Oct 20, 2014
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Influential local residents are set to be inducted Nov. 1 to the 2014 Contra Costa College Hall of Fame class.

The 65th CCC Hall of Fame honors former students and staff members or generous community supporters.

This year’s class includes Sandi Genser-Maack, Taalia Hasan, Robert Jones, William Reed and Marin Trujillo.

Funds raised from a $65-per-ticket induction ceremony at Maple Hall, 1 Alvarado Square, in San Pablo on Nov. 1 will go toward supporting programs and services at the school, according to the Contra Costa College Foundation. Go here to purchase tickets online.

Genser-Maack (CCC 1965-65) was raised in Richmond and remains deeply connected in the community. To name a few of her current roles, she is a founding board member of the Richmond Public Library Foundation, board member of the Richmond Museum Association and president of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council. She was also a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond and has served on various city and state commissions.

Genser-Maack has also planted trees in the community and produces and hosts the annual Historic Preservation Awards.


Hasan (1976-78), who was born and raised in North Richmond, has been the CEO of the West Contra Costa Youth Services Bureau since 1984, which under her leadership has grown from a $90,000 budget to $4 million with offices throughout the county.

Her community work was instrumental in securing funding for Building Blocks for Kids, a program helping kids by helping the whole family, and among her great achievements was securing five federal grants for the crime-prevention Safe Futures Program that directs services to gang members. Hasan also helped establish Grandparents Club, a program for children being raised by their grandparents that is a model used worldwide, and has been recognized nationally for her work.

Reed (1951) grew up in Richmond, graduated from El Cerrito High School and was one of the first students to attend Contra Costa College at its original site at the old Shipyard #3 in Richmond. He was also on the school’s first baseball and basketball teams that won many championships.

After serving in the U.S. Army for 18 months, Reed moved back to Richmond, started work at Independent Printing Company and married his wife Paula in 1955.  He later started a retail business in Richmond and became the first black salesman for Smith’s Clothiers Company, where he later became a manager and worked for 33 years. He was an active member of the East Oakland and Richmond Rotary Clubs before his retirement and a faithful supporter of the CCC sports program.

Trujillo, also from Richmond, has dedicated his life to ensuring all children have access to quality education, with 14-plus years of community engagement experience in K-12 systems.

He has served as spokesperson for the West Contra Costa Unified School District and is currently a district administrator. In 2011, he was named Central Administrator of the Year. He is also a board member for Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES).

Jones met his wife, Julianne, at CCC, and says he came full circle in his career when in 2006  he became a community college trustee for the Los Rios Community College District. He is currently vice president emeritus at California State University, Sacramento and previously held senior administrative positions at four Cal State campuses and with the Office of the President of the University of California.

Prior to his career as an educator, Jones accepted a position with the Dept. of Fish and Game on the Alaska Peninsula to enforce commercial salmon fishing regulations. He also organized and led Sierra Club family outings for 15 years to wilderness areas.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.