Employee Recognition Program 

(Second Annual )2020-2021 Employee Recognition

The Professional Development Committee and the Recognition Subcommittee coordinate ELAC’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Program every year.  Four ELAC employees were recognized for their outstanding commitment to our campus, students, and community.  Their peers nominated them because of their strong work ethic, outstanding service to our campus and students, inspirational leadership, continued excellence, and overall spirit.


Here are the names of this year’s awardees for each award:


Distinguished Faculty Award

(Full-Time Faculty Recognition) 

Lisa Hashimoto Stone 

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As full time technical theater faculty at ELAC since 2009, Hashi has been able to share her knowledge and expertise in theatrical set design, scenic art, and set decoration. Hashi earned a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Fine Art in Technical Theater from CSU Long Beach. Previous to ELAC, Hashi served as the Design Manager from 2000-2009 for the LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She has collaborated with some of the most prestigious and prolific directors, designers, and production companies in the world. Hashi’s past design work includes sets for more than 30 productions at distinguished venues including: LA Opera, Seattle Opera, Kennedy Center, Ford Amphitheatre, East West Players, Magic Theatre, Evidence Room, Hudson Theatre, Cal Rep Theatre, International City Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, and Shakespeare Orange County. She has been recognized with several Dramalogue Awards, an LA Weekly Award, a Garland Award, a Signal Award, and an Ovation nomination. Hashi is privileged to be the current department chair where she can provide her unique and keen insight in supporting the needs and direction of the ELAC Theater Arts Department.



Distinguished Faculty Award

(Adjunct Faculty Recognition) 

Joanna Flores


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Early in life, Dr. Joanna Flores, made the pledge to work arduously for the betterment of her local communities. She decided to explore her calling through different capacities in education and public service.  She worked as a college counselor and social worker before joining the Huskey Family as an Adjunct Faculty in 2015.    

She is the proud daughter of immigrant parents from El Salvador and Mexico, Dr. Flores is the first of eight siblings to graduate from college. Dr. Flores graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature, and later earned a Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.

She recently completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Flores during her time away from work; enjoys reading, running, hiking and salsa dancing.  However, her favorite past time is playing with her 4 year old daughter. 




Distinguished Classified Award

(Staff Recognition) 


Paulette Jaurequi picture

Paulette Jaurequi is the secretary for the English Department at East Los Angeles College. She began her studies as an Art Major at ELAC. Years later, when she returned to ELAC to take computer classes, she was hired as a student worker in the Office of Academic Affairs, an opportunity that allowed her to gain valuable experience assisting the staff and learning about ELAC as an institution. After serving as a Curriculum Secretary, she was eventually hired in the English Department.  She has proudly held this position since March 2000.  In her own words: “It’s been a great life working in this department.  The faculty are the most wonderful people to work with as I feel I’ve been given a great opportunity to be part of something so fulfilling.” She has witnessed the many changes in the structure of the school and the department. Paulette continues to remotely assist students, faculty, and staff members. Her genuine care and disposition to help others have garnered her so many friends at ELAC. Now that we are working remotely, she can’t wait to come back to campus and see all the friendly faces that she misses so much!  


Outstanding Campus-wide Award

(all ELAC employees are eligible) 


Ming Huei LamMing-huei started her professional life in social service and mental health in Oregon and Washington before she found her calling in higher education at Iowa State University (ISU).  Since 1994, she held various positions in Student Services and Academic Affairs at ISU, University of Washington, UCLA, Los Angeles Southwest College before coming to East Los Angeles College in February 2016, first as the Dean of South Gate and now as the Dean of Visual Arts, Kinesiology, and Honors.  


In her 26 years of higher education career, Ming-huei has helped thousands of college students successfully address a wide range of social and academic challenges.  As an administrator, she now supports faculty and staff as well.  One of her UCLA colleagues described her as being “a great value to members of the faculty who seek support for students they encounter.”  Ming-huei is both a leader and a collegial peer, and she thrives to make a difference in everything she does.


Previous Recipients:

Distinguished Faculty Award (Full-Time): Maria Betancourt (2020)

Distinguished Faculty Award (Adjunct): Caroline Jen (2020)

Distinguished Classified Award: Paulette Jaurequi

Outstanding Campus-Wide Award: Ming-Huei Lam