By Omar Reyes / Staff Writer
An executive vice president, a police chief, a business owner and a community volunteer will be inducted in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors alumni from LBCC for their successful careers and achievements after leaving LBCC.
The four inductees are Dr. Martha Molina Bernadette, Robert Luna, Kevin Nagle and Liz Minor.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon will be Friday, Oct. 30, at noon in the T1200 multipurpose room at the LAC, where LBCC President Eloy Oakley and Board of Trustees President Doug Otto will induct the four honorees.
“It goes to show that if you put in the dedication and work hard enough, it will pay off in the long run,” said Jorge Gomez, 19, an engineering major.
Bernadette, who earned an associate’s degree from LBCC, is the executive vice president of Molina Healthcare. Along with her husband, Bernadette also founded The Molina Foundation to help illiterate children.
Luna, is the 26th and current police chief of the Long Beach Police Department. He was appointed chief in November of 2014. Luna received an associate’s degree of administrative justice during his enrollment at LBCC.
Nagle, president and owner of The Nagle Company Inc, engaged in real estate and other investments. Nagle attended LBCC from 1972-1974, served as president of the Associated Student Body and received an associate’s degree.
Minor has helped children, women and families through charities and organizations in Long Beach throughout 60 years of her life.
Nancy Yoho, alumni director for the LBCC Foundation, said, “I think they are an outstanding group of people. They are all very successful in their area, all outstanding alumni of LBCC who make us all proud.”
Nagle, on being inducted, said, “It is an honor. I am humbled. Many great people from all facets of life were inducted and I am proud to be associated with such an elite group.” Nagle cited former professor of LBCC and former mayor of Long Beach Dr. Beverly O’Neill (inducted in 1976) as a role model.
The LBCC Alumni Association has been inducting prominent alumni in the Hall of Fame since 1972, with 159 inductees. Yoho is looking forward to the new inductees. “This is the most prestigious award given by the college and these people are somebody who the students can look up to and want to achieve what these people have achieved.”
Addressing students, Nagle said, “Learn all you can. Experience the wonderful environment. Discipline yourself to complete your studies. Be passionate about education. Never give up. Follow your dream. Many wonderful, talented and gifted people have graduated from LBCC to be successful. The next graduate with those characteristics could be you.”