Three Anoka Technical College staff members, who served the college for more than 25 years each, will retire in June:
Marietta Saxon, Elk River, faculty and academic fieldwork coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program; Terry Lehmkuhl, Rockford, an instructor in the Construction Electrician program; and Cheryl Kish, Anoka, executive director of the Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College foundations.
Saxon, who began working at the college in 1981, stepped down in 2012 as program director after serving in that role 19 years. In 2011, the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association named Saxon the Minnesota Occupational Therapist of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the education of occupational therapy assistants for the past 30 years. It is the group’s highest honor. “I will miss the people at work,” she said. “To me it was all about the relationships I had with students, faculty, staff, administration and the occupational therapy practitioners at our clinical sites.”
Lehmkuhl, an instructor since 1986, said he focused on helping students be the best they can be. “One of the highlights of my career has been that one of my sons and my son-in law both successfully completed the Construction Electrical Program and I was one of their favorite teachers,” he said. He looks forward to spending more time with eight grandchildren, doing more farming, gardening and woodworking, and raising horses, Black Angus cattle, and Texas Longhorn cattle.
Kish, who started at the college in 1988, worked in the college’s Records and Registration Office, admissions, and the business office before becoming executive director of the foundations. “In my work with the three foundation boards of directors, I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know so many wonderful, caring community members,” she said.
“The support these boards provide to the college, college foundation and especially to the students is amazing,” she added. “The foundations are fortunate to have many community members willing to serve on and assume leadership positions on these boards. I have learned a great deal from them and am extremely grateful for all of their efforts.” Kish said she looks forward to spending time with her family, traveling and not waking with an alarm clock.
Additional Anoka Technical College retirees this spring include: Jean Boxwell, 16 years of service; Rose Pleski, 15 years of service; Dave Primus, 13 years of service; and Pam Zinken, 16 years of service.