Mona Rodgers Sullivan

Explore Mona’s journey: a distinguished 1985 Crater High grad, Achievement Hall of Fame inductee, with a 33-year Naval career.

A 1985 graduate of Crater High School, Mona was an active Crater student, including being an integral part of the Crater Forensics Team, a delegate to Oregon Girls State, junior varsity basketball, the Drama Club, and serving as the 4-H Home Economics Club President and Junior Leader. Her 4.0 GPA made her the Valedictorian of her class, and she was selected as an Oregon Scholar.

Upon graduation from Crater, Mona attended San Diego State University (SDSU), graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1990 with a B.A. in Communication. By graduation time, Mona had found her home in San Diego and has remained there ever since. Two weeks after graduation from SDSU, she took a job with the Naval Warfare Center Pacific and remained there for 33 years, serving as a Business Financial Manager/Resource Manager. Mona retired in 2023.

Over her career, she received recognition for making significant organizational impacts in the areas of training, mentoring, competency development, and process improvement, including:

  • Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (the highest award the organization can grant to civilians)
  • Navy Exemplary Achievement Awards
  • Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Special Act Awards
  • Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Large Team Achievement Awards

Most of her activities outside of work are focused on the outdoors. She has backpacked many sections of the John Muir Trail, including weeklong treks where she carried a 50-pound pack. She climbed Mt. Whitney during early spring when it was an advanced mountaineering climb in the snow.

Her favorite teacher of all time was Don Molloy at Scenic. As she says, “He was my friend and my basketball coach, and I always appreciated that he made learning fun.” She ap- plauds the many great teachers she had at Crater and the solid education she received in the Central Point schools.