Skyline Stars 2009 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 2009 Inductees!

Victoria S. Elena-HindesCarlos A. F. HernandezSharon E. Thompson
Genevieve Fehlbaum-Lam Tricia Sanford  

Skyline Star Biographies

Victoria A. Santa Elena-Hindes

  • BA, English, CSU Chico MA, English, CSU Chico Ed. D, International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Victoria A. Santa Elena-HindesMy career in the California Community College system began nearly 21 years ago when I first became a classified employee and later faculty at a small rural college in northern California. After graduating from Skyline College, my husband Edward, our two children Erika and Elisa, and I moved to Mt. Shasta where my husband worked at a small rural hospital. I attended California State University, Chico and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. In 1988, while still attending graduate school at CSU Chico, I began working at College of the Siskiyous. In addition, I commuted over 200 miles to CSU Chico prior to the days of Internet classes. I was a full-time mother, wife, student, employee, and a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist, commuting one weekend a month to San Bruno where my reserve unit was located.

In 1996, I was accepted to the doctoral program at the University of San Francisco and commuted until December 1999 when I earned my Doctor of Education in International and Multicultural Education with a minor in Organizational Leadership. The three years of commuting to San Francisco taught me a valuable lesson in determination, persistence, and dedication in spite of challenges. After nine years working for College of the Siskiyous as EOPS/CARE Coordinator and English instructor, I became the Director of Student Support Services at Shasta College until 2000. I was promoted to the Director of Planning, Research and Grants at Shasta where I remained until 2005. In 2005, I became the Executive Dean of Student Services at Victor Valley College where I am responsible for all of the student services available on campus. Over the years, I have written 23 successfully funded state and federal grants, including the Student Support Services Program, Upward Bound Math and Science, Upward Bound Classic, and the GEAR UP Programs. I also wrote several successfully funded research projects. I have served as field reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and was a 2006 USDA Fellow. In 2003, I served as a visiting scholar at the Summer Teacher Institute at the University of Oslo, Norway and presented at the University of Bath and University of South Hampton, England. I am most proud of implementing outstanding student services programs. Two of these programs recently received the Chancellor’s Office Student Success Award. (top)

Genevieve Fehlbaum-Lam

  • Skyline College 1999-2002
  • B.A. Political Science and B.A. International Relations, UC Davis 2004
  • M.A. Government, Johns Hopkins University (in progress)

Genevieve Fehlbaum-LamBorn in Switzerland, I came to the United States in my early thirties to study the English language. Anthropology became my passion since it provided the academic understanding of many cultures, which I have experienced during my peregrinations all over Asia, prior to arriving in Northern America. While attending Professor Slicton’s fascinating classes, I was awarded the Francis Emma Wagner Anthropology Scholarship. In 2004, with the wonderful support of Linda Rosa Corazon and Professor Wong, I transferred from Skyline College to UC Berkeley. During my anthropology studies, I volunteered with the East Bay Sanctuary and Covenant in Berkeley. Among other functions, I served as an interpreter with the San Francisco Immigration Office for French-speaking asylees. In addition, I volunteered for “Pets Are A Wonderful Support” (PAWS) also in the city.

After graduating in 2006, I entered the Master of Arts program of Anthropology at the California State University, East Bay. For my thesis requirement, I completed an internship with the International Rescue Committee mentoring refugee adults, adolescents, and children from around the world during their challenging acculturation processes. In addition, I was assigned the responsibility of family home visits involving the assessment of family concerns and needs. I also contacted and advised potential scholarship recipients among the International Rescue Committee constituency. After graduating with a Master Degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology, I decided to help others in a field that affects almost a third of the American population. As a self-healed insomniac, I designed a unique naturally self-induced teaching method for sleeping, based on comparative anthropological researches, which I currently offer in my private practice in Walnut Creek. (top)

Carlos A. F. Hernandez

  • Licenciado en Leyes, Nicaragua, 1997
  • B.S. Business Finance/Economics, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2002
  • Certification in Comparative Laws, Cornell Law School/University of Paris, 2003
  • LL.M. University of California Hastings College of the Law, 2004

Carlos A. F. HernandezCarlos Flores was born and raised in Nicaragua, where he graduated from Law School at the age of 23. Shortly after graduating, Carlos left Nicaragua as a result of the political and economical instability. He came to the United States in July 1997 and enrolled at Skyline College in August of the same year. During the day, he attended class full-time taking ESOL classes. In the evening, he worked full-time as a janitor at a local hotel in the Bay Area. After four years of attending school and working full-time, Carlos found employment with Bristol Myers-Squibb in their Oncology Division as a Contracts Coordinator. Shortly after joining BMS/OTN, the company recognized his potential and paid for his complete tuition at Notre Dame de Namur University where he earned his B.S. in Business Finance/Economics with above a 3.5 GPA.

