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Outstanding Alumni

Each year the Butte College Foundation selects deserving alumni to receive our Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of outstanding personal and professional achievements.

Criteria For Nominees

Nominees shall be alumni of Butte College who have distinguished themselves at a high level of achievement in their particular field of study, life’s work, or community service.

Individuals may be nominated posthumously.

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the public.

Nominate Alumni

Please help us keep this tradition alive. If you have an alumnus you would like to nominate to receive this honor, please send your completed Nomination Form to:

foundation@northbayphotographer.com or

Butte College Foundation
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Award Winners

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Tod Kimmelshue

Tod Kimmelshue

Butte County Supervisor

2022-2023

"Tod Kimmelshue is a family farmer, retired ag finance/banking advisor and lifelong community volunteer."

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Rigoberto Sanchez

Rigoberto Sanchez

Punter, Indianapolis Colts

2022-2023

"Rigoberto Sanchez grew up in Hamilton City and attended Butte College from 2012-2015, while playing on the football team."

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Dale Ott

Dale Ott

Vitil Solutions Inc.

2021-2022

"Dale Ott is the president and owner of Vitil Solutions Inc."

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Dr. Laurel Hammang & Joel Belben

Dr. Laurel Hammang & Joel Belben

Doctor of Optometry/Senior Manager at Ernst & Young

2021-2022

"Dr. Laurel Hammang and Joel Belben are honored as a couple, which is fitting since they met while attending Butte College as members of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society."

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Dr. Erek Helseth

Dr. Erek Helseth

Neurologist, Dignity Health, Redding CA

2019-2020

"Dr. Erek Helseth specializes in general neurology, spinal disorder and vascular neurology."

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Dr. Veronica Hooper

Dr. Veronica Hooper

Physician Executive for Multicare, Tacoma, WA

2017-2018

"Dr. Veronica Hooper is the Physician Executive for Multicare in Tacoma Washington."

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Marisa & Travis MacKenzie

Marisa & Travis MacKenzie

Physician Assistant & Director of Emergency Services at Abilene Regional Medical Center, TX

2017-2018

"Marisa and Travis MacKenzie are the first alumni to be honored together, which is fitting since they met at Butte College."

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Berton Bertagna

Berton Bertagna

Bertagna Orchards

2016-2017

“Berton Bertagna has a strong family background in agriculture that dates back four generations. Growing up in Chico, Bertagna attended Butte College and earned a degree in agriculture business, graduating in 1993."

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Nate Parks

Nate Parks

ProPacific Fresh

2016-2017

“Student athlete Nate Parks attended Butte College from 1991 to 1994 and led the Roadrunners to several championships and two bowl game wins. He transferred to Stanford University where he played football for three years..."

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Arnaldo Avalos

Arnoldo Avalos

Avalos Foundation

2015-2016

“Arnoldo Avalos is the youngest of seven children who worked as migrant farm workers across the Northwest while growing up in Gridley. Avolos attended Butte from 1986-1991 while enrolled at Gridley High School, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree..."

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Kory Honea

Kory Honea

Butte County Sheriff

2015-2016

“Student athlete and honors student, Kory Honea received his law enforcement training in the 81st Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Butte College and earned his AA Degree in Social Science in 1991."

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Alex Dubose

Alex DuBose

Rental Guys

2014-2015

“Alex DuBose, owner of Rental Guys in Chico attended Butte College beginning in the Fall of 1990, taking business and agriculture classes. At the age of 21, DuBose took over the daily operations of Rental Guys in Chico from his father."

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Jerry Smith

Jerry W. Smith

Butte County Sheriff

2014-2015

“Jerry Smith's journey with the Butte County Sheriff's Office has spanned 36 years. Smith attended the 12th Butte College Law Enforcement Academy in 1977 and started with the Sheriff's Office as a reserve at 19 years old."

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Mary Mooney

Mary Mooney

Mooney Farms

2013-2014

“Butte College alumna and entrepreneur Mary Mooney attended Butte College from 1982-1984 and transferred to earn her bachelor's degree from Chico State. Mooney Farms, founded in 1987, was a family-owned kiwi farming operation and Mary was instrumental in growing the business..."

