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Claire Tolbert - Alumni On The Move

Claire Tolbert Named Spring 2021 Alumni On The Move

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Claire Tolbert, a Santa Fe native, is the Spring 2021 Alumni On the Move honoree. A 2013 graduate of Panhandle State, received a degree in Computer Information Systems and was nominated by Nick Tuttle.

“As a fellow IT person and classmate of hers at OPSU, I have been inspired by not only her success in the field but especially by her volunteer and community work and drive for positive change. When this award came up, I knew she would be a well-deserving recipient.”, said Tuttle.

Tolbert was attracted to the university after reading an article by Dr. Richter in regards to second chances. At the time, she was a college dropout entertaining the idea of going back to school, so she reached out to Dr. Richter.

Tolbert is currently a Performance Engineer and .NET Developer at Alkami Technology in Plano, Texas. She works with new clients during their launch phase, troubleshooting existing production problems, and writing tools to automate repetitive tasks.

“I’ve returned to OPSU several times since graduating, and I still feel at home. It feels like family, more than anything else. The bonds that are formed on campus are some of the strongest ever. I’m still very close with several of my classmates,” Tolbert said.

Claire lives in Plano with her partner, George, and their corgi, Pancake. In the times she isn’t busy with her company, Tolbert enjoys unplugging from the world. This includes playing board games, reading a good book, and taking a trip to remote areas.