2014 Outstanding Alumnus Chief Michael Smith

Michael began his current career path at RCC where he completed an Emergency Medical Technician course.  After gaining the necessary experience as an EMT, he came to Crafton Hills College where he completed the Paramedic Program.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Redlands and holds a M.S. degree in both Public Administration and Fire Service Leadership.  He has held leadership positions throughout his career both in the public and private sectors of fire and emergency services.  He is currently the chief of the San Manuel Fire Department.  Mike has been active in many professional organizations and on several local, regional and state committees.  He served as President for the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs Association in 2005.  He is a member of the San Bernardino County Emergency Medical Care Committee by appointment of the County Board of Supervisors. He has volunteered for Boy Scouts as a den leader, on the Girl Scouts of San   Gorgonio Council, Board of Directors, is active in church ministries, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Burn Institute for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The list is long and varied when one looks at his commitment to his career, his education and his community.

2013 Outstanding Alumna Raquel Prieto

Prieto believes the opportunities at Crafton, including flexible class times, were invaluable to helping her complete her education. As a devoted wife and mother, Prieto attended evening classes at Crafton while working full-time. Prieto transferred to the University of Redlands where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management. In 2001 Prieto started a bookkeeping, payroll, and tax business, Customized Accounting Services, in uptown Yucaipa.  Prieto has been very supportive of CHC and accounting students seeking to gain work experience in the accounting field.  Over the years, she has accepted a number of accounting students from CHC, as interns; “I love to teach them and I have to say that I have been blessed with some great students who have worked with me while in college. It is very rewarding to see the growth and success of these students as they continue in their careers.”  Prieto is active in the community, including the recent revitalization of Uptown Yucaipa. “As a woman, I am proud and blessed to have a very successful business that has grown greatly,” she said.  “I give thanks to God each day, because without Him in my life, I would not be where I am today.” Raquel has been married for 28 years and her husband, Guillermo has always been an entrepreneur and is a very successful business owner of Rick’s Barber Shop in Yucaipa. Preito is also proud of her four children.