LBCC Names 2018 Distinguished Alumni

Michael Quiner
Rachel Bristol
Linn-Benton Community College has named Rachel Bristol and Michael Quiner as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at a Scholarship Honors Reception on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the LBCC Commons, 2nd floor Calapooia Center. 





Bristol, a Portland resident, attended LBCC from 1977 to 1979 before transferring to the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor’s degree in community service and public affairs.

Bristol joined the Oregon Food Share as a VISTA volunteer in 1983 and rose to acting executive director. In 1988, she helped merge that statewide organization with Portland Interagency Food Bank to form the Oregon Food Bank.  She was named executive director in 1990 and CEO in 1995.

An outstanding leader in efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Oregon, Bristol led two fund-raising campaigns that expanded the food bank from a 10,000-square-foot site serving 200,000 people per year to four facilities totaling more than 155,000 square feet and serving more than 1 million people.

During Bristol’s tenure, the Oregon Food Bank was twice named Oregon Most Admired Non-Profit, and she was named Most Admired Non-Profit Executive in Oregon in 2009. She retired from the food bank in 2012.

Since retiring, Bristol now does consulting work in part to help feed the hungry, volunteers for the Moore Institute of Nutrition and Wellness at the Oregon Health Sciences University, and is involved with her neighborhood organization’s emergency response and safety teams.

Quiner, an Albany resident, graduated from LBCC with an associate of arts, Oregon transfer degree in 1992. He transferred to Linfield College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems, and then went on to complete graduate studies in instructional technology at California State University.

Quiner serves as Chief Information Officer at LBCC. He is known as a leader who is focused on combining technology and education to support communities of learning.

Throughout his career, Quiner’s leadership and innovative approach have moved various institutions to higher levels of technological excellence, with a focus on practical integration of technology to make learning better, increase administrative operation efficiency and make technology logical and user friendly.

Quiner has served as chair of several regional professional organizations, and has presented at multiple professional conferences using his unique brand of humor and outdoor metaphors to instruct, motivate, and educate technology professionals to better serve their educational partners. He has also served as a church volunteer for more than 35 years, and as a Boy Scout volunteer for more than 25 years.

LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2005 to recognize former students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their professions or through service to their communities. Bristol and Quiner join 34 others who have received the award.

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