A Yuba Junior College alumnus and UC Berkeley graduate who spent four years in the Navy as an electronics
technician, Mr. Johnson was key in bringing Esparto into the Woodland college district. Beginning in 1976,
he spent 18 years on the YCCD Board of Trustees and the Yolo County School Board Association, earning several
service awards. Mr. Johnson worked for Cummins Diesel and Aerojet Corp. He is retired but remains active in
the community, including the Esparto Lions Club.
As a local educator, Minges became an early
and long-term member of the Yuba College Foundation Board representing her native Woodland area and was
instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s scholarship program. A University of the Pacific
graduate, Minges taught elementary classes for 36 years before retiring and becoming a local real estate agent.
She is involved with the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding member of the Apple Tree Foundation.
With more than 50 years in the educational profession, Ray Gutierrez was
part of the first Woodland Campus staff. After graduating from Chico State as a physical education major with
a minor in health education, Gutierrez returned to his native Woodland where he taught P.E., was a counselor
and assistant principal. In 1976, he was hired by WCC; and just a couple months later, Mr. Gutierrez
became dean. He retired from WCC in 1993, and continues to serve as the Commissioner for the Tri County Conference.
Raised in Napa, Mr. Flory moved to Woodland in 1965 after graduating from Sacramento State with
a business degree. He worked for the State Board of Equalization and was Yolo County Assessor for
a dozen years, represented the Woodland area on the Yuba College Board of Trustees for 12 years —
during which time the science and library buildings were completed — and also taught real estate courses
at the first Woodland Campus on California Street.
An Esparto High School graduate and Foundation scholarship recipient, Bautista earned an
associate’s degree from WCC and a degree in business at Sacramento State. She currently works as
the Operations Supervisor at Premier West Bank in Woodland, is a Chamber Ambassador, teaches financial
classes at the Yolo Wayfarer Center and Woodland High School, and volunteers for the Epicurean Esprit.
Bautista is also a member of the WCC Foundation Board.
One of the original faculty members, McGill-Cameron continues to teach
at WCC. Born and raised in Humbolt County, McGill-Cameron graduated from Sacramento State with bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in business and economics, and later earned a second master’s degree from
Mississippi State University in physical education, and a doctorate in educational management from the University
of Luverne. She teaches economics, business computers, health and physical education.