Río Hondo College administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Trustee Kristal Orozco and re-elected Trustee Vicky Santana during the Board of Trustees’ annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 16. Orozco is a substitute teacher and Santana, who was elected to her third term, works for the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department. During the same meeting, Trustee Rosaelva Lomeli was named board president, Santana was named vice president and Orozco was named clerk for the coming year.
Río Hondo College student Kimberly Yanez carefully measured out seven grams of dry hops into a glass beaker, the first step in a classic formula for converting processed grains into a liquid wort before placing it into a fermenter, ultimately becoming a delicious British ale. The lesson in microbrewing is part of Río Hondo College’s new introductory level biotech course, Fermentation Technology. Inspired by the ever-expanding craft beer industry, Fermentation Technology is the first class of its kind offered by a Southern California community college, with the goal of training the next generation of professional microbrewers.
Río Hondo College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Teresa Dreyfuss’ contract as Superintendent/President during a virtual board meeting on March 24, extending her role of leading the College through June 2022. Dreyfuss has been with Río Hondo College since 1987, serving in various roles such as senior accountant, vice president of finance and business, chief financial officer and controller/business manager before her first appointment as Superintendent/President in 2013.
Río Hondo College’s Board of Trustees welcomed Anais Medina Diaz as the Area 1 Trustee following a swearing-in ceremony during a March 24 board meeting. Medina Diaz was sworn into office by her husband, El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustee Clerk David Diaz, during a virtual Zoom meeting. In attendance were Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and a representative for Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio.