Hall of Fame Inductees (2009-2016)
Dr. Frances "Frannie" Berdan
CLASS OF 2016
Berdan joined CSUSB’s anthropology faculty in 1973 straight out of the graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin. From then until her retirement at the end of the 2014 academic year, she served the department and university in various capacities, including as co-director of the university’s Laboratory for Ancient Materials and chair of the anthropology department for 17 years. Dr. Berdan is a renowned scholar of the cultures of Mexico, and is an expert on Aztec civilization. Berdan specifically focused on the Aztec economy, imperial strategies, and their hieroglyphic writing system. She also focused on experimental archaeology research on ancient and contemporary Mesoamerican adhesives, such as feather work and stone mosaics. Her work established her as one of the world’s leading authorities of Aztec culture, which included 13 books that she authored and co-authored. Berdan’s achievements in and out of the classroom have been recognized at CSUSB—she was named the university’s Outstanding Professor in 1982—and statewide when she was selected as the California State University Professor of the Year in 1983. Dr. Berdan earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Stuart R. Ellins
CLASS OF 2016
Dr. Stuart (Stu) Ellins, a comparative psychobiologist who spent most of his career in the study of animal behavior, joined the CSUSB psychology faculty in 1973. In addition to his teaching duties, he served coordinator of the graduate program in psychology and department chair in 1991-92 and 1999-2004, when he retired after 31 years of distinguished service. He was also the founding faculty advisor of the first chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honors Society, and chair of the University Faculty Affairs Committee that established the Outstanding Professor program. Dr. Ellins has and an illustrious teaching and research career. His challenging classroom instruction, inspirational student mentoring, exceptional student research training, first-rate theoretical and applied research in animal-behavior, and devoted campus leadership were the basis of his extraordinary contributions to CSUSB. Ellins performed extensive research on food aversion conditioning in rats, coyotes and wolves, which led to projects throughout California applying taste aversion conditioning to coyote predation on domestic animals. Ellins is also the author of two books: "Living with Coyotes" published by the University of Texas Press, and "John Garcia, Life of a Neuroethologist and History of Conditioned Taste Aversion," published by Outskirts Press. Ellins earned his B.A. in psychology at the University of Miami in 1967 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Delaware in 1971.
Gary D. McBride
CLASS OF 2016
Gary McBride is currently the chief financial officer for the County of San Bernardino and has served in that capacity since May 2013. McBride earned his bachelor’s in economics in 1994 from CSUSB, and, despite working his way through college, graduated with departmental honors, served as president of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, was an inductee into the economics honor society, and served in the University Ambassador program. McBride was also the 1993 recipient of the Janczyk Family Economics Scholarship. After graduating from CSUSB, McBride steadily rose from an entry-level position in the County of San Bernardino to the Chief of Administration of the Public Health Department, Deputy Executive officer of the County, and to his current position as Chief Financial Officer. In 2008, McBride earned his master’s in public administration from CSUSB and was the awarded Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year. McBride is very active in the San Bernardino community. He serves on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors—representing the public on the Redlands Oversight Board and is a passionate advocate for animals. McBride and his family also support CSUSB students through the establishment of the McBride Family Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to students majoring in economics. In many ways, McBride embodies CSUSB ideals of leadership and service: a selfless commitment to improving the lives of others.
Mary R. Schmidt
CLASS OF 2016
Mary Schmidt has worked for the CSUSB Department of Criminal Justice as its administrative support coordinator, serving the university for 39 years before retiring in 2015. At the time of her retirement, she served as the department’s administrative support coordinator. Schmidt’s service to CSUSB was invaluable. She helped and mentored many new faculty members, including the department chairs, and provided exceptional advice, support and assistance to many criminal justice authors and publishers. Schmidt assisted with "Criminology Theory" by criminal justice professor Stephen G. Tibbetts, and multiple issues featured in the Western Criminology Review with Tibbetts and criminal justice professor Gisela Bichler. She was also on the organizing committee for the 2013 Network Analysis for Crime Prevention Networks Workshop and was recognized on the "Wall of Fame" for the Distinguished Divisional Service Award Winner for Academic Affairs in 2001-2002. Schmidt had a rare and unique ability to establish trust and important relationships with students. Her knowledge of CUSUB enabled her to provide them with immediate assistance and wise counsel. Many CSUSB alumni would return to campus to visit with Mary specifically—because she made their experience at CSUSB a positive and memorable one. Schmidt is a trusted advisor, staunch CSUSB supporter, mother, grand-mother, and friend.