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John Mcamis

John McAmis

J.E. McAmis, Inc

2013-2014

“Alumnus John McAmis graduated from Oroville High School in 1964. After enlisting in the California Army National Guard, he transferred to the United States Navy Seabee's for two tours of duty in Vietnam. Returning to California, John enrolled in Butte College in the Fall of 1968..."

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Kelly Candaele

Kelly Candaele

Writer and Filmmaker

2012-2013

“Alumnus Kelly Candaele is an accomplished writer and filmmaker. He has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Nation magazine, and National Public Radio. As a journalist, Candaele accompanied President Clinton on three trips to Northern Ireland."

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Teri Dougherty

Teri Dougherty

Award Winning Stylist

2012-2013

“Teri Dougherty is an alumna of the Butte College Cosmetology Program. She has designed hair for international fashion runways, television and film. She is an award-winning platform artist, freelance hair designer, creative director, and editorial consultant."

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Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves

Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects

2012-2013

“Alumnus Steve Gonsalves joined Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto in 1988 as Manager and Director of the Structural Engineering Division. He later became principal-in-charge of the Chico office."

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Larry Jones

Larry Jones

Glenn County Sheriff

2012-2013

“Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones grew up in Glenn County and attended Butte College majoring in Physical Education. Prior to graduation he transferred to CSU, Chico where he completed his bachelor’s degree."

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  • Tod Kimmelshue 2023
  • Rigoberto Sanchez 2023
  • Dale Ott 2022
  • Dr. Laurel Hammang & Joel Belben 2022
  • Dr. Erek Helseth 2020
  • CDR William Fiack 2020
  • Rebuilding Our Communties 2019
  • Dr. Veronica Hooper 2018
  • Marisa & Travis MacKenzie 2018
  • Berton Bertagna 2017
  • Nate Parks 2017
  • Arnoldo Avalos 2016
  • Kory Honea 2016
  • Alex DuBose 2015
  • Jerry Smith 2015
  • Mary Mooney 2014
  • John McAmis 2014
  • Kelly Candaele 2013
  • Teri Dougherty 2013
  • Larry Jones 2013
  • Steve Gonsalves 2013
  • Melinda Kennemer 2012
  • Zachary Smith 2012
  • Joseph Wujek 2012
  • Bill Berryhill 2011
  • David Lundberg 2011
  • George Morris 2011
  • Jim Culp 2010
  • David Mobilio - Posthumously 2010
  • Perry Reniff 2010
  • Aaron Rodgers 2010
  • Daryl Bender 2009
  • Jim Broshears 2009
  • Kyle Lohse 2009
  • Julia Sabin 2009
  • John J. Cassidy 2008
  • Norm B. Nielsen 2008
  • Steve Olmos 2008
  • Susan Webber-Brown 2008
  • J. Chimene Bateman 2005
  • Maisie Jane Bertagna 2005
  • David Hawkins 2005
  • Elizabeth Kyle 2005
  • Larry Allen 2004
  • Cheryl Leeth 2004
  • Doug LaMalfa 2004
  • Pat Walsh 2004
  • Samantha Gordon 2003
  • Donald Hoff 2003
  • John Jones 2003
  • Ruth Pascale Jones 2003
  • John Sutherland 2003
  • Robert Anderson 2002
  • Leonard Estes 2002
  • Candace Grubbs 2002
  • William Hunter 2002
  • Rogelio Castaneda 2001
  • Captain Russell Fowler 2001
  • Bryan Hanson 2000
  • Danny Meyer 2000
  • Jerry Wimmer 2000
  • Cynthia Sutherland 2000
  • Robert Harp 1999
  • Ken Grossman 1999
  • Stan Thompson 1999

Featured Testimonial

"I will miss all of the instructors. Butte College has helped me to achieve my career goals and now I'm transferring to Chico State."

Yeni Reynoso
- Yeni Reynoso Oroville, CA

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