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We would like to recognize the following LBCC Colleagues and Alumni for their contributions in continuing to make LBCC an outstanding institution:

Stacey Smith-Clark

National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers Director of the Year

LBCC alumna, Stacey Smith-Clark, Child Development Center (CDC) Manager at LBCC, has been named the 2016 Director of the Year from the National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC). She has served as CDC director for 10 years & leads a team of 25 staff members who provide preschool classes & child care services to 160 children ages 2 through 5. The CDC at PCC also serves as a training center for LBCC early childhood education students. Stacey is also a part-time faculty member with the LBCC Early Childhood Education Department.

Kevin Nagle

Sacramento Business Journal Executive of the Year

2015 Alumni Hall of Fame recipient, Kevin Nagle, was named 2015 Executive of the Year by the Sacramento Business Journal. Kevin spent over 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He co-founded two pharmaceutical companies & successfully grew them before selling to CVS Caremark & Rite Aid.

Kevin is now president & owner of The Nagle Co. Inc., an investment firm engaged in real estate development & shopping malls. He is a general partner in the El Dorado Hills Town Center, investor in redevelopment projects n Sacramento, & is part owner of Moneta Venture Capital. He is also a part owner of the Sacramento Kings & is leading the ownership group in bringing major league soccer to Sacramento as majority owner of the Sacramento Republic FC. Kevin owns a film production company & is a founding member of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council.

 

Peter Gravett

Community College League of California Distinguished Alumni Award

Major General Peter Gravett, a 2013 LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame honoree, received the 2015 Community College League of California Distinguished Alumni Award.

Peter served for more than 40 years in the U.S. Army. He continued his career with the California National Guard while serving on the Los Angeles Police Department where he eared the Medal of Valor, the department's highest award. In 2011 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Peter to serve as the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. He retired in January 2015.

Peter was joined by fellow LBCC Hall of Fame member John Molina & members of the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees, Jeff Kellogg, Irma Archuleta, Doug Otto & Dr. Ginny Baxter at the League's Award Luncheon in Sacramento.

 

Doug Otto

Rancho Los Alamitos 2015 Cottonwood Award

Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President, LBCC alumnus & 2009 LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame honoree, Doug Otto & his wife, Freda, were awarded the prestigious Rancho Los Alamitos 2015 Cottonwood Award for their many years of community service, particularly in the area of historic preservation. The Ottos have been on the forefront of historic preservation in the city of Long Beach of decades, & have helped bring about a cultural change that has resulted in greater respect & preservation of our city's historic treasures.

Augie Luuga

Century Club Bob & Nell Kariger Citizens Award

August "Augie" Luuga, LBCC alumnus & staff member in the Instructional & Information Technology Services Department, was honored by the Long Beach Century Club at its annual Sports Night Awards Banquet on February 3, 2015. He received the Bob & Nell Kariger Citizens Award. Augie has volunteered countless hours to athletics. He has been a member of the LBCC Foundation Athletics Associates group since 1990 & has also served as a statistician with the Viking football team since 1994.

Augie was one of six LBCC Vikings honored by the Century Club. The Long Beach Century Club in a non-profit institution that raisers money for local schools' sports programs.

 

Lori Brault  Mary Alice Braly

Soroptimist International Awards

Soroptimist International of Long Beach honored LBCC alumnae and Alumni Hall of Fame members Lori Brault (Health) & Mary Alice Braly (Rudy Award) at the 34th annual Women Who Make a Difference Awards. These awards are given in recognition of women and organizations that advance the status of women and girls.

 

Jim Ostach

Pathways Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award

LBCC alumnus & professor emeritus, Jim Ostach, received the 2014 Pathways Volunteer Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award. Jim has been a volunteer with Pathways since 2012. A U.S. Navy veteran himself, he was assigned as a caregiver for another veteran. In 2013, he trained to become a Hospice Companion, providing empathy, compassionate care & support for his client. Since they both really love old cars, Jim was able to arrange a ride for this client in a hot rod! He has been a steady force for the entire family. He is full of positive energy & really brightens a room when he walks in.

