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Wildhaber Honored as Outstanding ECC Alumna

Alumna of the Year

 

 

Amy Wildhaber of Beaufort was named recipient of the East Central College Outstanding Alumni Award for 2014. The award is presented annually to honor an ECC graduate who has used his or her education and been of service to the community.Cookie Hays, ECC’s vice president of student development, made the presentation at college commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 17, at the campus in Union.

Recognizing the importance of building upon her experience as an LPN, Wildhaber came to ECC in 2002 as an adult student intent on earning her degree and becoming a registered nurse. Wildhaber has always worked as a nurse in this area. She began her career as a LPN working on the medical-surgical-pediatric unit at St. John's Mercy Hospital-Washington. She then went to work as a school nurse with the Union R-XI School District.

In 2001 she took a position at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan where she worked as a staff nurse on the telemetry-medical unit. At that point she decided to attend ECC's Associate Degree Nursing program. ECC nursing instructor Nancy Mitchell noted that Wildhaber was a wonderful student who excelled in the classroom and the clinical setting. "She was a constant source of support for her fellow classmates as well as being a role model," Mitchell said. After graduating with her ADN, Wildhaber remained with Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan as the service excellence coordinator. She is currently the nurse manager of the hospital's emergency department.

Wildhaber and her husband Troy lost their 17 year old son Zac in a vehicle accident in February of 2012. They chose to donate Zac's organs. To help them cope with their tragic loss, the Wildhaber family established Zac's Challenge, an initiative to educate people about the organ and tissue donor registry. Through their selfless act of kindness and ongoing work, many people are living today due to Zac's organ donation and the donations still to come from people who have accepted the challenge to become donors.

The family spends many volunteer hours making presentations to schools, churches and civic groups. Zac's Challenge was also honored with a $500 "Making a Difference" award from KSDK-TV in St. Louis. Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan has also been an outstanding supporter of the project.

Wildhaber is a 1990 graduate of Union High School. She is a member of St. Joseph Church at Neier where she serves on the parish council. She and her husband live near Beaufort with their children, Megan and Rob.



 

Recipients

Year     

Name                     

Community     

Profession

2002

Tonya Voss

Sullivan

Education

2003

John Griesheimer 

Washington

Elected Official

2004

Tom Robertson

New Haven

Engineering/HVAC

2005

Chris Manhart

Union

Education

2006

Ddeborah Koelling

Washington

Education

2007

2007

Tammy Watz

Dr. Frank Miller

Sullivan

Washington

Allied Health

Allied Health

2008

Ken Schmidt

Union

Engineering

2009

Chris Stuckenschneider

Washington

Journalism

2010

Ann Schroeder

Union

Political Science

2011

Ted Coburn

Villa Ridge

Probation & Parole

2012

Linda Mahon

Union

History/Educator

2013

Joseph Purschke

Union

Attorney at Law

2014

Amy Wildhaber

Beaufort

ER Dept Mgr

 

The East Central College Alumni Association established the award in 2002 to recognize outstanding alumni who have set an example for ECC graduates by using their college education and serving their community.

Each year, thousands of students begin or continue their professional journey at East Central College. The ECC Foundation and Alumni office will seek nominations of former ECC students who have become leaders in their professions and positively impact their community again in March 2014. The following are the criteria an individual must meet to be considered for the Alumni of the Year Award.

 

                                 Attended ECC at some point in their educational journey (degree preferred but not required)

                                “Esteemed among peers” as a leader in their field, with a demonstrated commitment to community

 

 

 
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