Allan Hancock College Trustees Greg Pensa and Alejandra Enciso were sworn in at the board’s Oct. 18 meeting in Guadalupe after running unopposed for four-year terms.

Pensa, who was first elected to the board in 2010, represents the district’s Area 5, which includes the Santa Ynez Valley, northern Lompoc Valley, and east Santa Maria.

Pensa earned an associate degree in business management from Hancock and a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and film from San Diego State University. He retired after working in petroleum marketing for 37 years.

He is a former president of the Valley Foundation, Solvang Friendship House, Santa Barbara County School Boards Association, Buellton Business Association, and the Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley, where he has been a member for more than 40 years and is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award.

“Trustee Pensa is a tireless advocate for our students,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers. “He had shown dedication, commitment and leadership on both the local, state and national levels as a trustee. We are grateful to welcome him back for another term on the board.”

Enciso represents the district’s Area 3, which includes Guadalupe and Central Santa Maria. She was appointed to the board in 2021 to fill the seat vacated by longtime trustee Larry Lahr, who resigned from the position due to a move outside the Area 3 district boundaries.

Enciso works as a lead bilingual reproductive health and life skills educator for the nonprofit CommUnify of Santa Barbara County. She has served as a board member for the Future Leaders of America (FLA) and Danza Azteca Coaxochitl, and serves as a volunteer educator for H.O.P.E. Santa Maria.

Enciso was born in Santa Maria and raised in Guadalupe. She is a first-generation Latinx-American and a first-generation college graduate. She graduated from Hancock with an associate degree in liberal arts and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from California State University Northridge.

“Trustee Enciso stepped in to fill this seat last year and helped the board continue the critical work of changing the odds for our students,” Walthers said. “We are pleased that she is returning to continue that work. Enciso continues to be deeply committed to ensuring a diverse, equitable, and supportive learning environment for all Hancock students.” 

For more information about Hancock’s Board of Trustees, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/board.
     
Photo Caption: (Left) Hancock Trustee Alejandra Enciso takes the oath of office alongside her niece. (Right) Hancock Trustee Greg Pensa shakes hands with Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., after being sworn in.