 

Alexandra Macias

30 Under 30 Awards

LBCC alumna, Alexandra Macias, was honored at Bonnie Lowenthal's 30 Under 30 Awards for women under the age of 30 who are making a difference in the community. In 2010, Alexandra decided to use her animal behavior skills to help homeless pets in her community. She decided to volunteer at the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services & began training some of the "less adoptable" dogs at the shelter. In 2011, she began her career as the Adoption Coordinator /Dog Trainer, training &getting animals ready for adoption. Alexandra's commitment to helping the less adoptable has also led her to increase the amount of animal education in her community. She was a speaker at the Annual Animal Care & Cruelty Prevention Conference in Long Beach & Friends of Long Beach Animals annual meeting. Alexandra has found homes or rescues for over 1,300 animals.

 

Mark Guadagnini

 

U.S. Vets Honors 
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mark Guadagnini 

LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame inductee (2011) Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mark Guadagnini was the keynote speaker and honoree at the U.S. Vets 6th Annual “Honoring Those Who Serve” luncheon on November 8, 2013. Rear Admiral (Ret.) Guadagnini, a Long Beach native, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1980. As a Navy fighter pilot, he operated from 12 different aircraft carriers participating in combat Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his 37-year career he has been awarded two Battle E’s and flown 96 combat missions and served in numerous command roles.

 

Mary Alice Braly

 

Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation 
"We Can Do It!" Awards

On October 17, 2013, the Rosie the Riveter Foundation honored women who have shown outstanding dedication and leadership. These women excel in their fields and serve as role models. LBCC alumna and Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Alice Braly, was honored for her Volunteerism and LBCC alumna, Shirlee Jackert, was honored for her Non-Profit Leadership.
 

(l. to r.) 5th District Councilmember and Rosie the Riveter Foundation President, Gerrie Schipske, Mary Alice Braly and an actor playing Franklin D. Roosevelt

Alexandra Escobar
Samantha Sears

30 Under 30 Awards

Alexandra Escobar and Samantha Sears were honored by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal at the Third Annual "30 Under 30" Awards reception which honors young women throughout the 70th District who embody leadership, community, dedication and hope.

At LBCC, Alexandra held leadership positions in Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society, mentored freshman students, and participated in Leaders Across Campus, for which she received a philanthropic award for service hours. While working on her business degree at Loyola Marymount University, she worked on sea turtle conservancy in Costa Rica and helped poor women in Uganda and Peru start businesses. She recently returned from China where she taught English in the Peace Corps.

Samantha was an All-American in swimming and water polo at LBCC, and was on the championship water polo team at UCLA. She was a pace swimmer for a world-record setting Catalina relay crossing, and spoke at two national conferences. She works as an English teacher and Athletic Director at Marina High School and recently received her MA in English. She created a high school swimming event and is creating a water polo tournament to raise funds for cancer research.

Both of these young women were named “Alumni of the Decade for the 2000s” during the LBCC 85th Anniversary celebration earlier this year.


 

Vikings of the Decades

Alumni of the Decades
LBCC 85th Anniversary Celebration

The LBCC 85th Anniversary gala celebration was held on May 30, 2013. At this event, 24 outstanding alumni were honored as the Alumni of the Decades.

1930s - Leamel Comparette and Robert Wilson
1940s - Bob Ellis, Freda Kingsbury and Barbara Zunich
1950s - Grace Carroll, Gary Fox and Frances Keys
1960s - Donna Brandmeyer, Jeri Carter and John Fylpaa
1970s - Josephine Fitzpatrick, Marty Hartsock, James 
            Poper and Naomi Rainey
1980s - Brian Russell, CC Sadler and Janeen Steel
1990s - Sara & Mark Neal, David Coher and Pamela Hale
2000s - Alexandra Escobar, Samantha Sears and Blas 
            Villalobos

 

Erica Gutierrez

 

Student Success Award

Ericka Gutierrez received her AA in French in 1997 and received her BA in Spanish Linguistics from California State University Fullerton in 1999. She is currently taking a math course at LBCC to get into a Master in Math program. She is currently serving as the club advisor for the Mexican American Engineers and Science (MAES), the only club at LBCC for STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Ericka also assists the Coalition for Latino Advancement (CLA) club with projects. She held a position as an Instructional Assistant for the Business Administration Department and currently serves as the Financial Aid Specialist.

