Dave Althausen, Sr. — An accomplished Woodland police officer from 1966 until his retirement in 1993, Dave Althausen, Sr. was a WCC adjunct faculty member in Criminal Justice and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He was known for his energetic and jovial manner while sharing his stories with students. He was active on the campus, participating in the school’s Academic Senate and was a regular face in the library where he would assist Darlene Gray and any student who asked.



Duane Chamberlain — A graduate of UC Davis and a past president of the Yolo County Farm Bureau, farmer, and Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain is an advocate for quality education, especially in agriculture. He has worked to improve equal access to education and libraries throughout the county, and has invited WCC students onto his farm for a first-hand ag experience. He has served on the board of Yolo Land Trust and UCD’s College of Agriculture Advisory Committee.


Kay Gasson — Kay Gasson’s life has been focused on serving others. At WCC she wanted to work directly with students in need. She was especially valued for her caring assistance in the Disabled Students Programs and Services Center. As an active community volunteer for more than 40 years, she serves others through several organizations including Omega Nu, the Emblem Club of the Elks, PEO, and the Woodland Healthcare Auxiliary in the psychiatric ward.


Francisco Rodriguez — A UC Davis graduate, Francisco Rodriguez was Yuba College’s Woodland Campus Executive Dean as it developed into an independent college. Highly regarded for his engaging leadership style, Rodriguez today is the head of the state’s largest community college district, Los Angeles Community College District. He has been a leader in two other districts and many educational leadership organizations. But he hasn’t gone far, as he continues to live in Woodland.


Don Tingley — Retirement from a high school teaching career got old for Don Tingley, so he asked whether WCC might need a computer teacher, thereby launching his second career. Later he applied for an evening supervisor position and via the interview with Francisco Rodriguez gained a life-long friend as they soon became a leadership team. Later at Consumes River College Rodriguez asked Don to fill several interim positions, turning down only the Athletic Director job.


Rotary Club of Woodland — Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self” is visible throughout our community, especially in support of youth and education. At WCC the contribution of Woodland’s original Rotary club is evident at the entrance to the campus, where the double-sided LED marquee informs students, staff and the community of the school’s activities. A substantial donation from the Rotary Club of Woodland made this installation possible.