Board of Trustees

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Area 1 trustee (central and northern Santa Maria)
Hilda Zacarías
Hilda ZacariasHilda Zacarías was elected for a four-year term in November 2012 to represent Area 1, which includes Northern Santa Maria. A self- employed tax accountant and organizational management consultant, she was recognized in 1975 as a Distinguished Alumni of Allan Hancock College and received the Distinguished Service Award from Cal Poly State University. In 1993, she was the youngest person appointed and then elected to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees, serving five years. Ms. Zacarias was elected in 2006 to the Santa Maria City Council and in 2010 was the Democratic nominee for the State Assembly. Ms. Zacarias completed her general education at Allan Hancock College, graduated with an accounting degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2006, which she attended as a Presidential Scholar Fellow.

Area 2 trustee (southeast Santa Maria, Orcutt, Cuyama Valley)
Tim Bennett
Tim Bennett 2015Tim Bennett, vice president of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Board of Trustees, representative for the southeast area of Santa Maria, was elected to a four-year term in November 2004. Mr. Bennett has been a union electrician since 1981 and became a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local union 413 in 2001. Prior to becoming an electrician he was a professional musician. He attended Santa Maria schools, including Santa Maria High School, before completing the electrical apprenticeship training program offered through Allan Hancock College. He has taught in the apprenticeship program off and on since 1998. Bennett is a member of the Elks and Eagles organizations.

Area 3 trustee (southern Santa Maria, Guadalupe)
Larry Lahr

Larry LahrLarry Lahr, has represented the Santa Maria Valley since he was elected to his first four-year term in 1994. He has served as president of the board of trustees in 2000-01, 2006-07, and 2013-14 and as vice president in 1998-99, 2004-05 and 2011-12. He is president of Rincon Corp., a Central Coast company providing real estate and consulting services to agricultural clientele, and serves as a professional trustee for family trusts. He has served on the board of directors for Medco, a publicly owned pharmaceutical benefits manager based in New Jersey, Integrated Composites, Inc., a Marina, California company specializing in advanced composite materials, and Primus Labs based in Santa Maria, a food safety company. He has also previously served on the board for numerous non-profit groups, and currently serves on the WebMD Health Foundation board. He attended Allan Hancock College before earning a bachelor's degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in agricultural business management.

Area 4 trustee (Lompoc Valley)
Bernard Jones
Bernard JonesBernard Jones, has represented the Lompoc Valley since he was elected to a four-year term in November 2004. He served as vice president in 2009-10 and president in 2011-12. Mr. Jones is a senior engineer with General Dynamics. He was the first Black American to graduate from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in physics. He also has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Houston. As a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Jones received numerous medals and decorations, but said he is proudest of his Humanitarian Services Medal for service during the Cuban refugee boatlift in 1980 and medals he received while working with space shuttle astronauts while at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

Area 5 trustee (Casmalia, Santa Ynez Valley, Vandenberg AFB)
Greg Pensa
Greg PensaGreg Pensa,  president of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Board of Trustees, was elected in November 2010 for a four-year term.   He represents Area 5, which includes the Santa Ynez Valley and northern Lompoc Valley. Mr. Pensa retired after working in Petroleum Marketing for 37 years. He is a 30+ year Rotarian, including past president and is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He is also the past president of The Valley Foundation, is current President of the Solvang Friendship House and is a founding member and former treasurer of the Indigenous Development Coordinators, a philanthropic group working with the needy in the Philippines. Mr. Pensa has been the radio voice of Santa Ynez Valley High School Football since 1983. His past service includes serving on the Allan Hancock College Foundation from 2001 to 2010, a trustee for the Solvang School District from 1988-1998, past president of the Buellton Business Association, and the Valley Haven Senior Day Care. He was selected as Santa Ynez Valley Man of the Year in 2013 by The Valley Foundation. Mr. Pensa earned an associate degree in business management from Allan Hancock College and a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications & film from San Diego State University.

Student Trustee
Cinthya Ortiz
Student Trustee

Cinthya Ortiz is a first-generation college student, and the second member of her family to attend college. This is her third and final year at Allan Hancock College. Cinthya is a sociology major with an emphasis on gender and women studies. She plans to transfer to a four-year university in the California State University or University of California system to become an attorney. Cinthya has been actively involved in Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) as the Executive Secretary for the academic terms of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. She volunteers for a number of events and serves on college committees. Ortiz enjoys leadership and anything pertaining to helping students or the community as a whole.







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