Alumni Stories of Success

For more than half a century, thousands of students have charted their path to success at Mesa Community College. Here we feature a compendium of their inspiring stories and reflections. Check back occasionally to see updated and new feature stories from alumni on the impact MCC has had on their lives and the communities we serve.

The most recent stories appear below the photo bar. To view all stories of success, click through the photos and select a person or scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Gilbert Orrantia
Geoff Coppola
Dave Schneider
Tom Kusek
James Abbott
Stephen Morgan
Jennifer Duff
Charles A. Finch
Arlen Sykes
Kimberly Wise
Rosaline Dye
Phil Reese
Brian Koeneman
Monique Griego
Garry Weiss
Tina Carroll
Michelle and Melanie Craven
Scott Mackey
Scott Everett
Ron Colburn
Joel Cranson & Kevin Herrmann
Nikelle Mackey
Molly O’Dwyer
Mike Brown
Kelley Stewart
Karl Schroeder
Joan Sullivan Garrett
Jacy Smith
Robin Wilson
Harmony Colella
Brad Hull
Danette Key
Stephanie R. deLusé
Andy Bridges
Nancy Donsbach
Deborah Bateman

All Stories of Success

Andy Bridges
Mesa Community College biology student Andy Bridges has really had a “hands on” experience working in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. In the past two seasons at the park he captured, marked, measured and weighed more than 1,200 lizards, snakes, toads and small mammals.   In his paid position as a Seasonal Biological Technician in the park, Bridges gathered data to contribute to a long-... Read more about Andy Bridges
Arlen Sykes
When Arlen Sykes retired from the U.S. Navy, he decided to attend Mesa Community College to become a physics teacher. It didn’t take him long to switch his major. “I wasn’t doing well in math, and I went to Dr. Ewing, and she said maybe it’s a good thing, because what kind of teacher would you be when it’s hard to associate with those struggling in class,” he said of his math studies. “She made... Read more about Arlen Sykes
Brad Hull
Mesa Community College alumnus Brad Hull recently experienced the thrill of walking the red carpet at the Country Music Awards as a member of the country trio Due West.   Hull, who began his career in music at MCC, said he and his band had a hard time believing they were at the awards show as artists, not just fans. “To be on the other side was surreal,” Hull said.  “We have all been big fans... Read more about Brad Hull
Brian Koeneman
1) Please describe your affiliation with MCC.  As a senior in high school I had a few required classes left to complete for graduation and had to make a decision regarding what to do with my extra time before starting college the following year.  Options of a part-time job, extra-curricular activities, and elective high school classes were considered, then a family friend suggested enrolling at... Read more about Brian Koeneman
Charles A. Finch
Emergency Medicine (EM) physician Charles A. Finch of Scottsdale Emergency Associates, who works at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Hospitals, recently lent his EM expertise to Mesa Community College students amidst gunshot wounds, burn victims and mental health “patients.” Finch, an MCC alumnus and medical director of the Fire Science Paramedic and EMT Program, attended the college in 1985. This... Read more about Charles A. Finch