TCC inducts new Hall of Fame members

October 14, 2016

Tallahassee, Fla. (October 14, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College has inducted 12 new members into its Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame.

A large crowd gathered inside the Student Union Ballroom on October 13 to applaud the inductees, who represent various eras of the College’s 50-year history. Afterwards, many inductees and family members went outside to view the new Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame display, which has been set up on an outside wall of the Student Union near one of the entrances.

The 2016 class includes 12 inductees, former students and special friends whose accomplishments have brought prestige, honor and support to TCC:

TCC Original Advisory Committee and First District Board of Trustees

Sam Cunningham Jim Murdaugh Charlie MaconThe original Advisory Committee provided guidance regarding personnel, curricula, finance and the general operation of the new College that was to open in 1966. In 1968, responsibility was transferred to the newly created District Board of Trustees. The individuals who made up the original Advisory Committee and the first District Board of Trustees were Julian Alford, Murden M. Ashcroft, Ruth Chapman, Sam Cunningham, Leo L. Foster, Earl Lambert, Charlie Macon, John A. Madigan, Jack O. McMillan, John S. Pigott Jr., Aubrey Lee Porter, Harry G. Smith and J. Edwin White.

Two of those individuals, Sam Cunningham and Charlie Macon, attended the event. (They are pictured above with TCC President Jim Murdaugh.)

Others were represented by family members.

Stanley James Brainerd, Tallahassee attorney specializing in lobbying

Thomas Cumbie, retired Quincy pharmacist

Al Dennis, former inspector general of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Markeal Devonte Dickey, young alumnus and writer for the Talon student newspaper and editor for the Eyrie art and literary magazine who passed away in 2015

David C. Jones, founder and president of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

Freda King, supervisor of the DISC Village LIFT re-entry program for inmates

Karen B. Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group

Pankowski Family, Mary and Joe Pankowski and their adult children, Anne-Marie, Mark and Joe Jr.

Susan Payne Turner, executive vice president of Prime Meridian Bank

Hugh VanLandingham, Tallahassee physician

Kim B. Williams, president of Marpan Supply and Marpan Recycling

For short biographies of inductees, see below.

For information, contact Ysonde Jensen at (850) 201-6065 or jenseny@tcc.fl.edu.

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Stanley James Brainerd

Stanley James Brainerd was one of the earliest graduates of TCC, earning an associate degree in 1970. Jim now has his own law firm specializing in lobbying and holds the designation of certified professional lobbyist from the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. Jim served on the former TCC alumni association board of directors for 10 years, including a term as president. During the College’s 40th anniversary celebration, he was instrumental in securing more than $50,000 in funding for the event as vice president for resource development of the association’s board.

Thomas Cumbie

After attending pharmacy school at the University of Florida, Thomas Cumbie joined his father working as a pharmacist in a drug store in Quincy. Tom was appointed to the Northwest Florida Regional Authority Housing Board by then Governor Rubin Askew in 1978, a commitment he maintains to this day. Tom served on the TCC Foundation Board of Directors for 12 years, including a term as president.

Al Dennis

Al Dennis had a 31-year career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where he served as a statewide program coordinator, special agent supervisor, administrator of public information and inspector general. Al served on the former TCC alumni association board of directors, where he helped raise awareness and funding on behalf of the College. He was also a committee member for TCC’s inaugural Law Enforcement Black History Month Celebration and Recognition Program Breakfast.

Markeal Devonte Dickey

Markeal Devonte Dickey was one of TCC’s most promising young alumni. Markeal was a member of TCC’s Global Gateway Program, a writer for the Talon student newspaper, and an editor for the Eyrie art and literary magazine. He was also a member of the Boys Choir of Tallahassee and Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America. Tragically, Markeal passed away in 2015. Although Markeal’s life was short, he represented TCC’s goal of service to the community and society well.

David C. Jones

David C. Jones is founder and president of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. The FDOA has provided thousands of individuals with opportunities to participate in active leisure, and David has become a champion for accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. The FDOA has partnered with the TCC Foundation to expand the SportsAbility program, and David has also developed a project that gives TCC students hands-on experience in planning and facilitating SportsAbility and the Miracle Sports program. David served on the former alumni association board of directors and is currently a member of the Alumni and Friends Advisory Council.

Freda King

Carolyn “Freda” King struggled with poverty before turning her life around at age 36. After earning her associate degree at TCC and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, Freda now supervises the DISC Village re-entry program for inmates and provides substance abuse and life skills education for clients of Refuge House. Freda was TCC’s student of the year and gave the commencement address at her graduation. She has been a TCC Women's History Month honoree and won a distinguished alumni award from the Association of Florida Colleges. In 2010, when Freda’s soldier son was killed in Afghanistan, she and other family members created the Brandon Michael King Scholarship in his honor to help deserving students attend TCC. They have raised more than $67,000 for this scholarship.

Karen B. Moore

Karen B. Moore is founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group. She joined the TCC Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2000 and went on to serve as board president and as chair of the College’s first capital campaign, which secured $10 million in support for TCC. In 2007, she was appointed to the TCC District Board of Trustees, where she still serves today. Karen is also chair of the “TCC. We Rise” campaign. Karen and her husband Richard have established the Dream Big Scholarship for students in the GED program, as well as a scholarship for returning students. They also support leadership training for veterans at TCC. This year the TCC Veterans Success Center was renamed in their honor.

Pankowski Family

Mary and Joe Pankowski have led by example and raised their children, Anne-Marie, Mark and Joe Jr., to give back to the community. Joe Jr. and Anne-Marie are TCC alumni and graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law. They, along with brother Mark, who graduated from Notre Dame, are generous supporters of TCC. Mary has served as a member of the TCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2003, including two terms as president. She was the driving force behind the creation of the New Start Scholarship for young people who have gotten into trouble with the juvenile justice system. The Pankowskis also helped launch the Returning Student Scholarship and provided funding for renovation of the Honors Lounge.

Susan Payne Turner

Susan Payne Turner, executive vice president of Prime Meridian Bank, has been a member of the TCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 and was chair from 2013 to 2014. Susan has worked tirelessly to increase membership in the TCC President’s Circle, which provides support for projects such as renovation of the Honors Lounge. Susan has also been active in TCC’s initiatives in Wakulla County. She and her brothers Mark and Paul, who also attended TCC, have made a significant investment in programs and scholarships offered at the Wakulla Environmental Institute. Their donation in honor of their parents William and Irene Payne was the first gift to the Institute.

Hugh VanLandingham

Hugh VanLandingham is a TCC alumnus and graduate of the University of Florida’s medical school. Hugh came to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in 1999 for the family practice residency program, serving as chief resident his final year and opening his own medical practice in Tallahassee in 2002. Hugh served on the board of directors of the former TCC alumni association and contributed to the development of the alumni scholarship program.

Kim B. Williams

Kim B. Williams, president of Marpan Supply and Marpan Recycling, helped put Tallahassee Community College on the map when it comes to advanced manufacturing training. When Kim was chair of the Economic Development Council, he helped TCC develop its advanced manufacturing center. Kim, along with William Boyette and Ken Sweeney, also led the public/private partnership that allowed TCC to renovate an old warehouse on Pensacola Street to house the high-tech facility. In 2016, Kim and his Pensacola Street Partners made a gift valued at $1 million to boost TCC’s advanced manufacturing programs. The Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Center is a legacy of Kim’s vision and dedication.