Alumni Hall of Fame
Read about La Sierra University’s notable alumni whose God-given talents, skills and dedication to excellence have brought them recognition within their fields and beyond. To submit the name and accomplishments of a La Sierra alum for inclusion in the Hall of Fame please contact Darla Martin Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hon. Marla Osborne-Anderson
Superior Court Judge, Monterey County, California
B.A., 1981, Loma Linda University, La Sierra Campus (now La Sierra University)
J.D., 1986, University of California, Davis, School of Law
Judge Anderson is listed in Who’s Who of American Law. She currently serves as vice-chair and faculty for the B. E. Witkin Judicial College Steering Committee, the body that oversees the B.E. Witkin Judicial College, mandatory “college” training for all newly appointed and elected judges directed by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, or CJER. She is also a member of the CJER Juvenile Law Curriculum Committee. Judge Anderson has served as a member of the board of directors on a variety of community organizations, and is currently serving with Kinship Center. She is a member of the California Judges Association and National Association of Women Judges. She has been the recipient of several honors and awards from community, educational, and professional organizations, including receiving the “The Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Association of Adventist Women in 2002.
Judge Anderson is married to Frederick Anderson, Director of African-American Ministries for the Central California Conference, pastor of the Seaside Seventh-day Adventist Church and retired computer information science instructor for Hartnell College. The Anderson family includes daughter Alyssa, age 14, two adult professional children, Stacey and Kyle, and a granddaughter, Logan, age 6.
Dr. Frank Jobe
Renowned orthopedic surgeon
Co-founder, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
Creator of the revolutionary ‘Tommy John’ surgical procedure
B.A., 1949, La Sierra College (now La Sierra University)
M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Frank W. Jobe is a legend in sports medicine and surgery. His pioneering work has led to countless awards and honors. He was a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and was the founder and medical director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, where he co-developed groundbreaking research and education programs.
In 1974 he performed a revolutionary surgical graft procedure on the elbow of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John, transplanting a tendon from the pitcher’s thigh into his arm. The surgery, called ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, re-started the baseball player’s career and has since resurrected the abilities of scores of collegiate and professional athletes, particularly in baseball.
Dr. Jobe has contributed to more than 140 medical publications and authored seven books. His has served in leadership roles for a number of professional organizations and was a consultant to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He was the long-time team physician and medical director for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was also the medical director for the PGA Tour & Senior PGA Tour. Dr. Jobe also served as an orthopaedic consultant to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Angels.
William “Bill” Emmerson
California State Senator
Republican, 23rd District, Riverside County
B.A., History/Political Science, 1967, Loma Linda University, La Sierra Campus (now La Sierra University)
D.D.S., 1980, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
M.S., 1982, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
After graduating from La Sierra University, Bill Emmerson continued his studies at American University in Washington, D.C. in public administration while working for Congressman Jerry Pettis. He later joined the staff of the Assembly Republican Floor Leader, W. Craig Biddle.
After working six years within the legislature, Bill enrolled at Loma Linda University for dentistry, earned two degrees, and practiced orthodontics in Hemet, Calif. for the following 26 years. During his practice, Bill was instrumental in the establishment of a dental hygiene program at Riverside Community College.
He was elected to the California State Senate in June 2010 after serving in the California State Assembly for six years. His leadership posts include serving as vice chair of the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and as chair of the Inland Southern California Caucus.
During his term in office, Bill Emmerson has been honored with numerous awards and has passed landmark legislation to help combat poor oral health by requiring all school children to have an oral health assessment during kindergarten or their first year in school.
Together Bill and his wife, Nan, have two daughters, Kate and Caroline, and two family dachshunds, Bridget and Hank.