Hispanic Alumni of Loma Linda name alumni of the year at annual banquet
Guest speaker Rosie Espinoza (front row, third from left) poses for a picture with the HALL organization board.
During the eleventh annual Hispanic Alumni of Loma Linda University (HALL) banquet, Ruben Ernesto Brinckhaus, MD, was named HALL alumnus of the year. The event was held October 7, 2007, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.
Born of a Bolivian father and a Chilean mother, Dr. Brinckhaus and his four sisters spent many of their growing-up years in Chile.
When the family moved to Southern California, it became possible for Dr. Brinckhaus to attend Adventist schools throughout high school and then college. He graduated from La Sierra Academy, Riverside, California, where he met his best friend and future wife, Lalita.
Dr. Brinckhaus decided to follow in the footprints of his father-in-law by entering the health field of respiratory therapy at the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. He then continued his education at the School of Medicine, graduating in 1986.
Following graduation, he entered the family practice residency program at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California, which was affiliated with UC Davis. Upon completion of the residency program, Ruben and Lalita looked for a more rural setting in which to raise their family.
At last, Dr. Brinckhaus decided to join a private family practice in Fortuna, California. He has now been in the same practice and community for nearly 18 years.
Dr. Brinckhaus feels that private practice in a small rural group has allowed him the flexibility to develop unusual strong interests in the p
Recipients of the Hernandez Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Award pose for a picture in front of their respective school deans.
revention and management of lifestyle diseases and opportunities to share these principles. He practiced obstetrics for 10 years early on. Doing home visits is still something that brings him joy.
As a quiet, insightful leader, Dr. Brinckhaus recently served a two-year term as chief of staff at Redwood Memorial Hospital and currently serves on the Physician’s Advisory Council for the St. Joseph Health System of Orange. Dr. Brinckhaus fills many of his out-of-office hours with community outreach. With his family, team he has given growth presentations throughout Northern California and southern Oregon. He appreciates opportunities to share with both English and Spanish-speaking populations.
As a third generation Seventh-day Adventist, Dr. Brinckhaus’ highest goal has been to lead his family and others in paths of righteousness. He has been active in the Church as an elder and youth leader, as well as in the Spanish and health ministries.
Dr. Brinckhaus and his wife, Lalita, have been married for more than 27 years, and have four children—Emilia, Nathan, Ariana, and Karina.
Presented with the Special Recognition Award at the HALL banquet was Rosie Espinoza, who also spoke at the banquet.
Ms. Espinoza is a lifelong resident of La Habra, California, and founded the nationally recognized program Rosie’s Garage—an after- school tutoring program in 1991. She was elected to the La Habra City Council in 2000, and re-elected in 2004.
Ms. Espinoza has been very active in numerous community groups including: the League of Women Voters, Jewish/Latino Roundtable, La Habra School District Healthy Start Committee, board of directors for Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County and board of directors of Neighborhood Services of America, and founder/volunteer executive director of Rosie’s Garage.
Ms. Espinoza has been honored as one of 50 Outstanding Women in Orange County by the American Red Cross, identified by the Orange County Register as “One of the People to Watch,” one of the most influential Hispanics of the 20th Century by Latino.com, YMCA Women of Inspiration and Influential Award, Los Angeles Times Volunteer of Distinction Award, 72nd Assembly District Women of the Year 2002 Award, Orange County Women’s Annual Suffrage Award, American Women Business Association Award, League of Women Voters Susan B. Anthony Award, and numerous other awards.
Ms. Espinoza received an associate of arts degree in industrial drafting from Fullerton College. She works at Beckman Coulter, Inc., as a principal designer. She created Rosie’s Garage to address the needs of low-income neighborhood children. Currently there are two in La Habra, along with programs in Brea and Santa Ana.
Also during the banquet, the Hispanic Alumni of Loma Linda University awarded nine scholarships to Hispanic students.
“In the past 11 years, we have awarded more than 160 scholarships to Hispanic students,” states Tony Valenzuela, EdD, president of HALL.
The following students received the Hernandez Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Award at the HALL banquet:
Gemalli De León
School of Public Health
Noelia Becky Galvez
School of Science & Technology
School of Nursing
School of Medicine
Mabel Alejandra Mardones
School of Medicine
School of Dentistry
School of Allied Health Professions
Wendalee Rivera Pacheco
School of Medicine
Cynthia J. Zacarias
School of Pharmacy