Asm. Cheryl R. Brown
CLASS OF 2015
Assembly Member Cheryl R. Brown was elected to the California State Legislature on November 6, 2012 and represents California's 47th Assembly District which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Prior to election to the legislature, Assembly Member Brown served on the San Bernardino County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. Her achievements include authoring the first mining ordinance in the County and directing Auto Club Speedway through the environmental review process. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Planning Commissioners Association. In addition to decades of public service, Assembly Member Brown has been a small business owner for over thirty years. In 1980, she and her husband, Hardy Brown Sr., founded Brown Publishing Company to circulate a community newspaper called the Black Voice News. The newspaper is published weekly and focuses on local news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Browns were recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of America. Assembly Member Brown and her husband, Hardy Sr. have been married for 52 years and raised four children in San Bernardino. Lynn, Paulette, Hardy Jr. and Regina have blessed their parents with nine grandchildren.
Gary DuBois, Esq.
CLASS OF 2015
After graduating with a degree in Marketing from CSUSB, Mr. DuBois received a MSW and Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Following a very successful Clerkship at Cherokee Nation’s Office of Legal Affairs, Mr. DuBois moved to Washington D.C. to work on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, under Senator John McCain and Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Mr. DuBois then segued into being the Morris K. Udall Fellow for the United States Senate and then worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 1999, Gary returned to California and became the first Director of Cultural Resources at Pechanga. Gary has partnered with CSUSB’s departments of Public History, Anthropology and Linguistics. Additionally, Gary has successfully helped to establish the first and only program in California Indian Languages at CSUSB. This program affords CSUSB students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in California Indian Languages as well as satisfy their General Education requirements in World Languages by studying Serrano, Cahuilla or Luiseño. Gary and his wife, Kelly are the proud parents of three remarkable children, who we all hope here at CSUSB might one day become a proud Coyote like their father.
CLASS OF 2015
Mustafa Milbis was born in Palestine in 1941 in the small village of Al-Mazraa’ Al-Sharqia near Ramallah. He immigrated to the United States in 1983 and has been a resident of Alta Loma, California since then. Mr. Milbis opened his first grocery store in Azusa, CA in 1983, assisted by his brothers and cousin. He and his partners later launched Rio Ranch Markets, which now operates six supermarkets and employs over 350 employees in the Inland Empire. Mr. Milbis has been a leading force within his family and community, providing charitable assistance and encouraging educational opportunities for others. Mustafa received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Lebanon in 1968 and later did graduate work in economics at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Not only is Mustafa passionate about education, he is a strong believer in the political process and has supported many young and aspiring public servants. Moreover, for the past 5 years Mustafa has served on the Development Council for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where he has offered advice on how to make the College better known in the community and contributed greatly on several fund raising projects.
Dr. Jamal Nassar
CLASS OF 2015
Dr. Jamal Nassar was born in West Jerusalem, Palestine. As an infant, his home was bombed and his family relocated to Ramallah, Palestine. He received his BA from Jacksonville University where he met the love of his life, Hanan; they have now been married for over 45 years. Dr. Nassar also attended the University of South Florida where he received his MA and went onto the University of Cincinnati to earn his Ph.D. in Political Science. Nassar served as a professor at Illinois State University where he climbed the academic ranks and served as Chair of the Political Science Department. While at Illinois State University, Dr. Nassar received a Fulbright Fellowship which brought him back to the West Bank to conduct research. Today, Dr. Nassar is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert on the Middle East and on terrorism. Dr. Jamal Nassar arrived at CSUSB in 2007 and has served as Dean of CSBS ever since. He has been an advocate for the faculty to the University and sought to help faculty pursue their projects and passions which led to expanded horizons for the College and more success for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Elaine Rosen, Esq.
