2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced by Long Beach City College Foundation
2015-09-22 · By Editor
Long Beach’s police chief, a Molina Healthcare executive, an entrepreneur and a community volunteer have been named as Long Beach City College’s 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, LBCC officials recently announced.
This year’s honorees are: Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett, Molina Healthcare executive vice president; Robert Luna, Long Beach police chief; Liz Minor, community volunteer; and Kevin Nagle, entrepreneur and former pharmaceutical company CEO.
The Hall of Fame program is sponsored and coordinated by the LBCC Foundation.
“The Alumni Hall of Fame is Long Beach City College’s most prestigious award,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “This year’s honorees are not only successful in their careers but contribute tremendously to the betterment of the community. We are proud that they are LBCC alumni.”
Established in 1972, the Hall of Fame recognizes former LBCC students who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities. The 2015 honorees will join 159 other alumni in LBCC’s Hall of Fame.
About this year’s inductees:
Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett is a Long Beach native. She attended Long Beach schools and earned an associate’s degree at LBCC before attending Cal State Long Beach, from which she holds math and chemistry degrees. She received her doctor of medicine degree from UC Irvine and master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University. Bernadett currently serves as Executive Vice President of Research and Innovation. Continuing to reinforce Molina’s leadership in connecting with hard-to-reach populations, she founded the Molina Institute for Cultural Competency, which assists hospitals, health systems and municipalities across the country in overcoming challenges of serving Latinos and underserved populations in a culturally congruent, cost-effective, practical, sustainable manner. Bernadett and her husband have established the Molina Foundation to combat illiteracy by providing hundreds of thousands of books to underserved children.
Robert Luna grew up in Southern California. He earned an associate’s degree in administration of justice from LBCC, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and a master’s degree in public administration from CSULB. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) at the University of Southern California and the FBI National Executive Institute. Luna was sworn in as the 26th Chief of Police of the City of Long Beach on November 22, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Luna managed the comprehensive daily operations of the Patrol Bureau, an executive position he held since 2006. He joined the Long Beach Police Department in 1985 and has worked a variety of assignments during his career.
Liz Minor has dedicated over 60 years of service to her community on behalf of children, women and families through numerous charities and organizations throughout Long Beach. She dedicated time to groups including the Los Altos Bobby Sox Girls League (which she founded), Emerson PTA, Camp Fire U.S.A., Long Beach Children’s Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Miller Children’s Hospital Advisory, Steel Magnolias, and the Geraldine Stramski Children’s Developmental Center. In 2007, she was presented with the Assistance League of Long Beach Rick Rackers Women of the Year Award and in 2015, she received the Soroptimist Ruby Award for making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls.
Kevin Nagle grew up in Long Beach and attended Long Beach schools. At LBCC Kevin served as president of the Associated Student Body. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from CSULB and a master’s degree in business and public administration from USC. He also earned an executive management certificate in medical marketing from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business. Nagle spent more than 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, mostly in executive management positions in managed care and contracting operations. Nagle serves as president and owner of The Nagle Company, Inc., overseeing real estate development, shopping malls and other investments.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be Friday, October 30 at noon at the LBCC Liberal Arts Campus. For more information, please contact Nancy Yoho at (562) 938-4203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.