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San Joaquin Delta Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Elizabeth "Liz" Blanchard

Retired Teacher / Administrator
17,988 votes (48.23%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen Delta College's professional ties to the San Joaquin community to prepare students for future success
  • Increase career pathways through vocational and technical training programs
  • Teach students marketable skills so they can move directly into the workforce

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Delta College Professor & Administrator
Chairperson, Port of Stockton — Elected position (2008–current)
State Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice (1972–2019)
Professor of Psychology, San Joaquin Delta College (1990–2010)
Board Member, San Joaquin County Planning Commission — Appointed position (2006–2008)
Board Member, Stockton City Planning Commission — Appointed position (1998–2006)
Assistant Dean of Bilingual Education, University of the Pacific (1985–1990)
Professor of Psychology, San Joaquin Delta College (1968–1975)

Education

University of the Pacific Ed.D, Psychology (1972)

Community Activities

President (1996-1998) & Board Member, Delta College Foundation (1975–current)
President, Cathay Club (2010–current)
Co-president, Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton (2015–current)
President (2018-2020) & Charter Member, Central Valley Asian Chamber of Commerce (CVACC) (1980–current)
President, Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County (2015–2017)

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Yip Blanchard’s wide-ranging philanthropic work has reached into the world of education, arts, veteran affairs, the environment, politics, and more. For all Liz has done in support of the community, the Stockton Council of the Central Valley Association of Realtors & the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce selected her as the 64th Stocktonian of the Year.

Holding education in the highest regard, Dr. Blanchard received a doctorate in psychology from the University of the Pacific and taught for nearly 40 years. She also maintained her own psychology practice, and retired Professor Emeritus of the San Joaquin Delta College Psychology Department and the University of the Pacific School of Education. Dedicated to serving her students, Dr. Blanchard served as a board member on the Delta College Foundation, the fundraising arm for the college. As Assistant Dean of Bilingual Education at University of the Pacific, she represented many students in need.

Liz Blanchard’s compassion for her community led her to serve eight years on the Stockton City Planning Commission and two years as a San Joaquin County Planning Commissioner. In 2008, Liz was appointed by the San Joaquin Board of Supervisors to the Port of Stockton Commission. She has served two terms as chairperson and recently was appointed as the President of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP), which encompasses Asian ports like Taiwan, Guam, and the Samoan Islands.

Liz Blanchard has performed endless service to the City of Stockton through the decades. She served as President of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County, Cathay Club, and Co-president of the Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton. She served two terms as president of the Chinese Benevolent Association (parent of all Chinese family associations in San Joaquin County) and remains on the Board.

Diversity is the key with other Board positions and affiliations: Central Valley Asian Chamber of Commerce (CVACC), American Filipino Educators Association, Filipino American Lions Club, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Community Education Foundation (APAPA-CEF), American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Jene Wah Senior Center and Soroptimist International to name a few.

She feels she has been blessed with two good men in her humble life: Lawrence L. Lee was a local businessman and father of her three children, and Colonel Joseph L. Blanchard, US Marine Corp and past president of San Joaquin Delta College. Liz raised two sons and one daughter to successful careers and has three grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Additionally, Blanchard has been recognized with several awards, including UOP Educator of the Year, Susan B. Anthony Community Service Award, Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton Citizen of the Year, Soroptimist International Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, and Delta Kappa Gamma Educator of the Year.

Blanchard is known for giving wisdom to those in need of guidance. She is a strong believer that no matter what has happened to you in life and no matter the family you were born to, regardless of life’s circumstances – “you write your own script in life.” She advises others not to allow anything from their past to stop them from achieving all their goals and reaching their dreams.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Patti, San Joaquin County Supervisor
  • Cathleen Galgiani, California State Senator
  • Miguel Villapudua, San Joaquin County Supervisor

Organizations (1)

  • Stockton Police Officers' Association

Elected Officials (8)

  • Larry Ruhstaller, Former San Joaquin County Supervisor
  • Miguel Villapudua, San Joaquin County Supervisor
  • Tom Patti, San Joaquin County Supervisor
  • Cathleen Galgiani, California State Senator
  • Jesus Andrade, Stockton City Council Member
  • Susan Lofthus, Former Stockton City Councilwoman
  • Bob Elliott, San Joaquin County Supervisor
  • Carlos Villapudua, Former San Joaquin County Supervisor

Individuals (69)

