Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Lana Kay Kelly

State Fair Community College is pleased to recognize nursing professional Lana Kay Kelly as the 2021 Distinguished Alumni.

Kelly graduated from SFCC in 1980 with a Certificate in Practical Nursing and in 1983 with an Associate of Arts. She also was a student-athlete and played on SFCC’s volleyball team. Kelly earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Central Missouri in 1986 and a Master’s in Business Administration from William Woods University.

For more than 40 years, Kelly has provided exemplary nursing care to thousands of patients in the Sedalia and Pettis County area. She worked at Bothwell Regional Health Center where she became the Director of Women’s Health and Nursery. Kelly taught childbirth classes and provided encouragement and instruction to SFCC nursing students who were completing rotations in Labor and Delivery.

Kelly also has served as Director of Nursing for the Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia. Currently, she is the Care Coordinator for the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital Sedalia Clinic.

A nurse who worked with Kelly for more than 30 years said, “She was always there to guide me as my boss and listen to me as a good friend. I have never worked with anyone who was more fair to every employee, no matter their status. Lana loved seeing new, young and mature nurses grow and succeed in their field. She was always their biggest supporter.”

In addition to her successful career, Kelly is very involved in her church and community. She is active at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School volunteering at the church’s monthly soup kitchen and serving on the school’s Board of Education. As a talented cook, she has used her skills to help the Wear Red for Women fundraising luncheons. 

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2021Lana Kay KellyClass of 1980, 1983
2020Lenny FreundClass of 1980
2019Celso DoriaClass of 1992
2018Lt. Col. Justin SecrestClass of 1993
2017Dr. Kristee LorenzClass of 1986
2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973

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