By Shane Hilde
Last May four members of the LSU Board of Trustees were replaced. The four that were replaced are: Lowell Hanks, Shelia Marchall-McLean, Douglas Nies, and Ronald Zane. The new members include: Meredith Jobe, James Kyle, Alvin Kwiram, and Alina Sanchez. Here’s what we know about the new members from the internet:
He is currently a partner at Jobe & Stoterau in Glendale. In addition, he is of counsel to Knapp, Petersen & Clarke. Mr. Jobe received his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University, and earned his MBA and juris doctor degrees from the University of Southern California. He is also an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is currently on the 13-member board for Adventist Health System/West, which operates 20 hospitals in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. In addition, he has been a member and vice chairman of the board of trustees of La Sierra University and a member of the executive committee (governing board) of the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
He earned his B.A. in Religion from Loma Linda University; his Master of Divinity from Andrews Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Mich.; and his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Kyle has been a member of The California Endowmentâ€™s Board of Directors since April 2004 and was elected vice chair in April 2010. He is the former Dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, and is currently vice president of Medical Affairs at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif. Kyle was also the vice president of the California Market for Schaller Anderson, where he was responsible for business development and statewide operations for the companyâ€™s clients, including Childrenâ€™s Hospital Orange County, St. Josephâ€™s Medical Center-Orange and Scripps Healthcare, among others.
Kwiram is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Chemistry, University of Washington. He received his BA in Physics and BS in Chemistry from Walla Walla College in 1958, and completed his doctoral work in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1962. From 1964 to 1970 he was on the faculty of Harvard University, before joining the University of Washington (UW). In the late ’60s he became president of the newly formed Association of Adventist Forums. In 2007 it become known as Adventist Forums (AF). AF also publishes Spectrum magazine. Kwiram wrote “Can Intellectuals Be at Home in the Church?” in September 1976 for Spectrum magazine. Readers might find this of interest in light of the current controversy with LSU.
Sanchez is the co-founder of marketing consulting firm, Spire Associates LLC. Sanchez, a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist, graduated from La Sierra Universityâ€™s School of Business in 1990 with a degree in business administration. In 2003 La Sierraâ€™s business school honored Sanchez with a Rising Star award, selected by faculty for her exemplification of the university motto, â€œto seek, to know, to serve.â€ Sanchezâ€™s family has strong roots in the Adventist church system and vegetarian food industry. Sanchezâ€™s fatherâ€™s grandfather and brothers established the first Spanish-speaking SDA church in the North American Division. Her motherâ€™s father built vegetarian food factories around the world and he and his brothers laid the foundation for the Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda. While at La Sierra, Sanchez formed the first business club on campus and worked with Dr. Charles Teel to establish the Stahl Center for World Service.
New list of LSU Board of Trustees
Ricardo Graham, Chair
(President, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Judy St. John, Vice Chair
(Certified Public Accountant)
Randal R. Wisbey, Secretary
(President, La Sierra University)
(President of the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventist)
Carla Lidner Baum
(Dentist and Community Volunteer)
(Treasurer, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
(Director of Education, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Larry L. Caviness
(President, Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Henry Coil, Jr.
(Secretary, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Gerald D. Penick, Sr.
(President, Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
(Businesswoman and former U.S. Ambassador to Malta)
(Vice President, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)