CLASS OF 2015
Elaine Rosen’s relationship with CSUSB spans nearly 20 years. She has been a member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Development Council for over 10 years, is its immediate past chair, and now serves as its vice-chair of membership. Rosen has had an illustrious career in law, mediation, and community advocacy. From 1981 to 1999, she practiced family law and juvenile dependency law in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. During her career, she has served as a judge pro tem in Riverside Superior Court, hearing over 1,000 juvenile dependency cases and has been a mediator for the Inland Valleys Justice Center (since 2008), Community Action Partnership (since 2006), and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (since 1991). Currently, Ms. Rosen is a member of San Bernardino County’s Senior Affairs Commission which advises the county’s Department of Aging and Adult Services and a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Extended Learning. In 2014, Elaine created an endowment for CSUSB’s Model United Nations program which has consistently won accolades domestically and internationally. Elaine Rosen received her B.A. in sociology from UCLA in 1975 and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.
Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Rabbi Emeritus, College Development Council
CLASS OF 2014
Rabbi Hillel Cohn served Congregation Emanu El in San Bernardino from 1963 to 2001. He is now rabbi emeritus of the congregation, which has relocated to Redlands. Born in Germany, he came to the United States as an infant with his parents, who were refugees from Nazism, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. He received a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 1959, received his rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1963 and received a Master of Arts degree. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Claremont School of Theology in 1984, and he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Hebrew Union College in 1988. In addition to his rabbinical duties, he has been active with many community organizations, including the Institutional Review Board at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and the Diocesan Health Care Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino. Rabbi Cohn and his wife Rita live in San Bernardino. They have two children, Elana Cohn-Rozansky and Marc Cohn, and four grandchildren, Jeremy and Adam Rozansky and Sarah and Leah Cohn.
Amy E. Cousineau, Children’s Network Officer, County of San Bernardino
CLASS OF 2014
Amy Cousineau, who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology (1989) and master’s degree in clinical/counseling psychology (1991) at Cal State San Bernardino, has served as the Children’s Network Officer since 2008. In this role, she has the opportunity to improve the coordination of services for children and families, identify gaps in services, promote programs to fill those gaps, and facilitate effective collaborations that ultimately benefit the children and families of San Bernardino County. In 2005, Cousineau became the Coordinator of the new Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment program in San Bernardino County under the umbrella of the Children’s Network. This early intervention program is aimed at young children exposed to trauma and parental substance abuse, providing effective interventions to mitigate the impact of early abuse and neglect. She was selected to lead the Children’s Network in 2008, a division in the county Human Services System. The network’s mission is to increase the communication, coordination, and collaboration of child-serving agencies in San Bernardino County. Cousineau has been married for 27 years to Mark, who is also a CSUSB graduate with a B.S. in Administration. They are the proud parents of their 9-year-old daughter, Chloe.
Robert Ervin Cramer, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
CLASS OF 2014
Dr. Robert E. Cramer began his distinguished career of teaching, research and service at California State University, San Bernardino in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1973 and a master’s degree in experimental psychology in 1975 from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a doctoral degree in experimental social psychology in 1978 from the University of Oklahoma. His instructional skills and research achievements have been recognized by the community and his peers with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and with his election to the Psychonomic Society in 1988, and to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society in 1996. He also received the prestigious Outstanding Professor Award (1989-1990) – the highest honor CSUSB confers on a faculty member. Cramer was named a Fellow of the Western Psychological Association in 2010. Dr. Cramer was named Professor of Psychology, Emeritus in 2011 when he retired from CSUSB after 33 years. He and his wife Karen live in Riverside, where they enjoy going to the movies, listening to rock and roll music, and rooting for their favorite football teams, the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, respectively.
Susan Peppler, Former Chief Cabinet Secretary, California Governor’s Office, Former Mayor of the City of Redlands
CLASS OF 2014
Susan Peppler was appointed Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the governor's office by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2009. Her responsibilities included the overall supervision of cabinet agency operations and the administrative management of the governor's Washington, D.C., office. Under President George W. Bush, she served beginning in June 2008 as the 14th assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was responsible for more than $12 billion in grants to states and communities, including $4 billion in foreclosure recovery grants through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. In addition, Peppler administered $23.6 billion in disaster recovery grants for the Gulf States’ recovery from the hurricanes of 2005 and 2008, the 2008 Midwest floods, and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. Locally, she served as mayor of Redlands and served on boards for the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino, and the Dean's Executive Advisory Board for the College of Business and Public Administration at CSUSB. She and her husband Bob are the parents of two grown children and proud grandparents of four grandchildren.