After graduating from Business School, Carlos was accepted at Cornell Law School for a prestigious program at the University of Paris, Sorbonne in Paris, France, where he went on to study Comparative Corporate, Merger and Acquisition, Banking and International Law. Upon completion of this program, Carlos returned to California and enrolled at the University of California Hasting College of the Law where he began his graduate program designed for foreign attorneys wishing to obtain a Law Degree in the United States. While enrolled, Carlos became a member of the Law Journal, Professor Research Assistant and an active member of La Raza. Through his international experience, Carlos was able to bring a valuable perspective to his work since he had been trained in the Civil Law; meanwhile at Hastings had received training in the Common Law. Carlos is married and lives in the Bay Area. He is the father of one child. His future plans are to obtain an MBA and teach at a community college. According to Carlos, “the only limits in our life are those that we set in our mind”. (top)

Tricia Sanford

  • A.A. University Studies, Skyline College, 1999-2003
  • B.S. Mathematics, University of California, Davis, 2003-2006
  • M.A. Mathematics, San Francisco State University, 2006-2008

Tricia SanfordOne of Tricia’s favorite sayings is “There is always someone better than you and there is always some worse off than you; you just need to do what makes you happy-anonymous”.

In high school Tricia did not have aspirations to attend a four-year institution. However, she quickly recognized that an education was a necessity and knew that Skyline was the perfect place to explore her academic options and grow as an individual. At Skyline she shined as a three sport athlete playing volleyball, softball, and badminton. As a first time softball player, she was voted as the Most Improved Player. Lastly, she was a member of the first women’s badminton team. With her help, she helped the team achieve second place in the state for two years. On occasion you may still catch Tricia at practice or games.

While at Skyline College, Tricia was a tutor for the The Learning Center and MESA facilitating workshops in Algebra/Trigonometry, and Calculus I. She was also a member/officer of Phi Theta Kappa and received numerous scholarships from the American Association of University Women, National Science Foundation, and Philip and Ellis Garlington. In 2002 she was nominated as an “All California Academic”. Tricia transferred to University of California at Davis for her Bachelors and attended San Francisco State University for her Masters in Mathematics. In May 2008, Tricia finished her Masters in Mathematics at San Francisco State University. She currently lives in Davis teaching mathematics part-time at Woodland Community College and Folsom Lake College. She enjoys riding her bicycle and is an avid member of the Davis Bike Club. Just recently, she joined the Activities and Recreation Center and has brushed off the cobwebs on her badminton racquet and is whacking the birdie. (top)

Sharron Thompson

  • AA, Liberal Arts, Skyline College 1991
  • BA, English, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • Single Subject English Teaching Credential, Notre Dame de Namur, 1997

Sharron ThompsonSharron Thompson grew up on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. Sharron moved to California from England at the age of 23 after meeting her future husband Omer. She worked as a legal secretary in San Francisco. Frustrated with only a high school education, Sharron decided to go back to school, where she enrolled in Skyline College, and the Women’s In Transition program, in 1989.

In 1991, Sharron received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Skyline College, and in 1993, transferred to UC Berkeley to pursue a B.A. in English. Two years later, after intensive study of literature, Sharron graduated with honors from the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley, where she was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for re-entry students. In 1997, Sharon received her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. After graduating, she was fortunate to receive a teaching position at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

As part of the 7th grade core team, Sharron and her colleagues have won two Kent Awards; one for Writing with Writers and the other for the Renaissance Faire. Sharron has also won several grants. In her first year of teaching she received six classroom computers under a Smart Schools grant. Subsequently, she has won Jeannie Ritchie grants for her Medieval Castles project and her World Religions project. Still teaching at Hillview, Sharron now teaches 7th grade core, publishes the school newspaper through her combined 7th/8th grade Journalism class, and is the Yearbook teacher. She looks forward to several more years working with middle school students.

Sharron’s time at Skyline College was transformational, helping her to move from a person with a job and little control over her work life to a person with a career and more autonomy. A love of learning and teaching others has changed her into a more caring, nurturing person. (top)


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