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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have graduated from California State University, East Bay and made remarkable contributions in the areas of community or public service, or professional or personal excellence; demonstrate a commitment to the values of the university; contribute to scholarship, lifelong learning, and civic engagement; assume positions of ethical leadership within the regional and/or professional communities; and provide exemplary service to, or in support of, the university.

2017

Keith Carson

Keith Carson

(MPA. ’78)

COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Supervisor Keith Carson serves as a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, representing the Fifth District of Alameda County on a platform dedicated to inclusive and accessible government. Supervisor Carson chairs several Alameda County committees and organizations, including the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, one of the largest business organizations consisting of a public/private partnership that serves the San Francisco-East Bay region.

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Tessie Guillermo

Tessie Guillermo

(B.S. '80, Economics)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Tessie Guillermo is a national leader and advocate for the health and economic development of minority communities. Guillermo is the former president and CEO of Zero Divide, which develops digital equity strategies in support of low-income communities, and the founding CEO of the Asian and Pacifi c Islander American Health Forum. Today, Guillermo serves on several boards, including the Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation and as chairwoman of Dignity Health.

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Ruth A. Bley

Ruth A. Bley

(B.S. ’82; M.S. ’88, Geology)

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

Ruth Bley is president of Bleyco, Inc., a Castro Valley-based company she founded in 1988. Bley is proud to be a female business owner, especially in a male-dominated field, and she is a board member of the Woman Construction Owners & Executives USA. Bleyco specializes in projects involving electrical construction on bridges, tunnels and piers. Notable projects include the new Bay Bridge Suspension Span LED lighting, Benicia Bridge and Devil's Slide Tunnel.

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Marilyn King

Marilyn King

(B.S. ’73, Physical Education)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND ALLIED STUDIES

Marilyn King is a former Olympic competitor, educator and thought leader in the application of leveraging cognitive training to address individual and social concerns. King competed in the '72 and '76 Olympic games in the pentathlon event. Through personal experience with injury, King realized the power of cognitive training and developed the concept of Olympic Technology. She is the owner of Beyond Sports, which teaches clients to apply these principles, and includes a curriculum for schools.

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2016

Distinguished Alumnus Atul

Atul Dhablania

(MBA '02)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Atul Dhablania is vice president of Hardware Engineering and Worldwide Operations for Dell SonicWALL, where he is responsible for the design and development of all hardware platforms in addition to managing the company's worldwide operations. Dhablania has more than 20 years of experience in hardware engineering and operations management, and he holds 11 patents in the fields of computer architecture, arithmetic, and systems design. 

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Nancy O’Malley

(BA '77, Political Science)

COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Nancy O'Malley is district attorney of Alameda County. O'Malley is a nationally recognized expert on topics such as violence against women and persons with disabilities, child abuse, and human trafficking and exploitation. She has been an active member of numerous national, state, and local boards. O'Malley spearheaded the creation of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a passion project for her, which houses multiple support services for victims under one roof. 

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Kelly Bowers

Kelly Bowers

(MS '02, Educational Leadership)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND ALLIED STUDIES

Kelly Bowers is superintendent of Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, for which she was recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the 2012 ACSA Region VI Superintendent of the Year, representing Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Under her leadership, LVJUSD was selected as a Bay Area Top Workplace in 2012 and 2013. 

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Glen Henry

Gaylord "Glenn" Henry

(BS '66, Mathematics; MS '67 Mathematics)

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

Gaylord "Glenn" Henry is founder and current president of Centaur Technologies, a microprocessor design company based in Austin, Texas, that was acquired by VIA Technology in 1999. Centaur has produced approximately 14 major x86 processor designs that are fully compatible with contemporary Intel processors. Henry also worked at IBM fellow, before continuing on to become senior vice president and chief technology officer of Dell Computers. Henry holds more than 200 U.S. patents. 

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2015

Ted Barrett

Edward George "Ted" Barrett

(BS '88, Physical Education)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Edward George "Ted" Barrett became a member of the Major League Umpire Staff in 1999 and was appointed a crew chief in 2013. He has worked the Division Series, League Championship Series, and several World Series Games. Notably, he is the only umpire ever to call two perfect games, Barrett, who has a doctorate in theology, is an ordained minister and cofounder of Calling for Christ, a professional umpire ministry. 

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Cheryl Hurd

Cheryl Hurd

(BA '91, Mass Communication)

COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Cheryl Hurd has been a television news reporter for more than 25 years. She was a founding member at WB20/KNTV prior to her current assignment at NBC Bay Area. Hurd won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in 2015 for "Breaking News — Asiana Flight 214 Crash Coverage," and was nominated for her breaking news report on Occupy Oakland (2012) and her coverage for the I-80/880 East Bay freeway collapse (2007). 

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Anne Foss-Durant

Anne Foss-Durant

(BS '99, Nursing; MBA '06)

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

Anne Foss-Durant is the chief nursing oficer for Kaiser Permanente. Foss-Durant has been with the organization for more than 20 years in multiple roles. As a lifelong learner and educator, she has been recognized both for her contributions to her profession and her award-winning research. She is the recipient of a Nursing Research Excellence Award, Regional Nursing Research Award, and a STAR Leadership Award. 

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Bryan Neider

Bryan Neider

(MBA '89)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND ALLIED STUDIES

Bryan Neider is the senior vice president of Electrionic Arts' global marketing and publishing organization. He is responsible for a wide range of operations and global services focused on improvng operating efficiency, product quality, business innovation, and overal profitability. Neider, has held various roles within the company, including CFO and COO for EA.com. He is a member of several non-for-profit boards, including Community Gatepath, which serves adults and children with special needs. 

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Past Recipients

2015

Shaun M. Tai

BA '02, Art

Jacob Blea III

BA '75, English

2011

Sabrina A. Rodriguez

BA '05, Mass Communication 

2008

Evelyn S. Dilsaver

BS '77, Business Administration

2005

Louis P. Miramontes

BS '76, Business Administration

2002

Henry J. Salvo

MBA '72

Howard I. High

BA '76, Mass Communication

1998

Joe L. Morgan

BS '90, Physical Education

1995

Damone K. Hale

MPA '91

1992

Bernard Oliver

BS '71, Physical Education

1989 

Peggy F. Hora

BA '75, Political Science

2014

Lanette V. Jimerson

BA '96, English

Michael E. Jedlicka

BS '85, Computer Science 

2010

Janet E. Grove

BS '73, Business Administration

2007

Georganne C. Proctor

MBA '82

2004

Louis G. Navellier

MBA '79

2001

Gary C. Wallace

BS '75, Business Administration

1997

William W. Lockyer

'66, Teaching Credential

1994

Helen J. Shoemaker

MS '87, Counseling

1991

Manuel Gomez

BA '72, History

1988

Barbara A. Lawson

BA '64, Sociology

1985

Vicki Jackson-Rojas

BS '73, Business Administration

2012

Howard L. Hyman

BA '79, Psychology

2009

Robert D. Litton

MA '04, Music

Patrick T. Devine

MBA '91

2006

Cecil B. Pickett

BS '71, Biological Science

2003

Mahla Shaghafi

BS '81, Business Administration

1999

Judy Belk

MPA, '78

1996

James T. Healy

MS '83, Counseling

1993

Elihu M. Harris

BA '68, Political Science

1990

Michael P. Sweeney

MA '74, Political Science

1987

David A. Thomas

MBA '78

1986

Dianne L. Samples

BS '74, Speech Pathology

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