James C. Pierson, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
CLASS OF 2014
Dr. Jim Pierson retired from the CSUSB Department of Anthropology in 2005, and continued teaching part-time until 2010 through the Faculty Early Retirement Program. He joined a relatively new department in 1971 after 18 months of research in Australia. Pierson served as department chair during the early 1970s; he says his major contribution was to interview and recommend Fran Berdan for the department’s fourth faculty position, beginning a series of hires that created a small, very effective and productive department. Pierson participated in three National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and spent the 1977-78 academic year at the University of Florida under a NEH fellowship. He was most active in the Southwestern Anthropological Association, and was its president in 1986-87 after serving as the newsletter editor for several years. He received SWAA’s distinguished service award at its annual meeting in 1989. Pierson is past president of the CSUSB Retirees’ Association and is on the board of the San Bernardino City Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library. He and his wife, Grace, enjoy time with their children and children’s spouses (Ian and Jenny, Jill and Terry) and their grandchildren (Zephyr, Miles and Mae).
Elise K. Traynum, General Counsel, UC Hastings College of the Law
CLASS OF 2014
Elise Traynum, a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, began her tenure as general counsel for the University of California Hastings College of the Law in August 2004. As general counsel, she is the chief legal officer of UC Hastings, providing legal advice to the UC Hastings Board, the Chancellor, Dean of the college and other senior officials. In 2010, she had the distinct honor of defending a case against the law school that was heard by the United States Supreme Court. In Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the high court upheld the UC Hastings policy to require student organizations on campus to open their membership to all students irrespective of their status or beliefs. Traynum graduated from CSUSB in 1983 with a baccalaureate degree in political science, and is a 1986 graduate of UC Hastings. In 2012, Traynum attended Harvard University where she earned a Certificate in Higher Education Management. Traynum is the mother of two adult children, Emile and Tiffany. Tiffany is a former student of the CSUSB Children’s Center and Emile has fond memories of skateboarding all around the San Bernardino campus while Traynum performed her duties as CSUSB’s first African American student body president.
Mark E. Seay, Community Relations, Stater Brothers Markets
CLASS OF 2013
California University San Bernardino graduate Mark Seay took anything but the traditional route to his ultimate career choice. He has gone from high school and college athlete, to professional baseball and football player to representing one of the Inland Empire's most influential corporate citizens, Stater Bros. Markets. Along that journey he found the time to obtain his Police Officer Standards in Training (POST) Certificate. The accolades Mark received in high school, college, and as a professional athlete are far too numerous to mention, but it goes without saying that he has used his God-given abilities— physical, emotional, and intellectual—for personal, professional, and community good. In the midst of all of his athletic and academic achievements, Mark suffered what could have been a fatal shooting to come back better than ever! Who better to serve as a role model for overcoming personal trauma than Mark Seay?
Dr. Cheryl A. Marshall, President, Crafton Hills College
CLASS OF 2013
Dr. Cheryl Marshall, President of Crafton Hills Community College, holds a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University San Bernardino. She later earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California specializing in human learning and performance. Dr. Marshall has been an educator for over 20 years, spending the past 10 years in leadership positions. She has devoted the bulk of her life to the field of education because she believes it plays a major role in changing lives for the better. Much of her focus over the years has been on innovative teaching and learning techniques, particularly those that result in measurable student success. She was recently appointed President of Crafton Hills College, after serving on an interim basis for several months. Since her appointment, she has begun work with educational, community, and industry partners to strengthen the alignment of pathways from school to career. Dr. Marshall has been married to her husband, Patrick, for 26 years and has two children. Her daughter Caroline will be transferring to a CSU in the fall of 2013, and a son, William, plans to enter military service.
