Jackson College recognizes Alumni Wall honorees

June 21, 2021

Jackson College alumni impact their communities through their profession, service, and philanthropy.

Therefore, Jackson College Alumni Wall honorees are selected for their accomplishments and contributions where they live, work and play. Notable alumni are featured on the “alumni wall,” on the grand staircase in the Potter Center.

Congratulations to the current alumni honorees:

    • Kyle Leighton, Class of 2009, founder of First Building Solutions, Leighton Property Management and Tapestry Girls who is an accredited investor, business executive and entrepreneur.


      • Kyle Leighton is an accredited investor, business executive and entrepreneur with over a decade of collective experience. He is the founder of First Building Solutions, Leighton Property Management, and Tapestry Girls and features an extensive background involving global distribution, international relations, sales, and marketing management. He has helped numerous young people develop their own successful businesses by securing commercial real estate and startup capital. He is also served as a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity and the Aware Shelter in Jackson. He resides in Ann Arbor with his wife and child.


  • Courtney McIntosh, Class of 2011, nursing administrator at Henry Ford Jackson Hospital, recipient of the 2020 Captain Zenneth A. Pond Soaring Young Alumni Award.


    • Courtney McIntosh is committed to helping and educating others. A nursing administrator at Henry Ford Jackson Hospital, she brings over six years of experience in health care leadership & instruction, and prior to this, specialized in health industry patient care. Starting at Jackson College and the support of her instructors laid the foundation for her future success, she says. She serves as the Trauma Nurse Core course instructor for HFAH and as an adjunct instructor at Jackson College. At Jackson College, she played for the Jets basketball team. She is married with two young children.


  • Tammy Newcomb, Ph.D., Class of 1988, senior water policy advisor for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University adjunct faculty member.
    • Newcomb

      Tammy Newcomb’s love for the environment began while growing up in the countryside. At Jackson Community College, she looked forward to her biology classes with Libby Warner, who took an interest in her success and personal growth. At Michigan State University, she found a home studying Fisheries and Wildlife. She has had many varied positions involving environmental policy, legislation, research and education, all focused on helping fish and wildlife and keeping our waterways safe. In addition, she serves on multiple boards and task forces, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Environmental Advisory Board. She resides in Webberville with her husband and child.


  • Bobby Thompkins, Class of 1964, longtime Jackson Public School educator and 2016 recipient of the College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Service Award.


    • Bobby Thompkins is a Jackson native and basketball standout who has dedicated his life to helping youth succeed. A graduate of Jackson High, Jackson Community College and Spring Arbor College, he spent 31 years working with Jackson Public Schools, where he served as assistant principal and princ
      ipal at JHS and associate principal and principal at the Middle School at Parkside. Thompkins did all he could to keep students in school. He has been an active member of the NAACP and received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Service Award. He has four sons and many grandchildren.

Read more about the honorees at www.jccmi.edu/alumni/alumni-recognition/alumni-wall/.