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CHHS Distinguished Alumni

2013 Distinguished Alumni


Steve MolinaCollege of Health and Human Services

Steve Molina
Co-owner, Workman Molina; Rehabilitation Consultant

1977, Associate of Arts, General Education, Cypress Community College
1979, Bachelor of Arts, Therapeutic Recreation, CSULB
1982, Master of Science, Education Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California
1992, Ph.D., Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Steve Molina is co-owner of Workman Molina, which has operated in Southern California since 1974 and has provided services to more than 20,000 individuals with various disabilities. Molina has served as a rehabilitation consultant to the firm since 1984. Earlier in his career, he worked at a number of Southern California hospitals, including L.A. County-USC Medical Center and Metropolitan State Psychiatric Hospital. He has obtained numerous professional certifications and participates heavily in continuing education seminars. At CSULB, Molina is a longtime supporter of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Disabled Student Services. In addition, he is an avid Dirtbags baseball and basketball fan. From 1979-92, his late father, Carlos, served as a technician in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and his sister, alumna Lisa Molina de la Loza, has worked at CSULB for 35 years. His aunt and uncle, Jan Eidsath and Edward Vasquez, and brothers-in-law Victor and Alejandro de la Loza are also CSULB alumni. Molina and his wife, Josie, enjoy traveling and horseback riding.



G. Lorain BraultCollege of Health and Human Services

G. Lorain Brault
Health Care Administrator and Health Policy Advocate

1963, Associate of Arts, Nursing, Long Beach City College
1972, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, CSULB
1976, Master of Science, Nursing, CSULB

Lori Brault has spent more than 30 years in health care administration and education. Since 2006, she is a Fullerton College professor emeritus and, from 1999-06, was the Student Health Service director. She was the Hospital Council of Southern California vice president (1992-98), Hospital Home Health Agency of California president/CEO (1986-92), Hospital Home Care Corporation vice president (1983-85) and American Medical International, Inc. regional director of nursing and support services (1979-83). As a CSULB nursing faculty member, she was the Master of Nursing degree program director from 1977-79. She also taught at Cal State L.A., CSU Fullerton and USC. She sits on the Long Beach City College (LBCC) board of governors, served as the Long Beach Cares board of directors’ president (2011) and was part of Long Beach’s Department of Health and Human Services’ board of directors (1996-06). Brault and husband Donald, a CSULB alumnus, enjoy traveling and photography. They have one son, Kevin, and two grandchildren, Kyle and Katie.


2012 Distinguished Alumni

College of Health and Human Services

Sam WardSamuel R. Ward
Associate Professor, Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering,
University of California, San Diego
1997, Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, CSULB
2003, Ph.D., Biokinesiology, University of Southern California
2006, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego

Samuel Ward is impacting patient’s lives through treatment, teaching and research. A leader in multiple disciplines, he has received numerous honors, including the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine’s 2011 Research Prize. He joined the UC San Diego faculty as a Department of Radiology in 2006. In addition, he works with the Center for Musculoskeletal Research in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Research Institute. From 2003-10, he was a research biologist in the San Diego VA Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Prior to being a scientist, he was a clinical physical therapist and taught at USC from 1998-99. As an alumnus, Ward serves as a Department of Physical Therapy guest lecturer and advisory board member, sponsors a scholarship, and funds an annual graduating student award for excellence in biomechanics.


College of Health and Human Services

Cynthia Mirsky Cynthia Mirsky
Co-Owner, Pacific Rim Capital, Inc.
1996, Bachelor of Science, Dietetics and Food Administration, CSULB

In 1990, Cindy Mirsky, her husband David, and Marc Mills created Pacific Rim Capital, Inc. (PRC), which is one of the fastest growing U.S. general equipment leasing and asset management providers. Since 2006, Mirsky has served on Mission Hospital’s Foundation board of directors, with time spent on the Strategic Planning, Executive and Stewardship Committees. In 2011, she joined the Heritage Pointe board of directors, presently serving on the Governance Committee and assuming the chairpersonship this summer. A Temple Beth El of South Orange County past president, she sits on the National Board for the Union for Reform Judaism. She also teaches reading to children through the organization, Reading Partners. She frequently consults with Department of Family and Consumer Services faculty, and refers students to the undergraduate and graduate programs.