 

Dr. Dianne Van Hook

 

Dr. Dianne Van Hook
 

Dr. Dianne Van Hook has served as Superintendent-President of College of the Canyons since 1988. Now as Chancellor, she was recently honored by the College Board of Trustees for her innovative idea of building a University Center on the college campus. The Dr. Dianne Van Hook University Center offers a wide variety of upper division courses in conjunction with 10 educational partners. The facility was named in her honor for her persistence and vision. She was convinced that the community would embrace the concept of offering courses leading to a bachelor's degree locally. The 1970 Long Beach City College graduate was inducted into the LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997. She has gone on to receive state and national recognition for her contributions to community college education.

 

Molina Family

 

Molina Family


The Molina Family, J. Mario, Martha, John, Janet and Josephine, were honored as Outstanding Alumni at the American Association of Community College annual convention in Seattle. All attended Long Beach City College and are associated in some way with Molina Healthcare, the largest Hispanic-owned business in California and the third largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States.

 
CC Sadler, Scott Fraser, Meena Singhal, Lizbeth Alvarez

2008 Outstanding Colleagues

(l. to r.) CC Sadler, Scott Fraser, Meena Singhal and Lizbeth Alvarez were recognized at Commencement for their service to LBCC.

Phyllis O'Connor and Laurie Brault
 

Lori Brault

In June, Alumna and Foundation Governor, Lori Brault (r.) received the Making Democracy Work Award from Phyllis O'Connor Pres Long Beach League of Women Voters celebrating women who have improved our community through leadership on civic issues.

Mark Curtis, Ken Velten, Tom Clark, Ginny Baxter

Commencement

Foundation Governor, Mark Curtis was the Alumni representative at Commencement. He had the honor of presenting his daughter, Sarah Curtis Harris with her diploma. Sarah represents the 3rd generation of LBCC grads.

(l. to r.) Mark Curtis, Foundation President Ken Velten, LBCC Trustee and alumnus Tom Clark and Ginny Baxter.

John Malveaux
 

John Malveaux

John has been a stalwart Alumnus, supporting LBCC through the Long Beach Central Association Scholarship. He was recently recognized for his efforts to draw attention to “a lost and mysteriously absent piece of classical music back into the American Oeuvre.� On June 13 the “Bicentennial Symphony, composed by Roy Harris and which debuted at the Kennedy Center 33 years ago, was performed at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park by a freelance orchestra and chorale. Malveaux was responsible for bringing this wonderful composition, which was endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, a Federal Agency. The reception was catered by LBCC Culinary Arts students.

Dr. Connie Mitchell
 

Dr. Connie Mitchell

Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH is a recognized expert on health and domestic violence for her work as an educator, writer and leader in health policy and system change. She entered Long Beach City College in 1971 and later transferred to California Sate University Long Beach to complete her Bachelor's degree. Her medical degree is from Michigan State University; her residency was in Emergency Medicine in Chicago; and her Masters in Public Health is from UCLA.

During her tenure as faculty at the University of California Davis, she served as the Director of Domestic Violence Education for a California-legislated health education program; developed a standardized curriculum for the State; and authored California's clinical Guidelines for the Health Care of Intimate Partner Violence. She recently chaired the AMA National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse and now serves as a founding board member of the Academy on Violence and Abuse and a current board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health. Her new textbook, Intimate Partner Violence: A Health-Based Perspective, was published by Oxford University Press early in 2009. She recently donated this text to the LBCC library to be used as a reference particularly to students in the RN and LVN programs. The Library/Learning Resources Associates purchased a copy for the Pacific Coast Campus library.

Dr. Mitchell currently works in policy development at the California Department of Public Health in the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. She serves as volunteer faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis and continues to teach and write about the health impact of intimate partner violence. She has been married for 26 years to David Tai, an orthopedic surgeon, and they have two sons attending California universities.

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