2004 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Dr. Rose Bailey, Dental Hygiene, 1978

Nominated by Sharon Golightly, dental hygiene program director, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Dr. Rose Bailey works in many community service projects in the South Sound area. She owns her own dental clinic, housed in a newly built facility that she designed in Olympia.

She was a single mother during her time at Pierce College, and she graduated with honors. She earned her dentistry degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Bailey employs two Pierce College dental hygiene graduates and has been called one of Olympia's biggest supporters of the Pierce program.

"Pierce College Dental Hygiene is proud to call her an alumna," says Sharon Golightly. "We frequently hold her up as a role model for our students to share with them the possibilities of a career in dentistry."

Art Chantry, A.A. 1975
Graphic Designer

Nominated by Ken Murphy, graphics lead, district college relations, Pierce College District.

Graphic designer Art Chantry attended Pierce College Fort Steilacoom to reassess the direction of his life. He has had a continuing fascination with gathering knowledge since going to Pierce.

"I credit Pierce College Fort Steilacoom still, with opening my eyes to world culture," says Chantry.

Recognized internationally, Chantry's designs are in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Experience Music Project. His has won countless design awards and his work has even hung in the Louvre. Chantry created a regional design style associated with the rock underground (grunge music) of the 1990s.

"His raw imagery and energetic style has influenced designers around the world," says Ken Murphy.

Eleanor Cozart, A.A.S., 1988

Nominated by MJ Redman, training programs coordinator, Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution.

Eleanor Cozart gave up an active private law practice to serve as the executive director of a non-profit mediation center. Her work at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution is challenging and rewarding. Cozart's efforts protect the most vulnerable people in the community.

"Under her direction, the Center for Dispute Resolution has flourished, becoming a more popular option for individuals and organizations in conflict," says MJ Redman, "as well as providing the legal community with an alternative to the often overcrowded courts."

The path to her law career began when she decided to attend Pierce College. Already a busy working mother and wife, Cozart chose Pierce for its accessibility and the variety of classes offered. The excellent instructors and the diversity of the student population contributed to her positive experience at Pierce.

Josh Dunn, 1992-93

Nominated by Mayor Ron Lucas, Town of Steilacoom.

Pierce College was a great launching point for Josh Dunn to establish his career as an entrepreneur. Dunn, a local publisher, completed coursework with the goal of owning his own business. A Dean's list student, he learned a lot from his classes, instructors and fellow students.

"My time at Pierce taught me diligence," says Dunn. "I learned what I do want and what I don't want pretty clearly."

Dunn owns Premier Media Group (PMG), which publishes Premier Wedding and Event and Premier Home and Garden magazines, as well as specialty publications. PMG has grown from two employees to eight in only a year.

"Josh is an energetic supporter of local towns/cities," says Mayor Ron Lucas of Steilacoom. "This bright, articulate young man is a success in large part due to his education at Pierce College."

Dr. Claudia Thomas
Lakewood council member honored with Asby Award

Dr. Claudia Thomas, Lakewood City Council member and former deputy mayor, is the first recipient of the Jack Asby Award. Pierce College and the Pierce College Foundation established the Jack Asby Award in February 2000.

Asby is a former interim president of Pierce College, a long-time Lakewood activist, and a Pierce College Foundation Board member. The award was established to honor volunteerism, advocacy for higher education, and bringing visibility to the central role Pierce College plays in improving quality of life in the community. All are traits of Asby's long service to Pierce College and the Lakewood community.