Dr. Kent Schofield, Professor Emeritus, History
CLASS OF 2013
Dr. Kent Schofield, professor emeritus, was a founding faculty member of the History Department, joining the California State College at San Bernardino in 1966. He was instrumental in building the department's curriculum and its culture. In 1972 Dr. Schofield was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Planning and in 1973 took on additional responsibility as Evening Services Coordinator, but eventually returning to the classroom in 1976. Schofield was an original member of the Water Resources Institute (WRI) Steering Committee. He also served as the first chair of the faculty advisory committee to the WRI. He was instrumental in securing the Joseph Rowe collection, which became the basis of the WRI archives. His classes were always filled to capacity and many students took multiple classes with him, a testament to his popularity. Dr. Schofield retired in 2007, but not before getting the department's Public and Oral History track off the ground.
A life-long resident of San Bernardino, Kent Schofield and his wife Lynda, a former CSUSB staff member, enjoy traveling, attending concerts, reading mystery novels, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Andrew S. Melendrez, Councilman, City Riverside
CLASS OF 2013
Andy Melendrez was elected to serve as Councilmember for Ward 2 in January 2006 and is now serving his second term on the Council. In 1982, he established Innovative Vocational Services, a company that specializes in Career Development for injured workers. Over the past 30 years he has expanded its operations to include expert testimony, family law evaluations, early intervention services for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, career guidance and assessments for workers within the workers compensations system. Andy is married to Ann-Marie who is also our CSUSB graduate in Social Work. She is employed at the Sherman Indian School in Riverside. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.
Councilmember Melendrez was reelected in June of 2009, and is now running un-opposed for a third term to represent Ward 2.
Dr. Patrick Ainsworth, Assist Superintendent of Secondary Education (retired), California Department of Education
CLASS OF 2013
Dr. Patrick Ainsworth earned his Bachelor's Degree in Social Science (1975), and Master's Degree in Education-Counseling (1977) at California State University San Bernardino, and holds credentials in Pupil Personnel Services and Professional Administrative Services. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Management and Leadership from the University of La Verne (July 2000). . Patrick began his career in education as a substitute teacher, transitioned into teaching of severely handicapped youth and adults, and served as a high school counselor for nine years at Lake Elsinore and La Sierra High Schools. Patrick has worked for the Riverside County Office of Education, where he served as the administrator of a countywide consortium. He also served as Principal-Coordinator, Instructional Specialist, and Counselor while at the county office.
Dr. Ainsworth served for 16 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education within the California Department of Education (1996-2012), most recently directing the Career & College Transition Division. Patrick provided statewide leadership to secondary education. In addition to his professional accomplishments in the field of education, Patrick has worked for the YMCA, was a musician and recording engineer, and for seven years hosted a weekly television show for the King Video Cable System. Pat is married to his wonderful wife and partner of 38 years, Karen. They have three children, and two grandchildren. In his spare time Pat enjoys gardening, woodworking, and snow skiing.
Dr. Frances Coles, Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice
CLASS OF 2012
Frances Coles is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino. She joined the faculty in 1978 and retired as a full professor in 2007. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland and a Doctor of Philosophy in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley.
She served as the department's first chair and later coordinated the department's paralegal program. She guided the department through its formative years and contributed significantly to the department's growth and recognition as an outstanding academic program. In addition she has worked with the San Bernardino County Probation Department's Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee to improve crime prevention programs for youthful offenders. Dr. Coles has touched many people's lives in a positive and important way.
Paul C. Granillo, BA History (1991)
CLASS OF 2012
Paul C. Granillo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1991 from California State University, San Bernardino. He then went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from St. John's Seminary in 1997, and a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) from Catholic University of America in 2003. After serving for 11 years as a priest in a senior leadership position in the Diocese of San Bernardino, Paul focused his attention on the Inland Area business community. He has served as the President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and was a former board member of the CSUSB Alumni Association and the Arrowhead United Way. Paul is now a member of the Rotary Club, and sits on the Board of Directors of both the Inland Action, Inc. and the Redlands Community Foundation.
