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Compton Community College District - Board of Trustees

 

Board of Trustees

 

  Andres Ramos (Trustee Area 1)
Andres Ramos was elected to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees for the first time in November 2007 at the age of 22, making him the youngest Latino board member in the District’s history. He is a native of Lynwood and is a product of the Lynwood Unified School District. Ramos attended Long Beach City College and transferred to USC where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in communication studies at California State University, Los Angeles. 
   
  Barbara Jean Calhoun (Trustee Area 2)
Barbara Jean Calhoun resides in the city of Compton, and retired after more than 34 years of service to the City of Los Angeles, where she worked as a clerk typist supervisor and traffic officer. Since 2014, she has served as a proctor for the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners. Calhoun was elected and served two consecutive terms, in 2003 and 2007, as a city council member for the City of Compton (District 1). She also served one term on the Board of Trustees for the Compton Unified School District from 2001-2003. She attended Los Angeles Trade-Tech College where she studied labor law. 
   
  Sonia Lopez (Trustee Area 3)
Sonia Lopez resides in the city of South Gate and is a field representative for California State Senator Holly Mitchell of the 30th District. She previously worked as an office manager for Mitchell when she represented the 54th Assembly District in Los Angeles. Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies/ Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.
   
  Dr. Deborah Sims LeBlanc (Trustee Area 4)
Deborah Sims LeBlanc resides in the city of Paramount, and is a professor of public administration for the School of Professional Studies at National University in Los Angeles where she has taught for 22 years. She earned a doctorate in public administration and a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the University of La Verne, and a second master’s degree in public administration from USC. At National University, she earned her final three master’s degrees in human services, educational administration and cross-cultural teaching, and educational and instructional technology. LeBlanc began her undergraduate education by earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. She has been the CEO of the Community Family Educational Services Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to assist underserved urban scholars prepare for college.
   
  Dr. Sharoni Denise Little (Trustee Area 5)
Sharoni Denise Little is a Compton resident, author, business leader, and professor of clinical business communication at the USC Marshall School of Business. She earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in rhetoric and cultural studies, an Ed.D. in educational leadership from USC, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational communication from CSU Los Angeles. Dr. Little is also CEO of the Strategist Company, LLC, a leadership development group that helps organizations and community leaders grow, strengthen, and transform its vision, strategy and outcomes. As an educational and social advocate, she currently partners with the Aspen Institute, the Obama Foundation, Children and Nature Network, and more. 
   
  Theodore Somers, Student Trustee
Theodore (Ted) Somers is a Long Beach resident who began his educational journey at Compton College in fall of 2016. He serves as the first president of Compton College's award-winning Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition (F.I.S.T.) program, and made the college's Dean's List for the 2017-18 academic year. He currently has a 3.5 GPA and is on track to graduate with an associate degree for transfer in June 2019. He plans to transfer to a local four-year university to pursue a double major in psychology and behavioral science.