Foundation Distinguished Alumni

The Foundation recognizes alumni each year for contributions to the school, community, state, nation and/or world.

Foundation for DCPS Distinguished Alumni include:

Bracken Darrell DC'81


Bracken Darrell joined Logitech as President in April 2012, and is responsible for manufacturing and supply chain operations, product development, sales and marketing, IT, human resources and legal. He will succeed Mr. De Luca in the role of Chief Executive Officer, beginning on January 1, 2013. 

Mr. Darrell was President Europe, Middle East and Africa with Whirlpool Corporation based in Comerio, Italy, before moving back to the United States to assume his role with Logitech.

Educational History:

Daviess County High School - Class of 1981
Hendrix College, English Literature Major, 1985
Harvard Business School, MBA, 1991

Past work history:

Prior to his selection as President at Whirlpool, Mr. Darrell was:

President of the Braun Corporation,

Vice President of Marketing, International Commercial Operations, for Gillette

Vice President of Marketing, Personal Care, for Gillette

General Manager, Consumer Home Services, for General Electric

General Manager, Clothes Care, for General Electric

General Manager, Marketing and Business Development, for General Electric

Brand Manager Beauty Care for Ivory and Old Spice

Assistant Brand Manager, Beauty Care for Old Spice

Brand Assistant, Beauty Care for Olay

Dr. Donald Douglas DC'75

Dr. Douglas

Dr. Donald Douglas currently practices medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. A former Track & Field All-American at Daviess County High School, Douglas took full advantage of academic and athletic scholarships available at WKU to pursue his undergraduate degree; then, went on to garner a myriad of qualifications in the medical profession.

Click to see Dr. Douglas's official CV.

Dr. Douglas gave quite an inspirational speech at Focus Awards 2013. Click to see Dr. Douglas's speech.

Dr. Douglas lives in Lexington, where he and his wife, Carol, welcome their three children home during breaks from medical school . . . yes, all THREE of their children are in medical school!

Senator Wendell H. Ford DC'42

Senator Ford

Senator Wendell Ford graduated from Daviess County High School in 1942. He became Kentucky state senator, lientenant governor, governor, and served at U.S. Senator for four terms. Click here or on Senator Ford's photo to read more about this fascinating 'boy from Yellow Creek'.

To find out more about Senator Ford and his contributions to our county, state and nation, visit the Owensboro Museum of Natural History (122 East Second Street, Owensboro, KY).

Dr. C. Mark Fort AHS'76

Dr. Mark Fort

Dr. Fort currently practices in Owensboro.

He graduated from Apollo High School in 1976.

He attended the University of Kentucy for undergraduate studies and graduated from the College of Dentistry in 1983.

Dr. Fort has been active in professional and civic organizations including:

Honor Code Committee, UK College of Dentistry

Secretary, Green River Dental Society

Board Member, Owensboro Country Club

President, Owensboro Country Club

Treasurer, Green River Dental Society

Dr. Fort has been instrumental in the DCPS Dental Initiative Program by treating students who did not have a family dentist. His goal is to provide procedures that have a lasting effect on peoples lives.

Dr. Rob Hamilton DC'89

Dr. Rob Hamilton

Dr. Rob Hamilton is a 1989 graduate of Daviess County High School.

He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky and professional studies at Indiana University of Optometry in May of 1996.

Dr. Hamilton is managing partner of RiverPark Eyecare in Owensboro and has been married to Casey for 15 years.

They have two children, Addison (12) and Jack (8) and attend Owensboro Christian church.

Dr. Hamilton is active in an eyeglass distribution program on a church sponsored mission to Guatemala and is a private pilot. He is affiliated with the American, Indiana and Kentucky Optometric Associations, having served as a board of trustee member in Kentucky and Indiana.

From Dr.Hamilton's nomination letter, "Each school year since 2004, Dr. Hamilton voluntarily visits schools in the Daviess County Public School system to conduct vision screenings for students. Through his years of experience he realized that many children notice changes in their vision around the 3rd grade, so when he visits Whitesville Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Meadow Lands Elementary School, Country Heights Elementary School and East View Elementary School, those are the students he focuses on. He also conducts vision screenings for the entire student body-grades 1-8-at Heritage Christian School."

Watch Dr. Hamilton's speech to DCHS seniors here.

Steve Loyal DC'67

Steve Loyal

Mr. Loyal is currently Vice President of Governmental Affairs with ATMOS Energy/Mid States Division.

After graduating from Daviess County High School in 1967, Steve earned a degree in Political Science and Speech from Western Kentucky University. He has been on the board of directors for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, where he served as vice chairman for advocacy. He also serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with that position, Mr. Loyal is chairman of the Kentucky Chamber Political Action Committee. Statewide, he serves on the executive committee of the Partnership for Common Sense Justice.

As vice president of governmental affairs for Atmos Energy/Mid-States Division, he is responsible for the development and implementation of government affairs strategies in Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. His community service includes involvement with the Athena Program, Girls Incorporated and United Way. Mr. Loyal is also a graduate of Leadership Owensboro and Leadership Kentucky.

Steve and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter and two granddaughters.

Gregory Dale Smith, Ph.D. AHS'91

Gregory Dale Smith

Gregory Dale Smith, Ph.D., is a 1991 graduate of Apollo High School and a 1995 graduate of Centre College where he majored in Chemistry/Anthropology/Sociology.

He is the Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Conservation Science Laboratory.

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in physical/analytical chemistry from Duke University and completed postdoctoral research at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and at University College in London.

Smith has been the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship to study in Britain, National Science Foundation Research Fellowships, and a Goldwater Science Scholarship.

Dr. Smith served as field chemist and field supervisor on several archeological projects in Galilee, Israel, has authored numerous journal articles in the areas of chemistry and conservation, and conducts art conservation lectures.

Dr. Smith is married to Shannon Marie Johnson Smith. They have three children: Beatrice (10), Maccabee (7) and Ezekial (4). The Smith family currently resides in Indianapolis.

See Dr. Smith's speech to Apollo seniors Part I and Part II

Dr. Jason Yewell AHS '88

Dr. Jason Yewell

Dr. Jason Yewell is a board certified radiologist and partner with Radiology Specialists of Louisville, where he specializes in body MRI, CT, ultrasound and general radiology.

Dr. Yewell graduated from Apollo. He went to Transylvania where he majored in history and minored in business administration in 1992. Dr. Yewell graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995 and the UK College of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Yewell received medical training at Washington University in St. Louis (Abdominal Imaging Fellowship); Norfolk, Virginia (Diagnostic Radiology Residency); and in Indianapolis, Indiana (Transitional Residency).

Dr. Yewell has numerous licenses and certifications including medical licensing in three states (Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri) and is licensed by the Kentucky Bar Association. Dr. Yewell belongs to several professional societies, and has been published in various medical arenas.

Jason Yewell is married to Mary Kaye Yewell and they have a son, David Grant. Jason is the son of Owensboro residents Jean and David Yewell.