Distinguished Staff Award: 2013


Jocelyn Goheen

Extended and International Operations

Jocelyn Goheen has earned the reputation as being the "Face of Ferris." She always finds time in her busy schedule to be available for faculty, staff, students and the community. Her calm demeanor, willingness to listen empathetically and work through concerns with a smile on her face is unsurpassed. She always keeps the best interests of students at the forefront and continually goes above and beyond to do what is best for students and strives to make a difference in their lives.

Goheen is active in her community, volunteering for organizations such as Our Lady of Consolation Church, Rockford Public Schools, Relay for Life, Running for Hope and other charitable activities.


Mary Holmes

E-Learning Systems

Mary Holmes works quietly behind the scenes to keep computers updated and running throughout the night. Because of her tireless efforts, faculty, staff and students do not have to struggle with inconveniences in their working and learning environments. Holmes also has shown exemplary service in Grand Rapids by assisting the parents of second graders in their quest to learn Spanish in order to communicate effectively in their communities.

Holmes' compassion for faculty and students is reflected in her resolve to "do whatever it takes" to resolve a technical issue. Her positive, enthusiastic attitude is contagious and provides an excellent first impression for students in her FSUS class. Holmes has been honored with professional awards for her support of the Blackboard learning platform at Ferris. In her community, she is active with Relay for Life and the LeRoy Community Library Board, where she wrote a grant for the library to receive new computers.


Deb Thalner

Online Education

Deb Thalner has been instrumental in leading Ferris State's Flint office into a state of growth and prosperity. Her energetic personality and sense of humor have also served to invigorate the teams and committees that carry the Ferris brand into the additional sites of Midland, Lansing and Clinton Township.

Thalner took on a project that resulted in a recommendation to centralize the admissions process at the statewide Ferris locations. This has proven to be a more efficient and streamlined approach for online learners. Overall, she has been an effective mentor for students and a proven leader in both the Ferris and local communities with her diligent work.