LBCC Presents Alumni Awards, Distinguished Citizen Award, and Honorary Degree

Linn-Benton Community College honored several community members with awards including Distinguished Alumni, a Distinguished Citizen and an Honorary Degree at its Commencement held June 9.

Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture in Salem, and Denise Soto, Soto Law Firm in Albany, were honored with LBCC Distinguished Alumna awards.

Hanson completed an associate of general studies from LBCC and a bachelor of science in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Soto completed an associate of arts degree from LBCC, graduated Magna Cum Laude at Oregon State University and earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Willamette University.

Professionally, Hanson has been involved in policy development and implementation for agricultural, environmental and natural resources with state and federal agencies. She received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Group Honor Award of Excellence for her work on nationwide good practices for the USDA, helping to establish inspection programs on the national level. Volunteer activities include Oregon Agriculture Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, American Hampshire Sheep Association Board of Directors, Oregon Purebred Sheep Association officer and assists with 4-H and FFA youth development projects and activities.

Soto serves as a member of the Oregon State Bar Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections. She also served as president of the Linn County Bar Association, as chair of the Linn County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, is a past member of the Linn County Court, Facilities Assessment Committee, a past member of Albany Public School Foundation, a past member of the Law Library Board, and served as Secretary of the Linn County Bar Association. She is the founder of the Professional Women’s Association, a member of Soroptimist International of Albany, and a member of the Greater Albany Rotary Club.

Mario Pastega, owner of Pepsi Bottling Company in Corvallis, received the LBCC Distinguished Citizen Award.

Active in many community organizations and noted for his generosity, Pastega was instrumental in construction of a guest house on the campus of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Pastega has served on the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees since 1981.

Pastega established the LBCC Pastega Faculty and Classified Excellence Awards in 2000, and later established an endowment to fund the awards in perpetuity. The awards honor one faculty member and one classified employee each year for their outstanding contributions to the LBCC community.

LBCC Board of Education member Hal Brayton was honored with an Honorary Degree for his long-standing service to the college.

Brayton has served as a board member since July of 1996, holding offices of chair and vice chair several times. He places a high value on education and on making a difference in the community. His service to LBCC will end this month.

Brayton holds a bachelor degree in English from the University of Oregon. He spent 21 years working in the newspaper industry in various positions. He also has worked in sales and management.


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