls International (ECI)
  • Belinda Barrett, Department Manager at Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Kelly Duree, Research & Development Coordinator at AKG North American Operations
  • Reagan Chandler Gural, Vice President of Alamance Chamber of Commerce
  • Jonathan Hernandez Marquez, CFO/Business Manager of Northwood Animal Hospital
  • Emily O’Dell, Human Resources Manager at Elevate Textiles
  • Shannon Pointer, Director of Facility Team at AuthoraCare Collective
  • Rolanda Standfield, Early Intervention Service Coordinator at Children’s Development Services Agency
  • Brian Woodard, Assistant Director of Admissions & CSTEP at UNC Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Faculty, Staff, and Student Award Recipients:

Sherri Singer, Department Head/Social & Behavioral Science, as Excellence in Teaching recipient

Houston Moore, Animal Care and Management Instructor, as Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year

David Mercer Bufter, Academic Technology Specialist in Distance Learning, as Staff Member of the Year

Jerry Williams, BLET Instructor, as Workforce Development Instructor of the Year

Student Academic Excellence Award Recipient:

Hannah Joy Doucett earned her Associate in Science degree from ACC in June with a 3.9 grade point average. Initially enrolled as a dual enrollment high school student, she found a home in the College’s Math Center, where she has helped math, physics, and engineering classmates, as well as those taking lower-level math courses. Equally gratifying for Doucett, she accepted an invitation to work as a support specialist with the College’s Disability Services to provide accommodations for students enrolled in math courses. Earlier this semester, Hannah served as a scribe for a Precalculus Algebra student with vision disability.

Dallas Herring Achievement Award:

Laura Lynn Miller came to ACC to remake her life and absorb new knowledge and skills. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry 20 years ago, the stay-at-home mom enrolled at ACC to take a few horticulture classes. Encouraged to pursue a Horticulture Technology associate degree, Miller jumped in and joined the Flora Club, later embarking on school-sponsored trips to national landscaping competitions. Hooked, she earned her degree in 2018 and immediately pursued a degree in Agriculture Biotechnology, which she plans to complete in 2021.

Student Worker of the Year


Dawn Martin works with faculty in the English Department. She is described as careful and thorough, showing great attention to detail. She needs minimal supervision and is flexible. As tasks and priorities change in the department from day to day, Dawn is quick to take initiative. She juggles multiple responsibilities and keeps priorities straight in her work. When asked to digitize paperwork for the General Education Committee, Dawn taught herself how to do so by researching the scanner’s online operating manual. She was instrumental in helping organize and categorize books for the annual Jean Slaughter Scholarship Book Sale. Her 4.0 GPA proves that she devotes the time that is needed to her school work when not working in the English Department office.

Student Worker of the Year- Honorable Mention

GISELA RODRIGUEZ (photo unavailable)

Gisela Rodriguez works in the College’s Veterans Affairs and Admissions offices.  She has a calm and caring demeanor, making it easy for her to communicate with students needing assistance. She volunteers to help with events for student veteran, such as Veterans’ Resource Fair, Veterans Breakfast, and the Mobile Veteran Center. Gisela has gained the trust of students and veterans, and she encourages them to reach out to her. She is an example to other students that it is possible to return to college and complete a degree after years of absence.