2011 Distinguished Alumni
Denise Soto & Lisa Charpilloz Hanson
Denise Soto is a partner with the Soto Law Firm in Albany. She earned an LBCC associate of arts degree, and graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University and went on to earn her doctorate of jurisprudence from Willamette University. She serves as a member of the Oregon State Bar Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections, and served as president of the Linn County Bar Association, as chair of the Linn County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, is a past member of the Linn County Court, Facilities Assessment Committee, among other services. Professional affiliations include Wealth Counsel Estate Planning Attorneys, the Oregon Regional Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, member of “Stop Elder Abuse Now,” a group organized to problem-solve about local elder abuse issues. In serving the community, Ms. Soto is the founder of the Professional Women’s Association, a member of Soroptimist International of Albany, and a member of the Greater Albany Rotary Club.
Lisa Charpilloz Hanson is deputy director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture in Salem. She earned her LBCC Associate of General Studies, and a bachelor of science in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon State University. Ms. Hanson serves as the leader and supervisor of the Natural Resource Division, Pesticide Division, Plant Division, Commodity Inspection Division and serves as the agency legislative liaison to the Oregon Legislative Assembly. She operates a small farm, Char-Land Farm’s Hampshire Sheep, breeding and exhibiting registered Hampshire sheep at the state, regional and national level. Professionally, Ms. Hanson has been involved in policy development and implementation for agricultural, environmental, and natural resources with state and federal agencies. She received a US Department of Agriculture Group Honor Award of Excellence for her work on nationwide good practices for the USDA helping to establish inspection programs on the national level. Volunteer activities include Oregon Agriculture Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, American Hampshire Sheep Association Board of Directors, Oregon Purebred Sheep Association officer and assists with 4-H and FFA youth development projects and activities.