Meet the Board Members

Midori (Meg) Hamabe, 1958-I

President

Joan Kohl, 1990-I

Secretary

I graduated from LAC Medical Center School of Nursing in Class of 1990-I, and was hired into the Birth Center in Women’s and Children’s Hospital where I worked for 5 years with RNs and Certified Nurse Midwives. It was the best time! Then I transferred to the high-risk L&D unit and worked for another 5 years gaining unparalleled experience. It was a phenomenal journey! After those 10 years I transferred to the School of Nursing to teach OB. I loved teaching the new excited nurses-to-be!! They were so eager to learn. I taught at the School for 19 years until I retired. One of the highlights for me was being able to hire former students to come and teach at the School – and the cycle continues!!
Now that I am retired, I look back at a very satisfying career. I learned so much, I shared my passion for birth, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!!

Herminia (Mimie) (Lorca) Honda, 1994-II

Treasurer

Herminia (Mimie Lorca) Honda is a graduate of the class of 1994-II. She joined the Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health in 2001 and has served as the Alumni Treasurer since 2011. She is currently the Dean of the College’s Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning. Prior to joining the Admin team, Mimie taught in Semester III specializing in Medical Surgical Nursing. She is very honored to be part of the Alumni Board and she serves as the liaison between the current students and the Alumni Association.

Doris (Wong) DeHart, 1978-I

Scholarships

Natalie Rueda, 2017-II

Special Projects and Fundraising

Ruthie (Berumen) Munoz, 1971-II

Archives and Historian

Frances Chrisholm Cervantes, 1996-I

Membership and Data Base

Melanie Barr, 1990-II

Newsletter Editor

Larry Woo, 2016-II

Student Support Liaison,

Special Projects, and Fundraising

Larry graduated in 2016-II and is a recipient of the Carol Kelly Memorial Scholarship as well as having the honor of serving as Class President. He is one of the few men who currently work in the Labor & Delivery unit in LAC+USC Medical Center. 

In 2018 he represented LA County RNs during a LA County Board of Supervisors meeting, speaking towards the necessity of improving the workforce as well as the on-going problem of nurse retention and high turnover rates. Today Larry continues to be an advocate for nurses and patients, both in and out of scrubs. 

Cathy Biondi 1971-I

Special Projects

Cathy Biondi is a graduate of the class of 1971-1 when the school was a diploma program.  She worked  in nursing for around 30 years. Her first 12 years out of school she worked at LACUSCMC in the old hospital on Chest Medicine/RICU for half of that time and Emergency Room for the other half. After leaving hospital nursing she worked in Home Health Care for around 5 years and then went into Outpatient Hemodialysis. She worked as a clinic nurse and then later became an educator for a national hemodialysis company traveling around the country training technicians and nurses new to dialysis. She is now retired and happy to serve on the Alumni Board to help give back to the school and to the new students.

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