Leticia Barajas (M.P.A. ‘00) was named vice president of academic affairs and workforce development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Over the past year, she has served as the acting vice president and has worked to enhance the reputation of the college through the development of industry partnerships, cutting-edge academic programs, and numerous grant awards.
Rick Fernandez (B.A. ‘83) has written a book, An Uncharted Desert Isle, for mentally disable persons and the people who care for them. A collection of memoirs of Fernandez’s own struggles and triumphs after suffering a massive head injury from a car accident at age 18, the book serves as a roadmap to overcoming great odds and a toolkit for the journey toward rehabilitation.
Kristine Kussman (B.A. ‘81) is the court executive officer for the Imperial County California Superior Court. She has worked for the court in various positions since 1987, including as assistant court executive officer. The court has 10 Judicial Officers and 135 employees.
Steven R. Silbiger (B.S. ‘88, M.B.A ‘94) was elected as the new council commissioner for Boy Scouts of America Los Angeles Area Council. Silbiger is a dedicated volunteer for the Los Angeles Area Council and in his new position will coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. In his professional career, Steve is a dispute resolution administrator with Toyota Motors Sales USA, Inc. located in Torrance, Calif. In 2011, he was recognized as one of Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.’s Volunteer of the Year — one of nine selected in the country.
Cathleen Yampolsky (B.S. ‘11) has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in project management. Cathleen is the project coordinator for California Adaptive Rowing Program. She is an adaptive rowing specialist, a Level I rowing coach, CPR certified, and a visualization-verbalization reading lab tech at an inner-city high school.