Angelina College Surgical Tech Pinning Ceremony Set for Dec. 13


From bottom row left to right: Row 1: Vanessa Garcia, Janay Castillo and Rebecca Orta. Row 2: Zuni Rojo, Connie Robertson and Cindy Peters. Row 3: Jessica Madera, Jenifer Dougherty and Contonia Coleman. Row 4: Riley Mitchell and Laura Dean. Row 5: Stefanie Vaughn, Surgical Technology program director; and Donta Davis Surgical Technology clinical coordinator/lab instructor.

Graduates of Angelina College’s surgical technology program will receive their pins Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Hudgins Hall.

Lufkin graduates are Laura Dean, Dalia “Vanessa” Garcia, Jessica Madera, Cindy Peters, Zuri Rojo, Rebecca Sorrells Orta and Jenifer Dougherty.

Other graduates are Janay Castillo of Lumberton, Contonia Coleman of Hemphill, Riley Mitchell of Center, and Connie Robertson of Nacogdoches.

Stefanie Vaughn, program director, said, “This class has worked tirelessly to complete 624 clinical hours in less than a year. They made it though and are ready to join the workforce and a begin a new chapter in their lives.”

Vaughn said that few people realize exactly what surgical technologists do. “They are an integral part of the surgical team and yet they are the faceless team member that not many patients will ever remember or know that they were there, not to mention the important role they play.”

Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and work under the supervision of the surgeon. Before an operation, they prepare sterile surgical instruments, equipment and supplies. They assemble the sterile equipment and ensure it is all working properly.

During the surgical procedure, the surgical technologist passes instruments and needed supplies to the surgeon and receive tissue specimens. They ensure that there are no breaks in sterile technique so that the patient does not acquire an infection.

The surgical technologist program runs from January to December, prospective students must meet prerequisites or be in process of taking them, to apply. For more information about this program at Angelina College, contact Stefanie Vaughn at


Nancy Reynolds
Nancy Reynolds
Nancy Reynolds has proudly served Angelina College since 2000. She began serving as AC’s communications coordinator in 2005. Prior to that, she was the public relations specialist.

Reynolds earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University. She taught speech courses as an adjunct for AC for eight years.

As communications coordinator, Reynolds’ responsibilities include the following: writing news releases, directing social media, collaborating with the marketing team, managing the Angelina College brand, coordinating publications, managing web content, coordinating internal communications and providing media training.

Reynolds lives in Lufkin with her husband Reg. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and one cat.

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