Long Beach City College Honors 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Long Beach City College (LBCC) will add five new members to its Hall of Fame with an Induction Ceremony and Dinner next Thursday, October 12.

Honorees include attorney Michele A. Dobson, community volunteer Anne Emigh, philanthropist and former Cal State Long Beach accounting instructor Jerry Green, former LBCC communications studies professor and Naval officer Jim Ostach and commercial real estate agent and community volunteer Brian Russell.

“This year’s Alumni Hall of Fame honorees each have a longstanding history of contributing to the success of our community in a variety of areas,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Dr. Reagan F. Romali in a statement. “We are proud to have them as part of our Viking family and look forward to honoring them with the College’s most prestigious award.”

LBCC’s Hall of Fame was established in 1972 and recognizes former LBCC students that have made contributions to their chosen fields and communities. This year’s honorees will join 167 other alumni.

More about this year’s inductees:

Michele A. Dobson: A defense attorney for small businesses, individual investors and non-profits. She also serves as a board member for the YMCA Metro, Long Beach Community Foundation, Long Beach Rotary, Long Beach Nursery, California Conference of Equality and Justice, CSULB Board of Governors and LBCC Foundation Board of Governors.

Anne Emigh: Emigh has a long history of community service including the LBCC Foundation Board of Governors, for which she served on the Executive Committee; Leadership Long Beach (Alumnus of the Year), Junior League of Long Beach, Literary Women and Steel Magnolias. While at LBCC, Emigh was a cheerleader and received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jerry Green: During his career as a certified public accountant, Green worked for Cooper and Lybrand, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Salick Health Care. He co-founded Innovative Dialysis Systems Inc. in 1984 and grew the company to $190 million in annual revenue and 800 employees before selling it in 2007. Green also taught accounting and management classes at CSULB. He and his wife are major contributors to local charities, and he is a member of the LBCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Jim Ostach: Ostach served 29 years in the U.S. Navy, five years on active duty as a Navy Seal and 24 years in the Naval Reserves. He taught communications studies at LBCC for 32 years. Ostach also has been involved in many community service organizations, including Guide Dogs of the Blind, Belmont Shore Residents Association, Community Emergency Response Team, Veterans Memorial Pier Committee, Lone Sailor Memorial Committee, Long Beach Police Officers Association, Pathways Volunteer Hospice, VA Regional Medical Center and the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

Brian Russel: Russell has more than 28 years of experience focusing on retail, industrial, commercial and investment real estate. During his time at LBCC, he served as ASB President, Student Trustee and President of Thane. He also received the Viking Award, Distinguished Alumni Award and Viking of the Decade during LBCC’s 85th Anniversary. He has been involved with various professional and community service organizations and projects, including the Rotary Club of Long Beach (president 2014-2015), Rotary International, Long Beach Area Council of Boy Scouts, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Citizens Oversight Committee, Long Beach Day Nursery and LBCC Foundation Board of Governors.

The ceremony is sponsored by the LBCC Foundation and will take place Thursday, October 12 at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza at 5:30PM.

For reservations, sponsorship opportunities or more information you can contact Nancy Yoho by calling (562) 938-4203 or by e-mailing at [email protected]

The Centre at Sycamore Plaza is located at 5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood. 

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