2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

2011 Psychology Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Erin G. Rank (MA ’89) is the president and chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA). The Southern California nonprofit services 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County, providing affordable homeownership programs that serve families and individuals earning 30 to 80 percent of the median family income. Since 1990 HFH GLA has built or rehabilitated more than 350 houses in neighborhoods all across Los Angeles County. Ms. Rank has served the Habitat for Humanity organization for more than 12 years and is dedicated to their mission of making housing a global priority. She serves on the Habitat for Humanity International U.S. Council which oversees policy making for all U.S. affiliates.

Since taking the helm of HFH GLA in 1998, Ms. Rank has presided over many achievements including: the establishment of Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity, a partnership with individuals in the entertainment industry who bring high-profile recognition to HFH GLA’s mission; the naming of HFH GLA as the affiliate with the “Most Homes Built in a Region” and winner of the first Clarence Jordan Award for Creativity and Innovation by Habitat for Humanity International; the formation of the “Power Women, Power Tools affiliate”; the opening of two home improvement stores; and most recently a federal award of over $33 million to build and rehabilitate homes in the cities of Long Beach, South Gate, and Lynwood.

Ms. Rank serves as a member of Leadership Long Beach, which promotes ethical leadership and diversity within the Long Beach community, and she is a board member of Housing for California.

Ms. Rank received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Erin Rank resides in Seal Beach, California, with her husband Wallace.

2011 Education Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Randy E. Clark (EdD ’05) is the chief executive officer of Border Foods, Inc. Located in Deming, New Mexico, Border Foods is the “largest green chile company in the world,” also processing jalapeno peppers, tomatillos, enchilada sauces, and salsa for individual, food service, and bulk applications. During his tenure at Border Foods, which he assumed during its bankruptcy, he has transformed the enterprise into a highly successful company.

Mr. Clark began his agricultural career as vice president of marketing and production for Bolthouse Farms. In 1993 he developed the then-new baby carrot product, which has become one of the produce industry’s recent successes. He has gone on to serve as CEO at several produce companies, including Mike Yarosek and Sons; Golden Valley Produce; and Fruit Patch, Inc., the largest tree-fruit supplier in the United States.

Mr. Clark currently teaches at Wilberforce University in Ohio, one of the oldest historically African American colleges in the United States. He has served as professor of accounting at Master’s College and has held a variety of teaching positions in leadership, marketing, and accounting. He also serves as a consultant, advising client firms on capital resource options and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Clark was a board member and project manager for the nonprofit organization Athletes in Action from 2003 to 2006, where he managed capital improvements and building of athletic fields. He has also been a board member and one of the three founding members of the Refuge Center, a nonprofit counseling center for underprivileged children and young adults. Mr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Cedarville College; his master’s degree in accounting in 1977 from Kent State University, attaining CPA licensure in 1978; and his Ed.D. in organizational leadership from the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2005. He is also a GSEP Board of Visitors member.

Randy Clark resides in Deming, New Mexico.

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