Cheryl-Marie Hansberger, BA Psychology (1993)
CLASS OF 2012
Cheryl-Marie graduated from California State University, San Bernardino in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific in 1995, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of La Verne in 2004. In the interim she did volunteer work for the Republican Party, worked as a liaison for Governor Pete Wilson, worked as a Coordinator of Student Development at CSUSB and was a Professor at Riverside Community College. Currently she is the Vice President for Corporate Development at Delcan Corporation. In 1999 she was named "Educator of the Year" by the Corona Chamber of Commerce, and in 2011 she was named "Member of the Year" by the Women's Transportation Seminar (Inland Empire Chapter). Cheryl-Marie continues to be involved with CSUSB, and serves as the chair of the EOP Alumni Advisory Board.
Dr. Frederick A. Newton, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
CLASS OF 2012
Frederick A. Newton began his distinguished career at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 1975 after earning his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Peter's College in 1967, his Master of Science in Physiological Psychology from Villanova University in 1970, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Houston in 1975. Fred developed the first interdisciplinary neuroscience course at CSUSB, pioneered the use of biofeedback as a clinical tool, and served as the Chief Academic Content Advisor for the award-winning PBS telecourse, Understanding Human Behavior. Fred received the CSUSB Outstanding Professor Award in 1982, the Psychology Department's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2005-2006, the CSBS Outstanding Service Award in 1995, and the Fred Keller Memorial Award in recognition of his sensitivity to issues affecting disabled students. In 2005, Fred was named Professor of Psychology, Emeritus.
Mary T. Sessom, BA Anthropology (1974)
CLASS OF 2012
Mary Sessom attended California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in the early 1970s, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1974. She then went on to study law and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson University School of Law in 1978. While practicing law she branched out into the study of Child Development and earned an Associate in Arts degree in that field in 1992 from Cuyamaca Community College; and later went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in 2002 from San Diego State University. She has been very active in the politics of San Diego East County, serving as Mayor of the city of Lemon Grove since 1996. She's a professor at Cuyamaca College and serves as the Coordinator of the Business and Professional Studies Department and is the Director of the Paralegal Program. Mary has been living in Lemon Grove since 1985 where she raised her two children, Jared and Anna.
Russell V. Bogh, BA Business Economics (1993)
CLASS OF 2011
Born in San Bernardino in 1969 and a direct descendant of the city's first mayor, Russ Bogh has been involved in public service throughout his life. Russ Bogh graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, in 1993, with a B.A. in Business Economics. A stint as a senior staff member in the district office of then-Assemblyman Ted Weggeland led to his appointment as Director of the Inland Empire Office of then Governor Pete Wilson.
In 2001 Russ won a special election to fill the vacant Assembly seat for the 65th District, a position he filled until termed out in November 2006. In the Assembly Russ was elected chair of the Republican Caucus and served as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee where he was a tireless advocate for the CSU and for CSUSB in particular. Since leaving office, Russ has continued to strengthen his ties and support for CSUSB.
Pedro I. Nava, BA Sociology (1973)
CLASS OF 2011
Pedro Nava graduated from California State University San Bernardino in 1973 with a B.A. in Sociology. He earned his law degree, in 1977, from the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law at the University of California, Davis. He then went on to dedicate himself to a lifetime of public service working for the Fresno Employment and Training Commission, serving as a Deputy District Attorney for the Counties of Fresno and Santa Barbara, a civil litigator for health care practitioners, and serving as an legislator from the 35th Assembly District for three consecutive terms.
Mr. Nava has worked to defend women against sexual violence and provide police with the tools needed to protect communities against crime. In addition, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a defender of the environment, the economically disadvantaged, and animals.
Michelle Scray, BA Sociology, Criminal Justice (1989) / MA Criminal Justice (2010)
CLASS OF 2011
Michelle Scray graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, in 1988, with a dual major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She worked her way through the ranks of the San Bernardino County Probation Department and established herself as a community leader before earning her M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from CSUSB in 2010. Currently, she is the Chief Probation Officer for the County of San Bernardino. In addition to serving on various Probation and Correctional Associations, Michelle has served on the County Women's Network and the San Bernardino Children's Lobby. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of Teddy Bear Tymes Child Care Facility. Michelle has dedicated her life to public safety and issues of concern to women and children.
