Iowa Central: Alumni/Foundation

2013 Triton Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees


Don Olson

  • 1940 Fort Dodge Junior College
  • Business Degree Luther College, 1948
  • Firestone Tire and Rubber (1948-1968)
  • Vice President U.S. Operations Firestone Tire and Rubber (1968-1972)
  • Don Olson Firestone, Clearwater, Florida President (1972-1991)
  • Luther College Board of Regent
  • Morton Plan Hospital Board
  • National Tire Dealer Associate Board (President 1983-1984)
  • Winnebago Industries Board (1980-1990)
  • Discount Autoparts Board (Florida)
  • Florida Tire Dealers Board (President, 1976)
  • Fort Dodge Achievers Award
  • Luther College Distinguished Service Award
  • Clearwater Florida Small Business Award (1988)
  • Tire Industry Hall of Fame (1994)
  • Clearwater Florida Chamber Lifetime Achiever Award (2005)

Madai T. Taylor

  • AA Iowa Central Community College
  • BA Buena Vista University
  • Chicago Academy of Art, Painting and Drawing
  • North Central Correctional Facilities (1989-1992)
  • Y.O.U.R., Inc. (1992-1996)
  • Webster County Public Health (1996-2005)
  • Webster County Public Health (WIC) 2008 – President
  • Founder/Pastor of Agape Church, 2001-Present
  • Linking Families and Communities Board
  • Blanden Memorial Art Museum Board
  • CrimeStoppers
  • United Way
  • Selected Solo Exhibitions:
    • 2013 Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA
    • 2011 Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny, IA
    • 2010 Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA
    • 2007 Northern Area Community College, Mason City, IA
    • 2007 Iowa State University, Ames, IA
    • 2003 Plymouth Congregational Church, Des Moines, IA
    • 1999 University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR
    • 1999 Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • 1999 Summit Street Gallery, Iowa City, IA
    • 1999 JFK Gallery, Pella, IA
    • 1999 Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA
    • 1998 Graceland College, Lamoni, IA
    • 1998 Percival Galleries, Des Moines, IA
    • 1995 Luther College, Decorah, IA
    • 1995 Purdue University Gallery, West Lafayette, ID
    • 1994 Blanden Memorial Museum of Art, Fort Dodge, IA
    • 1993 Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA
    • 1993 Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • 1990 Flat Earth Gallery, Ames, IA
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
    • 2013 CSPS Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
    • 2011 Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA
    • 2002 Mac Nider Art Museum, Mason City, IA
    • 2001 Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA
    • 2001 Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
    • 1998 Bender Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    • 1997 CSPS Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
    • 1996 Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
    • 1993 Iowa State University, Ames, IA
    • 1994 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
    • 1992 Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL

Thomas G. Schnurr

  • AA Iowa Central Community College, 1972
  • BBA University of Iowa, 1974
  • Schnurr & Company – Partner (1977-1984)
  • Stark Bank Group (1985-1999)
  • President/CEO Stark Bank Group, Ltd. (1999-Present)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1974-Present)
  • Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (1974-Present)
  • Past President of the Greater Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce (1989)
  • Past Board Member of the Greater Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce (1987-1990)
  • Past Board Member/ Secretary/Treasurer of the Blanden Museum of Arts of Fort Dodge (1985-1991)
  • Vice President of the Blanden Museum of Arts of Fort Dodge (1994-1995)
  • Board Member of the Blanden Charitable Foundation (1995-2002)
  • Past President of the Fort Dodge Catholic School System (1990-1999)
  • Member of the Fort Dodge Catholic School Development Board (1991-Present)
  • Past Member of the Sioux City Diocese Catholic School Foundation (Four years)
  • Past Advisory Committee Member of the National Catholic Educational Association (Three years)
  • Board of Education (St. Edmond High School) Finance Committee (1989-Present)
  • Corpus Christi Parish Finance Committee (1984-1989)
  • Saint Edmond HS – Long Range Strategic Planning Committee
  • Co-chair of the “For The Love of Children…Preserving Our Legacy” Capital Campaign ($7.4 million)
  • Chair of Exploratory Committee for a Regional Events Center/Recreation/Fitness Facility
  • Past Chairman of Management of Accounting Practice, Iowa Society of CPAs.
  • Past Board Member of the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (1999-2002)
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of the Fort Dodge Country Club (1999)
  • Past Treasurer of The Fort Dodge Country Club.
  • Member of the Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation Board
  • Member of the Webster County Improvement Corporation Board
  • Member of the Lakota Girl Scout Council Board
  • Member of the Trinity Health Systems Board
  • Member of the Iowa Health Systems Investment Committee

Vaughn Bauer

  • Certificate of Graduation Machine Shop, Iowa Central Community College, 1977
  • Co-founder, Paton Machine & Welding
  • 1979 Bauer Built Manufacturing, CEO
  • 2005 Invented 48 row 30” 120 ft wide planter (sold to John Deere) built by Bauer Built.
  • Invented Iron Man Tractor Pulling Sled
  • Active in Catholic Church
  • Volunteer fireman (Fire Chief) Paton, Iowa
  • Nationally known in tractor pulling

Julie Thorson

  • AA Iowa Central Community College
  • BA Broadcast News, University of Kansas
  • Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrator License
  • Life Services Network, Certified Marketing Professor
  • Southwest Missouri State, NAAP/NCCAP
  • Leadership Fort Dodge
  • LeadingAge Iowa Emerge Leadership
  • Anchor, Reporter, KIMT News (1996-1998)
  • News Director/Adjunct Instructor, Iowa Central Community College (1998-1999)
  • Friendship Haven (1999-2002)
  • Program Director, Trinity Wound Healing Center (2007-2009)
  • Friendship Haven (2009-2012)
  • CEO/President Friendship Haven (2012-Present)
  • 2001 Innovation of the Year Award, “The Penthouse.”
  • 2006 Fort Dodge 40 Under 40
  • 2007 Webster County Special Achiever
  • Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Board of Directors
  • Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Board
  • Steering Committee, Community Action Network
  • Fort Dodge Young Professionals Board
  • Hawkeye Community Theatre Board