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Roger Kemp
LBCC alumnus, Dr. Roger Kemp, received his AA degree by attending evening classes during his military service. He was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college. He transferred to San Diego State University were he received his Bachelor's degree and a Master of Public Administration. He then took a job in the Office of the City Manager in Oakland. It was during this time that he completed his Ph.D. at Golden Gate University.

During his career, Dr. Kemp served as the City Manager for several cities in California, Connecticut and New Jersey. In addition to his city manager duties, he taught classes in Public Administration at local universities.

Dr. Kemp has published, or has been a contributing author to, nearly 50 books on various topics related to public management, ranging from strategic planning in local government, homeland security, and on the preservation/restoration of natural resources in our communities. His book on the best practices in homeland security was made available to every city manager in America. He has given speeches based on the research for my books throughout the world. 

Dr. Kemp attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at  the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Graduate Finance Institute at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Kemp credits his military service and the benefits he received from the G.I. Bill to his ability to get an education and for his appreciation for public service. He highly recommends serving in the military and encourages students to join national professional associations in order to network with others in their fields and to learn about internships and employment opportunities.


Dianne Van Hook

LBCC alumna Dr. Dianne Van Hook is starting her 30th year as the CEO of the Santa Clarita Community College District. When hired in 1988 at age 37, she was then the youngest individual ever appointed as a California Community College CEO and was one of only five women to serve as a district-level CEO at that time.

At College of the Canyons, Dr. Van Hook has provided the vision, energy, commitment, flexibility and courageous leadership style needed to expand the district's revenue base, hire talented faculty and staff and develop plans to expand instructional programs.

She has served on more than 35 statewide commissions and boards and currently sits on the Economic Development Program Advisory Committee at the state level. Additionally, she has served as the president on several major statewide organizations including CEOs of the California Community Colleges, Community College League of California Board of Directors, and Association of California Community College Administrators.

Dr. Van Hook has been honored to be inducted into the LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame, was named Distinguished Alumna from CSULB, and was distinguished as one of the University of La Verne's top 75 graduates.

And who were Dr. Van Hook's LBCC mentors? Dr. Charles Kane. Dr. Beverly O'Neill. And, yes, Mr. Roger Van Hook, her LBCC speech professor (who is remembered fondly by generations of alumni) whom she married after graduating from CSULB. They all encouraged her to believe in herself, to dream big, to work hard, to never give up. 


Ahmad Lewis

Ahmad Ali Lewis, a hip-hop artist, scholar, social worker, entrepreneur,

motivational speaker and LBCC valedictorian from the Class of 2008, returned to the campus on June 8 to deliver the keynote address at the 2017 LBCC commencement ceremony.


At 17, Lewis rose to fame as the rap artist Ahmad. He co-founded the hip-hop fusion band 4th Avenue Jones, which released several albums and toured internationally with legendary acts including Stevie Wonder, The Black Eyed Peas and Sheryl Crow.


Lewis enrolled at Long Beach City College where he graduated at the top of his class with an AA degree. Following graduation, he transferred to Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a BA in sociology. In May 2017, he earned a master's degree in social work and pupil personnel services credential from the USC.


Today, the 41-year-old Lewis works with children, youth and families as a clinical social worker in addition to recording new songs and writing a self-help book chronicling his experiences in the music industry and academia.


Abel Alejandre

Abel Alejandre is a renowned artist and LBCC alumnus. He is a self-trained printmaker and has worked with this medium for more than 20 years. He works within other mediums as well, although most of his work consists of graphite on paper, canvas or wood. Creating a new piece is a labor and time-intensive process that may take up to hundreds of hours to complete.


Alejandre's work contains autobiographical elements. He frequently explores the public and private spheres of masculinity. He examines the concept of masculinity, manhood, and codes of conduct through the lives of men in his life. Often, he makes use of the rooster as a metaphor and symbol for manhood, valor, machismo, and patriarchy.


Alejandre's works have been exhibited throughout the Los Angeles area in museums, hotels, galleries, coffee houses and art fairs. They have been featured in films and books as well. In 2016, his twelve panels, "Panoramas," were displayed at the Rancho Park/Westwood station on the Los Angeles County Metro Expo line.


Alejandre names Larry White and Rex Ravenelle in the art department as his favorite professors at LBCC.


For more on Abel Alejandre, visit his website at http://abelalejandre.com


Scott Rogoff
LBCC alumnus, Scott Rogoff, was active in the Tilsmen fraternity, serving as its president in fall 1997. During his time at LBCC, he performed countless service hours and volunteered as a student athletic trainer. After receiving his AA degree, he transferred to CSULB where he earned his BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training.

Scott worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), worked heavily with physical therapists, and was the main medical staff for the Coast Soccer Premier League from 2003-2005.  In 2009 he earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences.  He is now working at St. Jude Medical Center, and he completed their manual orthopaedic residency program from 2010 to 2011.  