Vincent G. Vegna, BA Psychology (1980) / MS Psychology (1983)
CLASS OF 2011
Vincent Vegna graduated in 1980 from California State University San Bernardino with a B.A. in Psychology and then went on to earn, in 1983, his M.S. degree in Psychology also from CSUSB. Vince is a therapist in the Addiction Medicine-Chronic Pain Management department at Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley and has been an active promoter of outreach programs, internships and scholarships for students in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at CSUSB. He is one of the founding members of the College Development Council and the National Security Studies Advisory Council. In addition, he's created scholarships for students in the National Security Studies program and in the Clinical/Counseling program, and has established an internship program for CSUSB psychology students at Kaiser Permanente.
Gloria A. Cowan, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
CLASS OF 2010
Dr. Gloria A. Cowan earned her doctoral degree in social psychology from Rutgers University in 1964. She taught at Wayne State University for six years and subsequently joined the CSUSB faculty in 1971 as an Associate Professor of Psychology. Gloria's devotion to, and her unmatched skill in, pedagogy was recognized with her receipt of the CSUSB Outstanding Professor Award in 1991 and the CSBS Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005.
Gloria is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Issues, and the Western Psychological Association; she won a CSUSB Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award in 1989 and CSBS Outstanding Professional Growth Award in 1999. She served on the Board of Directors for Option House in San Bernardino and for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, where she trained volunteers for a number of years.
Craig W. Fuher, MA National Securities Studies (1990)
CLASS OF 2010
Craig W. Fuher earned a bachelor of science in management from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in national security studies from California State University, San Bernardino. He is the founder of Affective Business Intelligence Corporation. Craig is the Founder of XDimensional Technologies, Inc. and was the Chairman and CEO from 1989 to 2004. XDimensionalis a technology company which develops and markets web based applications and other technology solutions to the insurance industry.
He is currently the Chairman of the Board of iPrevision, Inc. which develops technology solutions focused on data protection and security. He was the 2001 recipient of the Technology Industry Leadership Award from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Craig Chairs the Development Committee for the National Security Studies Program and is a member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Development Council.
John W. Kennedy, BA Administration (1979) / June C. Kennedy, BA Economics (1985)
CLASS OF 2010
John W. Kennedy, Sr. and June C. Kennedy revived a long dormant interest in their own education in 1965, after their youngest son left home for college. John earned a bachelor of arts in administration in 1979, and a bachelor of arts in economics in 1985, (at the age of 70), from California State University, San Bernardino. June Kennedy earned a bachelor's degree from Whitehead College at the University of Redlands in 1975.
John served the federal government in the office of Price Administration during the early years of World War II. His interest in Economics originated from this service. He also served in the U.S. Army in the later years of the war. He later took a management position on the West Coast with the Carnation Company. A medical emergency resulted in a change in his career path, and he took correspondence courses in accounting. He started a small book keeping business in 1951, and he was licensed as a California Public Accountant in 1957. June raised her sons and worked as the secretary and receptionist for the family accounting business.
Ward M. McAfee, Professor Emeritus, History
CLASS OF 2010
Dr. Ward M. McAfee earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1961, a master's degree in history in 1962 and a doctoral degree in history in 1965, from Stanford University. Ward became a member of CSU San Bernardino in 1965 and finished his teaching career in 2008. Most of his time at the university was spent in the classroom as a history professor, but he also served for twelve years as the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (1971-1974, 1975-1984).
Ward was also Acting Academic Vice President for one year (1984-1985) and Acting Chair of the Criminal Justice Department for one year (1997-1998). From 1998-2001 Ward served as the President of the CSUSB chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society. Ward officially retired in 2002 but continued teaching part-time until 2008. Ward remains active with the Morrow-McCombs Committee at CSUSB.
Kent S. Paxton, BA English (1972)/ BA Sociology (1982)/ MPA (1989)
CLASS OF 2010
Kent has many links to CSUSB. He earned undergraduate degrees in 1972 and 1978, and a master's degree in 1989. He received awards from the Department of Public Administration in 2003 and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2004. Paxton is the Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Safety and Violence Prevention in the city of San Bernardino. He accepted the position after retiring from a 33 year career with San Bernardino County that focused on programs and care for at-risk children.