  • Alicia Santos
  • Vanessa Peralto, Rotary Club President
  • Dr. Anthony Wu, MD, Internist
  • Frank Kim
  • Patricia Heefner
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chris Hunefeld, Georgette Fundraiser for UOP
  • John Vogel
  • Gordon Lee, Postal services
  • Dennis & Nancy Cochran
  • Debbie Elliot
  • Loretta Lee
  • Margaret Mattos
  • Eric Quillinan, Realtor
  • Leslie Edmond
  • Irene Castillo, Retired Attorney
  • Cyndy Green, Videojournalist
  • Michael Blower, Realtor
  • Jim Sawyer, Proprietor, Chapel of the Palms
  • Larry Low Chairman, Confucius Church, Chinese Cemetery, French Camp
  • John Huebel, President, Brookside Home Owners' Association
  • Reverend Dwight Williams, Founder, Pastor/President of New Genesis Outreach Ministries
  • Jay Allen. Proprietor, Sherwood Mall
  • Dr. Henry Wong, Retired Oncologist, St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Shaun Piazza, Construction Company Proprietor
  • Dr. Armando Valerio, San Joaquin County Health Center
  • Dr. Joseph Serra, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Theresa Chen, Herbalist & Author
  • Lois Sahyoun, Retired San Joaquin County Clerk
  • Colleen Lee, Church Secretary
  • David & Edith Lagorio, US Navy Veteran & Wife
  • SIlvia Wong, Realtor
  • Michael Hakeen, Attorney
  • Dennis Duffy, Retired CEO, Financial Center Credit Union
  • Bob Appler, Luneta VFW Post 52 Service Officer
  • Bennie Mar Chen, President, Confucius Church
  • Eric Louie, Former President, Chinese Benevolent Society
  • Ronald Green, Retired San Joaquin County Veterans Service Officer
  • Andrew Mattos, President, Crimestoppers
  • Chuck Roots, Minister
  • Marian Norris, Mediation & Real Estate Broker
  • Dr. Lin Jiang, MD, San Joaquin General Hospital
  • Richard Aschieris, Director, Port of Stockton
  • Jo Moya, Businessman
  • Rosalind Wong, Real Estate Owner, Hong Kong, China
  • Tim Ulmer, Owner, Ulmer's Photography
  • Les Fong, Miracle Mile Properties
  • Eldo & Pam Wenger, Owners, Beaver Truck Line
  • Gene & Sandra Fong, Owner's Rinaldi's Market
  • Sam & Nancy Boone, Cattle Ranch Owners
  • Gigi Quillinan, Juice Plus
  • Dr. Ronald Wihlidal
  • Dr. Albert Louie, Dentist
  • Terry Guntert, Guntert Steel
  • Tom Pham, Peter's Market
  • Ben Li, On Lok Sam's Restaurant
  • Loreen Huey, Owner, Huey's Meat Market
  • David Silva
  • Dr. Don Bennett, Retired Delta College Administrator
  • Denise Rico, Retired Stockton Unified School District Teacher
  • Maria Herrera, Owner, Miguel's Mexican Restaurant
  • Dr. Al Ortiz, Retired Delta College Professor
  • Purita Billedo, San Joaquin Delta College Instructor
  • Charles Bloch. Retired San Joaquin Delta College Professor
  • Harrie Walker, Retired Stockton Unified School District Teacher
  • Dr. Richard Tenaza, Professor, University of the Pacific
  • Dr. Yanhong Wu, Professor, Stanislaus State University
  • Virginia Navarro, President, Fillipino Teachers' Association
  • Dee Johnson, Former Stockton School Administrator
  • Gracie Madrid, Ed.D, Former Stockton School Administrator

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a young adult, Liz had goals to obtain the highest form of education, become a professor, and start her own psychology practice. However, as a woman and immigrant from Hong Kong, she had to build her life in the United States from scratch and the journey was extremely tumultuous. Many encouraged her to give up, but their doubts were no match for her relentless optimism, drive, and perseverence. Now as a passionate educator and administrator for over 35 years, she believes education is our society's most powerful tool to create positive and productive citizens and relationships, upward mobility, and a sense of pride and dignity. As a member of the Delta College Board of Trustees, she will continue strengthening connections between Delta College and San Joaquin's professional community, fostering our technical and vocational programs to enable students to move successfully and swiftly into real and rewarding careers.

Videos (3)

— October 1, 2020 Liz Blanchard for Delta College Board of Trustees 2020 Committee
— October 1, 2020 Liz Blanchard for Delta College Board of Trustees 2020 Committee
— October 1, 2020 Liz Blanchard for Delta College Board of Trustees 2020 Committee

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