Skyline Stars 2007 Inductees into the Transfer Hall of Fame
Skyline College annually honors several outstanding former Skyline College transfer students who have gone on to achieve outstanding educational and career success.
May they continue to brightly shine as special lights of Skyline in the world and serve as an inspiration for many others. Thank you for being a part of this celebration of the power and importance of community colleges.
Congratulations to our 2007 Inductees!
|Gilda Guerrero||Alexander Khalfin||Leticia Silva|
|Hisashi Imura||Ramona Mitchell||Delores Victor|
Skyline Star Biographies
- A.A Skyline College, 1995
- B.A. Political Science, Golden Gate University
Gilda Guerrero was born in El Salvador. She came to the US at the age of 14 not speaking a word of English. She got married, raised her family and decided to attend college when she was forty years old. She entered Skyline College as a student in the Women in Transition (WIT) program and maintained a 4.00 (A) GPA. She went on to transfer to Golden Gate University, as a winner of the President’s Scholarship where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, also maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A.
Having had a daughter who is developmentally disabled, Gilda went on to work with PARCA and San Mateo Support Our Families. She actually went on to found ISA-Independent Support Agency which assists developmentally disabled individuals to live independently. Gilda says that Skyline provided her a wonderfully supportive environment where through the Women in Transition (WIT) program she was able to enter college as an adult while at the same time maintaining her family responsibilities. Skyline as well encouraged her to go forth and follow the valuable and important work she felt called to pursue. (top)
- B.S. Kinesiology, Concentration in Athletic Training, San Jose State University, 2006
- B.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
Hisashi Imura was born in San Francisco. He attended George Washington. High School and then went on to pursue a B.A. in History at UC Davis. He then decided he wanted a career in Athletic Training and entered Skyline College where he worked closely with Jo Silken in the PE Department. He then went on to San Jose State University as a Kinesiology major and was selected at the 2005-2006 Kinesiology Department major of the year. He also became a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University he was selected for an internship with the Oakland Raiders Professional Football Team and has continued with the Raiders as an intern until the present. He hopes to now pursue a Masters degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training either at San Jose State University or CSU East Bay. He hopes in the future to work for a professional athletics organization or a Division in college. Truly you are a Skyline Star, Hisashi! (top)
- Skyline College 1999-2002
- B.A. Political Science and B.A. International Relations, UC Davis 2004
- M.A. Government, Johns Hopkins University (in progress)
Alex Khalfin was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He came to the US in 1999, not speaking any English and went to middle school in San Francisco. Later he went to South San Francisco High School. He is a first generation college student and came to Skyline in 1999, unclear about his goals. He took CRER 137 Life & Career Planning with Lavinia Zanassi, and that was the first time he really started thinking about careers and his future. Then through meetings with Linda Rosa Corazon, Transfer Opportunity Center Coordinator and Coleman Billingslea, UC Davis Transfer Opportunity Program representative, he became clearer about his goals. He went on to do a Transfer Admission Agreement to UC Davis as an International Relations major. At UC Davis he added a second major of Political Science. He earned both Bachelors degrees in 2004.
He then went on to work as an intern in the office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and then after five months he was hired as a staff member in Legislative Affairs. After two years it was recommended that he further his education in order to maximize his possibilities of getting a position with a State Senator, or Assembly Member. He is now at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. pursuing a Masters degree in Government. Afterwards he plans to return to California to the Governor’s Office and we feel certain that he has a bright future ahead. Alex wanted to express his appreciation for Skyline College because it gave him time to mature and explore his interests and opportunities and we wish him every success. (top)
- Skyline College
- B.A. Sociology, Sonoma State University, 1998
- M.S. Human Resources Management, Golden Gate University, 2007
Ramona Mitchell attended Skyline College as an EOPS (Educational Opportunity and Program Services). She was a welfare mother who attended school full-time while raising her family. She was amazingly selected from 200,000 plus applicants to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Games. She transferred to Sonoma State where she earned her B.A. in Sociology and then went on to Golden Gate University where she is earning her M.S. in Human Resources Management. She currently works as a Family Support Officer for the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and we feel certain she will go on to Shine as one of the Stars of Skyline College. (top)
- B.A. Social Science, San Francisco State University
- M.A. Counseling, San Francisco State University
Leticia Silva returned to school in her late twenties to pursue her education. Skyline College helped her realize her potential and challenged her to persevere despite many personal and financial obstacles. After many years at Skyline College, Leticia transferred to San Francisco State University where she became active in outreach and retention programs for underrepresented students like herself.
She has worked both in the broader and academic communities to help young people attain higher education. She recently earned a full-time counseling position at City College of San Francisco’s Latino Service Network. Leticia’s commitment to underserved communities is steadfast. She also volunteers her time as co-founder and coordinator of the Latina Literature Project, a non-profit organization that reaches out to young Latinas in the San Mateo County High School District. She was also responsible for assisting more than 60 students from John O’Connell High School in San Francisco enter City College of San Francisco. She is doing for others what she feels others did for her as a community college student. Her sister Paula Silva actually teaches English at Skyline College and said she looks to Leticia as her professional mentor and inspiration, as we are sure many others do as well and will continue to do in the future. ¡Adelante! Leticia. (top)
- Skyline College, 1995-1997
- B.A. Sociology, San Francisco State University, 1998
- J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2001
Dolores Victor was born in New Orleans and came to San Francisco when she was eight years old. She grew up in several low-income neighborhoods of San Francisco, and dropped out of Balboa High School. Later, while working for the San Francisco Housing Authority, Dolores decided to become a lawyer, and offer pro-bono assistance to low income individuals. Ten years after leaving Balboa, she entered Skyline College, became a part of the Educational Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS), earned a 4.0 grade point average, and eventually transferred to San Francisco State University where she also excelled!
Dolores was then admitted to UC Hastings College of the Law, where she earned her J.D. with excellent grades. She now works for a prestigious law firm in Oakland, specializing in general litigation and defense. She has an nineteen-year old son, Aaron, also a Skyline student, who plans to follow in his mother’s footsteps, by transferring to UC Davis and eventually becoming an attorney. Dolores’ goal is to one day end up “on the bench” as a judge and we also wish her every success. (top)