Under his leadership, the Children's Network became a model throughout California to improve cooperation among agencies serving the children and their families. Kent's extensive community service includes advisory boards, councils, a gang and drug task force, and many community organizations. This service has been acknowledged by numerous awards. He is currently the Chair of the Development Council for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
James R. Bueermann, BA Criminal Justice and Sociology (1980)
CLASS OF 2009
Chief James R. Bueermann earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology in 1980 from California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to earning a master's degree from the University of Redlands, Chief Bueermann is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the California Command College. Chief Bueermann has worked for the Redlands Police Department since 1978, where he is commonly known as Jim, serving in every unit within the department. He was appointed Police Chief and Director of Housing, Recreation and Senior Services in May 1998.
Jean Pfeiffer Leonard, BA History (1973)
CLASS OF 2009
Judge Jean Pfeiffer Leonard earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1973 from California State University, San Bernardino. Her Jurist Doctor degree is from the University of La Verne Law School. Jean has been a Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, since 1997, as well as a Supervising Judge in the Family Law Department from 1996‐2001 and a Presiding Juvenile Court Judge in 2001. Jean is currently a Criminal Trial Calendar Judge of the Municipal Court in Riverside County.
Stephen T. Lilburn, BA Geography (1976)
CLASS OF 2009
Stephen Lilburn earned a bachelor's degree in geography in 1976 from California State University, San Bernardino. He also earned an associate's degree from Victor Valley College and a master's in Geography degree from the University of California, Riverside. Stephen is President at River Resorts LLC, a Land Development Corporation specializing in recreational properties in the Pacific Northwest. He is President of Lilburn Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in the areas of mine permitting and reclamation, land use planning, environmental compliance, and agency coordination. And he is the former President of Stephen T. Lilburn & Associates, consultants in earth sciences, urban and regional planning, and environmental analysis.
Yolanda T. Moses, BA Sociology (1968)
CLASS OF 2009
Dr. Yolanda T. Moses earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1968 from California State University, San Bernardino. She earned an associate's degree from San Bernardino Valley College, and a master's and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside. Yolanda is a nationally recognized expert on cultural diversity. She is currently a Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence, and Executive Director for Conflict Resolution at the University of California, Riverside. She served as President of City University of New York/ The City College, Chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, President of the American Association for Higher Education, and President of the American Anthropological Association.
Sally "Soledad" Rivera, BA Anthropology (1973)
CLASS OF 2009
Sally Rivera earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology in 1973 from California State University, San Bernardino. She has a master's degree from the Claremont Graduate School. Sally is a retired higher education professional who has held positions in teaching, counseling, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and administration. Her last position was at Palo Verde College where she was the Vice President of Students Services. Prior to that Sally served as a field director in the Inland Area Urban League, an administrative assistant at the Claremont Colleges, Director of the Chicano Unity Council, an instructor in the Anthropology Department at CSUSB, Director in the Office of Admissions for Chicano Students and Associate Dean of Students at The Claremont Colleges, a newspaper columnist at the Stockton Record, an instructor at the University of the Pacific, and Director for the Community Involvement Program at the University of the Pacific.
Kenneth F. Sawa, MSW Social Work (1992)
CLASS OF 2009
Kenneth Sawa earned a master's degree in social work in 1992 from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a proud graduate of the first class of part‐time students in the Department of Social Work. Ken earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton, a master's degree in education counseling and guidance from Loyola Marymount University, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the California Commission on State Credentialing. In 2008, Ken was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers‐Region F as Social Worker of the Year.
Robin Zimpfer McDonnell, BA Psychology 1981, MA Experimental Psychology (1984)
CLASS OF 2009
Robin Zimpfer McDonnell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1981 and a master's degree in experimental psychology in 1984 from California State University, San Bernardino. At the time of her retirement on March 31, 2009, Robin was Assistant Riverside County Executive Officer/EDA and Executive Director of the Economic Development Agency (EDA). Robin's career in county government and with EDA spanned over 23 years. For her entire career Robin has worked tirelessly in regional economic development, community, housing and redevelopment programs. Her career at the county agency spanned more than 20 years.