Scott took a particular interest in working with people with ankle injuries due to his own battles with ankle injuries he suffered while playing soccer. He came to understand that his patients were making good progress during therapy but had difficulty performing exercises on their own at home. In 2012 he decided to pursue development of an ankle strengthening device for people to use in their home exercise programs and he filed a U.S. patent. He began working with The Innovation Institute to develop the device. They are now pursuing commercialization of the ankle device in the coming year and are optimistic that it will be a valuable, effective device for millions of people.


Bob Ellis
LBCC alumnus and longtime supporter, Bob Ellis, passed away on February 6 at the age of 92. Bob attended LBCC for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served during WWII. Following the war, Bob re-enrolled at LBCC and completed his AA degree. He earned his BA degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia and his secondary teaching credential at USC. Upon his return from the Korean War, Bob enrolled at CSULB and received his general administration credential and his Master's degree. In 2014 Bob was inducted into the LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame, the most prestigious award given by LBCC.

During his illustrious career in education in Long Beach, Bob served as a teacher and counselor, and was principal at Catalina Schools in Avalon, Fremont Elementary, Newcomb, Hughes Junior High, Wilson High School, Poly High School and Jordan High School. He retired in 1987 after 37½ years with the LBUSD. Bob served the community in many organizations including Avalon Rotary, East Long Beach Kiwanis Club and North Long Beach Lions Club. He served on the LBUSD Personnel Commission for five years and on the Long Beach City Human Relations Commission for nine years.

He was active in the Long Beach Fire Ambassadors, Bixby Village Community Association, California Retired Teachers Association, Dramatic Results Board of Directors, LBCC Foundation Board of Governors and is an election volunteer. Bob was a member of the CSULB College of Educations Dean's Development Committee, Legacy Society, Director's Circle of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Medici Society College of the Arts and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


Jeff Boulter
LBCC alumnus, Jeff Boulter, was a recent winner of the Long Beach Post's 40 Under 40 Award. Jeff had a great experience when he first came to Long Beach in the 1990s. After his tour of duty in the Marine Corps, he moved to Long Beach and began taking business classes at LBCC. This is when he first began his community awareness. He left LBCC for a time, but came back in 2010 and earned his AA in Business Administration. During this time he served as a Supplemental Accounting Instructor and tutor. After graduating from LBCC, Jeff earned his BA in International Business from CSULB. Through the International Business Association, he got involved with the local community by organizing beach cleanups, serving meals to the homeless and volunteering at the humane animal shelter. He joined the Student Center for Professional Development in the College of Business at CSULB which focuses on developing students as professionals through workshops and mentorships. He serves as Junior Mentor to students in International Business. Jeff is the founder of Sir Brilliant, a company that provides natural, high quality facial products for men. Through his company, he is developing an outreach program with a number of CSULB organizations. His goal with this venture is to bring positive changes to Long Beach, help spread the message of living brilliant, and inviting this attitude into the lives he touches. He has great pride in the city and in the people that make our city amazing. 


Carleen and Wendell Armstrong
Carleen Booth Armstrong's family is a 4-generation LBCC family. Carleen's father graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and then attended LBCC before going on to Stanford University, where he received his law degree. Her mother graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1930 and attended LBCC before going to USC. Her parents met at LBCC.

Carleen and her husband met while attending LBCC. Wendell Armstrong, a TONG Fraternity member, attended LBCC from 1957-1959. He then served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. When he returned home, he graduated from the Long Beach Police Academy and served 36 years in the police department. Carleen attended LBCC from 1958-1960 as a business major and was a member of the TNT Sorority. She was an insurance agent for 54 years.

Carleen and Wendell's son, Brian, attended LBCC for two years before going to work for the City of Long Beach. His youngest son, Mitchell Armstrong, 19, is now attending his second year at LBCC. Mitchell currently works part-time for the Long Beach City Parks & Recreation Department.

Carleen and Wendell love the local LBCC community and the wonderful academic opportunities it affords our young men and women.


Tammy Trujillo
LBCC Hall of Fame alumna, Tammy Trujillo, continues to work to bridge the entertainment industry and education. She has been an award-winning broadcaster in Southern California for more than 30 years. She is also a full-time Professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and a full-time broadcast professional, heard locally on 89.3, but also providing news on stations throughout the country as well as online through Wochit, one of the top ten internet content providers in the world. Tammy's first book was published this past summer -"Intern Insider -Making the Most of your Internship in the Entertainment Field". It covers a topic that Tammy is passionate about. Internships are the key to getting a foot in the door in most businesses, but particularly in the entertainment business. Tammy's book helps students understand the importance of doing at least one internship during their college careers, explains how to get a quality internship and how to make the most of it. Tammy is currently working on a second textbook -"Writing and Reporting News You Can Use" is due out late in 2017 and will focus on creative, intelligent and ethical instruction in writing and reporting news for radio and television.


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