Beach Connection Magazine : Fall 2017 Spring 2017 - Page 9

Volunteer Spotlight • one, two, three... GO BEACH! DOMINIC ESPEJO > DANSEN LIPOCK >> Since moving from the Philippines as a 19-year-old, DOMINIC ESPEJO has come a long way. He graduated from CSULB in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. With his degree, Dominic went on to work as a Transportation Engineer for the state. Today, Dominic’s youngest son is applying to university, with his eyes on The Beach. Outside of his day job, Dominic has turned his passion into a second profession. As an owner of a small photography business, Dominic has captured subjects ranging from Space Shuttle Endeavour to the unique Salton Sea. His biggest photography tip: “Slow down!” Volunteerism plays an integral role in Dominic’s life. He often lends his camera-savvy skills to the Alumni Associa- tion recording everyone’s favorite event memories. He also keeps in touch with his service fraternity and assists with community events like the Long Beach Marathon. With family in both engineering and the arts, Dominic affirmed, “The two are in my blood.” Ultimately, he hopes to retire early and devote his time to photography. Graduating in 1990, DANSEN LIPOCK realized his Industrial Management Engineering degree would not necessarily lead him to his passion of working with children. In turn, he decided to pursue a teaching credential and received it in 1992. Today, Dansen is a fourth grade teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. It was not long after college that Dansen discovered a hobby in photography. He would take pictures at weddings and parties, and began compiling albums and offering them as gifts. Dansen most enjoys personal photography, finding it meaningful, and encourages others to “Take photos! People want them.” That’s why, when volunteering for the Alumni Association, family events like Move-in Day are his favorite. However, photography does not trump Dansen’s love for teaching. He has often gone above and beyond, volunteer- ing with School on Wheels and using his free time to expand student enrichment with trips to the Discovery Science Center. Dansen takes the most pride in watching his students grow, and receiving high school and college graduation invitations. Humbly, he shares his guiding principle: “Always give back, and do not expect anything in return.” And that is exactly what he has done. SPRING / SUMMER 2017 9