To say the six newly elected members of the Allan Hancock College Foundation’s Board of Directors offer a wealth of knowledge and experience might be an understatement. The new members include a retired army sergeant and federal law enforcement officer, the former public relations manager at Lockheed Martin, a retired accounting professor, a retired member of the United States Air Force, and the former director of Public Affairs at Allan Hancock College. Rebecca Alarcio, Frank Campo, Maggi Daane, Judy Frost, Glenn Owen and Ricardo Velasco were recently sworn in as directors during the board’s first meeting of the year.
“We are fortunate to welcome six strong leaders to the foundation board,” said Valerie Moya, president of the AHC Foundation Board of Directors. “Each one has succeeded in both business and community service. They are the kind of leaders who will make an impact on student success in our communities.”
After retiring from the United States Army as a sergeant, Campo started a career with the United States Department of Justice as a federal law enforcement officer. He went on to become a public safety officer and teacher in San Bernardino County before serving as the local veterans employment representative for the state’s Employment Development Department.
“I am excited to join the foundation. I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of Allan Hancock College students,” said Campo, a former Hancock student. “I was looking for a way to give back to the Lompoc community, and I know education is an important aspect to helping someone succeed.”
Campo already serves on numerous boards in the community including the Good Samaritan Shelter and the Lompoc Boys & Girls Club.
Owen joined the board to maintain contact with his former colleagues and to continue supporting students. Owen retired last year from Hancock after serving 21 years as an accounting instructor.
“During my time at Hancock, I witnessed my students being transformed. I want to continue encouraging students to seek their educational and professional goals,” said Owen, who joined the board’s Finance Committee. “I plan to contribute to the foundation’s growth via fiscal leadership and to continue advocating for all students.”
Alarcio spent 30 years as the director of Public Affairs and Publications at Allan Hancock College. In 2013, the Community College Public Relations Organization named Alarcio the Professional of the Year. After retiring from Hancock, Alarcio served two years as the director of the CoastHills Community Foundation.
Two of the new directors, Frost and Daane, are familiar faces who previously served on the board.
“As a community activist in many areas, I am partial to organizations focused on youth of all ages. My goal is to continue to promote the great work of the foundation and the college,” said Daane, who also serves on the Santa Barbara County Board of Education and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board of Directors.
Frost returned to the board to be a part of the new energy and excitement at the college and foundation.
“I’ve been a part of the Hancock community since 1990, and it is where philanthropy become a part of my vocabulary,” said Frost, who is also a member of the PCPA Foundation Board of Directors. “I am thrilled to continue supporting the college and its students. Allan Hancock College is the springboard for so many people, who truly start here and go anywhere!”
While the board welcomed six new members, five directors completed their years of service with the board. Bruce Coggin; Terry Dworaczyk, Ed.D.;John Everett; Susan Moats and Ken Ostini dedicated themselves to the college and students for the last several years.
“I enjoyed learning about the countless benefits and support provided to the community by Allan Hancock College, which I call the gem of Santa Maria,” said Moats, who served nine years on the foundation board. “I am the most proud of our annual scholarship dinners. Last May, the foundation awarded a record $547,000 in scholarship to students.”
The Allan Hancock College Foundation Board of Directors includes nearly 30 community members from the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez valleys.
This year the foundation has reached a milestone, its 40th anniversary. Since its inception in April 1977, the foundation has had a tremendous impact on students at Allan Hancock College. Through overwhelming support from the community, the foundation has awarded more than $7.4 million to Hancock students over the last four decades.
The foundation will add to the total during its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 25. In recognition of its 40th anniversary, the foundation will hold a special gala on Saturday, October 21.
For more information about the foundation and the upcoming events, call (805) 925-2004.