Employees at Bates Technical College gathered last week to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year, recognize employees who retired in 2017-2018, and applaud those who were chosen, and those who were nominated, for the college’s first-ever Hall of Fame award.

Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb visited for the first part of the event, which also included a fun version of Family Feud, aimed at highlighting important items to know regarding accreditation and instruction.

Hall of Fame Winners

Mike Brandstetter, Project Manager of Dept. of Licensing grant

Jeff Olson, Barber program instructor

Rhonda Sample, Disability Support Services assistant coordinator

Ron Reed, General Services assistant


  • Beth Reichenbach
  • Blake Ingram
  • Chris Hansen
  • Juliette Kern
  • Larry Minnitti
  • LeAnn Dreier
  • Lynn Neal
  • Patty Reno
  • Ray Richardson
  • Ruriko Holloman
  • Tim Trussler
  • Trent Aldan
  • Treonna Lee


Longtime Child Studies instructor Karen Patjens retired in 2018, and returned to celebrate her retirement at the Employee End-of-Year event.
Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb visits with faculty and staff.
Dental Assisting program instructors pose with Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb.
A team from Central Campus participates in a college version of Family Feud.