OUR FOUNDATION MEMBERS:
Bombalicki juggles a busy business schedule with
work for the Mission College Foundation.
variety of careers can be found on Gary Bombalickis
resume: Sous chef
radio disk jockey...cable television
sales executive...business entrepreneur.
And, he is president of the Los Angeles Mission College
a lot of energy to pursue the paths that Bombalicki has followed,
and he brings that drive to his role as head of the 12-member
college support group. In his fifth year as president, Bombalicki
said he would like to bring more consistency to the groups
"Ive seen years when all we raised was $1,000 and
years when we went well over $20,000," he said. "From
this point on, Id like to see us get better and better
at it every year."
About a year ago, Bombalicki launched a new business, IQ West.
It offers business executives a software program that allows
them to instantly view their companys financial situation
and create any number of "what if" scenarios. To
date, the venture has been successful. Bombalicki believes
he can apply his skills as IQ Wests national marketing
arm to the benefit of Mission College.
"With Proposition A and AA, we expect to put up several
new buildings at Mission College, but theyre not going
to have anything in them," he said. "One of my goals
is to get the Foundation to convince local businesses to furnish
the buildings or equip them with modern learning tools."
himself a community college graduate, believes strongly in
the role that community colleges play in providing quality,
affordable educational opportunities. Its the reason
why hes been on the Foundation board since 1999.
Bombalicki and the other Foundation members are extremely
pleased with their latest accomplishment: providing funds
to allow the LRC Library to expand the hours it is open to
students. On Monday through Thursday, the library now opens
at 8 a.m. (instead of 11 a.m.), allowing students to do research
in the mornings before their classes begin.
His other Foundation goals include creating a new Foundation
scholarship to award to a continuing Mission College student.
The Foundation already matches scholarship grants given to
Mission College by TELACU (The East Los Angeles Community
Union) and CompuCredit.
former jock on KROQ in L.A., Bombalicki
still does a weekly show for Albuquerque station
[ Photo courtesy of KDSK
the many Foundation activities, Bombalicki admits a preference
to those that involve culinary themes, like the annual Food
and Wine Festival. Understandable, for someone who, right
out of high school, worked his way from apprentice to one
of Clevelands leading chefs to sous chef and soucier.
Those skills brought him to Los Angeles, where he worked at
country clubs, and ultimately embarked on new careers in radio,
the cable television industry, and direct mail marketing.
Does he ever take any time for himself?
Once a week, he pauses to do something he loves: hosting an
oldies show on Albuquerque station KDSK. Bombalicki
does his part of the program on a remote from Ventura. For
10 years in Los Angeles, he did fill-in shifts at radio station
KROQ and never lost the bug for being on the air.
Once the mike is turned on, you become a different person.
I love doing it. Its great fun.
BY EDUARDO PARDO