2015 FALL - SIGMA PI BOARD MEMBERS


 ACJA President: Eric Amores

Vice President: Brian You

 Secretary: Abraham Soto

Sergeant At Arms: Alex Lemus

Treasure: Desiree Pombo

Student Senate Representative:  Amber Lafond

Public Relations: Herbert Hurtado

Cultural Affairs: Amy Bojorges

Historian: Destinie Hernandez

 

Quarter Master: Justin de Leon

ADVISORS

Lead Advisor: Michael Biggs
 Email: mbiggs@lbcc.edu

Biography

I was born and raised in Long Beach and graduated from Millikan High School. I
was accepted at Long Beach State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in Criminology in 1973. While I was in college I joined the Huntington Beach Police
Department and over the course of a 17-year law enforcement career attained the rank of
Police Lieutenant. While I was a police officer I returned to college and earned two Master
of Science degrees. My first graduate degree is from Long Beach State and is in Criminal
Justice; the other is in Management and is from Cal Poly Pomona.
After my law enforcement career I joined Chevron Oil's corporate security staff and spent
21 years conducting investigations, assessing security risks and then designing security
programs to effectively mitigate these risks and provide a level of safety and security for
the company's employees and assets. This work took me to 16 states here in the U.S. and
to the countries of Canada, Mexico, Singapore, England, Colombia, Kazakhstan and the
Netherlands.

Over the course of these two varied but complimentary careers I have taught law
enforcement and security classes since 1980 at Golden West College, Long Beach State,
Cerritos College and Long Beach City College. I joined the full time teaching staff at LBCC in
January 2012.

Sigma Pi is a respected group with a long and commendable history of service to the school
and community. Having the opportunity to act as the club's Advisor is my honor and
something I am very proud of. I wish the best to all who undertake the challenge of joining this fine group.  

Advisor: Eileen Miller
 Email: e1miller@lbcc.edu

Biography

I was born and reared in Long Beach.  I graduated from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach.

I attended and graduated from Long Beach City College with an Associate of Science Degree awarded in Police Science.

I transferred to California State University Long Beach after completing my studies at LBCC.  I graduated from CSULB with a Bachelor of Science Degree awarded in Criminology.

While attending CSULB, I began working at Santa Monica Police Department.  I was the first female police cadet employed by Santa Monica Police Department.  After completing my studies at CSULB, I began working at Santa Monica College Police Department. I was the first female police officer employed by Santa Monica College Police Department.  I worked my way up through the ranks until becoming Chief of Police.  According to POST (Police Officer Standards and Training), I was the first female Chief of Police in California.

I retired from SMCPD after thirty four (34) years, the last fourteen (14) as Chief of Police.

For thirteen years, I was a member then President of Los Angeles Westside Rotary Club.

I am a member of law enforcement organizations:  California Community Colleges Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Long Beach Police Officer Association – honorary member.  

I began teaching at LBCC in 2010.

I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share my knowledge and extensive experience as a Chief of Police by educating adults interested in criminal justice careers with the skills and ethics required to serve effectively in the necessary and demanding profession of law enforcement.

I commend and congratulate the members or Sigma Pi for their dedication, care and service to LBCC and the community. 

Advisor: Jim Smith
 Email: j2smith@lbcc.edu

Biography


I was born in Great Lakes, Illinois, later moving to California when my father received a military transfer.  I am a product of the Long Beach Unified School District and graduated from Millikan High School.  After graduating from Millikan High School, I attended Long Beach City College and was a member of the baseball team.  I received my Associate of Arts degree and transferred to CSULB graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Master in Public Administration.  I decided to continue my education and was accepted into the Doctorate Program in the School of Public Administration at the University of Southern California (USC). 


While attending CSULB I joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) by becoming a deputy sheriff.  I graduated the USC doctorate program while working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation where I reached the rank of Lieutenant. 


 My career as a police officer for almost thirty-five years, (eight years with LASD and twenty-seven years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation) has allowed me tremendous opportunity to serve others.  Training and development of police officers was my role with both law enforcement agencies and I held the title of Training Manager for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for many years.  This position required me to coordinate hundreds of training programs with local police and sheriff’s department officials including Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) administrators, in virtually every area of law enforcement.  Additional assignments in law enforcement included white-collar crime investigations, Secret Service high-tech crimes investigations, internal affairs, organized crime, environmental crimes, corrections, child abduction and many more.   


I have had the opportunity to instruct CSULB students at the graduate and undergraduate levels and have found the undergraduate level to be the most challenging and rewarding.  I have been a part time instructor at Long Beach City College for the past twenty-four years.  This experience coupled with my training duties in law enforcement and as an instructor with POST, has given me the chance to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.  I feel one of the most important things a teacher can do in these situations is to help students develop confidence in their own abilities in order to believe that they belong in college and that they can successfully navigate its challenges.  I am very proud to be an advisor with Sigma Pi and to be a resource for its membership.    

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